Pulverizing fans for over two decades now, Hatebreed‘s no-bullshit approach remains as thrillingly potent as ever. Although occasionally making slight detours from their time honoured if well trodden path, ‘The Concrete Confessional’ continues the brutish metallic tradition of Jamey Jasta and cohorts with a vital and adrenalized display of timeless hardcore values.
With highlights coming from the Slayer-ized thrash of opening double ‘A.D.’ and ‘Looking Down The Barrel Of Today’, the gruff melodies of ‘From Grace We’ve Fallen’ and ‘The Apex Within’‘s upbeat, Bay Area stomp, Hatebreed deliver a ferocious barrage of neck snapping tunes. Indeed, with no frills nor a hint of filler, ‘The Concrete Confessional’ spills over with the basement show aesthetics and irresistible power that the band have constantly honed and refined throughout their career, and whether it’s the muscular assault of ‘Seven Enemies’ or ‘Dissonance’‘s crunching pace, the record plays out like one thirty minute jolt of musical electricity.
Unapologetic and unrelenting in its singular vision, this seventh full-length outing from the Connecticut quartet simply re-establishes Hatebreed‘s undiminished standing as perhaps the premier unifying force in modern heavy music. Rallying against corruption and greed, there is little here that doesn’t scream authority and anger. Exhilarating to the last, the purposeful charge of ‘The Concrete Confessional’ represents business as usual for Hatebreed, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Written by Tony Bliss (@TBliss88)