For The Lions (E1)
While Hatebreed fans wait for the band’s next original release, they can sink their teeth into this covers album packed with metal, punk and hardcore favourites.
The selection is on point, bringing to the table gems like Madball’s Set It Off and Slayer’s Ghosts Of War as well as not-?so-?obvious selections like Subzero’s Boxed In and DRI’s Evil Minds.
The execution is nearly flawless, and vocalist Jamey Jasta’s voice takes many of the tracks in new directions, particularly Bad Brains’ Supertouch/Shitfit. For The Lions also offers a window into the group’s likes and influences, something long-time listeners will appreciate. While it may not stand up to the rest of Hatebreed’s canon, it does a great job of promoting some smaller acts that the average fan may not be aware of, and is a must-have for those antsy for new material.
Top track: Ghosts Of War