Hatebreed The Rise Of Brutality (Universal) Rating: NNN
Connecticut's Hatebreed play metallic hardcore on steroids. They're on their fifth album and their balls have yet to wither from excessive use. Every song is chuggingly powerful, with vox that are ridiculously macho but tolerable because they never come close to the emotive nu metal screamy whine sound. The proud, positive lyrics are voiced in an in-your-face way that forces the listener to do squats and curls. There's not much variety here, but it's cheaper than an Anthony Robbins book on tape and almost twice as affirming.