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Hatebreed: For the Lions

If you are like many Metal fans who are anxiously awaiting new music from their favorite bands then it might not surprise you to realize that Hatebreed has also decided to jump in on the current trend of offering up their own take on songs that they liked and found influence in. Ladies and Gentlemen may I present the Hatebreed covers album For The Lions and before you go running to the hills based on this being a continuing thing that many had thought had finally run its course I have to say that from beginning to end their release is one of the most relevant out of the whole bunch of them that we saw. The premise might seem odd to the fans of the band based on their heaviness as an outfit but singer Jamey Jasta has always been someone who speaks of his influences and what groups helped his own formulate their own path of musical destruction. Based on that we find bands like Metal juggernauts Slayer and Sepultura being offered up alongside the odd choice from Metallica where the band presents us with "Escape". Back in the day there were few Metal bands who didn't find influence in these three powerhouse units. Where Hatebreed impressed me most was in their inclusion of legacy Punk luminaries such as D.R.I, Black Flag, and The Misfits while also paying homage to the Hardcore movement with bands like Agnostic Front, Cro-Mags and perhaps two of the most influential on the scene ever in its history with Bad Brains and Sick Of It All. The relevance of these bands combined offer the listener a great view inside the band Hatebreed themselves who by delivering these bands classics offer you the long time fan the means to find out what exactly made them work as hard as they did.

I found it much more refreshing than the cover albums that found the artist doing songs that they never appreciated when they were released but were told years later that they should do because it would sound good under their care. In a time where far too many of these recordings have been issued in too short a time, I had to say that I listened to the Hatebreed one a few times more in a single sitting than I had ever done with many of its predecessors. Winners come by way of "Suicidal Maniac", "Hatebreeders" and "Ghosts Of War" since those are songs I like in the first place. You might disagree with me and that is a good thing. According to Jasta on the presented liner notes "we called this album For The Lions because we feel that every band we are paying tribute to is a lion in their own game" and based on this you can hardly fault them for working so hard to give proper respect to these bands. I would have loved to hear a different Metallica song even though I always liked "Escape", and felt that perhaps "Whiplash" might have been a lot more fun. My hope is that with this release Hatebreed awakens their own fan base to a number of the acts that are presented because so many of these groups offered the music world some truly profound stuff. If you are a Hardcore and Punk fan who finds inspiration in what Hatebreed does, then what better way to learn its overall origins than by picking this release up. A booklet is enclosed with liner notes about the tracks.

Track Listing:
1. Ghosts Of War (Slayer)
2. Suicidal Maniac (Suicidal Tendencies)
3. Escape (Metallica)
4. Hatebreeders (The Misfits)
5. Set It Off (Madball)
6. Thirsty and Miserable (Black Flag)
7. All I Had To Give (Crowbar)
8. Your Mistake (Agnostic Front)
9. I'm In Pain (Obituary)
10. It's The Limit (Cro-Mags)
11. Refuse/Resist (Sepultura)
12. Supertouch (Bad Brains)
13. Evil Minds (D.R.I.)
14. Shut Me Out (Sick Of It All)
15. Sick Of Talk (Negative Approach)
16. Life Is Pain (Merauder)
17. Hear Me (Judge)
18. Boxed In (Subzero)

Added: July 7th 2009
Reviewer: Ken Pierce
Related Link: Band Website
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Language: english

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