Nov 052012

I just wrote that post title in order to get your attention. I can’t really make you pick one. You could pick both, or neither. Actually, I could make you pick, because I know about that thing you did over the weekend that left a trace on your computer, but I’m not a bad guy, so you get a pass.

But here’s the choice:


Hatebreed have recorded a new studio album, The Divinity Of Purpose, which is now scheduled for release by Razor & Tie on January 29, 2013, in North America and on January 25 in Europe. Of course, it comes out earlier in Europe because Hatebreed are a European band. I’m sorry, what did you say? They’re not a European band? Well then, what the fuck is up with those release dates? I think maybe you need to double-check your facts.

In addition to announcing the release info, Hatebreed also revealed the album’s cover art (above), which was created by one of my favorite artists, Eliran Kantor. I’d like to study this artwork without the Hatebreed logo, and I’m curious about how it relates to the lyrical content of the album, particularly in light of the album’s title.

But I have to say that otherwise I’m having kind of a meh feeling about this news. When Hatebreed were a relatively new band, I thought they were hot shit. I’ve cooled considerably on them since then. Should I be getting more excited about this?  Are you?

Next choice:


Pig Destroyer have been receiving a ginormous amount of press and fan attention surrounding the release of their Book Burner album (and rightly so, in my opinion). But let us not forget that Scott Hull has another grind band who are also awfully damned good. And as it happens, two members of Agoraphobic Nosebleed (Kat Katz and Rich Johnson) contributed guest vocals to Book Burner.

While there’s no new Agoraphobic Nosebleed album imminent, ANB have recorded a “holiday EP” that will be included as a Flexi-Disc in the January 2013 issue of DECIBEL magazine. And as you can see from the image above, the band are helping us get in the holiday spirit by titling their release Merry Chrystmeth. Sounds like it will be the kind of sing-along carol you can enjoy with the whole family, with egg nog and candy canes and reindeer (carcasses) for everyone!

DECIBEL says you can get the Flexi-Disc if you subscribe (here) to the magazine by this Wednesday at 9 a.m. EST.

So that’s the choice: Which of these releases would you pick if given the choice?

Or should I just go fuck myself?


  1. “The Divinity of Purpose” is such a terrible title for… well… anything. It sounds like an awful self help book. And it has that sort of vague “ooh, look how DEEP that statement is” sound to it so beloved of airheads and the perpetually perplexed.

    I like the art though.

    • Of course it’s DEEP, because Jamey Jasta is a well-known deep thinker. It also appears from a FB post this morning by Eliran Kantor that the concept for the cover art was by Mr. Jasta.

      • There’s a concept?

        Either way, it’s nice artwork. Very evocative of movement.

        Title is still vapid as all hell though.

  2. The art’s very nice. Too bad it will probably sound like literally every other thing Hatebreed have ever released ever. Can’t wait for some new Agoraphobic Nosebleed though.

  3. ANb hands down any day over Hatebreed.

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