7/10

Now that is quite a philosophical title, like. True to one´s true self the album explodes out of the blocks.

No song on this album is longer than 3 ½ minutes. It suits the purpose. A raging tempo and anger towards most things is the red herring for the sort of 34 minutes of anger that we go through.

Looking at progress for Hatebreed you can sort of sense the development from gritty basement sound to the more clean and clear sound. Evolution is nice and I for one do enjoy the cleaner version where I can distinguish the music and not just be attacked by noise.

There are some more radio-friendly (is you can call it that) songs like Cling to life and Invoking Dominance. But you also have pure hardcore like Dig your way out and Instinctive (Slaughterlust).

What I particularly like here are the sharp and angry guitars and the pounding heavy drums that takes us forward and makes you focus on the message in the songs. Do what you preach, change starts with yourself and so on. Clear, present & important messages.

I found myself sitting with this album and my head is constantly bobbing with the rhythm. That is a good sign. It has also been tried and tested as a pumping iron companion. Excels in that department for me.

All in all, this is an album that more or less deliver what you expect from it. No more, no less. For me, I am fine with that. I am entertained and I think that the songs are good and they fill a purpose. The album is not long as stated but that is to it´s advantage. So, I will continue to let my head bobbing to the groovy aggressive songs in mostly a high-speed frequency and enjoy.

Band: Hatebreed
Title: Weight of the False Self
Label: Napalm Records
Date of release: 2020-11-27
Rate: 8/10
Stand out track: Cling to Life
Playing time: 34 minutes
Land of Origin: USA