Well, the iTunes Music Store released the pre-orders a little early and I got my hands on Hatebreed’s new album. I sat down, cranked up the speakers, and listened to it from start to finish. First impression is…absolutely incredible. The songs are not the typical Hatebreed sound, but more of a meshing of a new style of hardcore with their standard Connecticut hardcore at the chewy center. I rated this album four out of five stars. Why not five stars all around? To be honest there are a couple songs on the album which, well, are not really that great. First is this slow tempo ballad song called Undiminished. It’s not something I thought I’d ever hear on a Hatebreed album. I listened to it, but I really didn’t get much out of it. The second song is a remix of the Metallica song they did on the cover album back in the spring. It sucked then and well, it sucks still. I have no idea why they’d waste space by putting it on the album. Everything else, including the re-recorded versions of Filth and Kill and Addict (Deluxe version only) from their 1996 demo album “Under the Knife, is awesome. Great job Hatebreed, this is truly an awesome album, well worth the wait.
On Tuesday, September 29th, Hatebreed will release their new album. It will be the first new album in over 3 years – but I know for a fact it is going to prove to be their best album EVER! They will once more prove to the world they are the GODS OF HARDCORE!! I have pre-ordered the deluxe version on iTunes and omfg I cannot wait.
Tuesday is going to be an awesome day.
Well I am hearing every indication from people who have heard the new Hatebreed album (through special circumstances) that it is going to be their best release yet. The songs are going to be fast, brutally hard and fierce sounding. Only 1 week 1 day four hours and fourteen minutes until it hits the streets…can’t wait!
Yesterday was a very bad day for me and my family. We drove up to the National Institutes of Health to pick up my Dad from the hospital. He had been in there about a week being treated for tumors which had formed on his spine and were causing him excruciating pain in his legs. The targeted radiation worked relatively well and relieved the pressure. However, we were then informed that there was nothing more that could be done for him. That his cancer was now beyond any experimental medicine. While they could try many different experimental treatments, the returns would be dwarfed by the side effects.
So they are setting up hospice care for him next week and he will simply stay at home and wait to die. It’s a fucked up way of doing things…but I know my Dad won’t give up that easily. I overheard that he intends to explore several other options to try and prolong his life and slow down the cancer’s progress. Hopefully that is so, but at this point I find myself preparing for the worst case scenario. I am going to be working with my Mom to get everything we need to know about bills, the house, the mortgage and everything else I need to know. I have no intentions of being lost in a haze after my Dad passes away. The house will become my house, and my Mom will be my primary responsibility. She is strong, she is Irish, she will be fine – and I will be there to make sure she is. The urge to cry has subsided a bit, I didn’t cry much at all yesterday. I felt it was just a pointless waste of energy. There is no need for me to be concerned about something I have no control over. My father’s death has always hovered over me since his cancer returned and I have known this day would come, it will come and being emotional about it does little good to prevent it. So I will be brave and responsible and do what I have to do. Getting married would be a good start. My girlfriend and I have talked about it quite a bit, but she will be in China soon and I will have to see what we’re going to do. I may end up living in China for a while. No idea. And that is a topic for another blog entry.
I am keeping a secret. It’s something I have been planning for several weeks now, and soon it shall be executed. You see, my girlfriend’s birthday is on October 1st. She doesn’t realize it, but I have something up my sleeve. I went to Zales and bought her some beautiful diamond clad earrings and a fresh water pearl strand necklace. Tomorrow I will be going to the Hallmark store and buying a beautiful, loving, birthday card and then ship it all off to her.
I will also be ordering one dozen purple (because purple is her favorite color) roses to arrive on the same day as the birthday present. I am essentially showering her in gifts…which is what a boyfriend should do when the relationship is serious. And believe me, this is a serious relationship. Words cannot express the love I have for her.
So now you know my secret, it’s a good thing she doesn’t read my blog. Hehe!
OMG, I just saw the new Hatebreed vid from their new album…I cannot wait for this shit to hit the streets. Hatebreed PWNS HARDCORE!
Here it is…
Well after being diagnosed with bronchitis on Monday and spending Tuesday in bed, I got my first real sleep last night – and awoke this morning feeling better but still fatigued. I am back at work but off tomorrow, so I can rest up some more.