This Pure Hatred
. Saddled with a misleadingly negative name, Hatecore -- that's "hate" as in "Hate you self-serving pricks," not ethnic/racial hatred -- may well be cursed. In the two years since he founded the group, former N-Factor guitarist Kris Dann has seen his band through shakeups, meltdowns, and break-ins -- all while holding down an unusually full gig schedule and maintaining a buzz.
After doing more than his share to derail an opening set for Anthrax last month, throaty ex-Earworm singer James Begert is worth keeping. The departure of double-bass monster Bob Stewart is a real loss, though ex-Psychosize drummer Nathan King replaces him capably. Chugging like a piece of industrial machinery, Dann plays a slower version of the beefy riffs that the sadly absent 13 Faces specialize in. After all the drama, this disc is worth the wait.
Upstart Akron metal label Detained Records sees its record rise to 3-0 with Hatecore Inc.'s long-overdue debut,