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Hatecore Inc.

This Pure Hatred (Detained Records)

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Upstart Akron metal label Detained Records sees its record rise to 3-0 with Hatecore Inc.'s long-overdue debut, 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.

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