“This new album is, without any question in my mind, the best thing that has ever borne the Escape The Fate name by a distance,” said Craig Mabbitt, frontman for Escape The Fate. After years of personal struggle, Escape The Fate have finally solidified themselves, and come out swinging with their fifth studio release to be marked in the books, Hate Me.
A mixture of heavy musical development with a pop-sound to complement, Escape The Fate have brought themselves back into the game with a new-found sense of teamwork, as well as bringing out the musical talent they have been capable of for years. After working with the Grammy nominated producer, Howard Benson, the band had found a shift in their sound. Through the stress and difficulty of constructing this record, Benson helped to push the band to giving everything they have, which shows the minute you listen to the record.
The album opens with one of it’s best tracks, “Just a Memory”. This angry, anthem-esk, heavy gem shows off the instrumental abilities of the band, as well as the powerful harsh vocals of Mabbitt. Although some may expect this opener to set the tone for the rest of the record as a repetition of heavily melodic tunes, I assure you, this album is filled with surprises.
What stands out on Hate Me is the album’s mixture of sound throughout the album. You will jump from a song like, “Breaking Me Down”, which shows off the warm, rich, clean vocals of Mabbitt, to a heavier styled piece like “Alive”, which opens with an energetic guitar solo, and harsh vocals. The band seems to have really grasped a sense of musical movement off of this record, with the shifting in sound from piece to piece. This leaves the listener with an anticipation of “I wonder what this next song will sound like!” as they move through the album.
The record is not your typical sound when thinking about Escape The Fate’s discography, but after listening to Hate Me in it’s entirety, you’ll see that just might be for the better. From the lyrical development, to the instrumental construction, there is an all around feeling of maturity when listening to the album. In almost every regard, there have been improvements made by the band.
This being said, every album cannot be perfect. Certain pieces, like “I Won’t Break”, seem a bit out-of-place for the record. The weakest song off of the album, the repetition of the harsh vocals throughout parts of the song become slightly distasteful. However, you will immediately change your perspective on Escape The Fate when you listen to the closing piece, “Let Me Be.”
Standing out from anything in Escape The Fate’s discography, or anything off of this album, is the simple, sweet, “Let Me Be”. Although it seems out-of-place for the feeling of anger throughout the album, or maybe just out-of-place for Escape the Fate, it manages to definitely stand out, and work for the record.
“Let Me Be” helps to show off the new image that Escape The Fate are trying to show off to the world; they have turned themselves into a band that will produce whatever sounding song they want to, and they will find a way to make great. But most importantly, they will make it their own.
Download: “Just a Memory” and “Let Me Be”
3.5 out of 5 Stars