Escape The Fate will be releasing their fifth studio album, Hate Me this coming Friday, October 30th. Signed to Eleven Seven Music, the Nevada natives, Robert Ortiz on drums, Craig Mabbitt on vocals, TJ Bell on guitar and vocals, and Kevin “Thrasher” Gruft on guitar are currently on the ‘Hate Me Tour’ to promote the release. Escape The Fate is a versatile band and is not afraid to let you know it. This whole album is fun, diverse, and I cannot wait to have this CD and rock out to it in my car.
Hate Me starts off with “Just A Memory” and in a nutshell, it is everything a heavy rock and roll song should be. The guitars are flawless, the drumming is balanced perfectly and does not overpower the rest of the band. The vocals are guttural while painting a story of an unspecified relationship gone bad. The guitar solo takes the song to another level of instrument mastery.
Fourth on the album is “Breaking Me Down”. You will need to take your lighters out (or brighten your cell phone screens) and raise your arm up because this one is an emotional trip with arena-worthy guitar solos. The emphasis that Ortiz and Mabbitt put together on the final notes are beautifully orchestrated.
“Les Enfants Terribles” is the eighth track on the album and it’s ultra aggressive within each of its components. Vocals, guitars, bass, and drums have all come together to make this a headbanging hymn from beginning to end. Definitely one of my top three from this album, if not my favorite. The repeat button was abused and I’m hoping that fans can witness this song live.
Lastly, “Let Me Be” is a complete about-face from the rest of the album. Reminding me of the times MTV used to play music videos due to its radio and television friendliness. An acoustic guitar, cheerful romantic lyrics, and “oh, oh, oooh’s” made me momentarily forget what record I was currently listening to.
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