1. Sound Track For a Sinner (Part 1 &2)
3. Nice Day For A Mischief
4. Giving The Game Away
5. Take What You Get
6. Never Enough
7. Cool Impossible
9. The naked And The Dead
10. The Wall
11. Heart Attack
12. All In It Together
Simple and pure is what got me in to punk rock when I was young. Through all the twists and turns. Through all the fads and sub genres. Simple and pure punk never left my soul. It feeds me. Even in the middle age of my life I still crave it. You know that sound and honest attitude when you hear it. It is hard to describe. It is even harder to explain why crazed youth with wild hearts get strung out on it like it is smack. I have to say Hateful has given me my fix on their newest album Soundtrack For A Sinner.
Right from the start you hear that these guys are not fucking around. You feel the passion with the first track Sound Track For A Sinner (Part 1 & 2). The song is equal parts drunken hymn and fiery rally cry. With the Clash infused rocker Distraction, the band lights the match and starts the fire. The track pushes through with all the piss and vinegar of 1977. Strummer would be proud.
Nice Day For A Mischief moves with the energy of the back alleys and dirty bars that gave birth to punk and oi. With a chorus that sticks in my head like a Gospel choir. Guitars that tear through the track with the ease that comes only through conviction to ones craft. Take What You Get gives us heavy slabs of bass and drum rhythm. This foundation supports soring guitars and straight razor vocals.
"Singing songs of Protest when they really don't care" is the intro chorus of Cool Impossible. Call to arms drumming and vocals stabbing at a cynical world is what Hateful gives us on this track. This song proves simple does not mean easy or lazy. Their talent is on display with strong riffs and great song writing. The naked And The Dead is a guitar fueled mid tempo rocker. Hateful takes the classic sounds of The Clash, Stiff Little Fingers, Cock Sparrer and make them feel contemporary. This band does not try to relive the past they honor it. They do this by taking that great energy and making it their own.
A cry in the dark, a shot to the heart is how they finish the album off. All In It Together is the final song on the record and Hateful finishes on a high note. A song meant to be sung at the top of your lungs. with heart, soul and passion Hateful has given a modern anthem. Grab your friends and family, grab a beer and sing-a-long. you will not regret it.
4.75 out 5 Oi!'s
For fans of: The Clash, The Stiff Little Fingers, Cock Sparrer, The Beltones, The GC5, The Forgotten, The Angelic Upstarts, Cockney Rejects, The Jam and Sham 69