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Haste the Day

Haste the Day: When Everything FallsWhen Everything Falls (2005)
Solid State Records

Reviewer Rating: 1.5
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There's just not the same market for token metalcore releases anymore. From Autumn to Ashes and Poison the Well are likely seeing their popularity wane by the day. And maybe it's for no other reason than the fickle, trend-following public, at no fault of those bands' artistic merit, or lack thereof..
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There's just not the same market for token metalcore releases anymore. From Autumn to Ashes and Poison the Well are likely seeing their popularity wane by the day. And maybe it's for no other reason than the fickle, trend-following public, at no fault of those bands' artistic merit, or lack thereof. In any event, nobody slipped this information onto the desks of anyone at Sold State Records, because I'm reviewing the latest effort from Haste the Day, When Everything Falls.

Unfortunately so.

This album seems to be a sort of clusterfuck at times, like the band is trying to emulate At the Gates one moment, then Fuel the next. Lead singer Jimmy Ryan has a great, forceful scream that is obviously crafted in the Scandinavian black metal tradition. The Fuel comparison sees life when either the bassist or guitarist attempt to sing, quickly turning a raging metal track into TRL nü-metal fodder. The album-closing "Long Way Down" represents precisely what I'm referring to. Only this song is reversed, more so dominated by the poor singing than the screaming with very basic rhythms and guitars that are barely audible. It's only somewhat saved with a guitar solo at the very end that's far too little, far too late. What started very promising and ended promising cannot account for the filler between it. "Fallen" begins things with some chunky guitar riffs, leading into Ryan's harsh vocals and some guitar squalling while the pace keeps increasing in speed. Though, then the singing comes in, and all momentum is seemingly lost.

"The Perfect Night" suffers a similar fate, starting with promise, and quickly sinking into territory far below mediocre. That's what's so disheartening about this album as a whole, is that the band are obviously extremely competent and cohesive musicians, but the structures of the songs don't allow them any chance to show off the skill. The one bright spot in this cloudy, muddled album has to be the cliché song title of the year award winner, "Bleed Alone."

Regardless of the name, for two minutes and thirteen seconds, the song effectively ravages your speakers and ears in a fury of lightning quick chord progressions, relentless and sound drumming, and terrific vocals. What makes the vocals here stand out? There's no singing. Not two nor twenty seconds of it, and for that, the song stands out far and above the rest. That is, until the acoustic "Instrumental" breaks in to show the band's 'diversity.' Right. Crap, pure, and utter crap. Speaking of which, don't bother looking at the liner notes, as there's nothing of merit to be found anywhere in there; "The beauty in your eyes still sustains me / And I know if were to spit in your face / You would take me back / You would love me / You would take me back / If I were to stab you in the heart / You would bleed for me as if it made you happy." You get the idea.

This is essentially just a very frustrating release. The band sounds like Darkest Hour at times, but the singing ends that comparison quickly. There's small dashes of greatness, and spots of talent and good songwriting, but it's thrown by the wayside in favor of fad and formula. The singing can even become, dare I say, catchy, as in "All I Have," but it's still formulaic, contrived, and really, not all that good. If more kids start staying away from releases like this, maybe we'll all win, and they'll disappear altogether.

 

 
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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
Emoidiot (April 10, 2007)

I am IN love with this band...

contrast87 (March 23, 2007)

love this band

xxjohnnyrocketxx (December 29, 2006)

Good album, its got its bad parts, but it has its good. I don't mind the signing, but I guess its just the opinion of the listener. If you're going into it thinking its a metalcore album, you're not going to like it, if your going into it as a melodic hardcore album, you'll appreciate it, although I have heard better singers, his voice is good. The screaming is insane and some of the best i've heard around. This album is great and I recommended it fully.

Djessluvspunk (December 6, 2006)

the best songs the did : LONg way down .. and when u feel emo u listen to : autumn ... frankly they talk bout fucking leave that are leavin a fuckin tree ! ....
-DJess
sweet_lover_kiss@hotmail.com

Anonymous (May 2, 2006)

fuckfuckfuckfuckfuckfuckfuckfuckfuckfuckfuckfuckfuckfuckfuckfuck fuckfucking good

Anonymous (April 13, 2006)

I didn't like the band at first, but the album is actually really good. This is quite possibly the worst review i've ever read, however he got one thing right, although very good musicians they don't really get time to shine...but then, not every band is Avenged Sevenfold :)

Anonymous (April 1, 2006)

I'd just like to make a comment on this reviewers knowledge of what they listened to. The bassist is a very talented singer, but that's not my main issue with this review. My main issue is that the reviewer made harsh comments about the song "Long Way Down." That's fine if you dont like the song, but get the facts straight. This song is a cover of a song done by the Goo Goo Dolls...and the solo that is considered less than mediocre by the reviewer is hit dead on - exactly like the original...take up the beef with the band who wrote it.

Anonymous (January 15, 2006)

this review is worse then the one on august burns red.

Anonymous (December 26, 2005)

Before I read this review, I knew exactly what it would say.

"These guys just do the same thing and their singing sucks."

Guess what? I was right. Guess who's wrong? You are.
Haste the day is full to the brim of talent. There's nothing wrong with the singing here. The song structures are made basically the same way, but who cares? If music was made just for song structures, every song would have a billion different parts and would sound terrible.

Haste the Day knows what they're doing. You can't say you don't like these guys because "all metalcore sucks". the guy who said that's a dumb faggot and shouldn't be writing reviews about metalcore in the first place. If you don't like some type of genre of the music, you're not going to like a metalcore release. I wish everyone was half as smart of you.

I was disappointed with this release. I thought that HTD would put a slight bit more diversity on this album and not make most of the sounds basically the same.

They put on a wonderful live show however.

Foaming_97 (December 25, 2005)

i think these guys sound like As I Lay Dying but with Zao's vocalist

Anonymous (November 16, 2005)

Alright, anybody who does not like Haste the Day is a loser. I know everyone has their opinion and preference...and some people are stupid and should not have an opinion...like the jerk-off who wrote the review. This album was done very well other than they are all in the same key, but oh no, end of the world right? To start, how can you diss a christain band? It would take a brass-balled jesus hating nazi to bad mouth a band who gives a christain message. Regardless, the guitar playing is amazing as Jason Barnes is amazing. The vocals are frickin wonderful. I would rate the vocalist 3rd all-time behind Freddy Mercury and Maynard James Keenan. It is not and I quote "a clusterfuck"...f-you! I dislike screaming music with the exception of this band, they in my opinion, are a unique band that I tully love. Sure they are from Carmel...that automatically makes them douche-bags, but the band makes up for it. Stop bad-mouthing, and say something constructive you god damn nazis. By the way, Substance is still the best song by Haste the Day.

Anonymous (November 16, 2005)

Any reviewer who puts a band down just because they are not original is an idiot. Why the hell do you think the word "genre" exists? In this case, Haste the Day is screamo/punk metal. How original can so many bands get????????? If your in a band, I bet that non of you fucker will ever get to play your own "original" music. As long as the band does what they do well, I say they are good. Haste the Day are good!!!!!

Anonymous (November 10, 2005)

This is one of the best cd's of the year! This guy that reviews it is not opened minded, but he is entitled to his opinion it just so happens that not every likes everything and he just happens to be one of those idiots who doesn't like HTD. Go buy Still Remains -Of Love and Lunacy!

Anonymous (November 6, 2005)

""I take my reviews plenty seriously"
Reviewing an album and not realizing who wrote what songs, I believe, is not serious enough"

Especially when it says the song is a cover in the press release, which if you actually got it in the mail instead of downloading it like you probably did, you would have known. I'm looking at the press release right now and yup, it says there's a Goo Goo Dolls cover. Part of "taking your reviews plenty serious" (which is as grammatically incorrect as anything you've pointed out) entails doing your research. You thought you'd get a couple chuckles by writing the most cliché ridden piece of crap ever, and you failed.

Anonymous (November 5, 2005)

Ok, u lil retards. They r the best band i ever heard compared to thrice norma jean and gay crap lik that. U really got to listin to the songs and o well about the lyrics and singing isnt it the sound of the music that counts not the freaking other stuff. Lik god dam the owner is a bitching person :o and really who gives a damn im not even punk and i dont no wat metalcore is etc. But i lik ti anyways so go suck ur dads or moms cock u lil fags and burn in hell bitchs i no a real fan of haste the day >:) -. X-cel was here bitchs

Emilyrox147 (November 1, 2005)

if u like haste the day check this out http://www.peta2.com/OUTTHERE/o-hastetheday.asp?c=st52

Anonymous (October 27, 2005)

You guys keep complaining about the singing. Do you not understand that they are a melodic hardcore band? Whenever there is someone that makes something different or something that is popular you morons have to shoot it down every single time. They are one of the best and fastest growing bands in the genre like it or not
Tim Franks

etwiels88 (October 20, 2005)

"but I sure as hell do not go putting any lame ass opinions of them on the web. Also I don't degrade them or their fans."

Well, where's the fun in that?

GreenVandal (October 20, 2005)

I never heard this but I dont want to.

That detective kids defense sealed the deal. I will never actively approach this.

Anonymous (October 20, 2005)

this record sucks because it sucks like the whole metalcore genre sucks

Anonymous (October 20, 2005)

Just like clockwork with these kids online.

Go ahead and rip apart the fact that I bought and enjoy Haste The Day. It just furthers my point that there is no respect for any artist anywhere. There are tons of artists that I do not listen to, but I sure as hell do not go putting any lame ass opinions of them on the web. Also I don't degrade them or their fans.

But yet again, I forget it's the world wide web.

etwiels88 (October 20, 2005)

"But this is my entire fault for thinking that this site had some respectable listeners and viewers in the “music community.”

Hey, man. You were the one who bought the Haste The Day album.

Anchors (October 20, 2005)

That's some astonishing detective work there.

Anonymous (October 20, 2005)

This other "Anonymous" poster says "grow the fuck up kids" when he is the one calling people "retards" and stating that others will write "stupid reviews."

All that I was getting at is the following:

When I purchased this album and listened to it all the way through, when I got to "Long Way Down" I knew something was different about it. It didn't sound like a typical HTD song. So I proceeded to read the Booklet and saw that it was not written by anyone in HTD and read the name of who did write it. I never heard the original, but I listen to music a lot and had an ear that they did not make that song.

But this is my entire fault for thinking that this site had some respectable listeners and viewers in the “music community.”

Anonymous (October 20, 2005)

This site is hysterical.

Step 1: People write a review of an album
Step 2: Retard kids disagree with the opinion of the reviewer
Step 3: People flame reviewer anonymously
Step 4: Reviewer apologises for not knowing a goo goo dolls song when he hears one.

Grow the fuck up kids. If you dont like the reviews, dont read them, or fuck off! Go and write your own stupid reviews on your own stupid website.

Anonymous (October 20, 2005)

Crappy band from crappy Carmel, Indiana. They were bitches when they were in high school and they are still bitches now

Anchors (October 20, 2005)

Like I said, I apologize for not having heard every song ever recorded, I'll try harder next time. Just for you, though.

Anonymous (October 20, 2005)

"I take my reviews plenty seriously"
Reviewing an album and not realizing who wrote what songs, I believe, is not serious enough.

Typical to bring up grammatical and spelling errors. Always good to worry about how everything is typed on a website like this.

And i'm not bitching; I am just posting on a site I occasionaly viewed. Oops, I missed an “l” I’m sorry.

etwiels88 (October 19, 2005)

If I were to create a profile on this site, I would have put my interests by what this site is all about.

THE INTRANET MUST BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY!!!

Anchors (October 19, 2005)

I take my reviews plenty seriously, and I didn't know it wa s a cover, obviously because I haven't heard the original. I haven't heard every song ever recorded, as you must have.

And there's so much grammatically and spelling wise wrong with your bitching, I don't know where to start. But I don't know how credible you want to seem when you can't discern the difference between "you're," and "your." You fucking clown.

I apologize for not taking my interests as seriously as you'd have liked. My sincerest.

Anonymous (October 19, 2005)

You're Name, Sign, Home, and School status, is not considered "Interests."

If I were to create a profile on this site, I would have put my interests by what this site is all about.

And then if I were to review for this site, I would also put more effort into it.

Anchors (October 19, 2005)

"Hi, my name's Jordan. Let's see.. I'm a virgo, I'm from Syracuse, and I'm a college student! I enjoy long walks on the beach with that someone special, fuzzy sweaters, and the warmth of a good fireplace! Let me know if that sounds interesting, hope to hear from you soon!!"

Is that what you wanted? Shut the fuck up. That was called a joke. I make them sometimes.

GreenVandal (October 19, 2005)

"by the way im seeing them tonight with every time i die, a life once lost, and it dies today. They better not suck."

Oh? Is Dying while I watch your death playing? Or how about Dead before they saw me die?

Anonymous (October 19, 2005)

Interest: Bitches, MacGyver, Dr. Dre, Crunk, Sea Shanties, Kicking goth kids in the kneecap, Goldfish crackers.

This kid is ridiculous. I wish I were a Goth kid and see how long he'll last with kicking me in the kneecap.

Anonymous (October 19, 2005)

who let this guy put up a review?

"Long Way Down" is a cover song.

This site is pure garbage.

ClicheMyHeart (October 19, 2005)

some decent songs, i just wished that all the singing didn't sound the same. Every hook sounds exactly the same and they use the same formula for every song. There are good parts hear and there.

Foaming_97 (October 18, 2005)

I dont really like it. Outta the thing i only like one song. I was originally going to see them with Every Time I die, It Dies Today, and A Life Once Lost tomorrow but i cant so whatever.

davebrave4 (October 18, 2005)

by the way im seeing them tonight with every time i die, a life once lost, and it dies today. They better not suck.

davebrave4 (October 18, 2005)

It's definitely got potential. It could actually be good if they didn't interrupt all their good songs with generic singing choruses. The song structures suck. The screaming is good, though. The title song could have been good but they way overdid the same riff over and over. I disagree with the reviewer about the last song, though-I really like it.

etwiels88 (October 18, 2005)

Fuck Haste The Day. So boring.

Anonymous (October 18, 2005)

Its kinda thin on the rhtyn guitar/bass and cliche, but it really isnt bad overall and has a few good songs.

-CT

testiclese (October 18, 2005)

this cd sounds like one looooong crappy song.

Anonymous (October 18, 2005)

justatango you are a dumb fuck

justatango (October 18, 2005)

this record is really well done. i enjoy the more cleaning singing, compared to "Burning Bridges." plus, "Long Way Down" is a Goo-Goo Dolls cover. weird.

Anonymous (October 18, 2005)

good review...totally agree...metalcore is so fucking lame...I own the at the gates, in flames, slayer and hatebreed cds and thats all you need to know about metalcore, why listening to the rip offs when the originals are lightyears better
This goes for many releases in recent time: Why should I buy a Brain Failure cd when Rancid and Op Ivy did that kind of stuff much better

Anonymous (October 18, 2005)

Solid album.
The only thing that annoys me about it is that all the songs are in the same key.

maverick (October 18, 2005)

Saw this band on tour with Stretch Arm Strong headlining a few months ago. All the mosh-for-Jesus types showed up and packed the venue for HTD's set, then vanished into thin air before Stretch even took the stage.

Christians are a fickle, fickle bunch, I tell you what.

-Scott

skolarx (October 18, 2005)

i really really wanted to hate this cd, i hated the first one, or at least hated the band when they played st andrews touring on it, but this album blew me away. i thought hte clean singing worked well with it, much better than the as i lay dying album. i still rock the cd from time to time in my car. this and the he is legend cd are the only two listenable cds solid state has put out in the past couple of years, or at least from what i've heard, can't say i listen to a lot of christian cds

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