RIYLEscape The Fate
Haste The Day
If Hope Dies
Tracklist1. Fast Forward to 2012
2. Speak Of The Devil
3. The Danger In Starting A Fire
4. The Plot To Bomb The Panhandle
6. The Price We Pay
7. Colder Than My Heart, If You Can Imagine
8. Shoe 'Em The Ropes
9. A Shot In The Dark
10. Here's To The Past
11. I Heard It's The Softest Thing Ever
12. Start The Shooting
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Straight out of the Ocala underground, A Day To Remember brings an It Dies Today aggression out to play, but covers it with a melodic euphoric tone. This band's first release through Victory Records is hoping to give the troubled label a mainstream bounce-back since the fall in popularity of such bands as Hawthorne Heights. Their new album titled, For Those Who Have Heart is A Day To Remember’s second album. And Her Name Was Treason was the band’s debut through Indianola Records back in 2005. The debut managed to sell about 8,000 records independently. For Those Who Have Heart plans to surpass that mark and sell enough records to quite possibly push them into the limelight for 2007.
This album is strategically targeted at the breakdown driven, double-bass “scene” fanatics. Their catchy vocals and fluid harmony makes them a bit above average in a totally generic genre. They’ve managed to incorporate Comeback Kid-like chanting along with the band's growls and light singing. Their echo effects on the chorus of “Here´s To The Past” is extremely enjoyable. For most of the melody on the album's choruses, there is a definite addictive quality present, and the melodies could easily be mistaken for pieces of track soff of Eighteen Visison's latest album. The upbeat choruses are no match for their breakdowns, though. Every track off of For Those Who Have Heart has a breakdown except for the traditional ballad, “The Price We Pay.” The most exceptional breakdown on this album can be found on “I Heard It´s The Softest Thing Ever,” but they’ve managed to conjure up anything but a weak breakdown. “The Plot To Bomb The Panhandle” has the MTV2, alternative rock breakdown which will make some people unhappy, but the rest of that song is nice throughout, especially with the fast paced vocals. It’s poppy, but has a great beat to dance to.
A Day To Remember has written songs based on experience, and many listeners will relate to such songs on an emotional level. “Monument,” one of the most stand-out tracks on this record, deals with the doubts of making it as a band. They didn’t need head-scratching metaphors to show how they really felt. On this new record, they tell it like it is. Most bands that perform within this style of music tend to over exaggerate the content of the situation on their lyrics.
This band is a part of the new Victory Records. If you haven’t liked the changes the label has made in the recent years, then approach this album with caution. It seems like A Day To Remember is set to blow up all over places like Fuse and MTV. Their record is too catchy and upbeat to stay dormant and ignored. They have been touring with very aggressive bands like The Devil Wears Prada and Calico System, so it’ll be interesting to see how diverse the growing fan base will become.