Haste The Day - Dreamer

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As I Lay Dying
Norma Jean
Underoath
The Showdown

Tracklist

1. 68
2. Mad Man
3. Haunting
4. Resolve
5. An Adult Tree
6. Babylon
7. Invoke Reform
8. Sons of the Fallen Nation
9. Labyrinth
10. Porcelain
11. Autumn

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Haste the Day are sort of like the vanilla ice cream of Christian metalcore - totally unmemorable, yet still occasionally enjoyable. They have been a band for seven years now and Dreamer is their fourth studio album. Billed as their “heaviest release to date”, you’ve already heard Dreamer even if you don’t realize it. Such is the case with the bulk of melodic metalcore it seems unfortunately; one can only mix up recycled guitar riffs, nonstop double bass, and alternating clean and growled vocals to a certain point before it all becomes a tad derivative.

Bands like As I Lay Dying, recent Underoath, Parkway Drive and Norma Jean have done and are doing what Haste the Day does, and in many ways a lot better. Layered, riffy guitars, growled verses followed by big booming sung choruses, double bass machine-gunning, rinse and repeat. Whereas their earlier albums found Haste the Day concentrating more on memorable catchy pop hooks and introspective lyrics than edgy guitars and big breakdowns, their newest effort finds them going in an angrier and ultimately less fulfilling direction.

Even when they do try to show us their lighter side it comes off sounding awkward and misplaced. Tracks like “An Adult Tree”, “Labyrinth”, and the acoustic closer “Autumn” totally kill off whatever momentum the album had going for it and mix like oil and water with the rest of the tunes. “Sons of the Fallen Nation” and “Porcelain” get my nod for the best tracks only because Stephen Keech’s roar comes off sounding especially menacing and works well when put over the appropriate backing guitar tones and drums.

Maybe it was guitarist Jason Barnes leaving the band earlier this year to convert to atheism that got the rest of the band so pissed off, who knows? Whatever it was, Haste the Day’s new found heaviness doesn’t work and they will need to do something different on their next effort.

Standard Solid State Records fare, hardcore fans of the genre will spin this a few times, but to most it will just be another drop in the ocean.

--Dan Strobel

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moat211
Last updated: 09/29/2009 09:01PM

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jaymezz
11/30/2008
11:00AM
i refuse to listen to this....i really lost any bit of respect for them soon as when everything falls came out.
Rick Gebhardt
11/30/2008
12:51PM
Age: 33
Location
Minnesota
This album is pretty meh. It's 110% generic. And I hate that they redid "Autumn" from the band's debut EP. It's so much shittier on Dreamer. This is paint by number melodic metalcore. Lame sauce.

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cloudscollide
11/30/2008
01:07PM
Age: 25
Location
PA
1 word. Awful.
Spartan E7
11/30/2008
02:35PM
Age: 28
Location
Infinitely Inwards
I don't know if i would have even liked this 7 years ago when i was first getting into the whole "metalcore" thing.

You should never be surprised when you get attacked, you'll know all the freedoms they took from you when you get em back, when in fact they were never yours to begin with, this is a prison planet, you're servin a life sentence.

tim
11/30/2008
11:43PM
Age: 30
Location
Green Brook, NJ
jaymezz
i refuse to listen to this....i really lost any bit of respect for them soon as when everything falls came out.


for real? that album was the shit.
their last album sucked though.
this one kinda does too, but at least it's a little better.
b_myers
12/01/2008
12:18AM
Age: 32
Location
Olympia, Washington
i hate to be that guy, but if jimmy was still in the band they probably wouldn't suck as much.
jaymezz
12/01/2008
10:39AM
tim
for real? that album was the shit.
their last album sucked though.
this one kinda does too, but at least it's a little better.



idk, i just never got anything out of it. Burning Bridges just seemed like they had way more charisma and put a lot more effort into writing their music whereas with When Everything Falls they just wanted to become one of the bigger metalcore bands and their writing became very formulaic and mundane.
cloudscollide
12/01/2008
11:40AM
Age: 25
Location
PA
b_myers
i hate to be that guy, but if jimmy was still in the band they probably wouldn't suck as much.


I think they'd still suck a large amount of dong either way.
Rick Gebhardt
12/01/2008
11:55AM
Age: 33
Location
Minnesota
cloudscollide
I think they'd still suck a large amount of dong either way.

True. But I would think if Jimmy was still in HtD that they'd only suck some mild sized cock. Without Jimmy, however, it's a full-on, face-fuck, deep-throat wang massage.

Although, on the positive side, at least the CD is listenable as opposed to some modern metalcore which I can't even sit through (ie: Alesana).

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FinchSCF
12/02/2008
06:30PM
Age: 27
Location
Holt, MI
Eh, I enjoyed it, but didn't love it. About a 2.5 for me.