RIYLAs I Lay Dying
2. Mad Man
5. An Adult Tree
7. Invoke Reform
8. Sons of the Fallen Nation
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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.