Haste The Day - Attack Of The Wolf King

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Metalcore
Solid State Records
Haste The Day
Attack Of The Wolf King
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Metalcore, as of late, has been overrun with bands that interlace bone-crushing breakdowns and frenetic riffs with howls and screams about the power of Jesus and God. In fact, one would be hard pressed to find a secular metalcore act that has “broken out” in the past few years. In this Christian Metalcore scene, Haste The Day can easily be considered veterans. Having released their debut Solid State full length in 2004, Haste The Day has been on the label longer than Attack Attack! has been a band. Unfortunately, veteran status doesn’t always mean exceptional skill. On each of their past four full lengths, the band, while proving themselves competent at both their instruments and at the craft of songwriting, never really exceeded the expectations set forth by their genre. While some of their songs are exceptional, most blend in with each other, and, unfortunately, on the band’s fifth full length, Attack Of The Wolf King, the case is not much different.

Attack of the Wolf King begins with the aptly titled “Wake Up The Sun,” which, with its dizzying riffs, will wake up the listener. Lead vocalist Stephen Keech’s demonic screams add to an atmosphere of a carefully controlled chaos, and the sung chorus of “We are here and we are one” provide both a ray of light in the song’s dark atmosphere, and a place to take a breath before the band launches into the second verse. All in all, the first track proves to be one of the greatest on the album. Unfortunately, most of the other songs on the album are not as great. On the contrary, they soon grow indistinguishable from each other. Thankfully, there are still some glimmers of hope sprinkled throughout. “Travesty” features twin dueling guitars, “Un-Manifest” unseats the listener several times with its earth-shattering, hell-raising cries to the heavens, and “Crush Resistance” opens with one of Keech’s best vocal performances of the record set over a frenetic riff a la August Burns Red. Unfortunately, none of these glimmers manages to lighten up the gaping black hole in the record that is the band’s attempt at a ballad: “White As Snow.” Uninspired and lacking in emotion, the ballad is a sad attempt to show off a softer side to the band. The only saving grace of the song is that the record is able to immediately get back into its stride with the opening notes of “Crush Resistance.”

Overall, Attack Of The Wold King is a fairly average metalcore release. While not technically terrible, it is little more than bland metalcore. Fortunately, the album has enough good songs that, when combined with some songs from the band’s catalog, can fill a decent live set as support band, something this group will forever be doomed to unless they pull out all the stops on their next release. Unfortunately, history usually repeats itself, and if a band can’t master the art of writing good, memorable music by their fifth album, it is foolish to think that they ever will.

1. Wake Up The Sun
2. Dog Like Vultures
3. The Quiet, Deadly Ticking
4. Travesty
5. Merit For Sadness
6. Un-Manifest
7. The Place That Most Deny
8. White As Snow
9. Crush Resistance
10. Walk With A Crooked Spine
11. My Name Is Darkness

Haste the Day is a metalcore band which formed in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States in 2001. They are signed to Solid State Records. Their band is named after a lyric in the hymn “It Is Well with My Soul”. Even though the band’s style is generally considered metalcore, the band describes their music as “rock and roll with breakdowns”.

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