Haste the Day
Burning Bridges


3.5
great

Review

by Kristopher L. Williams USER (6 Reviews)
November 13th, 2007 | 46 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Jimmy Ryan presents a strong frontman approach accompanied by tight and interesting musicians thrashing around him.

When it comes to Metalcore, there are a plethora of setbacks that restrict me from immediately falling for a band. A few of those setbacks are juvenile lyrics, repetitiveness or overall mediocrity. Since the genre has an overabundance of bands it’s pretty much a hit or a miss. You’ll either be surprised at what the band has to offer, or instantly turned off by the lack of innovation. The band in focus finds the correct path to take and finds a special place inside the metalcore world.

Haste the Day, the band out of Indianapolis Indiana, finds itself relating to bands like As I Lay Dying, and Darkest Hour. Releasing an EP back in 2001 titled That They May Know You, the band saw instant satisfaction, and fan success. The original Line-up consisted-

Jimmy Ryan – Lead Vocals
Brennan Chaulk - Guitar, vocals
Jason Barnes - Guitar
Mike Murphy - Bass, vocals
Devin Chaulk - Drums, background vocals

The line-up would later change with Stephan Keetch replacing Jimmy Ryan at frontman duties. Despite that modern fact, Ryan displayed a brilliant assault at frontman vocals. Throughout the cd, his tone stays solid and true, yet never really changes range. As the fact would usually turn off potential fans, it works quite well with the musical style the band put together as a whole. His tempo keeps up almost perfectly with the fast paced guitar riffs and drum patterns. The lyrical content is what you’d expect from a metalcore band, depicting relationships, and emotional attachments to life in general. During songs on the album, Ryan’s vocals were brilliantly backed by Brennan Chaulk who focused on clean and tight vocals to carry melody through the riffing.

Guitars stay quite constant throughout the album, yet they seem to always feel fresh. The cd is filled with breakdowns that become a little repetitive yet don’t warm the welcome out too much. No rhythm or lead guitar is apparent, for the two guitarists usually stay with the same melody. Although, breakdowns take place of the all mighty solo, you’ll fail to conclude the feeling of something missing, for the verses of each song are filled with melody, and dance like riffage. Unlike other metalcore records, the bass plays a significant roll in Burning Bridges. Each song you’ll hear the bass strumming away in the background and it actually sounds good! Although, it’s quite apparent throughout the entirety of the album, it still seems to follow guitars, and keep them louder.

Drums are the one hold back I find apparent throughout the record. Each song holds the same patterns, and same fill. Although for that one setback Devin Chaulk does a fantastic job with keeping the time of screaming and guitarists Brennan Chaulk, and Jason Barnes. By the time you reach the fifth song the drums become stale, yet they present a good environment for the fellow musicians.

Haste The Day failed to do a few things right, but succeeded at making a solid and good debut. As far as Metalcore being hit or miss, this album definitely hits the target. Jimmy Ryan presents a strong frontman approach accompanied by tight and interesting musicians thrashing around him. Haste The Day has a found a special place in the metalcore world.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
ToWhatEnd
November 13th 2007


3172 Comments


I just saw these guys with As I Lay Dying and All That Remains on Sunday. They have such a good live show, Stephen is an absolute beast and their clean harmonies are so perfect. They didn't play anything off of this record sadly but when I saw them at Bamboozle in May they opened with Blue 42 and I almost crapped myself.

Pretty good review, little more descriptions and examples wouldn't have hurt but not a bad effort at all. For a fourth review you've certainly got my vote.

botb
November 13th 2007


9721 Comments


This record is so good and I got to hang out with these guys after a show in my town with It Dies Today and (eck, Atreyu, but we left during their set). Such tight dudes. And Blue 42 is probably the sickest breakdown ever.

Yazz_Flute
November 13th 2007


18812 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pretty good album, Haste the Day have the potential to right amazing songs (this album and WEF prove that, i dont own
their newest) but end up sounding too samey annd uninteresting overall. Song of Faith is my personal favoirte on this
album, Blue 42, Americvan Love, Substance and Breaking My Own Heart (though that song would've been better of it
were a few minutes longer) are the other highlights, The other songs range from pretty good, to just plain average.



Digging: Kayo Dot - Coffins On Io

ToWhatEnd
November 14th 2007


3172 Comments


I think Pressure The Hinges is a good listen myself. It definitely holds my attention the longest out of all of their records.

botb
November 14th 2007


9721 Comments


Yeah, I agree. I'm a big fan of the new vocals as opposed to the old raspy whispered-sounded ones, unique or not.

TimeToTurnTheTide
November 25th 2007


208 Comments


i came across closest thing to closure when trawling the net for new bands. its ok. it sounds kinda post-hardcore to begin with and im not a big fan of his vocals (they seem kinda death metal to me which = no)

but good review man. pos. glad to see you taking time to read my reviews too

botb
April 6th 2008


9721 Comments


blue 42 is so fuckin good.

HammerofDawn
April 16th 2008


23 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haste the day sounds kinda emo in some of their songs but they also have some pretty nice breakdowns.

iamthenightmare
April 16th 2008


754 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i dont listen to HTD for the breakdowns, it the catchiness that makes them good.
that shit will get stuck in your head dam easy

Yazz_Flute
April 16th 2008


18812 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I havent listened to HTD in a really long time...maybe I should check them out again.

zrosschristian
November 20th 2008


281 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

American Love is simply amazing.

withintention
November 20th 2008


297 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

indeed it is, along with Blue 42

zrosschristian
November 20th 2008


281 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Agreed.

Donul
July 4th 2009


51 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I gotta say I just ordered the cd right now an amazon, its on its way, havent received it yet, but I cant stop watching american love on youtube all the time xD I mean the whole song is great, the breakdowns rock, but the middle clean section just blows, its reaaaally beautiful ))

BrahTheSunGod
October 2nd 2009


1279 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

SO good.

Groink
October 7th 2009


772 Comments


What should I listen to first, this or When Everything Falls?

WhiteWallStargazers
October 7th 2009


2647 Comments


THIS! THIS! THIS! Best Haste the Day cd by far. When Everything Falls is also good, but this blows it out of the water

Groink
October 7th 2009


772 Comments


Haha, all I've heard off this is American Love,and it's pretty awesome. I'll give this a listen.

Jips
December 13th 2009


1136 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

substance still kicks ass...

JWT155
May 5th 2010


9300 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

So close to bumping this into classic mode.



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