Haste the Day
When Everything Falls


3.0
good

Review

by Nick Habisch USER (53 Reviews)
October 2nd, 2009 | 20 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Haste the Day falls to the sophomore slump.

Sophomore albums must be a band's worst nightmare. Trying to live up to a stellar debut, or else trying to salvage themselves after a train wreck of an album, bands are put into a position of choice. Whether to continue with the sound that gave them an identity or to change it up in order to possibly gain more clout in the music world. With When Everything Falls Indianapolis based Haste the Day tries to capture the best of both worlds, with some degree of success.

After putting out a stellar debut in Burning Bridges, Haste the Day had a chance to prove that the sophomore slump would not effect them, but alas this was not the case. AlthoughWhen Everything Falls is not a terrible album by any means, it just does not have the same punch as their debut. This album follows Burning Bridges with the mix of treble based guitars, underrated drumming, Zao-esque harsh vocals, along with the atypical clean vocals found on most modern metalcore records. Tracks like Fallen and Walk On are typical fast and aggressive Haste the Day metal, whereas Long Way Down (Goo Goo Dolls cover) and InstruMetal are on the softer side. Boasting concert favorite When Everything Falls, and the 2:14 speedburner Bleed Alone, this album is no pushover. Jimmy Ryan's vocals are as unique and in your face as always, while the guitar duo of Jason Barnes and Brennan Chaulk throw riff after riff at the listener. The drumming of Devin Chaulk is also standout, as he is one of the more under-appreciated drummers in the metal world. The bass is handled well by Mike Murphy, but gets pushed deep into the mix. Standout tracks such as All I Have and If I Could See show Haste the Day upping their technical level while still keeping the strong songwriting that was present on Burning Bridges.

For all the good things about this record, why does it only attain a rating of 3? This album is good and all, yes, but it just seems like they were trying too hard to recapture the greatness they achieved on their debut. With the exception of When Everything Falls, there are no tracks on this album that measure up to the level attained by such Haste the Day classics like Blue 42, American Love, and Closest Thing to Closure. The album as a whole just feels like a re-hashed and less interesting version of Burning Bridges. Unfortunately vocalist Jimmy Ryan would leave the band after this album, and Haste the Day would start the descent from a unique metalcore band into one that had a more generic sound.

So does When Everything Falls deserve a place in your collection? If you are a die hard Haste the Day fan, then yes, go pick it up, but if you are only casually interested then I would suggest picking up Burning Bridges or their most recent output Dreamer.



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accompliceofmydeath
October 2nd 2009


4267 Comments


I only have Pressure the Hinges by these guys and it bored the shit out of me. Review is meh.

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WhiteWallStargazers
October 2nd 2009


2647 Comments


Pressure is their worst ....I would suggest checking out Burning Bridges

iamthenightmare
October 2nd 2009


754 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I will stand, i will stand when everything falls away...

KYZAR
October 2nd 2009


513 Comments


two reviews at once. tsk tsk...

but good review none the less

WhiteWallStargazers
October 2nd 2009


2647 Comments


ooh sorry bro, didn't know that was disliked ...il keep it to one from now on

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
October 2nd 2009


8012 Comments


Haste the Day moar liek Haste the Gay amirite

accompliceofmydeath
October 2nd 2009


4267 Comments


^I suppose

cvlts
October 2nd 2009


8968 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

with this release, ya

Yazz_Flute
October 2nd 2009


18819 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Burning Bridges is way better than anything else these guys have done, though their newest was surprisingly good.

Album is really average, but Fallen, Walk On, and the title track are cool.

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BrahTheSunGod
October 2nd 2009


1279 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I liked this album a lot, probably because it was the first one i heard by them. BB is still tops; right you are about the descent into genericness after Jimmy left.
Oh, side note- these guys fucking OWN live. Amazing show, one of the best I've been to by far.

Nick, what'd you think of Trenches, Jimmy's new band?

Yazz_Flute
October 2nd 2009


18819 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Trenches are way better than Haste the Day tbh.

WhiteWallStargazers
October 2nd 2009


2647 Comments


Dreamer is good though...it's not really Haste the Day anymore, but is a solid release nontheless

Groink
October 2nd 2009


773 Comments


Pressure the Hinges isn't that bad. This sucks though.

Oh, and Trenches kicks ass.

Yazz_Flute
October 2nd 2009


18819 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Trenches ≥ Burning Bridges >> Dreamer >>> Pressure the Hingers > When Everything Falls

cvlts
October 2nd 2009


8968 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Trenches ≥ Burning Bridges >> Dreamer >>> Pressure the Hingers > When Everything Falls


that.

BrahTheSunGod
October 3rd 2009


1279 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

switch dreamer and when everything falls plz khkx

sspedding
October 3rd 2009


4773 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

this album is pimp

BallsToTheWall
October 3rd 2009


44714 Comments


Summary is completely false.

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SkanksBestChum
October 5th 2009


42 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Mehhhhhh....

BigTuna
October 7th 2009


5161 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Burning Bridges ruled. This didn't. Great review, I agree with it a hundred percent.

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