Will Haven
Carpe Diem


4.5
superb

Review

by AnvilJ USER (7 Reviews)
September 12th, 2010 | 26 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Will Haven mature their bleak sonic landscapes by adding more complexity without the sacrifice of their harsh sound.

Carpe Diem sees Will Haven combine and refine what they laid down on El Diablo and experimented with on WHVN. El Diablo whilst a brilliant furious barrage lacked a certain amount of depth. WHVN. WHVN kicked some ideas around, but ultimately came across as a collection of B-sides. Carpe Diem is the melding and correction of these rights and wrongs. Carpe Diem melts your face off and then welds your jaw back together. If El Diablo was The Evil Dead, then Carpe Diem is The Shining.

Carpe Diem eases off with a chiming opener reminiscent of Mogwai, at a stage when Mogwai were not a household name and [i]Young Team[i] had barely seen release. This is a statement of intent. The winding of the clockwork orange bomb. Unlike El Diablo you see the fist before it hits you.

‘Saga’ is the most dynamically complex song on the album and sets a tall precedent. Fortunately the rest of the album is constructed carefully to prevent monotony and importantly to keep you from being too comfortable. Where ‘Bats’ has a significant coda other songs end abruptly before sending the next slab of molten lava towards you. Gladly this is all intentional drawing you in, and achieving the delicate victory of a balanced experience. The pacing could have perhaps have been a little more polished mostly due to that some of transitions could have been a little smoother. For example the levels between ‘Finest Our’ to ‘Alpha Male’ could have matched closer and would have increased the seamless quality of the recording.

On Carpe Diem Will Haven introduce incidental music to enhance mood and serve as book ends, akin to the way a film incorporates music to make the scary material safer and yet at the same time to make the scary material scarier. Carpe Diem shares many qualities of a Stanley Kubrick film but without the slow long build up and release, for at the end Will Haven do not drop the atomic bomb but the grand piano.

The core musical toolkit has not changed from previous outings. The scraping vocals and dense guitar work are all evident but it is dynamically that things are different. The drumming is freer and is used as part of the soundscape rather than being the vehicle onto which the other instruments sit. The vocals now act like signals for the sonic changes, making the listener pay attention and heed the guide showing them through this bare metallic desert. The harshness of the production is turned down from eleven to eight from the raw power of El Diablo but this only accentuates the band’s new found dynamic power.

Sadly the marginally misaligned transitions and a couple of non-memorable songs stop this from being a classic. However on album number three Will Haven progressed, learning from their successes and their failures whilst showing the willingness to experiment and move forward. Seize the day and do not make the mistake of ignoring this uncut gem which was far ahead of its time then as it even is now.



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eternium
September 12th 2010


16340 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Finally this gets a review. Thank you.

Dvst
September 13th 2010


8 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

thanks for reviewing this. one of my favorite albums.

kneelbeforezod
October 18th 2010


10 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I havnt listened to this album in ages! I loved this back in the day, will haven rules

kneelbeforezod
October 18th 2010


10 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I havnt listened to this album in ages! I loved this back in the day, will haven rules

eternium
December 2nd 2010


16340 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Anyone who hasn't heard this needs to now.

InFiction
December 9th 2010


3713 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Listening now. Love it.

Scoot
February 4th 2011


17910 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is tremendous, reminds me a lot of botch

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Mordecai.
February 4th 2011


8282 Comments


good album, but this review sucks.

ffs
March 6th 2011


4884 Comments


finally got around to listening to this. good album

defjaw83
April 1st 2011


1776 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fuck this album rules. Moving to Montana used to melt my face when I was into my weed

danielito19
April 13th 2011


6698 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

so close to 5ing this lol

ForeignFilm
May 1st 2011


129 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I almost 5'd this one too. But I decided to save my 5 for El Diablo.

danielito19
May 2nd 2011


6698 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I prefer this to El Diablo.

accompliceofmydeath
September 19th 2011


4302 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dis goo'

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danielito19
September 19th 2011


6698 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

accomplice this is the bomb diggity

StagnantWords
October 25th 2012


318 Comments


This is like deftones and snapcase's baby.

ForeignFilm
September 5th 2013


129 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Favorite album and this is a great review.

danielito19
April 29th 2014


6698 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

fuck this is so good though. delicious sludgy metalcore. rips when you're baked too m/

wacknizzle
April 30th 2014


13681 Comments


Damn, this rules

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danielito19
April 30th 2014


6698 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

it certainly does. btw wack been hearing a lot about your dig, is it anything like this?



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