Haste the Day
Attack of the Wolf King


4.5
superb

Review

by murphA USER (1 Reviews)
December 9th, 2010 | 46 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Summary: Haste The Day offers a promising release, full of technical guitar work, terrific drums, and pounding bass. The band puts out a solid record.

On June 29, Haste The Day dropped their newest record, Attack of the Wolf King. Surprisingly, only one of the original members (Michael Murphy, bass/vocalist) remain in the lineup while Haste The Day retains their original sound. Not to say that the band hasn’t progressed, but rather that they have stayed true to their sound while moving forward.

The record begins with “Wake Up the Sun”, showcasing Stephen Keech’s emotion-tinged screams along with his previously rare clean vocals. The catchy chorus adds to the energy previously built up by the verses and the brief breakdown. According to iTunes, the next track, “Dog Like Vultures”, is the third most popular song off Wolf King. With terrific imagery, this song paints a brilliant picture that entices the mind. This is track also holds a catchy chorus and great musicianship. “The Quiet, Deadly Ticking” carries the same line through the song: “Is this what you wanted for me?” and has mostly screams with backing clean vocals.

The next song, “Travesty” could be the greatest worship song ever without using God’s name; the song’s opening words refer directly to the crucifixion of Jesus. Lyrics aside, this song shines with intricate guitar work from new members Dave Krysl and Scotty Whelan and all around musicianship. “Merit for Sadness” has a memorable breakdown with an average chorus. The next track is one of the greatest songs off the record. With so much imagery and lyrics tying to the record’s mascot “the jackal”(which represents human’s evil side), “The Un-Manifest” simply sums up the entire album. Keech shows no mercy from his growls and screams with no clean vocals shown on the track. Drums from Giuseppe Capolupo are exceptional and tie it all together. “The Place Where Most Deny” has a nice opening riff and delivers a noteworthy chorus. “White As Snow” is the worst track off Attack of the Wolf King. Not to say that this song is bad, but all of the other tracks are so awe-inspiring that this slow, clean vocal track seems almost unexpected. One interesting point to note is Murphy’s vocals. Though he usually only does backups, track eight demonstrates his abilities at leads in the verses while Keech handles the chorus.

According to iTunes, the next track, “Crush Resistance”, is the most popular song off this CD. This song has a beastly breakdown and has minimal clean vocals, showing the heavier side of this band. “Walk With a Crooked Spine” undoubtedly has the best breakdown of the entire record. Keech growls “I am the spawn/of the wolf and the jackal/so hear the sound within me” in an unusually lower tone. “My Name is Darkness”, the closing track, is half quiet, synth-like intro, half metal breakdowns. This is definitely worth the 99 cents, but to anyone else, it would seem the 2:25 long track is not worth it. The special edition comes with a Black-Eyed Pea cover, which is pretty good, as well as two live songs.


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wyankeif1337
December 9th 2010


6739 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

According to iTunes, the next track, “Crush Resistance”, is the most popular song off this CD


Not at all necessary, but good for a first review. You manage to steer clear of blatant fanboyism better than most in your position.

dr2den
December 9th 2010


1342 Comments


lol

Dev518
December 9th 2010


574 Comments


While you don't need to give explicit details about the entire record, mentioning what makes something a good riff or mentioning why the vocals are average makes a review better. A summary and a deletion of the iTunes comment would really help this too. Pretty good for a first review though.

Kronzo
December 9th 2010


994 Comments


August Burns Red

North0House2
April 14th 2011


5880 Comments


Lol I actually find White as Snow to be the best track on the album.
The clean vocals mixed with the crushing guitar riffs make it for me.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
June 16th 2011


7122 Comments


Nice first review.

"Summary: Summary"

In your edit box, remove your 'summary'

'According to iTunes, the next track, “Dog Like Vultures”, is the third most popular song off Wolf King. '

Yeah this is a touch irrelevant.

Your review feels a little play by play and needs less attention to the tracks seperately. You could try to focus on te album as a whole rather than breaking down every little moment.

Will pos, pretty good for a first.



Photon
September 2nd 2011


1292 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

White as snow reminds me of Deftones a lot

Pharoh
September 2nd 2011


3326 Comments


This band sucks

RosaParks
September 2nd 2011


14951 Comments


a comment by pharoh

AmericnZero02
January 10th 2012


3360 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Stephen Keech is such a beast. HtD really impressed me with this one.

Wahknee
March 24th 2012


18 Comments


Good album, and not necessarily a bad review, but definitely not great. I've been a huge Haste The Day fan for years, and while each album can be traced to the previous one in the evolution of their sound, you have to admit that Attack of the Wolf King sounds very little like Burning Bridges or That They May Know You. This album has one major weakness in my mind. While Keech's screams are certainly intense, they have little to no range, which makes them a bit monotonous when listening to the album as a whole. This is unfortunate considering it was not an issue on Dreamer. That said, I really enjoy this album, and love HTD.

ChuckyTruant
April 19th 2012


15725 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review. But try not to do a track-by-track hidden in paragraphs

ThunderNeutral21
April 19th 2012


3864 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

4/5

ChuckyTruant
April 19th 2012


15725 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

can't tell if you are trolling or not gender

ChuckyTruant
April 20th 2012


15725 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^ Yes that song is awesome

EagleBlade
May 2nd 2012


63 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

always been a fan, sad that they broke up

ChuckyTruant
May 3rd 2012


15725 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah sucks

mindleviticus
June 20th 2012


8325 Comments


I like it

HitlerIsADeity
June 20th 2012


199 Comments


thought they broke up, or maybe im thinking of some other shitty christcore band

AmericnZero02
June 22nd 2012


3360 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

^Troll Alert Troll Alert^



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