Haste the Day
Haste the Day VS. Haste the Day


3.5
great

Review

by SteveRogers USER (7 Reviews)
September 28th, 2011 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: And may this album stand as a testament to Haste the Day both past and present when everything falls away.

There are few things as frustratingly abrupt and depressing as, say, the sudden (but in retrospect inevitable) break-up of a beloved band in Haste the Day or the maddeningly inconclusive end of Inception. Whereas Inception left the audience hanging with an unnecessary Shymalam-a-ding-dong twist ending from film industry favorite Christopher Nolan, metal industry underdog Haste the Day chose to be the bigger man and release one final musical endeavor from the halls of their catalog before bidding adieu to a generally faithful fanbase.

This is where the live album Battle Royale: Haste the Day vs. Haste the Day comes into play. Released in 2011 after the band announced their break-up in 2010, the album is a recording of the album release show for the band’s final full-length studio LP Attack of the Wolf King (reviewed elsewhere on this site) and was a uniquely billed show featuring literally every member of the band from its inception over 10 years ago until the date of the show.

Yes, friends. This means the live album represents the best and worst of every Haste the Day album with original frontman Jimmy Ryan (of Burning Bridges and When Everything Falls fame) and his sidekicks Devin Chaulk and estranged guitar players Jason Barnes and Brennan Chaulk playing older songs alongside the more recent lineup consisting of Stephen Keech, former Once Nothing drummer Giuseppe Capolupo, and a host of other musicians including the only remaining original member Mike Murphy.

Notably, the show and album appear to have very little of a draining effect on bassist and sometimes vocalist Mike Murphy who was the only member to stick with the band throughout its lifetime and therefore appears on almost every song performed; his vocals on the track “Substance” here are somehow more intense live towards the end of their set then they ever were on album.

The band starts things off tellingly with an audio clip from the Roland Emmerich masturbatory-special-effects-mansplosion Independence Day before jumping straight into the song “68” (off their generally worst-received album Dreamer).

Things progress rather predictably across the length of the album. Anyone who purchased this is likely a fan of the band already and would be pleased with the track listing on the CD (though some songs appear exclusively on the DVD included in the physical release). The band is generally spot on regardless of line-up. The main differences are noticeable in the stylistic differences between the two drummers with the consistent yet somewhat non-experimental style of Devin Chaulk (who also contributes his serviceable vocals to the band’s performance of “Blue 42”) as compared with the fill crazy and solo-tastic drumming of Giuseppe Capolupo.

The real treat on this album is hearing the interplay between the two vocalists as they switch back and forth between line-ups. The humbled Stephen Keech and Jimmy Ryan joke with each other accordingly throughout the set and speak of their experiences in the band almost as if they knew this would serve as the emotional nail in the coffin for many of their fans just a few months down the road. The personalities of the two vocalists are both on display with their different approaches to stage performance. With Keech taking the more expected metal vocalist persona by encouraging the audience with, “I want to see this room explode,” and Ryan almost hilariously using banter uncharacteristic of the genre, “I want to see you guys shake your booties to this part.”

The album falls prey to the expected trappings of any live album. The drums are characteristically over-powering with the vocals fading in-and-out as the two vocalists engage the audience. And any live album is going to fall into a rather specialized category: fans of the band will dig it. If you're unfamiliar with Haste the Day, then this isn't for you. But anyone who enjoys this band (even more casual fans) may find the live sound welcome, particularly if they never got the chance to see them live.

Both of the band's lead vocalists sound on par with their best studio work, and Jimmy Ryan's vocals and stage presence beg the question whether his new band Trenches has been doing Haste the Day covers at rehearsals. His voice sounds just as poisonous now live as it did during his heyday with the band. Contrasting with the more traditional but more crowd friendly vocal work of Stephen Keech.

At the close of the album, the two vocalists work together for the band’s final, and fittingly so, song during the set, “When Everything Falls.” As the somehow rejuvenated band powerfully works through songs from each of their album (including a touching rendition of the acoustic track “Autumn” from both the band’s EP That They May Know You and the full-length Dreamer), everything culminates with this final blast of vitriol.

And may this album stand as a testament to Haste the Day both past and present when everything falls away.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
zuzek
September 28th 2011


750 Comments


"end of Inception", "Shymalam-a-ding-dong.", "Yes friends".

Brb punching ballsack.

sspedding
September 28th 2011


4762 Comments


i didnt even know this existed. Am searching for it right away.

hmmm cant find it

I really liked these guys - both bands.

WhiteWallStargazers
September 28th 2011


2647 Comments


Miss this band, might pick this up

RobotJesus
September 28th 2011


432 Comments


I was just listening to Burning Bridges and Pressure the Hinges today such good memories

botb
September 28th 2011


9674 Comments


such a gateway band for me.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
September 29th 2011


31163 Comments


Thought this was a greatest hits album when I first saw it

Digging: LV and Joshua Idehen - Islands

FrankRedHot
September 29th 2011


6448 Comments


Yeah, but then it would be just a blank CD.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
September 29th 2011


31163 Comments


Hohoho!

Comatorium.
September 29th 2011


4117 Comments


Why is frank such a fag? hm.

I'll probably pick this up, i enjoyed them back in high school.

Digging: Silverstein - This is How the Wind Shifts: Addendum

JWT155
September 29th 2011


9256 Comments


American. Love.

Digging: Death From Above 1979 - The Physical World

Comatorium.
September 29th 2011


4117 Comments


That song, man. That fuckin song.

JWT155
September 29th 2011


9256 Comments


Burning Bridges is my go to metalcore album if I want to hear juns.

Comatorium.
September 29th 2011


4117 Comments


It is a goodun.

FrankRedHot
September 29th 2011


6448 Comments


"Why is frank such a fag? hm."

I'm surprised you don't hate this. The lead singer sounds nothing like Chad Kroeger.

BallsToTheWall
September 29th 2011


44363 Comments


AS THE SUN SETS TONIGHT (I NEVER SHOULD HAVE LET YOU GO)
I'LL HOLD YOU WITH ALL THAT I AM...
I NEVER SHOULD HAVE LET YOU SLIP THROUGH MY ARMS
I NEVER SHOULD HAVE LET YOU GO
PROMISE ME YOU'D STAY WITH ME FOREVER... FOREVER


Digging: Pharmakon - Abandon

jrbrown
September 29th 2011


66 Comments


Is that Jimmy Ryan or Joe Rogan on the front cover, I can't tell.

Nikkolae
September 29th 2011


4848 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I've only listenend Burning Bridges from this band, idk this sounds intresting and sortha like a shortcut through their whole discography.

Digging: Pallbearer - Foundations of Burden

Adabelle
September 29th 2011


4257 Comments


You made my day with "Shymalam-a-ding-dong."

Pos'd.

SteveRogers
September 29th 2011


189 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Much appreciated. It's been a really really long time since I've written a review, so I felt a little rusty when I first started drafting it.

cvlts
November 16th 2011


8955 Comments


listening to this for the nostalgia factor and good god



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