Thursday, March 22, 2007

Pressure the Hinges

Posted on Thu, Mar 22, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Pressure the Hinges
Label: Solid State
Length: LP
Media: CD
Format: Album
WorkNameSort: Pressure the Hinges
Haste the Day plays metalcore with such unwavering competence that listeners' feelings about the subgenre as a whole should be synonymous with their reaction to this group. Granted, this is a Christian band, named after a hymn and prone to infusing joyous-noise phrases such as 'such a beautiful song we singâ?� with missionary zeal, so people who make musical decisions based on spiritual criteria might reject it outright. Fans who mark 'no responseâ?� in the religion box can move down the checklist, asserting their feelings about staggered breakdowns, abrupt transitions between barked and crooned vocals, and the use of riffs that recall Megadeth and Pantera as a prelude to melodic choruses. Now on its fourth full-length, this Indianapolis-based quintet executes each of these elements well, with new singer Stephen Keech's versatility unlocking impressive four-part harmonies. But to truly distinguish itself, Haste the Day must find a way to transcend metalcore rather than epitomizing it.

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