The highly anticipated third album from this Sacramento band seen touring with SLIPKNOT, SOULFLY, and FEAR FACTORY. Taking metal hardcore to an abstract level similar to DEFTONES, this record is honest, emotional, and chaotic.
is a towering achievement. In an age when even the lamest nu-metal bands sound like the devil stubbing his toe in the depths of hell, the true yardstick of quality isn't anger or aggression, but precision. Sacramento four-piece Will Haven--who've toured with the Deftones
and Limp Bizkit
and been feted by Slipknot
--know exactly how to turn a whisper into a scream. Drawing on a set of influences that stretch beyond metal into the taut dynamics of hardcore, Carpe Diem
is a punishing yet exhilarating journey into the heart of noise. Simple melodies are set aside for grooves and riffs that have a lurching elasticity, while singer Grady Avenell murders his own larynx in the quest for catharsis. "Saga" and "Alpha Man" are perfectly realized examples of post-nu-metal hardcore, and "Bats" even drifts in a brief moment of Labradford
-style post-rock before leaping back into the fray. This willingness to experiment may rob the band of real mass appeal, but like System of a Down
, Will Haven take rock into exciting new realms. --Ian Watson