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When Everything Falls
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Hmmm...sometimes I wonder if Haste The Day are their own worst enemies. When Everything Falls has everything you'd want in a standard metalcore record...blistering riffs, throaty vocals, melodic singing, etc. but unfortunetly it falls short of being as enjoyable as their Solid State debut "Burning Bridges." The biggest problem here is the songwriting is just to predictable. Haste The Day have the ability to write a helluva catchy chorus, but when you throw them into every single track like they've done here, not only does it sound forced but it sort of loses it's ability to contrast with the heavier aspects of the songs because of the constant repitition, and even worse it makes it difficult to differentiate between the tracks. Ironically enough, perhaps the most enthralling listen on the entire album is the closing track "Long Way Down" which is entirely sung in clean vocals with scattered background screams, mostly because its just about the only track that really sounds different from everything else thats written and sounds very un-metalcore.

There's definetly talent here and I enjoy the album enough to say that When Everything Falls would fit nicely into anyones record collection who enjoys the majority of Solid State's catalog of releases, but don't expect to be blown away by this album as it doesn't tread any new ground. Highlight tracks include the "For A Lifetime," "Walk On," and "Long Way Down."
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 19, 2006
"When Everything Falls", Haste The Day's second effort for Solid State records, is exactly what someone would expect a melodic metalcore/hardcore band's sophmore album to sound like. There's of course more melody, a lot more in fact, but there's also still that heavy sense that attracted the listener to the band to begin with. What HTD have produced with their second cd is something that is hopefully going to draw newer fans to their band, while still keeping their root following in tact. And "When Everything Falls" actually does a pretty good job of accomplishing that, although it's definitely not a perfect release. Whatever you want to label these guys as, it doesn't really matter because music is about listening, not labeling. More or less most Haste The Day fans should be satisfied by this record if they can deal with a little bit of stale ideas and familiarity.

The album itself is actually very catchy. This is probably the hookiest (is that a word) or melodic a hardcore band can get and still be accepted by a majority of their fans. So what has the band done this time around? Musically the guys are still in top form. The riffs are ultra tight, and the screaming is right on key. Every part of every song is flawless from a technical standpoint. Jimmy's scream has actually gotten much better since the last album and this is mainly due to the wonderful production that the album received (finally Solid State opened up their wallets for these guys). While there's still the definite Zao influence, his rasps are ear shattering and still as invigorating as they have ever been. When put together with the pummeling musical work, Haste The Day's sound is excellent. The drums pound like never before, and the bass knows when to hit, especially during the breakdowns. In accordance the band also dabbles further into their melodic tendencies. Every song more or less features a catchy melodic chorus that can easily be identified with by most listeners, and the choruses are nicely done.

Haste The Day's biggest problem though comes in the song writing department. "When Everything Falls" is simply too repetitive. So much in fact that once you've heard one song from the disc, you've basically heard the entire thing. A lot of the progressive nature of the last album has been ditched in favor of a more verse-chorus-verse traditional song structure. The breakdowns almost always appear in the exact same place (usually after the first chorus), and there's little chances taken by the band in most areas. It's basically "scream the verse, sing the chorus", which has become commonplace in most metalcore/hardcore and whatnot today. It's just so formulaic. The only songs which break this cycle happen to be two of the best songs, "Bleed Alone" which is entirely screamed and the cover song "Long Way Down" which is almost entirely sung with clean vocals. Most of the other songs, while good and an entertaining listen just don't match up in the creativity department.

The first four tracks are all actually very, very good, just a bit of the same. "Fallen" and "When Everything Falls" in particular are two of the albums strongest "beauty meets dissonance" tracks. Most of the other songs, even though basically the same, are all great listens as well as long as you don't mind some recycled ideas. The breakdowns are still heavy and memorable, and the clean singing has improved significantly from "Burning Bridges".

Overall "When Everything Falls" isn't an extraordinary cd, but it's a good one despite it's flaws. If you can get past the fact that every song on here is kind of the same, it's a actually a very nice listen. I don't understand why everyone is arguing about what genre this band can be placed into. Most people refer to them as metalcore because of their last cd, and a lot of people are now calling them screamo because of this release. It doesn't really matter, because the music should outweigh the tag. And "When Everything Falls" does. While it's nowhere near as impressive or original as their last record, this is a nice release from a great band who put on a great live show. I'd recommend seeing them if you have the chance. Unfortunately vocalist Jimmy Ryan left shortly after the release of this record to be involved in his family's life. I'm disappointed to see Jimmy depart, but most HTD fans like myself only wish him the best of luck with his life. If you like Haste The Day or melodic hardcore in general, check this cd out. Also look into "Burning Bridges" and "That They May Know You". Hopefully the guys will pick it up and take a few more chances next time. Until then, have fun with this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 22, 2005
I'll be honest, after seeing the title and art of the new CD, I just had this sneaking suspicion that this album would be the first of a change for one of my favorite hardcore groups, but was I ever wrong; and THANK GOD! It's great to see one group sticking with what's working for them. The breakdowns are amazing, the singing is solid as ever (which is a rare thing amidst hardcore bands), and the lyrics are uplifting as ever!!! Yet another amazing release from Haste The Day!!! If only they'd given us more music to last until their next release (37min. with one of the songs being an amazing Goo Goo Dolls cover), but I'm not complaining :) The album's been in my rotation for the last 2 weeks non-stop, and it's going to have a hard time finding its' way out for a while.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 24, 2006
yes, this is haste the day's sophomore album released about a year ago. although not as hard and psychotic as their previous, this album still has it's breakdowns, catches, but a lot more singing. this album will most likely be Jimmy Ryan's last work following, a few months later, by the departure from his band. although haste the day now has a new singer after jimmy's departure, i still respect jimmy ryan's work in the band, as well as his message, and his determination and walk with his Lord and Savior. try and get this album, u won't regret it.

Farewell, Jimmy. (2002-2005)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 9, 2005
What is worse than a cookie-cutter metalcore band despretly trying to match the musical outcome of bigger bands and coming off as a cheep thrill? Well, there is Haste the Day. I liked their first release, but this one just sucks. Their first one was more creative and less predicable while this one is the opposite. All the songs are the same structure and the lyrics just suck. The only thing I like about this Cd is The vocals remind me of Daniel Wydatt's (Zao).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 24, 2005
I don't have a whole lot of christian CDs in my collection, but this is well worth the buy. This is by far the best christian band that is out their. Even if your not into the whole religion thing, you should buy this CD if you want some of metalcores finest. this band is for fans of "As I Lay Dying", "The Agony Scene", and "Demon Hunter". Pick this CD up NOW.

-Metalhead 4 Life-
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 28, 2005
When I first heard Haste the Day's album Burning Bridges, I was blown away. Jimmy is one of the most talented screamo singers I have ever heard. His style is almost like that of the band Zao, in that it has a very unique and very alluring voice.

But when I heard some songs off of purevolume.com from their new album (WEF), I was even more astonished. I didn't know that they could sound any better, but they surpassed the overall goodness of their previous album. Between the cries of the electric guitars wailing in perfect harmony, and the screaming vocals mixing in (also in harmony with the music), this cd is most likely the best cd I have ever bought.

I would definately recommend this cd to anyone who likes screamo music. You will not be disappointed.

~Josh

*Passionately in love with HTD*
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 18, 2005
Got this on the release date. First time I listened to it it was hard to get into. Walk On drew me in the first time. But the rest just made me listen to closely. At about the 3rd listen, this album was almost perfect. My only disappointments were not enough breakdowns and the songs are on a 2:45 average. By the way.. track 10 is useless. It's not metal!!!! Grr. I was expecting an intrumental song with tons of breakdowns!! Wow.. that ticked me off. But thankfully there's a skip button. Rest of album = great.

Top tracks

Walk On

When Everything Falls

Bleed Alone

Walls and Fear

Get this... it's frickin' awesome

God bless
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 27, 2005
Ok,i first heard about these guys of purevolume one day.And wow,they are great.Thought jimmy the singer soundling like Zaos singer.They have great talent,in a way they remind me of Atreyu.Its about on par with there previous CD.Burning Bridges.But i like this one a little more,something about it.The lyrics are grand,and so are the gutar riffs.Support this band!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 20, 2005
This is their best album! This album is more technical than the others. The sound is much better, and you get 12 full energy tracks. If you listen to one track, you will maybe not like the album. But you have to listen throughout the album a couple of times before you can tell. This is actually my favourite album at the moment....
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