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BRUTAL EFFORT FROM METAL ACT
Posted November 24, 2008
By CCMmagazine,


Those familiar with the metalcore of the Indianapolis act Haste the Day will find much of the same on the band’s latest release, Dreamer. Then again, why mess with a good thing? After all, the band continues to chart well with each subsequent release, carrying a significant following among hardcore fans.

Dreamer grates from the start with simplistic but searing riffs on “68” from Brennan Chaulk and newer vocalist Stephen Keech’s deep, guttural growls. And the brutality stops for no man with successive tunes like “Mad Man” and “Haunting” continuing the trend that “68” starts.

There are echoes of melody here and there, with the chorus of “Mad Man” featuring a layered vocal harmony before Keech reverts back to form. Still, the majority of the release features metalcore staples that Haste the Day has long since proven to have nailed down. It does seem like Brennan Chaulk and bassist Michael Murphy have turned up the intensity on this one, giving it a different feeling than Pressure the Hinges. But rest assured that it’s still your favorite metal act at work.

Dreamer might signify a band turning a corner toward an even heavier sound, but if so, it’s not enough for some to notice. The band members know their ground and are willing to stand on it while toying a bit to keep things interesting. –Matt Conner

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