Haste the Day – Attack of the Wolf King

Whether or not it was partly thanks to some member changes, Haste the Day have returned to glory with Attack of the Wolf King. After a highly disappointing last outing (which sold the least copies of the four Solid State releases), it was hard to expect something special. Luckily for everyone, this is a killer album that puts the shit-talking to rest. “Wake Up The Sun” gets things rolling, showing off a revived passion and skill that has been absent since Pressure The Hinges. Like that album, this disc blends the heavy and soft to create a dynamic sounding soundtrack of brutality and beauty. “Dog Like Vultures” features a vocal stressed chorus that shines, “Un-Manifest” is propelled by some interesting and more varied instrumentals, “That Place That Most Deny” is the most powerful lyrically, and “Crush Resistance” is an angry anthem of sorts. This album isn’t all one “thing” either – it’s not one long collection of heavy songs. There are slower moments, like with “White As Snow”, and each song manages to have an identity all its own (something a lot of bands struggle with). One of the most memorable tracks is “The Quiet, Deadly Ticking”, a fast and aggressive song that is accompanied by some great breakdowns and gang vocals. It doesn’t really matter to which track you skip to with this album; every song has something unique or entertaining about it. This is an excellent comeback from a band we’ve missed. Attack of the Wolf King is most definitely worth your time. –

Nathaniel Lay, www.lexingtonmusicpress.com

Rating: 9/10
Label: Solid State Records
Website: http://www.myspace.com/hastetheday


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