Editor's Rating

Have a listen to: "World"

Rating out of 10

Haste The Day – Coward

Release Date: 19th May 2015
Solid State Records

After the announcement last year that Haste The Day would reform to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their debut album ‘Burning Bridges‘`12 with the original lineup, it is safe to say that since the 2011 split, nobody was expecting anything more from the band and that everyone assumed the reformation was a one off.

Fast forward to May 2015 and we have ‘Coward‘ – where did this even come from? For the first time in the band’s history, vocals are split between original vocalist Jimmy Ryan and his replacement Stephen Keech who took over vocal duties in 2006. Ryan provides his viciously harsh vocals just like he did on ‘Burning Bridge‘ and ‘When Everything Falls‘, while Keech counters that with his soothing cleans. Quite frankly, using the best out of both vocalists together has worked incredibly well!

Haste The Day bring us a more melodic approach with ‘Coward‘ than on previous releases, but all the same, packing the sheer brutality they have always had. Just listen to the single ‘World‘ and you will hear this; the crushing riffs topped by awesome melodies, those vicious vocals I spoke of with a hoard of backing gang vocals that you know will ring around the room at a live show.

The atmosphere the majority of ‘Coward‘ provides with its wall of noise approach – especially in ‘Reconcile‘ –  reminds me of the same atmosphere in Underoath’s album ‘Lost in the Sound of Separation‘, with a hint of the same progressive softness that August Burns Red can deliver in their slow melodies and beats. ‘Reconcile‘ on the whole is a mix between ABR’s track ‘Meridian‘ and Underoath’s ‘Too Bright To See, Too Loud To Hear‘.

Fail‘ on the other hand, gives you a sense of nostalgia as the tempo is energetic, eratic and as fierce as the Haste The Day of old. The same can be said about the riffs, catchy chorus and Ryan’s monstrous screams in ‘Accept‘. It is like listening to the best of the original Jimmy Ryan era mixed with the best of the Stephen Keech era.

Haste The Day are back with fire in their bellies and they are ready to give the Metalcore scene the boot up the ass it needs to keep delivering high quality music. This is an outstanding return from the Indiana 7-piece and it is clear that the 4 years break has helped the band rediscover themselves.  I have never heard a comeback album sound so good and full of intent to be better than previous releases.

Old fans and any fan of mid 2000’s Metalcore take notice!