Haste the Day

Attack of the Wolf King

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Indianapolis-based Christian metalcore band Haste the Day specialize in precision-cut machine gun beats and tight, Iron Maiden-inspired “guitarmonies” paired with traditional angst-fueled screamo choruses that skillfully bring the room together. Attack of the Wolf King, the band’s fourth long-player, treats that formula like dogma, and while the playing is impeccable and the holy fury is filled with conviction, the fatigue that sets in about halfway through is all too real. Album highlights like “Wake Up the Sun,” "The Un-Manifest,” and “Crush Resistance” benefit from strong vocals and the occasional deviation from the script, as well as a healthy respect for brevity (no epics here), but the rest of the cuts (minus the cloying, Twilight soundtrack-ready ballad “White as Snow”) tear through one ear and explode like shrapnel out of the other, resulting in an adequate collection of emo/thrash/aggro/gospel that doesn’t have too much to say, but keeps it short enough that listeners get to hear the whole pitch before they politely decline.

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