Haste - _When Reason Sleeps_
(Century Media, 2001)
by: Adrian Bromley (8 out of 10)
It's a given that sophomore albums are the most crucial in any band's career. You might make an impact with a debut disc, but the second album always means more. Scary thought, I know, but how many bands can you think of that faded after a debut disc? HammerFall, anyone? Well, Alabama hardcore/metal sextet Haste don't have to worry about being pushed to the wayside with their second offering _When Reason Sleeps_, as it pummels the listener with its dual vocal assault and some of the mightiest guitar riffs to embrace hardcore music in some time. In other words, this is balls to the wall intensity. And while heavy on the intensity, the dual vocals allow Haste to add a much deeper sense of melody to the aggressive nature of the band. Don't believe me? Just check out numbers like "Confessions of a Lesser Known Saint" and "Engine" and see how the band are capable of reaching highs in both aggression and melody. Tres cool! If I was to put my finger on the real uniqueness to Haste, I'd have to say it has to be the unique vocal arrangements the bring into the sometime derivative hardcore realm. I'm excited about seeing these guys on tour this year and so should you. _When Reason Sleeps_ is worthy of multiple spins this year.

(article published 13/5/2001)

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