Sound — 10
Haste the Day is back with their newest release 'Attack of the Wolf King'. This album has got to be the best I've heard from them so far becvause it has the agressive, raw metalcore sound of the first two albums combined with the more progressive and technical sound of their two latest albums, and adds it's own flavor into the mix. Stephen Keech has definitely refined his vocals from a more gutty sound from 'Dreamer' to a better, unique scream of his own for this release. Dave Krysl's guitar is very good and has many good riffs in the album. Giuseppe Capolupo's drumming is great and his double-basds drumming is perfect. Drum fills are good and his kit sounds good too. Refined and loud, unlike the empty sounding snare or the wierd kick from 'Dreamer'.
Lyrics — 8
Being a christian band, the lyrics are focused towards religious topics, but are good on their own. The lyrics usually stay good and on time except for a few times when they obviously had to squeeze in words. Like I said before, Stephen Keech's vocals are much better and refined from Dreamer. You can also understand his vocals a whole lot more than other vocalists. The clear singing is great and sounds like a flashback to 'When Everything Falls' where literally every song had a melodic chorus. The song "White As Snow" is completely sung out in clear and it is personally my favorite song on the album. "The Place That Most Deny" has a great chorus also. "Travesty" is also one of my favorites on the album and has great song structure.
Overall Impression — 9
Haste The Day has always had their own unique sound and made it even better on this release. You can't really compare the entire album to others, but you can compare songs. For instance, "The Place That Most Deny" has a Slipknot-like riff throughout the song. There are many more complex breakdowns like August Burns Red style. In conclusion, this album is a good buy for any metalcore fan. Definitely listen to the entire thing and don't skip songs, because they are all good.