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Pressure the Hinges

By Haste the Day (Artist)
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Item Specifications...

Record Label   EMI Music & Marketing
Format   Special Edition
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 5.08" Width: 6.8" Height: 0.41"
Weight:   0.26 lbs.
Binding  CD
Release Date   Mar 20, 2007
ISBN  0012416266  
EAN  0094638837725  
UPC  094638837725  

Availability  0 units.

Track Names
1.  Eye of the Needle
2.  Pressure the Hinges
3.  Minor Prophets
4.  Oracle
5.  White Collar
6.  Needles
7.  Janet's Planet
8.  Servant Ties
9.  Stitches
10.  Vertigo
11.  Akeldema
12.  Eremus
13.  Chorus of Angels
14.  In Memory [*]
15.  Sea of Apathy [*][Demo Version]
16.  Chorus of Angels [*][Demo Version]
17.  Bonus Material [DVD][*]

Item Description...
Haste the Day's first album with new singer Stephen Keech, 2007's PRESSURE THE HINGES finds the Indianapolis-based Christian metalcore ensemble sounding better for the change. Although there are still plenty of throat-scraping moments on the album, the band opts for more melody in both its vocals and instrumental arrangements, as revealed on the urgent anthem "White Collar."


* Eye Of The Needle
* Pressure The Hinges
* Minor Prophets, The
* Oracle, The
* White Collar
* Needles
* Janet's Planet
* Servant Lies
* Stitches
* Vertigo
* Akelderma
* Eremus
* Chorus Of Angels
* In Memory - (Other Recording Info)
* Sea Of Apathy - (Demo)
* Chorus Of Angels - (Demo)
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Haste This!  Mar 28, 2007
I've been into Haste the Day since Burning Bridges and I know that their first singer Jimmy Ryan was sick on screaming vocals.. you can't deny any of his talent on songs like Substance or American Love but with his departure they had to find someone and I couldn't be happier with their pick. Haste the Day still have all the great vocal parts and they still have the sick breakdowns thrown in for fun. The production is fabulous on this record so I'll point that out as well. There are very few CDs where the last track keeps you wanting to let the CD repeat itself but Chorus of Angels is that song and it provides the perfet ending. I really have to hand it to HTD, it takes a lot to come back from a singer leaving but they should really proud of the effort and it's a really enjoyable CD from beginning to end. The DVD is really good too! It's got a lot of footage and Jimmy's last show with them.. well worth it to seem the play Blue 42! I won't spoil it. Keep going HTD!
Jimmys gone. Get over it!  Mar 24, 2007
Yes people, Jimmy is gone. So I guess that means Haste the Day is gone too? No way. Haste the Day is back, and stronger than ever, and if you ask me Stephens vocals and songwriting are far superior to Jimmys. Don't get me wrong, Jimmy was great and had a unigue set of pipes, but his vocals got a bit annoying at times. Yes, Stephen has kind of a "GENERIC" sounding scream. He sounds a lot like Nick Brooks from It Dies Today(or used to be), and a lot like the singer from Destroy The Runner, and many other vocalists in Metalcore. So what! It still sounds good, even if it's not as unique. And if he sounds good then thats all that matters now doesn't it? All you people whining, and bashing his vocals need to take your hurt feelings to someone who cares. Ok, now to get to the album itself. It starts off with the intro tune "eye of the needle", which really don't need a comment because its nothing to comment on. But the second track "Pressure the Hinges" kicks in, and shows us that Haste the Day can still kick your face in. The intro guitar to the song is quite catchy. Another standout track is the third track "The Minor Prophets". OOOO this tune is catchy as hell. I really like the pretty intro, and then the song kicks into gear. It's mostly singing but it's still good. "White collar" is also a good heavy tune. The Grand Finale would definately be "Chorus of Angels". The song is BEAUTIFUL. There really is no words to describe this song, you just have to hear it. Just plain beautiful. The demo version is equally good if you ask me. The main difference between the demo and the real version is that the demo has bigger use of synths. The pretty sounding synths in the beginning of the demo will make you think your in heaven. The other tracks on the cd are also very good. People need to just open their minds and accept the new vocalist. Good job Haste the Day. Its a masterpiece.
A New Direction for Haste the Day...Too Bad  Mar 24, 2007
Sorry, but I have to agree with many other critics of HTD's "new direction." This isn't a bad album, and probably has the best production value when compared to their other releases, but Jimmy Ryan (to me, at least) was Haste the Day. I have NEVER in my entire life heard anything like his vocals on Burning Bridges and When Everything Falls - yeah, I've heard lots of vocalists, lots of "screamers," but Ryan has a unique quality to his voice that I've never heard replicated nor perfectly described. Check out the first two minutes of "Substance" from Burning Bridges and I think you'll know what I mean. I'll continue to support these guys, but I don't think it would be a bad idea to change their a lot of people, this just isn't Haste the Day any more.
The New Haste The Day.  Mar 23, 2007
I know that HTD has been getting buttloads of flak for their new musical direction and the new singer, Stephen Keech's style. But this is what happens with bands: people leave, styles change, the direction musically becomes redefined. With HTD, it works. Don't get me wrong, I loved Jimmy Ryan. He has a definitive scream but was really throaty and it sometimes could get irritating. He totally aped Dan Weyandt of Zao's style, which isn't a bad goal it's just he needs to find his own style (that was from Ryan's own mouth).

On Burning Bridges, there was a little less singing, some random riffs but nothing really complex and sweet breakdowns. Things got a bit more formulaic on 'When Everything Falls' but it was a bit more metal with much more singing. The reason 'Pressure The Hinges' is superior is because HTD has matured musically. Not only is Stephen Keech a MUCH better lyrics writer than Ryan but he offers a whole new dynamic. His scream may be a little more generic and 'beefy' but he can actually sing, hitting some high notes that take HTD to whole new places. If you don't like it, then I suggest you do what one HTD fan stated on their myspace page, "why don't you try going over to the Underoath myspace page and start whining about how they aren't good anymore because they lost Dallas?" Yeah. See where that'll get you.

I bought the special edition the day it came out. Here is a song-by-song review:

1. Eye of The Needle - an intro track with the repeated phrase 'Wake Up Now'. You can feel it coming..(an intro so I won't rate it)

2. Pressure The Hinges - the title track. I stood up til midnite when HTD said they were gonna put this song on their myspace page. It offers an intro that sets the tone for the rest of the CD, and a beefy breakdown. 9/10

3. The Minor Prophets - one of the best on the album. Starts off soft with Stephen singing 'have you seen the sun' before it takes off. It has quite a bit of singing but is written very well. The oddly timed random breakdown outro made me shiver. 10/10

4. The Oracle - The intro to this song offers up a sweet riff with a hint of southern metal (characterized by the pulloffs on the low C string on the 3rd, 5th, and 6th frets). You'll notice HTD utilizes that style a lot more on this CD and they make it sound good. Sweet song with an awesome solo. 8/10

5. White Collar - some of the sweetest lyrics on the CD. This was one of the 3 songs I heard prior to the CDs release and probably my fav. The chorus is catchy and the part where Stephen screams 'Here we go with a fresh perspective' during the breakdown makes me wanna punch things. The drum beat switch on the last few lines of the last chorus fit well too. 10/10

6. Needles - not too much to say about this one. I thought the harmonized singing behind Keech's screaming during the verse was annoying at first but it grew on me. A breathtaking breakdown accompanies this song. 9/10

7. Janet's Planet - kind of a filler; it only has one line (Walk me to the desert and leave me/ I'll dig my way back home). It's a little too long for a filler if you ask me but no one did. It kinda sounds like 'Witchhunter' by Zao which is not a bad thing. 7/10

8. Servant Ties - actually I didn't think much of this song until yesterday, when I fully realized it's sweetness (that's kinda what happens with this CD, it grows on you). There are some sweet riffs and Stephen hits some high notes. Brutal breakdown, too. 10/10

9. Stitches - the 'soft song' and first single. There is a lot more singing on this one but I actually really like it. Keech does a lot of clean vocals and it works well here. When he screams 'You're worth more than this' it's pretty powerful. 9/10

10. Vertigo - some weird lyrics but definitely one of my favs. I hope they play it live; it's got a sweet intro and a random time signature shift for the chorus which is probably my favorite chorus off the CD. More southern goodness. 10/10

11. Akeldema - not sure bout the title but yeah this one grew on me too. This and Vertigo are the two shortest songs excluding the intro track. Stephen's vocal style here dominates, with his shouted passages in this song working quite well. 10/10

12. Eremus - an eerie, short filler. Better than Janet's Planet though, and shorter. 8/10

13. Chorus of Angels - Oh man. You'd be surprised at how many people share my thoughts about this song. It is EPIC. It's got some skull-crushing breakdown/verses and beautifully sung choruses. Perfect ending to a very mature CD, looping back into the 'Wake up Now' phrase in the beginning of the CD. 11/10

There are some bonus tracks for the Special Edition but nothing worth commenting on (In Memory is a really good song though). All in all, a very mature direction for the band. I have seen them with the new singer twice, opening for Everytime I Die and Bleeding Through, and then again headlining the Silver Bullet Tour, and I'm going to see them again next week w/ Maylene & From Autumn To Ashes. They sound perfect live.

As for the DVD, it is awesome and funny. There is some good and random footage, with shows, the recording process, and the band mates trying to open the wooden floor of their studio with a shovel. Also, Ryan's last show is on here as well as all of their music videos. It's worth it.

Haste the Who?  Mar 22, 2007
Jimmy Ryan is gone and Haste the Day is now mediocre at best. The definitive Haste the Day sound is gone too and Jimmy never even played an instrument. I'm thinking that Jimmy must have put a limit on the "chorusy cheese" that the Chaulk brothers probably insisted be somehow put into every song and his resistance created the perfect balance of hardcore melody. Now you have what sounds like a Bon Jovi/Cookie Monster sing off with Bon Jovi clearly getting the upper hand. The new singer isn't bad, but he just sounds like everybody else. Ryan had that "angry cat" voice perfected so well that unlike alot of these hardcore screamer bands you actually looked forward to his vocal inflections and change ups. The harmonies on the last two albums were fit in just right and were a good reprieve from the thrash. The music used to have that raw grit feel to it, especially on Burning Bridges. Now the music sounds vague and noisy, the breakdowns are undefined and the guitars no longer have that razor edge they did in the previous albums. In the end, sometimes a singer can be so important to a bands sound that his departure brings an end to the bands uniqueness. In this case I think Haste the Day should regulate the new vocalist to be their touring singer and woo Jimmy back to make the studio records.

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