The four year old debut "Pursuit In The Face Of Consequences" in my opinion had been unbalanced, overran you with a grim and often unnerving scream attack of the two singers and could neither fully convince by its very edgy instrumentation. The follow-up "When Reason Sleeps" (2001) then already was more differentiated and especially in the vocal department brought a nice variation. They incorporated more cleanly sung passages and through that got more listenable and layered.
The third epos "The Mercury Lift" consequently continues down this road, so the clean and melodic voice has won the fight and is used even more frequently. The then a bit straining Hardcore-Band has turned into a serious band, which shows its variability without fear and does not fear to have to meet with over critical fans that scream commerce and sell out. Who would have thought that HASTE would go into this direction and put fans of the first hours to the test. But even they will be convinced by the class of this album quite quickly and after a more close look will come to the conclusion that the courage and abilities to change have been chosen at the right time.
Not rarely the third album of a band is decisive for their future successes and in this context we have to congratulate HASTE even now to have made this risky step. Even though many bands try to build an outstanding album from these ingredients, the Americans have a very good hand for grandiose songs, so they have an ace up their sleeve for sure not to go under without a trace. The conglomeration of obvious Hardcore influences and ambitious Rock elements is excellent. Often it even seems as if two contrary bands have come together to jam. The changes are so smooth that they are basically unforeseeable and therefore the entertainment factor is damn high.
Outstanding tracks such as "Evidence Of A Wasted Ink", "Room 134", "A God Reclaims His Throne" or "Stutter" are intricate, variable and heavy at the same time and won't let the listener just pass by. Should HASTE continue to make such big leaps and bounds in their evolution, then they have a very bright future in front of them. "The Mercury Lift" definitely gives hope. (Online December 26, 2003)