Saves The Day wasn’t always that wimpy emo band that whined about being at your funeral and propelling the emo dark ages of the early 2000s (it’s cool to be sad!) Oh no, there once was a time when Saves The Day had some edge, and had many more melodic hardcore influences than emo.
Missed on both melodic hardcore and Saves The Day fan’s radars, their debut 1998 release “Can’t Slow Down” is one of the greatest Saves The Day releases, period. On Can’t Slow Down, New Jersey’s Saves The Day plays melodic hardcore in the veins of Lifetime.
I don’t really know any of their albums very well after “Through Being Cool”, so I can’t compare it to their recent stuff, but I can guarantee that Can’t Slow Down is the heaviest release these guys ever did, and will probably ever do.
If you dig melodic hardcore, this is an album that can’t be passed up on regardless of what the band eventually became. If you’re a Saves The Day fan, check out their roots, you’ll be surprised.