The Haunted - _The Haunted_
by: Adrian Bromley (
Hands down, this has to be one of the most violent and most anticipated releases (up there with Sepultura, Bruce Dickinson and Death) that has surfaced in 1998. From the ashes of At the Gates comes The Haunted, made up of ex-AtG members, guitarist Jensen from Seance and screamer Peter Dolving (ex-Mary Beats Jane). The result? To quote ex-CoC writer Steve Hoeltzel: "Sick and brutal music." This is the shit, kids. A non-stop rush of momentum and hatred within the band spurs forward some totally out of control musical moments, blistering us with an onslaught of brash vocals and rip' roarin speed/thrash metal guitar work. Having had this record for a few months (the release date had been pushed back several times), I have grown very attached to what The Haunted do. I'm just blown away by the precision of the guitar work and just the overall craziness spewing forth from each track. This IS that good. Whether it be "Hate Song", "In Vein", the much loved "Undead" or "Shattered", The Haunted deliver the goods in such a big way. It's gonna be hard for any band for the remainder of 1998 to top the intensity of this LP. I just hope they tour North America now.
(article published 1/10/1998)
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