The Haunted- Exit Wounds

Rating: 3.5/5
Distributor/label: Century Media
Distributor/label URL: http://www.centurymedia.com/
Released: 2014
Buy Album [URL]: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Exit-Wounds-Haunted/dp/B00M1IGTQI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1422475566&sr=8-1&keywords=exit+wounds+the+haunted
Band Website: http://the-haunted.com/

Band line-up:
Marco Aro – vocals
Jensen – guitars
Ola Englund – guitars & solo guitars
Jonas Björler – bass guitar
Adrian Erlandsson – drums
 
thehauntedexitwoundscdTracklisting:

01. 317
02. Cutting Teeth
03. My Salvation
04. Psychonaut
05. Eye Of The Storm
06. Trend Killer
07. Time (Will Not Heal)
08. All I Have
09. Temptation
10. My Enemy
11. Kill The Light
12. This War
13. Infiltrator
14. Ghost In The Machine

Review

In a genre where there will almost never be a “the” in a band name, The Haunted proves to be an exception. More interestingly, this five-piece are a tough looking bunch; Adrian Erlandsson’s gothic locks have been chopped off for a meaner, mafia look, and vocalist Marco Aro appears to be the kind of fellow you’d be scared to bump into after alighting a South London night bus. Having recently regrouped after a near line-up collapse, The Haunted are a strong force again, still grueling  ahead sixteen years after their self-titled debut.

Although the production is a slick as Adrian’s do, and would certainly suffer no loss in points if a bit of grit was added- “Cutting Teeth” is a striking punch that forcefully reminds all that these Swedes are ready to be as powerful as they have ever been. The simplistic skin pounding drives forward the Slayer-styled chromatic riffing, which chronically infects your cochlea to cracking point. The band’s origins as members in At The Gates still prevail strongly, but the modern approach assures this record’s broad appeal. These fourteen tracks are just as likely to find their way onto a Lamb Of God loving teenager’s Ipod as they are to be spinning on an angry 80s thrasher’s turntable.

Aro’s vocal style proves to be fairly monotonous however; to an almost headache inducing point, but fortunately some well thought out lead work and the track “All I Have” offer some much needed melodic respite. Lyrically, forget the thought provoking style of the band’s At The Gates roots, you are much more likely to be bobbing your head along to simple utterances spat out, as can be heard in “Trend Killer”.

Stand out tracks such as “Eye of the Storm” (previously heard on a 2014 EP) and “Ghosts in the Machine” prove to be winners, but the three quarters of an hour length is a few tracks to many. For a quick ride on a full throttled locomotive, download the best songs and ditch the rest- or you may be reaching for the ibuprofen. It is certainly a one trick LP, but what a wicked weapon The Haunted conceal up their sleeve!

Review by Jarod Lawley
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