Welcome to the LOUDEST DOT COM ON THE PLANET!
KNAC.COM
LISTEN NOW!WATCH NOW! LOGIN JOIN
KNAC Magazine KNAC ON-AIR TALENT KNAC Downloads KNAC Contests KNAC Store
Reviews

The Haunted The Dead Eye

By Peter Atkinson, Contributor
Thursday, November 30, 2006 @ 0:40 AM


On Century Media

- advertisement -
- advertisement -
To this point, Sweden’s The Haunted have been a dependable, if unspectacular, thrash band. And there’s no real shame in that. The quintet’s gritty, buzz-sawing riffs, hard-charging tempos and bulldog tenacity — all holdovers from cult legends At The Gates, from which The Haunted emerged — made up in raw aggression and power what they may have lacked in dexterity or, to a certain extent, diversity.

The band’s fifth studio album, The Dead Eye, however, aims for a more balanced equation — and ends up being something of a hit-or-miss proposition. There certainly is a lot more going on here — melodically, rhythmically and conceptually — than on any of The Haunted’s previous albums. “The Fallout,” for instance, is one of the more radical departures, sounding almost like Nine Inch Nails with its sparse backbeat, electronic tinges and the breathy vocals of enigmatic frontman Peter Dolving, who returned after two albums away for 2004’s blistering rEVOLVEr.

Less markedly different, and more indicative of the band’s modus operandi here, are “The Medusa,” “The Reflection” or “The Failure,” mid-paced, groove-oriented tracks with an occasional smattering of acoustic guitar that seem to follow the flow of Dolving’s constantly shifting moods — from contemplative to somber to belligerent.

Fear not, though, The Haunted have not hopped on the metal-core bandwagon — there are thankfully no rote breakdowns or calculated sing-and-scream shenanigans — they’ve just slowed things down quite a bit in the hopes, perhaps, of having more of an overall impact. But they probably slowed things down a bit too much. The otherwise bruising “The Drowning” or “The Shifter” lose steam when they decelerate midway through. And with the aforementioned “The Medusa” or the deliberate “The Reflection” being more the rule than the exception, The Dead Eye has a tendency to drag.

A happier medium between the rampaging “The Prosecution” or “The Stain” and the more reflective, less adrenalized material might have made for a smoother transition here, but give The Haunted credit for at least trying something different at this stage of the game instead of playing it safe and simply doing another full-on thrash album. Even if they suffer a bit now from The Dead Eye’s failings, so to speak, The Haunted will probably be better off for it in the end by opening the doors to a more wide-ranging sound and perhaps moving beyond being thought of as just a mere “thrash band.”

** ˝


Please log in to view RANTS

If you don't have a username, click here to create an account!

Username: 
Password: 

Message: 
 
 

 





 Recent Reviews
DEATH DEALER Conquered Lands
ARMORED SAINT Punching The Sky
VENOM PRISON Primeval
ARMORED SAINT Album Release Party Livestream
LAMB OF GOD Double Livestream Review
LEAVES' EYES The Last Viking
RAVEN Metal City
In Memory: A Fellow Guitarist Remembers The Impact Of EDDIE VAN HALEN
EVERY MOTHER’S NIGHTMARE Resurrect The Faithful
NECROPHOBIC Dawn of The Damned
DEVILDRIVER Dealing With Demons I
CARACH ANGREN Frankensteina Strataemontanus
FINNTROLL Vredesvävd
SIX FEET UNDER Nightmares Of The Decomposed
INCANTATION Sect Of Vile Divinities
AMARANTHE Manifest
ZAKK SABBATH Vertigo
CJSS Praise The Loud Reissue
ALICE IN CHAINS Tribute Dirt Redux
NAPALM DEATH Throes Of Joy In The Jaws Of Defeatism
PHIL LEWIS In Houston, TX With Photos!
SKELETAL REMAINS The Entombment Of Chaos
DEAD LORD Surrender





HOME | MAGAZINE | ON-AIR | DOWNLOADS | CONTESTS | STORE | HELP

©2020 KNAC.COM. All Rights Reserved.    Link to us    Advertise with us    Privacy policy
 Latest News