The latest offering from Sweden’s The Haunted just feels lived-in and comfortable. I mean that as a compliment. The album just feels like that moment when you walk through the door of your house at the end of a long day at work. It’s just that “Ahhhh” moment of relief. There isn’t anything on this latest album that is going to jar you or make you work for the payoff. This is straightforward Gothenberg style melodic death metal and it just hits in all the right places. If you dig your guitar riffs crunchy and aggressive, dig on in. This sucker has riff after riff after riff.
I was kind of curious to see if The Haunted would continue as an entity after the resurrection of At The Gates a couple of years ago. It looks like At The Gates’ rhythm section has decided to pull double duty and is still laying down the foundation for The Haunted. I’m glad they did because this album is a pleasant surprise for the latter half of 2017.
Check out the Lamb of God flavored track below for a taste.
3.5 flip flops out of 5