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Versus [CD]

The Haunted Audio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Arising from the ashes of the important mid-'90s Swedish death metal band At the Gates and featuring former members of Witchery and Face Down, the Haunted went through countless lineup changes during the late '90s before finally releasing The Haunted Made Me Do It in 2000, confirming the excitement surrounding the band. Back in 1996, guitarist Anders Bjorler and bassist Jonas Bjorler ... Read more in Amazon's The Haunted Store

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  • Audio CD (22 Sep 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B001E7OO0U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 119,422 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Moronic Colossus
2. Pieces
3. Little Cage
4. Trenches
5. Ceremony
6. Skuld
7. Crusher
8. Rivers Run
9. Iron Mask
10. Faultline
11. Imperial Death March

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Dynamic, back to basics 2008 album from modern metal innovators.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ...On the other hand... 31 Mar 2010
Format:Audio CD
Having read the previous review, I feel it necessary to play devil's advocate on this: certainly, it is NOT extreme metal, as would be classified by the mainstream music press or the average extreme metal fan, but this certainly by no means a bad album.

Let's be clear: it's not a thrash album, as with 'The Haunted';
It's not a death-metal vocal version of At the Gates, as with '...Made Me Do it' and 'One Kill Wonder';
It's not melodeath as with 'RevolveR';

What is does is continue where 'the Dead Eye' left off: intelligent and well-crafted songs that actually carry your interest beyond the immediate aggression of a blast-beat.

Anyone familiar with Peter Dolving's previous band Mary Beats Jane will be familiar with the shift in style from the eponymous debut to "locust": a semi-acoustic album that bore very little resemblance to its predecessor (but, fifteen years on, gets far more listening time than its predecessor): what was lost in pace and sheer screaming malice became dark, brooding threat underwritten with crushing grooves.

Think less Slayer and more Opeth, and you'll see where I'm coming from. Well worth buying - I promise you'll be listening to it in years to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Refined perfection 12 July 2010
By C. Hart
Format:Audio CD
I feel the need to write this because this currently has an excruciatingly low average of 3 stars, while the deluxe edition has a slightly better review average, which is a step closer to the truth (why don't Amazon link the two like they do for other things?).

I see that the main gripe with this is that it's in The Haunted's slightly less heavy style that they adopted from the album Revolver onwards. One; this is no timid rock album, as one reviewer would have you believe - it's still The Haunted we know and love. And two; are those 'fans' not used to this style by now? If anything I would actually call Versus slightly more heavy than The Dead Eye in its approach.

Personally, although I adore The Haunted's heavier origins, I much prefer on the whole the style that they switched to with Revolver - their last three outings are my favourite of their albums (and trust me; I ADORE 'Made Me Do It'). And although both Revolver and The Dead Eye are excellent albums, here I feel they have refined this style more expertly than before - like I said dropping back into a heavier vein marginally - and what results is possibly my favourite The Haunted album. This definitely deserves a full 5 stars in my opinion. They're on top form and I can't wait to see what they come up with next (after Road Kill).
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This latest (and sixth) album from The Haunted simply confirms what fans of this once great band had known for some time. And this is the fact that with each album since the release of their third LP One Kill Wonder (2003) this band has become increasingly irrelevant to the world of extreme metal. I purchased this on the well publicized tagline that `Versus (2008) marks a return to their aggressive sounds'. However no such pleasure awaits on this unimaginative and frankly quite tepid album. Admittedly, its heavier than its experimental but ill judged predesessor The Dead Eye (2006) but that is very faint praise indeed.

This release along with their other recent albums have been praised for showcasing how the bands sound has `evolved' to coin a phrase from the band themselves. It has been commented that they have expanded their sound into more complex progressive territory. While this is true it is certainly not for the better in this reviewers opinion. Yes, all bands must progress and evolve if they are to stay exciting, fresh and most of all relevant to their fans. Witness the constant evolution of the brilliant Soulfly for example. What is disappointing about The Haunted is that their first three albums dragged the tired corpse of thrash metal kicking and screaming into the 21st century to create a neo-thrash/hardcore sound that really differentiated them from the somewhat confused identity of many of the metalcore brigade. Then in their quest to evolve they started tempering their sound with more down-tempo songs and more arrangements with cleanly-sung and melodic vocals. While this can work for some bands, in The Haunted's case it just doesn't.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not The Haunted I love, but... 24 Oct 2008
By Beyond the Black - Published on Amazon.com
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The Haunted - Versus = Ah, if you loved The Haunted for their first few in your face thrash metal releases, then you won't like this cd much. However, I think this cd has the potential to be a really commercially big release for them (especially amongst the Hot Topic crowd). The material is recorded really well. The guitar sound is awesome, and Peter Dolving (Vocals) is really confident and great in his delivery. However, for me, the stuff is way too mid-paced, and the songs are more akin to heavy rock like that of Tool and not the all out thrash assault that was The Haunted. So, if you're into heavy rock that's recorded really well, with great vocal delivery, and catchy, hooky riffs, then this cd is perfect for you. If you love the thrash assault of the first few Haunted cd's, then you'll dislike this.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Haunted 1-3 but good 1 July 2009
By J. Zugg - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have finally taken The Haunted's new album for a few spins and I'm glad I did. Now I can forget that they released The Dead Eye. The Dead Eye was one of those albums that I wanted to like... I really did want to like it, mostly because rEVOLVEr was so damn good. I kept listening to The Dead Eye, over and over and I could never get into it. Versus however is a different story. From first listen I could tell this was a different album. I think what makes this album better is the tempo. I expect The Haunted to come out and punch you in the gut from the first note to the last, which is exactly what they do here. They kept the tempo on this one up to a headbanging pace. My faith in The Haunted has been mostly restored.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best one since revolver 19 Oct 2008
By Mark A. Derasmo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This has really been an incredibly potent last couple of years for metal,with outstanding releases by numerous bands from Machine Head to Megadeth,and a bunch in between. After listening repeatedly to the new Metallica,feeling satisfied but not quite full, I searched for something to grab me by the onions from track one and refuse to let go. The Haunteds newest disc does just that,in an unrelenting, pounding and brutal sort of way,but also injecting some melody as well and not sounding like a hundred other bands,but fresh,potent,and exciting. This record is head and shoulders above Dead Eye,and right now is according to my most recent listening experience,better than revolver. The production is pretty crisp,not muddled like another reviewer put it,Peter Dolvings vocals have evolved tremendously over 2 albums,but the riffs...man the riffs! Its like these guys evoked guitar god spirits and just went nuts on the chords but man the riffs and hooks are just tasty,one right after the other. Where the Dead Eye suffered from few songs that failed to differentiate themselves from the others,there is a wide variety of different depths,grooves,and pummeling machine gun riffs to satisfy the most hungry metal madman. The disc starts off powerfully with the first track,and keeps building crescendo as it goes on,only letting up around track eight but just a little...then bam it hooks you in carrying you screaming until the brutal end. In simple terms,this is an excellent disc,and only one of a few that I can say I have listened to more than once,from beginning to end,and didnt even think about the FF button. Other discs of that ilk would be the new Soulfly,Gojira,and yes friends,the new Metallica. Past gems are Dry Kill Logic,of Vengeance and Violence,Arch Enemy,Rise of the Tyrant, Machine Heads the Blackening, Mastodon's Blood Mountain...someone shoot me I forgot the new Slipknot! So you see my friends its turning out to be a glorious time for metal,and there are a plethora of extremely talented bands to whet your appetite, Versus just happens to be one kicka@# band whose new release is quite simply,EXCELLENT. Give it a listen and you will be glad you did.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars imperial death march on 7 Oct 2008
By P. Ackert - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
i've always been a big fan of the haunted. but not when mark was singing. i got to say i love peter's singing and screaming so much and the band is just so sic. when i got revolver i couldn't stop listening to it, and the same with the dead eye, i liked every song and it never really left the cd player. and now with versus i'm back in the same mood again, but this time the cd is only 40mins long so i find myself starting it right over again as soon as its over.
p.s. i also love the very first the haunted to, HATE SONG!!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't get enough 25 Aug 2010
By Ryjil - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I am the kind of person who liked the style of their last album "The Dead Eye".
This album continues the same format, however it is more heavy and bad ass than the last.
From the first track Moronic Colossus, to the last, this CD kicks you in the face and leaves you wanting more.
This is album is a must have in your collection.
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