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5.0 out of 5 stars For the best metal album you will buy this year..., 19 Sep 2014
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This review is from: Exit Wounds (Audio CD)
Many will have viewed The Haunted’s recent work as ‘diminishing returns’ (likewise sales, I expect), this is utter rubbish.

Pete has such a dynamic range, you can’t blame the band for wanting to take advantage, naturally meaning a move from their heaver roots, although there were moments equal brutally to anything that had gone before even on later records. DeadEye is a masterpiece and Unseen, despite what some may think and the band possibly came to believe, is fantastically diverse for a thrash band.

Still, I don’t begrudge Marco’s return, while Pete did bitter-resentful anger well, Marco does unstoppable rage masterfully, like on much of this; short, fast, uncompromising, brutality that doesn’t let up from start to finish. As mentioned, the album is almost a roll back to ‘Made me Do it’, a mind-blowingly great album by the way, a retrograde step but if you are going back to something so good what’s the problem.

Exit Wounds, however, has some thoroughly modern parts, in this respect the band go round the houses in terms of influence 'Cutting teeth' and 'Trend Killer' have a shade of Slipknot, 'As the Poison Sets in' could be a Testament track, 'Eye of the Storm' and 'Infiltrator' Lamb of God, 'Time and All I Have' Devil Driver…The Haunted have enough in the bank for this, besides what goes around comes around in terms of influence and everything still remains unmistakably Haunted.

Highlights include opening 'Cutting Teeth' and 'Trend Killer' both of which whip along at such an amazing pace, 'Trend Killer' especially seems to be Marco channeling the personal rage of the band, incidentally if you like this check out Turmion Kätilöt for a similar sound. The rest, on first listen, tends to merge a little but you have classic old-school Haunted in the guise of ‘Eye of the storm’ to break-up the first half and classic latter-day haunted 'Kill The Light' for the second. Near end closer 'As the Poison Sets' in is very enjoyable.

The Haunted are my favourite band, from the moment I heard ‘Hate Song’ all those years ago. I love this new album and if brutal, modern thrash is your thing you will too and should buy this now, but I feel ‘Made me do it’ is arguably a better album and there is no denying, for me, the loss of the progression the band were making.

Also, 3 reviews for one of the best metal albums of the year! Madness.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Red-hot stuff! like they've never been away..,, 25 Aug 2014
This review is from: Exit Wounds (Audio CD)
Furious new album from the Swedish thrashers, and it's a unexpected throwback to some of their older and (probably better material.) I did have a few previous concerns about the radical shift in the direction of the band; as they seemed to be totally drifting away from their core sound from "The dead eye" through to "Unseen". From this perspective, "Unseen", and particularly "Versus" were relatively weak albums. "Unseen", (The last full length album), featured very little of the aggressive thrash riffs and it ultimately seemed like a extensive excursion into the stoner rock sub-genre.

A return to scorching thrash and full-on metal is most welcome. Right from the start after the prelude of 317; A lethal and savage storm of crushing thrash prevails. From "Cutting teeth", is 14 songs within the 2-5 minute range, with the aggression of the debut clearly at the forefront. Favourite songs of this album are "Eye of the storm, Time (will not heal) & This war"; and especially the riff of "Temptation", which is incredible.

This isn't a classic likely to de-throne they're earlier efforts like:- The debut, The haunted made me do it, or even "The dead eye". It is familiar also to see Marco Aro back in the vocal dept:- as he has been absent since "One kill wonder". So I find this a very respectable thrash album with a small influence of metalcore. This isn't anything compelling in the technical arena but it is played straight down the line. "Exit Wounds" is the best album since "The dead eye", and it's nearly a killer.

*Artwork looks superb, and is perhaps at it's best looking on the deluxe mediabook edition. Unlike many of the other cheapskate cardboard cut-out CD editions about, this version comes with a proper plastic hub to hold the disc and so it is overall a high quality product, as the cover too is a hardback. Recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Exit Dolving, enter the Aro, 1 Sep 2014
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What do you do when you lose your singer (Peter Dolving), your guitarist (Anders Bjorler) and your drummer (Per Moller Jensen)? Simple. You call on ex members Marco Aro (vocals) and Adrian Erlandsson (drums) and belt out your most ferocious, brutal, heaviest album since 'One Kill Wonder'. Comparisons with their third album are valid as 'Exit Wounds' shows many similarities particularly it's more extreme, trashy, death-metal sound. Although a few songs sound like they could've come off their best album 'Haunted Made Me Do It' (notably opener 'Cutting Teeth and Eye Of The Storm), for the most part it sounds more like 'One Kill Wonder'. It's certainly The Haunted's best album since 'Revolver' although it isn't as good as their two masterpieces, 'The Haunted' and 'Made Me Do It'. In truth, The Haunted have been treading water for far too long now; their watered down metal-core had become stale and tired-sounding. I for one, welcome the return of Marco Aro and with the addition of the exceptional Erlandsson and impressive rhythm guitarist Ola Englund, the Haunted have received a much needed shot in the arm and made them relevant to the 'metal world' again. Is it worth spending more money for the extra tracks? Not really ... but it comes in a smart looking, collectible digi-pack with a glossy booklet. If you're a fan of the second and third albums or Aro's other band 'The Resistance' then this is essential.
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