When the Haunted released their first album it changed thrash metal, in my opinion. It certainly changed it for me. Never before had there been such a sense of urgency, melody, hardcore screaming and shouting, and speed, been so perfectly executed. a raw, fighting and spitting murderous hybrid of At The Gates and Slayer. Fast, melodic and irresistable riffs, great songwriting and Peter Dolving's loud, shout-scream vocal style.
Of course, Dolving left the band for family reasons, the band also got a new drummer, and the next two albums were pretty far removed from the raw, inspired debut.
Now Dolving has rejoined, and given the band a fresh breath of life. The drums are insanely tight and flawlessly-played, the guitars and as catchy and fast as ever, and Dolving's voice is better than ever before. Plus, the band seem to have evolved soemwhat, throwing melodic-sung vocals, grooving and hardcore elements into the Haunted sound. With song titles like 'No Compromise' and 'Who Will Decide' you might think they've turned into a hardcore band, but they thrash as hard and fast as ever.
So buy it. There's no two ways about it- this album slays. I'm also impressed how they signed to a major label (Century Media) but haven't sold out one iota. This sounds like the band are really enjoying what they're playing! Catchy, heavy, everything that is good about The Haunted condensed into a grooving, storming modern thrash masterpiece!