The Haunted
The Dead Eye

Release date: October 30th 2006
Century Media
EMI (Denmark)

Modern Thrash Metal

Rating: 55/100
Cover artwork:
Reviewed by: Peter Laursen
November 27th 2006

Cant’ exactly say I’m a huge fan of The Haunted from Sweden and their brand new album “The Dead Eye” won’t change a thing, I’m afraid. “One Kill Wonder” from 2003 is the only album by The Haunted that I like a lot… the rest of their albums I rather forget almost everything about.

Well, I wasn’t exactly overwhelmed when I first threw “The Dead Eye” in my CD-player… only track 3, the fast and aggressive “The Medication” and track 6 “The Prosecution” stood out from the rest. Now, numerous listen later it’s still the only tracks I really dig. First of all because The Haunted are a tad more melodic and not as aggressive as I remember them, and secondly because Peter Dolving’s vocal seem to annoy me a bit. AND… most of the tracks, except for the 2 tracks mentioned above, are not above average in my humble opinion.

I literally searched high and low to do a serious and positive review of this album, because The Haunted are quite popular, but sadly their music go in one ear and out the other on me. It's nothing special and quite frankly not grips me either. They guys know what they are doing and are good at it, but there is a lack of something and it's not necessarily the melody, but their songs isn’t very memorable.

Maybe I’m the only one who finds their modern way of Thrashing not above average, I don’t know? But so be it. Sorry guys, but this is just one of many Modern Metal albums.

“The Dead Eye” is produced by Tue Madsen (Sick Of It All, Himsa, Heaven Shall Burn, among others) is great but sadly that’s the best thing about this album.