Welcome the Dead
Style: Heavy Metal
Release date: 2010
Playing time: 50:24

Heralded as the next Dream Theater, which has been claimed so many time, and none of them were true. And the vocalist should be a young Geoff Tate, Midnight of Crimson Glory or Jon Oliva, well when you read stuff like that, expectations do naturally run high even before you have listened to the music.

And I can easily understand the comparisons and Hunted is clearly a talented band that knows how to play and write good heavy metal. And as my colleague Kelley so rightfully stated in his review for SMN News in November; their influences are Iron Maiden, Iced Earth, Helloween, Dream Theater, early Metallica and Nevermore, which on paper looks like an amazing brew.

And Hunted does deliver an album that shows promise. They are not quite there yet, and they do have their work cut out for them to make it. Their love for Nevermore is clear throughout the entire album, so it is no real surprise that they've decided to do a cover-version of "The Heart Collector", which they just barely gets away with...

Do give them a listen; it's not half bad...


01. Welcome the Dead (Intro) (1:19)
02. The Silence of Mind (6:03)
03. Chosen (4:28)
04. Aria (In Memoriam) (8:48)
05. The Incident (0:33)
06. Impaled (5:11)
07. Scars (5:23)
08. I Want Nothing (5:41)
09. Shadows (7:00)
10. The Heart Collector (Bonus track) (5:49)

Label: Independent
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Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen
Date: 23 March, 2011