Power of Metal.dk Review

The Haunted
Exit Wounds
Style: Modern Thrash Metal
Release date: 25 August, 2014
Playing time: 44:16

The Haunted returns with 3 new members in the line-up, however, 2 members are not really new if you are familiar with The Haunted because they already played in The Haunted before. Vocalist Marco Aro returned and also drummer Adrian Erlandsson we already know. The only real new member is Ola Englund on guitar. Forming members Jensen and Jonas are still there and are the stable factor in the band. I hope this line-up will be a lasting one because the band sounds as old.

With Tue Madsen also back behind the buttons, this album sounds very welcome and rather old school. Gone is the modern approach like one thier last album 'Unseen' and also the clean singing isn't there anymore. Back is Marco Aro with his aggressive singing style and back is also the thrash songs with groove and a little punky edge. The intro "317" gives a good idea of what to expect. Aggressive thrash songs with melo-death influences and a lot of tempo. "Cutting Teeth" continues the high tempo and opens very aggressive and angry. Besides that the band still has its groove trademark, but several blast beats pass by also.

If you like it a little slower, modern and groovier there is a song like "All I Have", but they vary that immediately with the fast thrash song "Temptation". After that there is one minute aggression with the song "My Enemy". "Kill the Light" keeps the high tempo, but has again a nice groove. "Trend Killer" is a song I also want to mention, with Chuck Billy on guest vocals. A track with a very heavy riff and of course nice vocal parts. The melodic guitar pieces are above average on the entire album and the drums are very tight. You hear that there is a certain anger in the band and they did an excellent job in showing that in the different tracks. The songs are short but very effective and in my eyes they have returned to their roots, but with a more modern sound.

Welcome back The Haunted, if you purchase the album you will not regret it any minute and fans of their first albums will be delighted.

01. 317
Cutting Teeth
My Salvation
Eye of the Storm
Trend Killer
Time (Will Not Heal)
All I Have
09. Temptation
10. My Enemy
11. Kill the Light
12. This War
13. Infiltrator
14. Ghost in the Machine
Label: Century Media
Distribution: Universal (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 24 August, 2014
Website: www.facebook.com/hauntedofficial