Swim in the blood warm glow of thrash as your skull is blown wide open after listening to Exit Wounds by The Haunted.
Every single note on The Haunted’s latest release Exit WoundsÂ is a bullet exploding with the sound of thrash. From start to finish, you are hurtled through a tapestry of uncompromisingly fierce music. Exit WoundsÂ starts with the prelude of â€œ317â€ before launching into â€œCutting Teeth.” Vocalist Marco Aro screams are full blown with aggressive might.
â€œMy Salvationâ€ blasts the doors opens with a barrage of intriguing guitar work from Patrik Jensen and Ola Englund. Drummer Adrian Erlandsson and bassist Jonas Bjorler build a massive fortress of sound. â€œPsychonautâ€ and â€œEye of the Stormâ€ showcase melodic songwriting that hooks deep with a bite that is unrelenting. The guitar solo in â€œEye of the Stormâ€ is outstanding. Olaâ€™s pacing and melodic sense are impeccable.
â€œTrend Killerâ€ is full of fist clenching contempt for those who lack conviction in their musical direction. The song features guest vocals from Chuck Billy (Testament) and guitar from Jed Simon (Scar The Martyr). One of the best songs on Exit WoundsÂ is â€œTime (Will Not Heal).” The hypnotic main groove spills into a melodic chorus, which combined with Marcoâ€™s tortured howls will have you screaming at the sky.
The Pantera-esque â€œAll I Haveâ€ fashions a song with Dimebag squeals that bridge into the sound of metal made so popular in Gothenburg. Jumping back into their thrash roots, The Haunted devastate with â€œTemptationâ€ followed by the maniacal â€œMy Enemy.” These are songs of pure thrash gold with a bow on top.
With terrible retribution burning at its core, â€œKill The Lightâ€ is a fantastic song which exemplifies the sound of The Haunted. It is song writing that clicks at all levels to bring you a music with layers of imagery. The juggernaut of sound continues with the fevered turmoil â€œThis War.”
Exit Wounds wraps up with the careening textures of â€œInfiltratorâ€ followed by the brooding masterpiece of â€œGhost In the Machine.” Both songs reiterate the thrash dominance of The Haunted through skillful crafting of music that satisfies the savagery within.
Few albums have kept this reviewer in such rapt attention as Exit Wounds. The Haunted have captured all that is great about metal music in this release. This is easily one of the best metal albums of 2014.