The Haunted The Haunted (Earache) 1998

1. "Hate Song" (3:00)
2. "Chasm" (3:10)
3. "In Vein" (3:23)
4. "Undead" (2:09)
5. "Chokehold" (3:44)
6. "Three Times" (2:42)
7. "Bullet Hole" (4:17)
8. "Now You Know" (3:30)
9. "Shattered" (3:17)
10. "Soul Fracture" (3:45)
11. "Bloodrust" (3:41)
12. "Forensick" (4:17)

Holy Cow Batman, this is a killer thrash album. Of course when I say thrash, there are many varieties. There is the more melodic stuff like Forbidden and Ultimatum, or the more straight ahead speed and brutal attack of Slayer. Certainly The Haunted fall into the later category relying more on speed and aggression than anything melodic or progressive, and the Slayer comparison is not far off in and of itself. The drumming is simply outrageous. The Haunted features ex-At The Gates members Jonas Bjorler (bass), Adrian Erlandsson (drums), Anders Bjorler (guitar), as well as ex-Sťance guitarist Patrik Jensen and ex-Mary Beats Jane vocalist Peter Dolving. Peter's voice fits the band perfectly. He sings in a Tom Araya style of yelling and screaming, sometimes sounding like Pantera's Phil Anselmo as well. Unfortunately, the lyrics are all of an angry, hate-filled nature. Fortunately they are delivered in such a way as to almost totally miss the message with the exception of vocalist Peter Dolving's favorite four letter word. Hmm, perhaps somebody should buy them a dictionary. I actually owned this cd before but the colorful language irritated me, and unfortunately still does, however the music is simply undeniable, blistering thrash metal at it's finest.

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