Review – The Haunted: Eye of the Storm

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The Haunted: Eye of the Storm
Melodic Death Metal, Post-Thrash Metal
Century Media Records
January 20th, 2014
Release length: 8:14
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As fans of The Haunted know, the band has been screwing around with their direction, especially in 2011 with the album Unseen, a lighter Rock oriented release compared to their earlier Melodic Death Metal ways. In the years to come, the line-up had a few changes made, some of which find former members returning to the group once more. Adrian Erlandsson is the drummer once more, and vocalist Marco Aro picks up where he left off at after One Kill Wonder. And then there’s rhythm guitarist Patrik Jensen (Witchery, ex-Satanic Slaughter) who is new to the mix. With most of the crucial line-up of The Haunted‘s past at the helm, we are given a brand new EP titled Eye of the Storm. Is this another chapter to Unseen, or is this the resurrection of the beast we once knew?

As soon as the opening chords of “Eye of the Storm” hit, it’s pretty clear this EP is the return to the group’s roots long time fans have been waiting for. The main verses carry a deeper presence that asserts a hint of dominance, complimented nicely by Marco’s recognizable growls. The song itself is on the simpler side, coming off a bit standard other than some more technical bridges and a solid solo that is a rather depressing rendition of the highly melodic chorus that will easily have you banging your head along. While a great song, “Infiltrator” definitely shows extra life in the band thanks to the energetic Thrash Metal hooks. About half way it does slow down to a Death Metal creep that explodes into the next short guitar solo. And then there’s “My Enemy,” which is a far more intense performance that blends the Thrash Metal sound with some Melodic Death Metal hooks. It’s nothing special, but it does make for a damn good just shy of one minute pit favorite for all your pent-up frustrations.

Eye of the Storm isn’t anything that memorable, but it definitely is effective. Each track reminds the listener of what the group use to specialize in. You get the solid, straight-forward Melodic Death Metal goodness that the band seemed to lose over time, and then there’s the aggressive Thrash Metal influence, all leading to a less than one minute explosion of adrenaline to reassure fans the band isn’t going to just play it safe or stick to what commonly has worked for them and others in the past. If you miss the days of Made Me Do It and even One Kill Wonder, Eye of the Storm is your reward for being patient for so long.


01. Eye of the Storm – 3:45
02. Infiltrator – 3:31
03. My Enemy – 0:59
Initial Pressing Score: 7/10

The Haunted
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Digital review copy of this release provided by Century Media Records.