Haunted Made Me Do It Import
From the great grooves of the Gothenburg, Sweden, death-metal scene that spawned Entombed, Dismember, and the Haunted's immediate ancestor, At the Gates, comes another successful wedding of ominous Slayer-inspired metal with hard-hitting traditional rock. The accessibility of the onslaught brings Mothead to mind, though the Haunted's sound is cleaner. In the Swedish style, even when the vocals are total gross-outs and the drums smack mercilessly, the guitars construct catchy melodic patterns like something from Judas Priest. With so much going on stylistically, the Haunted don't take metal to the next level; rather, they mark a new beginning in the vital, prolific Swedish scene. --Ian Christe
Jeremy below can give you the ratings, but here is some heads up anyways.
The instrumental is pleasing enough albeit short and common(if that's the right word). "Leech" is a great mention because, well, it happens to be driven with everything to make a Thrash song... recalled by the fans. With "Hollow Ground", my first Haunted favorite, they continue pretty varied. The song is more complex and Aro sings a little cleaner and more variable. It's a really cool song that let's you catch a little breath.
After the short and hefty (really, hefty) "Revelation", "The World Burns" thunders through your speakers. Here they again start out super fast and with great riffs, but in the middle the song suddenly turns calmer and groovier. Really great riff indeed. "The World Burns" should become a one of your favorites, no-doubt (or in this case since it was released 6 years ago, is one of your favorites). "Silencer" shoud convince you of it's shred-fast guitar work and good melodies, which eventually becomes a tid-tad groovy in the middle.
The next-to-last song of the album, "Under the Surface", again features Mr. Aro with clean, yet electronic vocals. The song itself is varied and towards the end very doomy, like...uh, Morbid Angel. "Victim Iced" then sets a speedy close to a super-heavy and highly refreshing album.
The production of The Haunted Made Me Do It is great (meaning I don't see anything wrong with it). All instruments have their place and sound very powerful. At first I felt the clean vocals could have been inserted another way, but now they sound just right to me. The BIGGEST complaint I have about this CD, is that it is WAY too short, clocking in at less than 37 minutes. However, whoever is into Death or Thrash Metal has to check out the Haunted. If you haven't already, then get it, somehow, NOW.