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One Kill Wonder

The HauntedAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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Arising from the ashes of the important mid-'90s Swedish death metal band At the Gates and featuring former members of Witchery and Face Down, the Haunted went through countless lineup changes during the late '90s before finally releasing The Haunted Made Me Do It in 2000, confirming the excitement surrounding the band. Back in 1996, guitarist Anders Bjorler and bassist Jonas Bjorler ... Read more in Amazon's The Haunted Store

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  • Audio CD (February 25, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Earache Records
  • ASIN: B000089CKC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #296,348 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Privation of Faith Inc.
2. Godpuppet
3. Shadow World
4. Everlasting
5. D.O.A.
6. Demon Eyes
7. Urban Predator
8. Downward Spiral
9. Shithead
10. Bloodletting
11. One Kill Wonder

Editorial Reviews

Given that the Haunted features ex-members of the acclaimed At the Gates, one expects superior heavy metal. But the follow-up to 2000’s excellent The Haunted Made Me Do It is simply superb. Only 38 minutes long, it's free of filler and perfectly formed. More than a simple, adrenalin-fuelled rush, One Kill Wonder’s tracks blend into one another--piercing guitars meld beautifully with vocal shrieks, and grand melodies dominate the awe-inspiring charge. The Haunted claim to be inspired by old-school thrashers like Testament, but their influences clearly stretch back to Rainbow and the Scorpions (though they eschew the showy vocals of Dio and Klaus Meine). The Eastern-tinged dual-guitar assaults of "Shadow World" and "DOA" recall the Schenker brothers at their most brutal, while the dramatic instrumental "Demon Eyes" fades out with a medieval swing worthy of Ritchie Blackmore. Naturally, One Kill Wonder is righteously heavy. Few bands can match the intensity and power of "Urban Predator," "Downward Spiral," and "Bloodletting." --Dominic Wills

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The Haunted emerged in 1998 from the ashes of Sweden's legendary metal titans, At The Gates. 'One Kill Wonder' promises to shatter all boundaries & silence all foes. Earache. 2003.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The first classic of 2003 is here! February 26, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Although The Haunted's first two albums were both excellent, apparently they were just warmups for "One Kill Wonder." The Haunted's third album certainly isn't a departure from their modernized version of old-school thrash metal, but it distinguishes itself by being even faster, darker, and more malevolent than its predecessors. With a sound honed as sharp as a Samurai sword, and every bit as lethal, "One Kill Wonder" is doubtless one of the most superbly crafted metal albums released so far this decade. While some melodic elements do creep in, speed and heaviness are the name of the game here. Never have the band's often-mentioned parallels to Slayer been more apparent: "One Kill Wonder" is so devastating in its precision, and so unrelenting in its aggression, that any comparisons to classics like "Reign in Blood" and "Divine Intervention" are completely fitting. Marco Aro screams like a man possessed, Jensen and Anders Bjorler unveil a nonstop stream of thunderous riffs and ear-piercing solos, and Per Jensen's drumming is downright machinelike. Jonas Bjorler's bass isn't as audible as I'd like, but when everything else is so good it's easy to overlook. "Godpuppet," the first song after the intro, crams more sonic mayhem into two minutes than I would've thought possible, and the band rarely missteps from there. They don't slow things down until the fifth track, "D.O.A." and even then the result is a crushingly heavy song, filled with violent riffing and tortured vocals. I could rave about every song, but they're all no less than excellent, so I'm not going to bother. Now stop reading and buy buy buy!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genre Defining June 6, 2005
Format:Audio CD
My taste in music runs the gamut from Abdullah Ibrahim to Hank Williams Jr., but even the most open mind can be tested by some of the more extreme metal bands that have marched on the scene over the years. Bands like Deicide and Mortal Sin come to mind; Beavis and Butthead-cum-Anton LaVey Satanic lyrical content, and three to four cord riffs played really fast over blast drumming. You can play it on an Ipod but if you ever let anyone else listen to it, they'd call you a idiot, even if they enjoyed heavy metal music.

Many of the bands I've been exposed to in recent years hailing from the Swedish Metal scene are different. They are in many ways equally as extreme, but more than a few of them display a level of musicianship and songwriting ability that at its best, is as brilliant as anything found in any genre. And The Haunted on this album are the best example.

Anyone who says there is no correlation between music and feelings of aggression ought to listen to track #9 so perfectly titled "Sh#thead", and if you've done so without robbing a liquor store by the end of the song I withdraw this review. Incredible drumming and guitar, and track after track of the most catchy and brutal riffs, its as if the group managed to meld every bonecrushing metal lick you've ever heard or even imagined on one album. You get used to the semi-cookie monster scream vocals and once they grow on you, you're hooked. Skip their new one and get this album now!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Haunted - 'One Kill Wonder' (Earache) February 4, 2005
Format:Audio CD
'One Kill Wonder' is the Swedish death metal band's third release, it's an okay effort, that is if you like the genre. Tunes that I thought were decent enough are "Privation Of Faith, Inc.", the in-your-gut slammin' "Demon Eyes", "Sh**head" and "Bloodletting". Line-up: Marco Aro - vocals, Anders Bjorler - guitar, Jonas Bjorler - bass and Adrian Erlandsson - drums. Just might appeal to fans of At The Gates, Dark Angel, In Flames and Testament.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Violence comes to mind June 7, 2005
Format:Audio CD
If you like Slayer you need to check this out. If you like the gothenberg sound, you need to check this out, and if you are just a fan of violence in general you need to purchase this album immediately! One Kill Wonder may not be ground breaking musically (although these guys are extremely talented musicians) but what this album has is a vibe that can only be described as "unabashed violence". The speed, precision and aggression that is displayed on this album is just for lack of a better word AWESOME. The guitarwork is spectacular and dynamic, the drumming is possessed and tight as hell. What really brings this album together is Marco Aro's vocals, the guy is a beast and his gutteral yells truly complete this symphony of slaughter. The lyrics are sharp, and the subject matter perfectly fits the mold of the music, absolutely sick! So please for the love of all that is unholy, buy this masterpiece of madness and enjoy metal the way it was meant to sound.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrash Metal lives on!!! April 23, 2003
Format:Audio CD
If you want a brutal assault of death/thrash metal than look no further than The Haunted's "One Kill Wonder". This album starts out with an excellent guitar riff intro and then breaks into the thrash metal madness. Many of the guitar riffs sound like they came straight from the library of Slayer although heavier and more brutal than anything Slayer ever did. Also, this band takes a more death metal oriented feel to their thrash metal, and you can definitely tell these guys are Swedish, as they contain many similarities to other Swedish death metal bands. The best song on this album is "Shadow World".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One heavy metal wonder... December 24, 2004
By Pablosa
Format:Audio CD
The Haunted redefined the words "Heavy Metal" with this album. They took their sound a little further to create a storm of metal, with a strenghtened sound (guitars and drums) and killer riffing. Thrash metal, death metal? Who cares?. The band delivered a great album, with the typical fast and furious The Haunted songs and left some room for some experimentation as well. "One Kill Wonder" is more death metal than the thrashy selftitled debut album, with a blasting production and Marco Aro's intense growling. I prefer Peter Dolving, their original singer, who gave the band a more thrashier approach.

Overall, with the drumming, the guitar riffing, proper melodies and cool solos, The Haunted created a violent album, but clear, polished, sounding fresh and innovative at the same time (which is hard in a genre where almost everything seems to be invented) , and , to my opinion, an album totally worth listening to, if you're into tharsh, death, speed or any kinds of metal. Personally I had some At The Gates' memories with songs such as "One Kill Wonder" or "Sh+thead", but their ATG' past is a burden that the Bjorler bros will have to carry forever. The album has lots of highlights such as the before mentioned, and songs like "Shadow World", which is 100% speed metal and a song that'll make you shake your head, or the slow "Bloodletting", with a punishing solo and riffing.

If you want to listen to some of the best heavy metal, The Haunted is probably one of the best offers nowadays. Play it loud and enjoy the fury of The Haunted.

ps: Try to get the edition with bonus material, that features 3 extra songs, like my favorite "Ritual", and a Candlemass cover "Well of souls", different from the usual The Haunted stuff. If I was you, I'd purchase this edition with bonus.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars withouta dout!
This is just one of the best bands I've recently found thanks to Amazon reasonable prices & availability. Also the reviews give me idea of what to expect. Read more
Published 18 months ago by seeyascott
I am a big fan of Aro's vocals. With him leaving The Haunted to pursue his other ventures ie; FACE DOWN, he really left you wanting more. Read more
Published on June 19, 2009 by C. Nevin
5.0 out of 5 stars New millennium thrashterpiece
Trends have always come and gone in the world of heavy metal music. Sometimes breakdowns are hugely popular, but sometimes it's blast beats or guitar solos that are "the in thing,"... Read more
Published on September 4, 2007 by A. Stutheit
5.0 out of 5 stars To Me, It Is The Most Haunted (4.5)
The Haunted stormed out of the gates in 1998 with their stellar self-titled debut and their year 2000 sophomore release iced that thrash cake with a new vocalist and a big heap of... Read more
Published on April 3, 2006 by OzzyApu
5.0 out of 5 stars They were called "The Haunted" when Peter Dolving sang for them too,...
And um... well... He sounded less intense than Marco.

And if you ask me, they are called The Haunted for they are the bards of Sickness, their music illustrating a world... Read more
Published on February 14, 2006 by D. Holmes
4.0 out of 5 stars They're Called "The Haunted" for a Reason
And the reason has to do with the band being haunted by bad vocals on this album (though some scientists theorize they're called this because the band decided to pick a stupid name... Read more
Published on December 2, 2005 by Deathz Head
5.0 out of 5 stars This new guy owns!
I dont know what you people are talking about. This guy is way better than peter. He can actually death growl and have a consistant scream that is alot deeper than peter's. Read more
Published on July 4, 2005 by BenDover
5.0 out of 5 stars Monster Swedish Thrash, Hell Yeah!!
If you're looking for a true balls to the wall speed/hardcore metal assault, well you've come to the right place with The Haunted's One Kill Wonder. Read more
Published on February 26, 2005 by Jeremy Brackeen
5.0 out of 5 stars One Heavy Metal Wonder...
The Haunted redefined the words "Heavy Metal" with this album. They took their sound a little further to create a storm of metal, with a strenghtened sound (guitars and drums) and... Read more
Published on December 24, 2004 by Pablosa
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