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.
Given that the Haunted features ex-members of the acclaimed At the Gates
, one expects superior heavy metal. But the follow-up to 2000s 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