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The Haunted - Unseen

GordDaBoy   (56 reviews)

Posted: 02/17/2011 | Comments: 10 | Rate:

After all these years and numerous albums later the melodic thrash veterans have completely lost their touch. Now I know their last release was headed into a different direction, but still showed some flashes of the sweet thrash style The Haunted made their mark with on the metal community over a decade ago. Not the case with their new one "Unseen". A much slower and not so pissed off The Haunted we all knew was coming but still never heard before. It's actually quite sad if you were ever a fan.

The album starts off with "Never Better" a mid-pace song with a very strong nu-metal feel to it and it's all downhill from there. Never picking up and giving not one ounce of satisfaction to the long time followers of The Haunted. Just when you think your going to get the sweet swedish riffage instead you get a bullshit polished hook. I understand sometimes when a band makes their music more contemporary, but it seems like they went out of their way to make a every track a radio friendly modern day rock song or aka garbage. I'll even stoop as low to say it sounds like great nu-rock heavyweights like Nickelback, Korn, and Trapt (if them dbags are even still a band). Singer Peter Dolving has also taken that next step into sounding like Jonathan Davis or any other terrible modern day radio front man. All in all just when you thought another Swedish heavyweight could not bite the dust harder then the last :cough: Soilwork :cough: In Flames :cough: alas The Haunted take the biggest swandive of them all.

Not like you were going to but don't even try to give this album a chance. The further I got into the album the more pissed off I got knowing what these dudes once were and how unrecognizable they've become. Just do yourself the favor and break out "Made Me Do It" or "One Kill Wonder" and forget this album or my review even exist.

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Comments
Bitch Batch
18,537 Posts
35/F/PA
this makes me sad :(
Pulp Free
52,193 Posts
36/M/PA
I gave up on these dudes so long ago. Made Me Do It was such a good record. They've been on a steady decline since.
Playin fast
655 Posts
33/M/PA
I loved everything up until Revolver and yea I know most people think that album sucks balls but besides Dolving being a douche in some songs the riffs are fuckin great. Since then they completely went in reverse through puberty.
Dave B. #2
4,663 Posts
34/M/PA
i like soilwork.

i agree with wren that made me do it was pretty decent, and i enjoyed ONE song on revolver. but i haven't been interested in this band at all since.
Bitch Batch
18,537 Posts
35/F/PA
Originally posted by: asking_for_it

i like soilwork.

i agree with wren that made me do it was pretty decent, and i enjoyed ONE song on revolver. but i haven't been interested in this band at all since.



my thoughts exactly. I was hoping that with this new album they were going to redeem themselves. I guess that all hope is lost now and I should just move on.
I have no legs!
2 Posts
39/F/
OK. I'm sorry to say this but the author of this article seems to be really narrow-minded, so please: don't believe what he writes and listen to the album first. I had the opportunity to listen to it and yes: it's different. It is not only thrash, it is groovy. And Peter is singing much more. Yes. But he did it on other The Haunted-albums and on the records of his other projects before...so this is no "we want to be in the radio"-stuff. If you'd meet the guys of the band just once you'd know they are REAL people who don't think in such ways.
"Unseen" rocks and rolls and grooves. Yes. And it is hard to describe because it is so varied and doesn't go only in one direction.
So: be open-minded and be surprised (in a positive way)!!!!!
Pulp Free
52,193 Posts
36/M/PA
Being open minded has nothing to do with it. The band has deviated alot from the albums that most everyone loves. They also can't write a memorable song to save themselves. I've worked a few shows they've played, granted that was 2 years ago since the last one, but their set left alot too be desired until they played Bury Your Dead. They haven't put out a fully solid album since 2003 and even One Kill Wonder had it's fair share of stinkers on it.
I have no legs!
2 Posts
39/F/
@Wolfman: If you think that the band didn't put out a good record since 2003 why do you still write about them? In my opinion the last albums were great and had a lot of really memorable songs on it like "99", "No compromise", "The medication", "Moronic Colossus" etc. And I find it really funny that you write your answer as you wouldn't be narrow-minded but you obviously can't live with the fact when a band (slightly) changes, isn't it? I mean this is OK with me...there surely are bands who change in strange directions so I won't hear their music any longer (e.g. Linkin Park which is just pop-music)...but it's different with The Haunted. However: If you don't want to have any change: keep listening to Slayer (who took The Haunted on tour in Europe btw) and spare us you opinion. Thanks.
Pulp Free
52,193 Posts
36/M/PA
There was a write up done about them because the material was presented to us. The Haunted has a name and it would be stupid from a journalist's (I use the term loosely) point of view to just simply skip over them.

When you read any music publication are all the reviews positive? I highly doubt it. I could go on Blabbermouth right now and find a dozen in less than two minutes. No matter where the review itself is written, the review is always the opinion of the writer. You stated your personal opinion as to why you like it. The reviewer, along with myself, agree that this isn't an appealing album. I don't know why you can't grasp that fact that not everyone is going to like the stuff you do.


and I will keep listening to Slayer, thank you. They have a bigger and better selection of good material to choose from.


oh and just so you know. Most tour packages are not put together by the headliner. Record labels, tour managers, promoters, etc have most of the say on who gets the opening slots. It's all a matter of dollars and cents as well as something that makes some sense. So The Haunted opening for Slayer has no weight in an argument about whether or not their material is good. Skrape got to open the Pantera/Slayer tour and I think we can all be in agreement that Skrape is terrible.
C-Wizard
4,191 Posts
31/M/OH
God I just can't fathom people signing up only to whine about a review. I'll admit that there are some reviews on here that sometimes don't come off as being very open-minded or even well thought out for that matter, but there are also a lot of (i.e. more) well-written and well-informed ones. This review happens to do a good job of being presented from an objective viewpoint and lays out pretty well all the things I'd want to know about this album before making the leap to purchase or even listen to it.

I think it's obvious where the narrow-minded and certainly biased opinion is here based on the comments and the awesome avatar featuring the album in question . I haven't listened to this band in years but after reading this review it confirms what I would've expected from them. And from what I remember of their older material, this review makes it sound like the band has deviated a lot more than just "slightly" from their original style. Good review.

/rant

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