One Kill Wonder
Review by Michael on March 21, 2003.
I have always been a big fan of The Haunted. Hell I guess it goes all the way back to the days of At The Gates. These guys just seem to have a nack for thrashing like no others band can. Upon first listen of their latest opus "One Kill Wonder"I must admit I wasn't impressed. I mean it was good, I could hear that, but all I could think of was "Where have the grooves gone? Where is all the catchiness from the band I know and love? What is with this new production?". Needless to say I didn't leave it in the CD player too long at all. I spent the next few days thinking "No, I must be wrong, I’ll give it another go.." And it seems I was...
For those of you who have been following The Haunted from the beginning this album is a different offering. It is still them, as in its still fast, aggressive and thrashy... but something has changed. At first I didn't know what it was, but as I listened to "One Kill Wonder" more and more I came to conclusion that instead of mellowing out with age, these boys are getting angrier! This is definitely the most aggressive and heavy album to date, taking everything The Haunted have done up until now to a whole new level.
The overall sound of this album is much larger than previous releases, it is more reminiscent of The Haunted's first self-titled release in its overall sound, but a much better planned and executed version. The sounds themselves are all individually much larger than "The Haunted Made Me Do It", the only problem is that they are not necessarily better, just bigger. I read that the arrangements and sounds on the album were all created with the intention of making the album as close to a live performance as possible to make both experiences of equal quality and power, and after seeing the boys for the second time this week I will have to agree, their live sound was almost identical to the new album which is always very satisfying for the listener.
Bottom Line: All in all I cannot complain about this album. Yes The Haunted have strayed a little since the days of "The Haunted Made Me Do It", but after only a few spins you too will come to realize that there is absolutely nothing bad about the new direction.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
Rating: 8.4 out of 10