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The Haunted: Exit Wounds

The Haunted - Exit Wounds album cover“Ladies and Gentlemen, please let us celebrate the huge return of The Haunted!”

Surely these are the words that every single die-hard fan of The Haunted (including me) would say while they’re listening to their new album Exit Wounds.

Ok, but let’s have a brief review of what happened in The Haunted camp in the past ten, eleven years. Marco Aro left the band in 2003 and the band was reunited with Peter Dovling and The Haunted slowly fell out of the right path and ended up becoming a radio friendly group who seemed to not know who they actually were and what they had done in their career. Honestly after powerful opuses like The Haunted Made Me Do It and One Kill Wonder nobody wants to hear something like The Dead Eye or Versus and the most disastrous one, 2011’s Unseen. After the second departure of Dolving, there were some rumors that Aro and Erlandsson would be back in the band again and when it became reality, it was very predictable that the band had decided to return to their old forms of music. Ola Englund was also replaced by Anders Björler to be The Haunted’s new axeman. See? Everything is ready to hear something wicked once again. That was already proven when the band released the three songs EP, Eye of the Storm in early 2014. This EP had most of the things (if not everything) that fans want to hear. Catchy, thrashy and melodic riffs that brought those classic sound of The Haunted back to life, far from those experimental Grunge/Alternative Rock, Tool-vibe era. Eye of the Storm EP was followed by the full length Exit Wounds that was released a couple of months later, on August 25th. All three songs from EP (Eye of the Storm, Infiltrator, My Enemy) also appeared in Exit Wounds.

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Entombed A.D.: Back to the Front

Entombed A.D. - Back to the Front album coverAh Ok! Alex Hellid has been left alone while the other four members of Entombed decided to leave the band to form Entombed A.D. with a new [ugly] logo and some new music. Entombed, the band that has always stood as one of the greatest Swedish Death Metal acts of all time is an important band, not only in their genre-bringing country but in the whole world of Metal. Many fans recognize Entombed with their early ground-breaking albums such as Left Hand Path, Clandestine and Wolverine Blues, which have all been released in the early 90s and gained some huge success for the band. In later years Entombed decided to add some rock vibes to their music and turned to Death ‘n’ Roll, which also gained some serious attention.

Now, seven years after releasing the acclaimed Serpent Saints – The Ten Amendments in 2007, the wait is over and Entombed returns with a brand new album Back to the Front. Entombed which is now identified as Entombed A.D. (better to skip the story behind this transition) has the same Entombed line-up minus Alex Hellid and consists of L-G Petrov (Vocals), Nico Elgstrand (Guitars), Olle Dahlstedt (Drums), Victor Brandt (Bass). For some reason “Back to the Front” can be marked as a love-it-or-hate-it album. But for old-school fans it could still be a decent experience. The first obvious thing that comes from the album in the first listen is Entombed A.D. wants to start a music project that sounds heavy, which waves the flag of old school Death Metal. It looks like a great decision that Entombed A.D. has made. Listen to uncountable bands that have come aboard in recent years, who want to keep the sound of old school Death Metal alive. To name a few Slaugherday (Germany), Monumentomb (UK), Bombs of Hades (Sweden), Ignivomous (Australia) and Entrails (Sweden), out of which the last one is highly inspired by the early Entombed. So there would be no better choice for Entombed A.D. to pack their instruments, having some time-travel to their roots of face-breaking Death Metal.

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