Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Review: The Haunted, "rEVOLVEr"

It takes balls to name your album "rEVOLVEr" - even if you do mess with the capitalization a little.

When you name your record after the album that many Beatles fans consider their best, you better bring your A-game. The Haunted does just that, with an alternately melodic and pummeling assault on the listener.

Original vocalist Peter Dolving returns to the lineup, bringing a different flavor to the slower songs. "Abysmal" and "Burnt to a Shell" are two of the best cuts on the album because the Western twang in Dolving's voice brings to mind a tired and angry gunslinger rolling into town looking for his next target.

And the band does indeed mow down listeners with assaults like "Nothing Right" and "All Against All."

Even though the Haunted have slowed their pace on a few of these numbers, they can still thrash with the best of them. "rEVOLVEr" is another top-notch album from one of Sweden's best exports.

Get "rEVOLVEr."

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