Review: The Haunted – Unseen

Rated:

4/5

The Haunted have returned! Led by the legendary Björler brothers of At The Gates fame, the Swedish metal vets drop their seventh studio album, the follow-up to 2008′s Versus. And the group is on fire, delivering a dirty, eclectic mix of jams that defy simple categorization, but suggest a loose blend of Strapping Young Lad and In Flames. The album is daring and varied in its scope and execution, each track markedly different in genre and approach from the last, but never losing the distinctive Haunted touch. Opener “Never Better” rabidly attacks, clearly showing this band has not lost its bite. Completely unexpected, but one of the best cuts on the record, is the swaggering southern sludge track “No Ghost,” which echoes Crowbar and Clutch. The album’s first single, “Unseen,” along with “Disappear” are headbanging examples of Gothenburg metal at its best. The funky, tribal “All Ends Well” and the darkly epic closer “Done” are fantastic tracks as well. Along with the Björler brothers’ diverse work, vocalist Peter Dolving’s performance is one of the highlights of this album, as he gives each song its own unique sense of maniacal energy and showcases his unique range of tones, styles, and delivery. Unseen is not your typical metal album; but then, as they’ve proven again here, the Haunted is not your typical band. JEREMY BORJON

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  • Kim Larsson

    Are you out of your mind? Are Unseen and Dissapear headbanging tracks? Gothenburg-inspired melodeath? Are you a close friend of the band or something? Are you trying to promote them? If it is so, I think that they will be better of without your help. Your examples are completely out of touch with reality. Is All ends well funky and tribal? You gotta’ be joking. You are clearly bullshitting, and you know it. All ends well is radiorock that’s so bland that the FM-tag is close at hand. It does not matter that it’s decorated with “experimental” flavours and a time-change. Its mix of pop and watered down thrash reminds me of some tracks on Metallica’s Load (wich is way better then Unseen as a whole). And how on earth can you call this album dirty? This is a modern, slick and very radiofriendly production that threatens nothing and questions nothing. Damn, you make me angry. Not because you hail Huanted’s weakest album, but because you’re not doing your job properly. You’re insulting my intelligence. I know everything is subjective when it comes to music, but please try to use words as they are meant to be used. You are bloody misleading people here. And the lowpoint of your review must be: “Gothenburg-inspired melodic death metal at its best.” That makes me laugh at your skills as a music writer. Every track on this album is so far from death metal that it makes U2 seem like a death metal band. Go get another job, will you …

  • Nodishwasherman

    the whole album is a massive let down on previous works children of bodoms new album blows it out of the water why experiment whwn u have a solid sound theres no point im extremely dissapointed to say the least their debut self titled album kicks butt although not as good as AT THE GATES SLAUGHTER OF THE SOUL THERES NO COMPARRISON!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Nodishwasherman

    the whole album is a massive let down on previous works children of bodoms new album blows it out of the water why experiment whwn u have a solid sound theres no point im extremely dissapointed to say the least their debut self titled album kicks butt although not as good as AT THE GATES SLAUGHTER OF THE SOUL THERES NO COMPARRISON!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Nodishwasherman

    they have sold out they must all be pussy whipped or under the thumb or just had their first child a little bit like how LIMP BIZKIT went limp and destroyed their crushing overall sound i say bring on the DEAD EYE

  • Chris

    This reviewer obviously have never heard any of The Haunted’s previous work.

  • Chris

    This reviewer obviously have never heard any of The Haunted’s previous work.

  • S4Colorado

    Notice Centurymedia thanked revolver for this below. They are in hard financial times like any other music company in this day and time. This is the main players trying to help promote each other. like it or not, the Haunted is a money maker “Bigger Name” for Century media. They need this CD to go over well. Revolver is a partner in this bullshit. think about it. If people don’t buy cd’s, they sure as hell don’t buy magazines.

  • S4Colorado

    They keep getting older and weaker!!!!! I can deal with change – hell I’m 38 and have seen it from all of the bands I loved growing up. But, this cash grab is intersting. the Haunted is not a draw like Metallica and never will be. Atleast the metallica guys hot seriously paid for selling out. the haunted are just pissing off the few fans they have. THey are not a mega draw. They should stick to what got them to wear they are at. this CD has none of the technicality and agression that really put them out in the international community. 3 good tracks on this lame piece of shit. Dolving just gets weirder with each release. Put his wacked out ass in the institution and get Marco back. I was so let down with the metallica sell out and never in a million years expected this from Jensen and the Bjorler brothers.

    Fuck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • vu

    The reviewer is a joke. This guys sounds like a poseur who probably shops at Hot Topics. Unseen absolutely sucks. I can’t understand why the Bjorner brothers gave up control of the band to Dolving. He is clearly taking them in the wrong direction. Hearing this Tomas Lindberg must have vomited in disgust. I can’t believe that 3 members of this band were once in At the Gate.

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    Nice article, guys! If you want a different opinion on Unseen, check out what we had to say on Wrecked. Wrecked is an entertainment website from regular guys like you. Check it out here: http://wreckedreviews.com/2011/04/08/you-wont-see-this-new-direction-in-unseen-coming/

  • eternitysfallen666

    are you fucking serious? this album was a mess of so many genres, it was just directionless D: 

  • Pacoasesino

    FUCK YOU, REVOLVER