- Burst Into Flame
- Heavy Metal
Haunt was greatly overlooked with the release of a Ghost album in the same year. It’s a shame because they have a lot of good energy and strong focus on fun elements of heavy metal found in Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. It’s excess. Very clean vocals with some fast riffs and abundant soloing. The cover art sums the aesthetic up well with that 80’s metal feel with a sci-fi tinge. Haunt are like the Stranger Things of metal – a crisp reboot of an old style with its tongue firmly in cheek. Your local classic metal cover band has evolved.
The guitar serves as their holy weapon in this musical crusade against unknown enemies. The setting in my mind is that of the film Heavy Metal 2000 with its constantly changing scenery of alien planets and cosmic dump trucks operated by half faded metal roadies. It’s full of charm and catchy choruses that even go as far as reminding me of hair metal bands like Poison. The presentation of this record is good and the tracks have strong entertainment value. I’d chuck this in a playlist with Lordi, Ghost, Judas Priest and Alice Cooper.
It’s not very original but it’s a good break from the intensity and desperation of modern extreme metal scenes. There’s almost never a bad time to play this record and anyone even remotely invested in rock or metal will find a lot of enjoy here.
The artwork and design is done by brouemaster visual decay