- If Icarus Could Fly
- Heavy Metal
- March 2019
Now that I’ve reviewed their 2018 LP and their recent EP, I feel ready to take a look at Haunt’s newest offering of modernized old school heavy metal. They are certainly consistent, which I’m not sure whether to critic or praise because they are getting better at it with each album, but it does sound like more of the same regardless. If you’ve come for Haunt, then you cannot possibly be disappointed. There is no reality to cater for that level of non sense. It’s exactly what they promise, along with the art work I say they deliver on that.
The artwork is one of the bands strengths, finding the right visual artist for your music can make such a huge difference in overall quality. In this case, Brouemaster Visual Decay is just the right fit. It’s a perfect collaboration. If you check out that instagram link you’ll see he works a lot and with some pretty dope bands. He’s open to more work by the looks of it and has the heavy metal/stoner aesthetic nailed down. It’s similar across the board, both art and music but there’s just something slightly different every time that adds a different accent or vibe. They have a signature aesthetic that feels alive and evolving as they release more albums.
If Icarus Could Flyis a guitar driven metal record featuring a slew of shredding and solos that hearken back to the times of Randy Rhodes. It’s a classic style that always feels good to listen to, there’s just something about that speaks to musicians. The added bits and pieces here and there make it more interesting than the usual heavy metal release. Whether it’s the changes of pace or ADHD guitar playing, there’s always something to listen to.
It can border on rock anthem at times but they don’t push it too hard, it’s restrained. They’re like spontaneous moments of excitement with a more streamlined hooky focused instruments. As a guitarist myself I can never get tired of these tracks, especially the way some of them open, with complex soaring licks. They always know how to get started that’s for sure. They’ve reached a peak of tone as well, clearly having an exact and complex setup to maximize the modern retro sound.
It really pops and they’ve quickly made a really solid discography.