CD review HAUNT ‘Flashback’

Haunt is one of the bands that quietly and steadily evolve from an insider tip to underground metal warriors. Haunt exist since three years and released their debut ‘Burst Into Flames’ in 2018. The quartet can certainly not be blamed for any compositional laziness. ‘Flashback’ is already the fourth album in two years, penned by the four-piece from Fresno, California and it shows the band’s joy of playing real metal.

Longplayers from Haunt never get lost in the epic vastness of the musical universe. Their albums are of a refreshing focus on the essential. Inspired by the sound of the late 70’s and early 80’s, the quartet releases new songs that inhale the spirit of the NWoBHM.

Eight songs and a playing time of just 31 minutes are enough to send the listener on a time travel to the roots of metal. Haunt are still forming heavy metal with hammer and anvil. Handcraft passion instead of automated boredom is what makes ‘Flashback’ a pleasure to listen to, headbanging included.

‘Electrified’ and ‘The Great Beyond’ are two songs, exemplary for music that is easy to listen to without being trendy or cheesy. Melodies, riffs and hooks, they all have their own space and let ‘Flashback’ become a great album. If you haven’t discovered Haunt for yourself yet, but are into heavy metal, then I can certainly recommend ‘Flashback’ to you.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. Flashback
  2. Winter’s Breath
  3. Electrified
  4. One With the Universe
  5. Spend a Fortune
  6. Figure in a Painting
  7. Sweet Embrace
  8. The Geeat Beyond

Label: High Roller Records

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: October 30st, 2020

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