THE HAUNTED – Eye of the Storm

thehaunted.eyeofthestormNearly three years and three band members replaced and THE HAUNTED appear ready to atone for their previously subpar releases.  If the three songs on Eye of the Storm are any indication of where the band’s head is at, then it’s time to rejoice.  On this 7″, THE HAUNTED are back to doing what they do best: thrashing better than any band on the planet.

Generally speaking, THE HAUNTED reclaim the sound and style of their first three or four albums.  Interestingly, this digital single/7″ only gets faster with each song.  “Eye of the Storm” is a muscular song which features those sweet but short dynamics and touch of  melancholy that has made the band stand out during their career.  The intro riff on “Infiltrator” is just one of the sweetest metal riffs you’ll ever hear.  So damn good.  Finally, “My Enemy,” is a scorcher complete with Kerry King-like guitar whammy bar action.

Not only is Eye of the Storm a must for fans of the band, it’s a great reason to get excited for the next full-length.  (Century Media Records)

THE HAUNTED: First Music From Revamped Line-up “Eye of the Storm”

Swedish’s THE HAUNTED have begun the comeback after losing three-fifths of its band with the launch of their first single, “Eye of the Storm.” Check it out:

Eye of the Storm is available as a limited edition 7″ and as a digital single, which both feature three tracks.

The single marks THE HAUNTED‘s recording debut of the band’s revamped line-up, which includes founding members Jensen (guitars) and Jonas Björler (bass), returning members Marco Aro (vocals) and Adrian Erlandsson (drums), as well as new member Ola Englund (guitars).

Jensen comments: “There aren’t superlatives enough to describe how much the band has longed for these three songs to be released. We are sure fans have been anxious to know what the band sounds like today after all the turmoil and old members leaving and new members joining. We feel that these three songs represent the band perfectly. We are currently working on the new album, an album that will be filled to the brim with what we know to be ‘THE HAUNTED‘. We’ll start doing gigs this spring and we’ll do festivals all over the place this summer. Get in touch with the festivals you visit (and behave like an animal at) and tell them to get us on the bill! THE HAUNTED is back. Play it loud. No. Louder.”

THE HAUNTED Announces Revamped Line Up

Sweden’s THE HAUNTED are finally back in the spotlight after almost a year without public activity and re-structuring behind closed doors, following a major switch of line up’s around autumn of 2012.

But the time has finally come to break the silence and announce the return of THE HAUNTED to form…

THE HAUNTED 2013:

Jensen – Guitars
Ola Englund – Guitas
Marco Aro – Vocals
Jonas Björler – Bass
Adrian Erlandsson – Drums

Watch the following video for a proper introduction to the new THE HAUNTED line-up with interviews and fresh rehearsal room footage:

THE HAUNTED’s founding member and guitarist Jensen checked in to comment on the recent developments as follows:

THE HAUNTED went through some difficult times last year. Losing three band members is a pretty huge blow to any band. Jonas and I agreed immediately that we wanted to continue with the band, but we wanted to take our time and not rush into anything. Meanwhile, news from THE HAUNTED’s camp have been pretty scarce. This changes starting today. We are very happy to be able to present you a full band line-up. Some of you might recognize a few faces, some of you might not. Adrian Erlandsson is back on drums and Marco Aro is back on vocals. Adrian you might know from playing on our first album and Marco sang on ‘The Haunted Made Me Do It,’ ‘Live Rounds In Tokyo‘ and ‘One Kill Wonder.’ On guitar we also have Ola Englund bringing some pretty heavy chops to the band.

“We’re all VERY excited about having THE HAUNTED back in working shape again and we can’t wait to get back out on the road to play for our very patient and faithful fans again. A new album is also already in the works and if you are familiar with the individual band members of this new line-up, you can be assured that the new material will grab you by the throat from the get-go!

“A huge ‘thanks’ goes out to all the people that responded to our call for new members applications. You put a lot of time and effort into your auditions and we are very grateful to have had such talented and cool people wanting to join the band! We truly appreciated your support!”

Expect more news about THE HAUNTED’s next album and their upcoming touring plans soon…

APESHIT’s Top Metal Albums of 2012

As another great year for heavy music comes to a close, APESHIT takes a look back at our favorite pieces of music of 2012. This year had some great comebacks in CRYPTOPSY and STRIFE. There were also some nice surprises in the new sheer quality of the new SIX FEET UNDER and brutality of the new SOULFLY.

We want to thank all our readers, friends in the industry, and all the amazing artists, big and small, that we get a chance to work with for a great 10th year of existence. As the music industry as a whole continues to take an economic hit, let us all remember: If you like a band or one of their releases, support it!

Here’s hoping for a great 2013!

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Tickets for Extreme Metal Cruise, Barge to Hell, on Sale Now

The world’s first extreme metal cruise, Barge to Hell, featuring 40 bands of extreme metal’s best bands is set to depart from Miami, Florida on December 3, 2012 for Nassau, Bahamas and back on December 7, 2012.  Tickets are now on sale.  The luxury cruise will feature two performances from each band on three different stages, karaoke, and more.

So far 21 out of a total of 40 bands on board are known:

ARTILLERY
AT THE GATES
BELPHEGOR
ENSLAVED
HACKNEYED
HYPOCRISY
KAMPFAR
KRISIUN
LOUDBLAST
MOONSPELL
MORGOTH
PARADISE LOST
POSSESSED
ROTTING CHRIST
SACRED REICH
SANCTUARY
SEPULTURA
SIX FEET UNDER
SODOM
SOILWORK
SOLSTAFIR

SIX FEET UNDER – Commandment

Written in the studio in just 12 days, SIX FEET UNDER busts out their new album, Commandment, as if they’ve had months to write it. Judging by the sound of it, you wouldn’t be able to tell that they wrote the album that quickly as it’s more or less consistent with their past efforts. Commandment brings you all the grossly simple, compact, and easy to follow riffs, tempos, horror movie themes, and vocal lines that SIX FEET UNDER have been known for. However, Commandment fails to be anything more than what is really is – shallow, diet death metal. It’s difficult to get to the end of the album without being bored to death with its absolute blandness. It’s not like there’s some gem of a song waiting as the album progresses. While the components of the album are not particularly horrendous, it’s the sum of these components that do not add to much of anything. Surely, some songs may be better than others but the disparity is negligible. Bonus points go out to anyone who recognizes the MERCYFUL FATE riff-off in “Bled to Death.” If there are any profound messages or topics discussed, few would be compelled to find out. Through it all, SIX FEET UNDER are probably the winners though – putting in less work and getting essentially the same result, which will probably yield more great sales records for them. If you are already a fan or feel as if real death metal is too much to handle, then Commandment is the perfect album for you. (Metal Blade Records)