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  • Well, I figured that this CD was worth a decent review since no one has had enough brainpower to write one yet. From what I can tell, this is the first CD by these guys, who have created a hybrid of Cannibal Corpse (Chris Barnes) and Obituary (Allen West). Where the bassist and drummer are from is beyond me. You’ve pretty much got it all here. Chris’ growling vocals, that are unintelligible to the untrained ear (I understand him), mix pretty well with Allen’s sludgy riffs that you might find on albums like World Demise. The rhythm section is solid here too; all combining to create some pretty intimidating music. I love to throw this CD on at parties just for shock value alone. I’m the only one of my group of friends who listens to this genre of music, so I love the faces they make when Chris ’sings’ about the brutal subjects on this CD.It’s nice to see that there are other topics on this CD than massacre and bludgeoning,like the occult (Lycanthropy) and nuclear war (Beneath A Black Sky); some nice light topics. Hardcore Cannibal Corpse fans may curse me for this, but hearing gory details about a murder or things associated with that get tiring after a while. However, hearing Chris growl out his divine and pure emotion for a loved one probably wouldn’t work, so I think that this CD meets comfortably on the side of evil without going overboard (for the most part).Allen Wests riffs are pure Obituary and are menacing. However, at times they are predictable and unimaginative, leaving you with a feeling that you could have easily played this song yourself (why aren’t I playing for these guys?). This may be the case, but they are still good songs. Sometimes you don’t have to play a mile a minute to get your point across.Haunted is still a great CD, and a good point to start if you are just getting into this type of music. You can branch out into a couple of different areas from this CD. My favorite songs are ‘The Enemy Inside’ with it’s opening, bone-rattling bass note; ‘Beneath A Black Sky’; ‘Human Target’ and ‘Suffering In Ecstasy’. This CD is dehumanizing and I love it. This CD will lead you on to bigger and better things from these guys no matter what band they are in.

    Posted on January 17, 2010