Honestly! I don’t know how one band can do it! How can one little band come up with such an impeccable wealth of pure metal riffs that slay all else in their path? These songs are not overly technical to go over anyone’s head, and they’re just technical enough to make the statement that they mean business and that they aren’t playing around. I loved the first Haunted CD, and I didn’t know how they’d top it, but they surely executed enough deadly talent and skill to manufacture its equal, to say the very least. As blasphemous as it sounds, new drummer Per more than fills Adrian’s shoes. Marco Aro, the new vocalist, also seems to belt out those thrashing lyrics in a heavier gut-wrenching death metal vibe, perhaps more appropriate for this style than the hardcore tendencies of Peter Dovling. In addition, Aro’s also added clean vocals every now and then to punctuate the lyrical stances and give more dynamics to the songs. Seriously, no disrespect to either ex-member, but this line-up seems to have some sort of energy or strength that makes them simply that much more amazing. Also – perhaps it was more involvement from the Bjorler brothers, but more melody has crept into the songwriting this time around. Non-stop comparisons to At The Gates are growing tiresome, because this IS a new band with their own thing going, but since two of the main songwriters here were the same in that band, it’s almost unavoidable. Because of that, even more comparisons to At The Gates are surely comfortable here on “The Haunted Made Me Do It”, especially with that unmistakable melodic touch every now and then that seemed to be avoided on the self-titled Haunted debut. Anyway, Jensen, the Bjorler brothers, and company have another brutal thrash classic under their belts. From the first song to the last, it’s all classic – yet timeless, somehow. No filling, no fluff. Even now that the initial shock has subsided, my emerging opinion is that this CD is better than the debut. If you’re a fan of the mid- to late- 80’s thrash regime such as Slayer, Testament, Metallica, Sodom, Kreator, etc… and that mid- to late- 90’s melodic Swedish Death Metal sound, you won’t be disappointed with this one! Get this CD to hear from a band that can absolutely do no wrong in my book.