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The Haunted
Exit Wounds

Company: Century Media
Release: 2014
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Reviewer: Greg Watson

  • Straight-to-the-point aggression



  • The Haunted is one of those bands that will forever be equated with the "Gothenburg"--melodic death--sound. Formed from the ashes of At the Gates, The Haunted continued to bring the "Gothenburg" sound to the forefront of metal. With the reformation of ATG being announced earlier this year, The Haunted underwent some personnel changes. Returning to the fold are former vocalist Marco Aro, whom I'm a huge fan of, and Adrian Erlandsson returning to handle the drumming. That being said, I wasn't sure what to expect out of this album as the last few releases from the band had been lackluster for me. But once "Cutting Teeth" kicked in, I knew I was in for a treat. With a sound that harkens back to 'The Haunted Made Me Do It' days, 'Exit Wounds' is a vicious uppercut to the jaw. From start to finish, it's clear the latest incarnation of The Haunted wanted straight-to-the-point aggression. Tracks like the aforementioned "Cutting Teeth", "My Salvation" and "Kill the Light" are perfectly crafted songs. Not going over the four minute threshold, the songs pack a punch like an MMA figher on crank. As the album played, I found myself constantly banging my head and throwing the horns up. This album, in my humble opinion, is a return to form for The Haunted and an album that places them once again at the forefront. Production is nothing short of perfect, as we've all come to expect with the band's releases.


    About this Writer:
    Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.

    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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    ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: THE HAUNTED
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    Exit WoundsThe Haunted
    2014
    Greg Watson10/10/2014
    One Kill WonderThe Haunted
    2003
    Nate Turpin1/30/2003
    rEVOLVErThe Haunted
    2004
    Eric Compton10/15/2004
    The Dead EyeThe Haunted
    2006
    Weasel3/9/2007


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