The Haunted
Versus


2.0
poor

Review

by Brandon Burton USER (19 Reviews)
November 2nd, 2008 | 34 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If you're going to try and rip off At The Gates, at least try and make it enjoyable.

So you're walking through your local record store, just scanning around at all the different releases at your disposal. Seeing things here and there that you're contemplating buying, then you come across a band that you know and you start checking out what's available. Scanning through you notice they have a new album out. First thing that pops into your head, "I wonder if this is better/worse than their last album"? In most cases it would be a complete toss up, looking at the cover art and all the available sights to try and determine if you want to buckle down and buy it. We, (as music enthusiasts), will always relate a band/artists new material to their previous works as a reference point. Listening to The Haunted's new album Versus will only make you think one thing. When is this going to end?

The Haunted have been around since around 1998 and have changed their sound dramatically since the days of their self-titled album. With the release of 2004's rEVOLVEr we heard the band try to almost blatantly rip off At The Gates with all their thrashing about. Then came The Dead Eye in 2006 in which the band tried to take things in a more melodic route. While this album experimented more in melody than just going straight for it, Versus just barges right in with its' forced melodies and akward song structures. The album wouldn't be that bad if they did the whole "melodic" thing well, but they really don't at all. They were much better off trying to impersonate a thrash band than add anything melodic into the mix. Songs like Trenches, Ceremony and Rivers Run will make you wonder just what they were thinking when they were writing them. It just comes off sounding as if the band could come up with nothing better to write than this and just decided this sounded good enough.

The instrumentation of the album isn't all that bad, it sounds just as clean as anything else they've done. The guitars have their melodic overtone with just a splash of thrash influence added to them. But they just sound completely trite and useless most of the time. They try to play off each other with harmonies and solo's that just sound downright childish in nature and miss whatever mark they were trying to hit. The bass is almost non-existent, (which I've come to expect nowadays), and there really isn't much to say about it. Same can be said about the drums, they just don't stand out one bit whatsoever. They do what they can to put a backbone to this already scoliotic mess of an album. They try to be thrashy when they can but you can tell he's just bored playing the same beat for almost a 30 straight minutes. But the vocals are where the album gets even more interesting...not in the good way either.

Peter Dolving has never been known for having a good voice, but he fits with what the band is playing so you can't complain much there. His screams have always been a little more off the mark than not, but he really screws up when he tries to sing. Yes sing, if you thought is screaming was sub-par than you are going to downright laugh when you hear this. The man can't keep a melody to save his life, and he tries to throw in his experimentation into songs like Skuld. It's quite hard to explain just how horrid they really are. He still sounds about the same as he has on all of their other releases as far as his screams and low light singing/talking goes. But he drags this album even further down the drain when they were already circling it to begin with.

Versus is easily the one of the most disappointing albums of the entire year. Upon listening to their previous works, you'll start to wonder where this band really did go wrong. Was it when they tried start impersonating At The Gates? Was it when they tried adding melody to an already forced sound? Was it when they thought their singer could actually hit a note? The answer is all of the above. So when you're passing through your local record store and you think that you might like this cause you liked their previous works. Pass it up, its not worth whatever amount of money you see tagged to the front of the album.



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beans
November 2nd 2008


2332 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

A much more revised version of this review, i tried to make this one a bit better, i basically scrapped the entire other one. Let me know what you guys think, and if there are any mistakes, please point them out if you could.
Criticism is always welcome.

fireaboveicebelow
November 2nd 2008


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

muuuch better, the last sentence seems weird to me for some reason though.

Slaytan
November 2nd 2008


1186 Comments


The Haunted have always been one of those bands that I just do not like. All their songs sound very awkwardly arranged, as you stated was the case with this album as well. Good job overall.

Wizard
November 2nd 2008


19399 Comments


I wonder if this is better/worse than thier last album"?



*their


With the release of 2004's RevolveR, we heard the band try to almost blatantly rip off At The Gates with all their thrashing about.



I think you have the capitalization backwards. *rEVOLVEr And not to be a nitpick or anything, but I think ATG where more melo-death then thrash.


The instrumentation of the album isn't all that bad, whatever they're trying to play it sounds just as clean as anything else they've done.



Awkward sentence.


and he tries to throw in his experimentation in songs like Skuld.



*into


Versus, is easily the one of the most disappointing album of this entire year.



Drop the comma, drop the word 'the', *albums, replace 'this' with 'the'.


Peter Dolving has never been known for having a good voice,



He does suck huge monkey balls. One of the most monotonous vocalists in the genre.


I was wondering why you got rid of your previous review. I thought your old one was better tbqh. Still, you tried and you succeeded with describing how bad this band has become. I didn't even need to listen to this to tell you how predictably bad this would turn out.
This Message Edited On 11.02.08

Digging: Khonsu - Traveller

Bleak123
November 2nd 2008


1902 Comments


the haunted are good eeurgh :mad:


:smash:

fireaboveicebelow
November 2nd 2008


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

this is the exception then

I agree otherwiseThis Message Edited On 11.02.08

Wizard
November 2nd 2008


19399 Comments


the haunted are good eeurgh



Please tell me you've heard their first few albums? Their new stuff is so bland that I can't even finish their albums (at least I felt that way with The Dead Eye). EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW This Message Edited On 11.02.08

rasputin
November 2nd 2008


14544 Comments


jesus wiz, what's with the massive space at the end of your last post

Wizard
November 2nd 2008


19399 Comments


I don't know? Formatted wrong I guess hahaha.

EDIT: Better?This Message Edited On 11.02.08

Bleak123
November 2nd 2008


1902 Comments


Please tell me you've heard their first few albums? Their new stuff is so bland that I can't even finish their albums (at least I felt that way with The Dead Eye). EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW


I haven't heard this record so no comment as far as this album goes.
But I have heard the rest of their stuff old to new and liked it all. Even the Dead Eye I think is pretty good. Amazing vocalist really helps carry the band past the majority of those in the genre.

rasputin
November 2nd 2008


14544 Comments


I don't know? Formatted wrong I guess hahaha.

EDIT: Better?

haha yes,

fireaboveicebelow
November 2nd 2008


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I don't get what's wrong with The Dead Eye, it's very simple and fun to listen to

Bleak123
November 2nd 2008


1902 Comments


^^Agreed

Hawks
November 2nd 2008


35824 Comments


Really good review. What I've heard from this band was pretty bad so I'll definitely avoid this.

Digging: Engraved - Before The Tales

Zippermouth
November 2nd 2008


1305 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thats weird, I didnt know you could repost your reviews!
lol, I'm still the nub. Would someone care to tell me how to do that? (dont worry I wont ever repost that crappy Stonesour review).

btw I listened to this... its not THAT bad.

DeadToPain
November 2nd 2008


694 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I disagree....It really is THAT bad. This is absolutely horrendous. Dude's voice annoys the piss out of me.

Good review. Pretty much figured I wouldn't like it, and I was right.

C.O.A.
November 2nd 2008


53 Comments


This album sucks.

I was very disappointed with it.

As for The Dead Eye, I enjoyed it for the most part.

Wizard
November 2nd 2008


19399 Comments


Lets listen to some better thrash, mmmmm'kay?

beans
November 2nd 2008


2332 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I fixed all the little things there wizard, thanks for pointing them out for me. :chug:

The Dead Eye was an ok album, it was really where they started expermienting with more melody and i could tell they were headed for disaster.

Thats weird, I didnt know you could repost your reviews!


post in the ask questions forum and if you ask nicely one of the mods will delete it for you.

btw I listened to this... its not THAT bad


listen to their other material and you will think otherwise.

Wizard
November 2nd 2008


19399 Comments


No problem bunit. I would expect people to do the same for me as well .



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