The Haunted
Strength in Numbers



by Jeremy Wolfers USER (117 Reviews)
November 17th, 2017 | 6 replies

Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Haunted maintain the momentum from Exit Wounds with a similarly straightforward and tightly constructed piece of modern metal.

The Haunted's middle ground between thrash metal and At The Gates style melodeath has always lent itself well to mainstream modern metal, but after their steep decline following the pretty good The Dead Eye they re-energized successfully with Exit Wounds. With a good mix between technical thrashers and catchy anthems, it showed that The Haunted's base formula had plenty of life left, assisted by new lead guitarist and songwriter Ola Englund (ex-Six Feet Under, Feared). Strength in Numbers is essentially more of the same, but with even sharper songwriting.

After the nicely melodic and reasonably energetic introductory track, The Haunted launch straight into Brute Force, a frankly killer track. At once groovy and vicious, it pretty much sets the album up with so much momentum that it rides over all the rough spots without slowing down. Even with slower and more groove focused tracks like Spark, with its highly melodic chorus, and Preachers of Death, the overall sense of energy remains, thanks to a sharp, harsh sounding production on the guitars that leaves the whole package feeling sharper and cleaner without losing all of its chunk. Central highlights like Tighten the Noose and The Fall elevate the technical elements as well, leaving the overall songwriting package very well rounded.

The usual issues with this kind of late-career metal album are present; the songwriting is pretty predictable, and the ideas aren't really new so much as refined. This ultimately doesn't hold Strength in Numbers back as much as a few weaker tracks: This is the End is a bad attempt at imitating a more nu-metal sound, and is by far the weakest track present, simultaneously dull and grating. Thankfully, the album caps off with the great Means to an End and Monuments, bringing the overall package back up to speed and form. Besides the one misstep, and the lack of innovation on offer, Strength in Numbers really does everything you'd want from The Haunted, and is another successful shot at the groovy thrash sound they've more or less monopolized in the 2000s.

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November 17th 2017


This band has always been underrated.

south_of_heaven 11
November 18th 2017


Album Rating: 3.0

I enjoy this more than I should based on their past discog, with only rEVOLVEr being enjoyable.

Staff Reviewer
November 18th 2017


Fuck! Totally missed this one. I wish Dolving would go back to Mary Beats Jane though.

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December 16th 2017


Underrated indeed. Preachers of Death is pretty awesome

January 29th 2018


Album Rating: 3.0

Never been a huge fan of this band, but this is easily their best since rEVOLVEr, maybe even slightly better.

February 23rd 2018


Why are these guys so fucking bad at album artwork?

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