Haunt (USA-CA)
Beautiful Distraction


3.0
good

Review

by Zac124 USER (3 Reviews)
April 13th, 2021 | 7 replies


Release Date: 04/02/2021 | Tracklist


Haunt's sound hearkens back to the classic 80's heavy metal bands with some obvious influences being groups such as Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Dio. While their music is not as ground-breaking as their influences, they still create an enjoyable listen.

As I said in the introduction, the band uses the 80's heavy metal sound and they do it perfectly. The album sounds like it could of been made back then. The song Hearts on Fire is a perfect example of this as the chorus, bridge and dual guitar solo feels very reminiscent of Iron Maiden. There are many choruses here that get stuck in your head throughout this album. The title tracks chorus has on of the most memorable hooks of any metal song this year. In Our Dreams and Sea of Dreams are close contenders of this too but the songs primarily shine through their fantastic guitar solos. The album excels with their guitar solos and there is no doubt that it is the best part of this album.

The biggest problem that this album possesses is that they follow their formula very closely. They never try something new or different. This makes some tracks forgettable and bland, especially at the latter half of the album. While the band are good at making catchy hooks, some choruses do feel underdeveloped. Fortunes of Wheel is a great example of this as the chorus falls flat and becomes instantly forgettable after the song is finished. After repeat listens, the vocals do start to become somewhat irritating as he keeps the same style and tone throughout the majority of this album but this not a deal breaker.

Overall, the album is decent with some good or even great songs but many misfire as they lack interesting parts whether it be a catchy chorus, a great bridge or an impressive dual guitar solo. However, if you are a huge fan of 80's heavy metal, I cannot recommend this album enough as they undoubtedly nail the sound.

MY TOP 5 SONGS:
1. In Our Dreams
2. Sea of Dreams
3. Beautiful Distraction
4. It's in My Hands
5. Face of Danger


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zelenichajnik
April 13th 2021


618 Comments


Two songs with 'dreams' in the title? Shoulda done the whole lot tbh

1) Beautiful Dreams
2) In Our Dreams
3) Fortune's Dream
4) Dreams of Danger
5) Sea of Dreams
6) Keeping Dreams
7) Imaginary Dreams
8) A Fool's Dreams
9) Dreams on Fire
10) It's In My Dreams

Woulda made it a 3.5, guaranteed. Nice writeup :]

Ebola
April 13th 2021


3970 Comments


band really needs to take more time between releases. they've always got a couple great tunes and a whole bunch of filler

WatchItExplode
April 13th 2021


8732 Comments


Sometimes I don't mind when a band releases a whole album of the same song. Here, it was obnoxious.

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Azog
April 13th 2021


458 Comments


I really liked the Beastmaker albums, but I couldn't care less about Haunt.

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chilledpunkrock
April 16th 2021


81 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

This band would be like, 10x better if they just had a different singer. The guy they have just does not have a strong enough voice for this kind of music, and it really sucks because I like everything else about them a lot.

Azog
April 18th 2021


458 Comments


I don't think that their singer is the real problem here. Sure, he's terrible, but the real problem with this band, is that they haven't done anything even remotely interesting, ever, at all.

parksungjoon
April 18th 2021


30896 Comments


wtf 3 albums last year

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