More groove metal oriented than thrash, Strength In Numbers is heavy on character. The songs have a uniquely distinctive feel, standalone efforts falling on top of an umbrella of hatred.

Progression has turned The Haunted into a metal juggernaut. The Haunted, established in 1996, have always been about controlled insanity but Strength In Numbers is different. This is by far the fullest The Haunted has ever sounded, complex passages enhanced by a well-defined attack.

Recorded at Parlour Studios (UK) with famed producer Russ Russell (Dimmu Borgir, Napalm Death) and featuring the art of longtime collaborator Andreas Petterson, this record is a culmination of style and sound. More groove metal oriented than thrash, Strength In Numbers is heavy on character. The songs have a uniquely distinctive feel, standalone efforts falling on top of an umbrella of hatred.

A lot of fuss has been made over Maro Aro’s voice and I agree this album doesn’t have the crazed frenzy of earlier efforts like: Made Me Do It (2000) or One Kill Wonder (2003). These vocals fit perfectly within the groove laden structures of Strength In Numbers. A gruff dressing for a superb assault. Highlight tracks for me are: “Spark”, “Preachers of Death”, “Tighten the Noose”, “The Fall” and “Means to an End”.

The Haunted have proven once again why they are a force to be reckoned with. Strength In Numbers is an effort which strives for perfection and it’s hard to say it hasn’t been achieved. Check out this release and let the strength of The Haunted be an inspiration to you! \m/

The Haunted are:

  • Jonas Björler – Bass
  • Ola Englund – Guitars
  • Adrian Erlandsson – Drums
  • Patrik Jensen – Guitars
  • Marco Aro – Vocals
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