HAUNTED - Dayburner

Haunted - Dayburner

8 songs
66:11 minutes
***** ****
Twin Earth


Sicilian band Haunted certainly donít have the most original name. Ever since the success of Swedish death metal band The Haunted, that name should be a taboo for other metal bands, especially considering that the Italians started their band nearly twenty years later. The punishment is that Sweden are this year a part of the FIFA World Cup, and Italy is not.

But seriously now: there are enough positive arguments in favour of the Italian Haunted. First of all, despite only having been around for three years, they have already released two albums, and also they are one of the few doom metal bands with a front woman. Cristina Chimirri is without a doubt the attention getter of the band. Not only does she look very attractive, but she also has a very charismatic voice with a conjuring and hypnotic quality that will instantly mesmerise the listener. The four musicians of course also add a lot to the recipe. This starts right away with the church organ intro of the opener Mourning Sun which manages to convince with its lava-like sluggishness. Even on the slightly faster Waterdawn, for which the band made a very watchable video clip, the musicians favour their low tuned instruments so that a dark sound is still guaranteed. Apart from two shorter instrumental tracks, the remaining six songs are all between six and thirteen minutes long. Even though repetition is a part of the game, the songs are still sparkling with ideas and tension. Occult and martial breaks help to increase the variety of the music. Only the concluding Lunar canít quite keep up with the rest, but may after one hour of sluggish doom music, itís just enough.

Dayburner has turned out to be a strong doom metal statement. Hauntedís music sounds very mature, probably because the band does not solely rely on typical doom metal riffs, but adds enough occult influences. This makes Dayburner a powerful epic which probably sounds most appropriate in a gloomy, room filled fill the smell of fragrant incense.

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