September 24, 2014 by Dan Swinhoe
The Haunted have been chasing past successes for over a decade now, but with new album Exit Wounds they have finally made another class. Along with the return of Marco Aro on vocals, the band have gone back to a heavier, more traditionally ‘Swedish’ sound. Gone are clean vocals and the more hardcore aspects that were a staple of former vocalist Peter Dolving’s tenure. In its place is a furious album of aggressive thrash and classic melodic death metal.
After the relative hiccup of Unseen and arguably a case of diminishing returns for a while now, The Haunted have come back stronger than ever. Exit Wounds is easily the band’s best effort a decade, and if it wasn’t for an impending album from At The Gates, by far the best album from Sweden in 2014.