The Haunted has gotten a ton of respect from the metal underground. Part of that's due to their lineage, of course -- members of the band did time in such well-respected acts as Witchery and At the Gates. But a large part is due to the visceral power of the group's three albums: The Haunted
, The Haunted Made Me Do It
, and One Kill Wonder
are all blasting thrash-metal efforts, with minimal progressive tendencies and no letup from first track to last. This is fine, but like a few other bands (Cryptopsy and Carnal Forge come readily to mind), the Haunted sometimes allows overwhelming fury to lapse into monotony. This is particularly true of One Kill Wonder
, in which the headlong assault -- when taken cumulatively with the two headlong assaults that preceded it -- becomes too much of a good thing. Still, they're likely to be great live. Bands that just bash out one brutal anthem after another tend to make for better mosh pits than albums anyway.