HAUNT - Mind Freeze LP (YELLOW/BLACK)
HAUNT is the new face of traditional heavy metal & hard rock. Masterful despite their young years as a band, HAUNT began as a solo project of Beastmaker frontman Trevor William Church and promptly self-released its debut EP, Luminous Eyes, during the summer of 2017. Not long after, the EP was picked up for physical release by SHADOW KINGDOM, and henceforth did HAUNT begin their ascent...
Burst Into Flame, the band's full-length debut was released during the summer of 2018 and here, HAUNT's blend of turn-of-the-'80s heavy metal with touches of '70s hard rock positively exploded with electricity and excitement at every turn. HAUNT returned less than a year after their debut album with an even-stronger second album, If Icarus Could Fly, and the Mosaic Vision EP continued that ever-upward & onward momentum.
However, if those preceding two records were the fine-tuning on an already enviously stacked machine, then Mind Freeze is the glorious sound of new expeditions explored and conquests sealed. Here, many/most of the trademark HAUNT dynamics are firmly in place - compact songcraft, immediately memorable hooks, impassioned playing, an understated emotional element that elevates everything above mere party fodder - but the band are finding yet more interesting twists to 'em. Mind Freeze is the sound of a full-band effort, because HAUNT is the very definition of a band - a gang of outlaws, in it to win it or go down trying.
Black / yellow divide vinyl w/insert.