Shadow Kingdom Records 2020 CASSETTE
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. No more can one simply say that HAUNT are but a modern iteration of NWOBHM or some-such. On the righteous evidence of Mind Freeze, the band incorporate classic metal contours, of course, but also everything from ’70s synth to ’90s punk, with these moody-yet-molten anthems now evincing an almost mystical quality perfectly in line with Church’s always-poignant lyrics. This time around, themes include carrying the torch, adventure, stagnation, politics, love, and triumph. Likewise, Church has handed the lead-guitar torch to Tucker, who delivers one unbelievable solo after another here (Church still gets in a few – don’t worry!). As if it ever needed restating, read it here: 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.
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