Jealous Haters Since 1998!
Home | News | Reviews | Day In Rock | Photos | RockNewsWire | Singled Out | Tour Dates/Tix | Feeds
The Haunted - The Dead Eye Review

by Robert VerBruggen

Many of today's young metalheads got started with Metallica's Load and Reload albums. We realized the band's style had changed since the classic records, but the songs were good B and what was the big deal? You can't play the same stuff for 20 years.

Well, now it's our turn to experience a major sellout firsthand. The Haunted's The Dead Eye is great, but it's a transparent stab for fans of Shadows Fall and Lamb of God. Those are both great bands, but true fans of The Haunted don't buy records to hear Pete Dolving croon about how "She was a little girl and I was only just learning to crawl / I would call her name to see her beautiful eyes glow."

We buy Haunted records to hear all-out thrash topped with Dolving's paranoid, scream-till-you're-hoarse, "we fC 'till it bleeds" rip-your-throat-out vocals. In the past Dolving has sounded disturbing even while working in melody B remember the gently sung "Come a little bit closer / So I can see what you taste like" from rEVOLVEr's AAbysmal"?

The Dead Eye does provide some of what longtime fans are looking for. First single "The Medication" is superb, with angry lyrics and a little bit of swagger. And even though Dolving sings the chorus to AThe Prosecution," the lyrics AForgive my lack of empathy / Oh, I just love watching you bleed" keep the track true to the band's roots. AThe Shifter" and AThe Stain" could easily have been on rEVOLVEr.

There are some serious misfires, though. The melodic vocals can sound extremely processed B it wouldn't be out of line to check whether Maynard James Keenan guested on the bridge of "The Drowning," even though Dolving and Keenan have never sounded remotely alike before. And the verses to "The Reflection" sound ripped from a modern rock ballad.

The outro to "The Fallout" sounds equally out of place, with the guitars and vocals dropping out to leave only drums and keyboards.

Someone who's never heard The Haunted before would love The Dead Eye, as all the songs are well crafted and catchy. But the fans who anticipated the record - "it's gonna be loud and angry and it'll have a lotta screaming and I can't wait!" - will leave feeling betrayed.

Robert VerBruggen ( is an apprentice editor at The National Interest in Washington, DC and an antiMusic contributor.

CD Info and Links

The Haunted - The Dead Eye

Label:We Don't Get the Media Records

Preview and Purchase This CD Online

Visit the official homepage

More articles for this artist

tell a friend about this review



News Reports
Day in Rock:
Steve Perry Releases 'We're Still Here' Video- Greta Van Fleet Streaming New Song 'Lover, Leaver'- Ozzy Looking Forward To Life After No More Tours- Rolling Stones- more

Day in Pop

Yesterday's Day in Rock: Taylor Swift Reveals Her Mother Has Cancer- Rich Homie Quan Surrenders To Police Over Alleged Nightclub Assault- Justin Bieber Duets With Ariana Grande- Mumford & Sons- more

 Subscribe To Day in Rock


Ladies Only: Jennie Abrahamson- Rachel Garlin- Nneka- More

Album of the Week: Led Zeppelin's When The West Was Won

Karyn Crisis' Gospel Of The Witches - Salem's Wounds

The Blues: John Mayall's Bluesbreakers- Arlen Roth, Mike Henderson Band- Slam Allen

Trauma Interview

December in Red - The Way Out

Battleaxe - Power From the Universe Reissue

SOKO Interview

The Compulsions - Dirty Fun

Rock Reads: Morbid Tales! A Tribute to Celtic Frost

Death Penalty - Death Penalty

On The Record: The Wild Beyond

RockPile: Minutian- Odin's Court- THEO

Michael Ubaldini Interview

Root 66: Cameron Mitchell- Stacy Jones- Greg Shirley


Search for Tickets

Or Browse For Tickets

Today's Rock News

Ozzy Sets Home On Fire

Santana, Neal Schon and Gregg Rolie Reunite at Journey Show

Ted Nugent's Wife Arrested

Iron Maiden Tops Billboard's Hot Tours Chart

Pop Star Fergie Names Son After Guns N' Roses Frontman Axl Rose

Jack White Recording New Songs With The Dead Weather

Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington Reveal EP Details

The Who Releasing Massive Super Deluxe Edition of Tommy

Paul McCartney Talks New Song and His Plans Never To Retire

August Burns Red Announce Special Screening of Documentary

The National Curating Grateful Dead Tribute Album

KISS' Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons Announce Book Signings

Mike Portnoy Reveals Full Progressive Nation At Sea Lineup

Saxon's Biff Byford Explains Evil Look Was Down To Illness

Astrid Kirchherr's Early Beatles Photos To Be Exhibited Next Month

Gene Simmons and Engelbert Humperdinck Footage Goes Online

Red Fang Streaming New Song ' Blood Like Cream' Online

Sammy Hagar Compares Les Paul Guitars To Muscle Cars

What Do Crocheting And Rock 'N' Roll Have In Common? Deap Vally

Classic Rock Going Country

Subscribe to Day in Rock Report by Email

Today's Pop News

North Korea Reportedly Execute 12 Musicians

Jay-Z Releases Holy Grail Video Featuring Justin Timberlake

Big Sean in Fall Out Boy's New Video

Thousands of Justin Timberlake Fans Flood 'Take Back The Night' Filming

Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O Unplugs

Miguel Covers Pink's Just Like A Pill

Eric Church Going In A Different Direction With 'Chief' Follow Up

Kip Moore Has Almost Finished New Album

Juicy J Twerk Tweet Ends Up As Scholarship Competition

Danny Brown's On Stage Sex Act Was Not Planned

Bastille Trace The Best Of British Rock, Including Morrissey's Pompadour

Singled Out: Dulcinea Renee's Pictures Of You

More News

anti Worthy Links
The Screen Door superLOUD A Journal of Musical Things Lloyd Zeffler blog Demolish Mag Nightwatcher's House of Rock CJ Chilvers Deja Voodoo The 1st Five Hard Rock Memorabilia Day in Rock @twitter

New Mystery Book from
antiMusic's Dawn Marie Fichera!

Click Here to Buy T-Shirts!
Click Here to Buy T-Shirts!


Tell a Friend about this page - Contact Us - Privacy - antiMusic Email - Why we are antiMusic

Copyright© 1998 - 2013 Iconoclast Entertainment Group All rights reserved. antiMusic works on a free link policy for reprinting of our original articles, click here for details. Please click here for legal restrictions and terms of use applicable to this site. Use of this site signifies your agreement to the terms of use.