This is amazing.
The Dolving material sounded great. Marco can pull it off with no trouble. I teared up a bit during The Dead Eye songs. Damn, was that a great album! As for DT, in fact, they played a headlining gig the next night, so I’m sure they took their time there.
Thanks for your intrepid reporting, as always. Nice to hear that the Haunted and Kreator ripped it up as usual. I was surprised to see they played so much Dolving era stuff—how did those tunes sound? And as for DT, a 90 minute set is like a preshow warm up for them—they must have had to go to another venue to play another 3-4 hours after Loud Park to make it worth their while.
The second day of Loud Park is always a bit more of a challenge for us middle-age fans; the first day tends to drain your energy and focus, in the very least leaving you in the twin pains of the hangover and the “bangover” (extreme neck pain). I mostly side-stepped these problems by drinking moderately and blowing off the morning acts to sleep in and recuperate ( Sorry, Periphery, I was walking my dog when you hit the stage!).
★★★☆ While I’m no particular devotee of now-departed vocalist Peter Dolving, I do think that “The Dead Eye” was the greatest album the band ever released. That said, I also think that this new album is the best thing that The Haunted have done since. Sure, there are moments that will have more of a resemblance to Slayer and Lamb Of God more than to the band’s former work.
★★★☆ Too short for serious consideration, but what little is here is fantastic. This is The Haunted at their most metallic, a sound we haven’t heard from them in years. Very thrashy, and the last track sounds like something you might find on Slayer’s “Undisputed Attitude.”