ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Review of the Album "Versus" by Swedish Thrash Metal Band The Haunted

Updated on October 19, 2019
CELEBSFAN78 profile image

Ara is a Journalism graduate from California State University Northridge who is looking to always explore his writing opportunities.

The Back of the Cover for the Album Versus

Source

"Versus" is Still a Good Album

Swedish thrash metal veterans The Haunted may have reached their finest moment as a band with their 2006 album called The Dead Eye. In 2008, they released the album called "Versus" and vocalist Peter Dolving would make his return for this one as well. I just finished listening to the song Bury Your Dead which is without a doubt one of the finest songs in the history of this band. If you enjoyed that album from these Swedish veterans, then Versus should be a good listening experience.

How Are the Songs?

In the early stages of the album Versus, the melody is clearly present and this is a bonus for any thrash metal band. So far, this album is not a mixed bag but rather a strong statement made by this band. Little Cage stylistically sounds to me a bit like the band Arch Enemy. These bands are both from Sweden and its really no surprise at all that they are so good musically. In terms of melodic thrash metal, I have to put this band near the top where they deserve to be. Every album from these guys is good enough to be at least a decent album.

"Pieces"

Songs Like Moronic Colossus & Pieces Set a Good Tone for Versus

The first song called Moronic Colossus is a very heavy song that is about how human nature can be stupid at certain times. “Pieces” is a song that features a slight change of direction for this band as some clean, melodic vocals are present. This is the sort of change that Swedish band In Flames made as their career progressed but that’s how a band can grow musically. It isn’t just about wanting to look at what the trends are and copy them. Versus is an album that musically is a little toned down and slower than albums such as “The Haunted,” “Made Me Do It,” or “One Kill Wonder.” Little Cage may sound a little bit like nu-metal to some listeners but it is still a good song.

Even With an Album Like Versus, I Still Prefer the Vocals of Peter Dolving Over Marco Aro

With Marco Aro in the band, The Haunted sounds like more of a heavy death metal and thrash metal hybrid but with Peter Dolving, they have more of a groovy thrash metal feel to their music and there is more of a clean vocal usage.

As I listen to this album a second & third time through, I am in awe of how good a vocalist Peter Dolving is. He is different from Tom Araya or Marko Annala but he is a good, harsh shouting type of vocalist which is ideal for thrash metal. Marco Aro who would replace Dolving for a second time in 2012 has a harsher, rougher voice because his voice is of a lower octave and he is more difficult to understand. I prefer Dolving’s vocals to Marco Aro’s but it is a personal preference.

"Skuld"

How is the Rest of the Album Versus?

Trenches is another song that addresses the flaws of human nature. If only the strong survive, then why do fools exist among us? In life, there are so many different kinds of people around us including those that are ignorant. Skuld is just an average song that has a softer feel and is once again about how some people in their attempt to be kind fail to do so. Rivers Run sees Peter Dolving switch to some softer vocals before he goes to a more recognizable vocal approach and I sense some Corrosion of Conformity style singing here but obviously The Haunted are far better than those guys. After about three full listens to the album Versus, the album in my view is not as good as their previous work but it still has a good mix of soft and heavy to keep me coming back to it.

Final score for the album Versus: 82 out of 100 points

© 2019 Ara Vahanian

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)