|Review: Haunt - Mind Freeze|
Label: Shadow Kingdom Records
Year released: 2020
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: February 4, 2020
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Mind Freeze is the fifth release by Trevor William Church's Haunt since their Luminous Eyes EP in 2017 (not counting splits/singles), which is an impressive level of output by any standard. The album contains more of the traditional heavy metal we've come to expect from Haunt; simple, raucous, genre-free guitar/bass/drums music that owes a lot to '70s hard rock and the NWOBHM. One significant difference this time around is the addition of primitive sounding synthesizers (think John Carpenter soundtracks) rounding out the melodies and most noticeable on cuts like "Saviours of Man" (one of the highlights) and "Have No Fear". This gives the album a little bit of a different character from prior Haunt releases, as well as some creepiness in line with the band's name. That said, with this many releases in such a short time, Mind Freeze is going to sound quite similar to releases like If Icarus Could Fly or the Mosaic Vision EP. Church is prolific but other than the synths, which I like a lot, he's getting close to repeating himself.
If you like Haunt's first two albums (I find both EPs inferior to the full-lengths), and you go in not expecting any surprises, you'll be hard-pressed to dislike Mind Freeze as it is full of fist-in-the-air riffs and air guitar solos.
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