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Release date: 16 March 2011
Style: Alternative thrash metal

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6.2 | 116 votes

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01. Never Better
02. No Ghost
03. Catch 22
04. Disappear
05. Motionless
06. Unseen
07. The Skull
08. Ocean Park
09. The City
10. Them
11. All Ends Well
12. Done

Limited edition bonus tracks:
13. Attention
14. The Reflection [live]
15. The Fallout [live]

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Additional info
Release Dates:
JPN: March 16 2011
EU: March 21 2011
US: March 22 2011

Staff review by
Troy Killjoy

Rating:
4.3
These Swedes aren't unknown to most metal fans - hell, they've been around for about 15 years now. 15 years of relative stability in terms of their line-up too. Not only are they a stable veteran band, but they also helped further develop the whole melodeath/thrash movement. Not too shabby.

Now 15 years as a band should impress people. And in its own right, it is pretty impressive. But there's also an inherent problem that comes with writing music with pretty much the same people for a decade-and-a-half: stagnation. The Haunted ran out of gas. It happens to the best... er, well, it happens to everyone.

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published 30.11.2011 | Comments (21)

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Angelic Storm - 18.12.2010 at 21:18  
Rating: 7 I really hope this will be better than the last album, cos I found that one to be very patchy...
JimInFlames - 15.02.2011 at 22:43  
Rating: 10 It will be angelic!, allthough i have to say it their last one wasnt a huge dissapointment, it was preety tough.
Its just no more thrash death rythm for them.
Btw whats wrong with the names of the songs??! 'Them'
Destructo - 16.03.2011 at 10:52  
Rating: 6 Really really scared this is gonna be another disappointment.
Kubina91 - 16.03.2011 at 16:33  
  The Haunted = six great albums But Unseen is big mainstream shit!
Troy Killjoy - 16.03.2011 at 16:43  
 
Written by Kubina91 on 16.03.2011 at 16:33

The Haunted = six great albums But Unseen is big mainstream shit!

Haven't heard it yet, but in addition to this comment, I am not hearing good things about this one...
bluegreengod - 16.03.2011 at 17:47  
  Unseen is fucking awesome! Guaranteed a lot of people are going to hate this one because they dared to experiment a little bit. There's kind of a bit of stoner vibe going on and it works rather well.
MariosDemigod - 16.03.2011 at 18:54  
Rating: 4 Can I have my good old "Haunted" thrash back please???
I don't want any of these experimental shite that they have done lately...
jaxn1967 - 16.03.2011 at 19:31  
  Sounds a bit like TOOL.
What happened?:noidea:
Deadmeat - 16.03.2011 at 19:50  
 
Written by Kubina91 on 16.03.2011 at 16:33

The Haunted = six great albums But Unseen is big mainstream shit!

even if this is shitty i am sure you can find more shitty albums to rate with "1" than this. try to be realistic mate and objective mate..
Angelic Storm - 16.03.2011 at 20:19  
Rating: 7
Written by Guest on 16.03.2011 at 17:47

Unseen is fucking awesome! Guaranteed a lot of people are going to hate this one because they dared to experiment a little bit. There's kind of a bit of stoner vibe going on and it works rather well.


I seen this lame comment in the comments section of the Metalsucks' stream of the album. One guy said a negative point of the album was: "...my metal friends would most definitely make fun of me if they caught me listening to it." Too many people care what other people think of the music they listen to, and allow it to effect their own opinions, and judgements of albums. Very sad really...

As for my opinion of the album, I like it, although it's quite patchy and inconsistent songwriting wise. I don't think the whole album has a stoner vibe, but "No Ghost" certainly has strong overtones of stoner metal. And I love that song, and it's a sparkling highlight of the album. "The Skull", "Motionless" and "The City" are top songs as well. Some songs feel a bit short and unfinished, ("The City" being a prime example) and I wish there was more solos on the album... Overall, I am a bit disappointed with it, but some of the experimentation really paid off, and I think I do prefer this one to "Versus". "All Ends Well" is a terrible song though, maybe The Haunted's worst ever! lol
Death To Posers - 16.03.2011 at 21:31  
Rating: 2
Written by Kubina91 on 16.03.2011 at 16:33

The Haunted = six great albums But Unseen is big mainstream shit!


+1

This album was painful to listen to.. Worst piece of shit I've heard this year.
sabotender - 17.03.2011 at 00:03  
  If it's between the mediocrity that was Versus and this... I opt for a new At the Gates album.
sabotender - 17.03.2011 at 00:04  
  And what's with the Clutch tribute on track 2? lol. horrid.
Angelic Storm - 17.03.2011 at 00:07  
Rating: 7
Written by sabotender on 17.03.2011 at 00:03
I opt for a new At the Gates album.


Despite what they've said in the past, it wouldn't surprise me hugely if At The Gates did another album. They've already reformed again for more shows this summer, so who knows?
Therapy? - 17.03.2011 at 18:33  
  I found this band by "accident" when I was buying cheap 2nd hand metal CD's on ebay from bands that I vaguely or never heard of, hoping to strike gold. With "The Dead Eye" I found I did. (I also discovered Sikth and Threat Signal with it, both awesome).

The song "The Flood" absolutely blew me away. What a masterpiece of a song! I enthousiastically checked out "Versus" as well because I wanted to hear more, but was kinda disappointed in that one because it didn't have the same vibe. I've just now listened to a couple of songs from this new album and I still can't find the good "old" stuff I am looking for. It's even further away from that perfection. Maybe I should check out their older stuff... haven't took the time to do that yet.
Death To Posers - 18.03.2011 at 21:41  
Rating: 2
Written by Guest on 18.03.2011 at 18:55

What's funny ( or pathetic to the point of being funny) is reading posts from people complaining that a band is being commercial or mainstream, while listing among their favorite bands stuff like Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, Trivium, etc.


I don't mind mainstream music if I like the way it sounds. This sucks the big one though.
Enemy of Reality - 22.03.2011 at 02:00  
Rating: 6 I must admit i saw this coming. Their last albums were experimental and somehow paved the way to this shit.
I don't mind bands that leap to a mainstream sound, for example, Paradise Lost and Anathema got mainstream and i still love both. However, "Unseen" is not a quality mainstream album and that's what bugs me the most.
If they wanted to move forward to a more direct and easy listening approach, fine by me, however, it should be at least a good album, not this shit. Sorry, this is shit. The bright side is that probably these soft experimental albums may preceed a more violent and faster one. Lets wait for it.
Boxcar Willy - 28.03.2011 at 02:50  
Rating: 6 Thats too bad i thought this was going to be good, seems i was wrong
JimInFlames - 31.03.2011 at 15:48  
Rating: 10 1) Mainstream doesn't depend on music, but on how much a band is commercialized.
2) Many of you, don't be in the mood '' it will suck '', because some idiots say so, the album was very good.
3) The haunted NEVER sold them selves and NEVER will, that's why they will NEVER be mainstream.
Thrash-death is dead for the haunted, and thats a best for a band, to keep evolving, and revolving(!).
I mean think,there are a lot of bands out there who recycle their stuff.... *cough* maiden *cough*
The Haunted rules \m/
AndreOliveira - 31.03.2011 at 20:04  
Rating: 6 I love the haunted, but not like this album. I was waiting for a good thrash metal album. Disappointed
Kenos - 31.03.2011 at 23:14  
  The Haunted's crowning achievement.
Sepulnation - 12.04.2011 at 18:42  
Rating: 6 This album remember me "Anthrax - Stomp 442".. .don't ask me why :S...
Kuroboshi - 04.05.2011 at 13:06  
Rating: 3
Written by Guest on 31.03.2011 at 23:14

The Haunted's crowning achievement.


I second that.

I had to force myself to listen to the end. Apart from Them, it was sucky suck suck.
danmc - 13.05.2011 at 01:56  
Rating: 7 'll give the guys a new chance.:yes:
Destructo - 20.06.2011 at 18:47  
Rating: 6 This is definitely better than their last album (which was simply horrible). A definite step-up, but stop expecting the "old Haunted" coz that Haunted is dead. Period.
Troy Killjoy - 29.11.2011 at 08:34  
  Oh god am I ever going to be flamed for this review...
Angelic Storm - 29.11.2011 at 08:40  
Rating: 7
Written by Troy Killjoy on 29.11.2011 at 08:34

Oh god am I ever going to be flamed for this review...


Not by me you won't.
Troy Killjoy - 29.11.2011 at 08:42  
 
Written by Angelic Storm on 29.11.2011 at 08:40
Not by me you won't.

Let's just say it's going to be an even lower rating than initially thought...
Angelic Storm - 29.11.2011 at 08:59  
Rating: 7
Written by Troy Killjoy on 29.11.2011 at 08:42

Let's just say it's going to be an even lower rating than initially thought...


Well, going by most of the comments in this thread, I'd say that most people will probably agree with your rating.
Troy Killjoy - 29.11.2011 at 09:00  
 
Written by Angelic Storm on 29.11.2011 at 08:59
Well, going by most of the comments in this thread, I'd say that most people will probably agree with your rating.

True enough, although some people referred to this as their best album.
Angelic Storm - 29.11.2011 at 09:10  
Rating: 7
Written by Troy Killjoy on 29.11.2011 at 09:00

True enough, although some people referred to this as their best album.


Well, even though I don't hate the album, even I find it hard to comprehend how anyone could think that. (although they are very much entitled to think it) I don't mind experimentation, and when it worked on parts of "The Dead Eye", they showed they could freshen things up a bit, but still be sonically devestating. Which is something that is almost completely abscent on "Unseen". The Haunted at their absolute best deliver some of the finest metal in the genre. so even to me who finds some stuff to enjoy on "Unseen", I can't help but be disappointed by the direction they've chosen to take.
Aebsi - 04.12.2011 at 05:43  
Rating: 4 Wow just wow, what in the world happened in between this album and revolver, talk about total self destruct mode, and some say it's even better than the one before this one so I guess I'll just stay AWAY from that one.
Troy Killjoy - 04.12.2011 at 05:50  
 
Written by Aebsi on 04.12.2011 at 05:43
Wow just wow, what in the world happened in between this album and revolver, talk about total self destruct mode, and some say it's even better than the one before this one so I guess I'll just stay AWAY from that one.

This one and its predecessor are both duds, although this is by far the worst they've ever done. Everything prior to Versus ranges from good to great.
JohnDoe - 22.01.2012 at 21:23  
  I am confused listening to this as I was when I listened to Megadeth's Risk, for example: it's not bad but it's not that good either.
Boxcar Willy - 10.05.2012 at 03:37  
Rating: 6 Ehhhh...


mediocre, and definately a step away from their old sound.
Mr. Doctor - 10.05.2012 at 10:41  
 
Written by Boxcar Willy on 10.05.2012 at 03:37

Ehhhh...

mediocre, and definately a step away from their old sound.


That doesn't sound like a 7 to me
Boxcar Willy - 10.05.2012 at 14:02  
Rating: 6
Written by Mr. Doctor on 10.05.2012 at 10:41

Written by Boxcar Willy on 10.05.2012 at 03:37

Ehhhh...

mediocre, and definately a step away from their old sound.


That doesn't sound like a 7 to me

6.5

We need .5's
Troy Killjoy - 10.05.2012 at 17:21  
 
Written by Boxcar Willy on 10.05.2012 at 14:02
6.5

I think 70% is better than mediocre... You would round down in this case.
Boxcar Willy - 10.05.2012 at 21:28  
Rating: 6
Written by Troy Killjoy on 10.05.2012 at 17:21

Written by Boxcar Willy on 10.05.2012 at 14:02
6.5

I think 70% is better than mediocre... You would round down in this case.

In America it is, if that was a school rating it would be a C.

but fine, I'll submit to the peer-pressure.
Mr. Doctor - 10.05.2012 at 23:26  
 
Written by Boxcar Willy on 10.05.2012 at 21:28

but fine, I'll submit to the peer-pressure.


Yeeeeeeeeeeeeey!
gieliebabon - 10.02.2013 at 00:13  
Rating: 9 I really don't believe in people who expect from a band that they will always play how their fans would like them to. Every band should extend their sound if they are real artists. It's natural. It is not because they would like to sound like something they are not! And The Haunted are like that. They are sincere. They are muture musicians and they released a great album which is simply not for metalheads but for those who see music as an art.
Boxcar Willy - 10.02.2013 at 00:43  
Rating: 6
Written by gieliebabon on 10.02.2013 at 00:13

I really don't believe in people who expect from a band that they will always play how their fans would like them to. Every band should extend their sound if they are real artists. It's natural. It is not because they would like to sound like something they are not! And The Haunted are like that. They are sincere. They are muture musicians and they released a great album which is simply not for metalheads but for those who see music as an art.

Are you for real?
gieliebabon - 10.02.2013 at 01:28  
Rating: 9
Written by Boxcar Willy on 10.02.2013 at 00:43

Written by gieliebabon on 10.02.2013 at 00:13

I really don't believe in people who expect from a band that they will always play how their fans would like them to. Every band should extend their sound if they are real artists. It's natural. It is not because they would like to sound like something they are not! And The Haunted are like that. They are sincere. They are muture musicians and they released a great album which is simply not for metalheads but for those who see music as an art.

Are you for real?

Of course man:)
-Quatropus- - 14.09.2013 at 10:35  
Rating: 2 It's a shame. I stayed so long just destroying shit to One Kill Wonder that I just totally lost track of time. I never cared for anything else other than OKW, but this one takes the cake for being just god awful nonsense. I seriously was like "Yes! The Haunted have a new CD!" just to be like "Oh......oh noooooooooooo." Garbage bin material.
deadone - 13.01.2014 at 07:38  
Rating: 3 Just to remind myself how crap these guys had become.

That way I'll lower my expectations for the next one.

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