Written by: Blackie Skulless
After actually waiting over a whole year to put out a new full-length, Haunt have come forward with album number six! Considering the rate, I have taught myself to enter new discs without any preconceived expectations, but I’m thrilled to report that Windows Of Your Heart brings forth a little more memorability. While 2021's Beautiful Distraction was still a solid disc, that was my main qualm outside of its title track. Stylistically I wouldn’t really call this one anything much different, but its execution is interesting enough.
From the gate, you get a bit of a refreshed feeling from opener “Mercenaries.” The speed metal boost that’s brought forward breathes new energy, especially with the way it fills in the gaps with softer clean guitars. Similar energy exists on “No Control,” though I will admit that this one doesn’t utilize repetition as well as it could have. That isn’t utilized too heavily throughout the album as a whole, though.
Similarly to some of the earlier records, Windows Of Your Heart goes a bit deeper on having beefier choruses and operating with backing vocals for a layering tactic. This certainly is one of Trevor’s strongest abilities, and is used to its advantage here. “Barricade” shows this, alongside some steady flow of the riffing, particularly in the bridge. The title track is also a neat one, bringing in the keys in a different fashion than before. This also continues the trend of boasting more character on the title tracks, giving it a soothing feeling.
Ultimately, this is one of the more even discs the band has made. The last couple served a purpose of trying to change up the formula a bit, which either led to strong songs structured weirdly, or less memorable songs structured evenly. In other words, if you took some of Flashback’s best tunes and worked them into the one-sidedness of Beautiful Distraction, you’d basically have your record.
Haunt - Windows Of Your Heart was released July 24th, 2022.Find it here!
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