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Review: Dark Haven - Dark Haven
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Dark Haven

Label: Independent
Year released: 2017
Duration: 49:45
Tracks: 11
Genre: Melodic Death Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: March 4, 2017
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Well, I thought I had seen the last of this band. Dark Haven wowed me with their debut EP Your Darkest Hour waaaay back in 2005, and I hoped for big things from them. It took them 5 years and some lineup changes to release their debut full-length Fallout in 2010, and it was a big disappointment, trading in their sharp Melodic Death Metal attack for dull metalcore influences. And then the band broke up and I thought that was it.

Not only is the band back from the dead, but original vocalist and songwriter Brandon McLaughlin is back at the helm and returning the band to its roots. Pared down to a three piece, Dark Haven are back in the realm of Melodic Death Metal in the classic vein of Dark Tranquility and In Flames. This is less keyboard-driven than their past work, but also slower and more melodic in general. There is quite a bit of clean singing on this disc, and while it is decently done, I find it overused and that it coincides with the slower, less exciting parts of the album.

This is a definite metal album, which their last disc was not, and it flashes some really good riffs. The songwriting has moved into a moodier, somewhat less aggressive direction, and I really wish they would just rip it up like they used to. But songs like "After the End" and "Violent Delights" prove these guys still have what it takes. Seven years after their reported demise, Dark Haven still live.

Other related information on the site
Review: Fallout (reviewed by Sargon the Terrible)
Review: Your Darkest Hour (reviewed by Sargon the Terrible)
Interview with Brandon McLaughlin (Bass/Vocals), Nate Falzon (Drums) and Brennan Kilpatrick (Guitar) on October 4, 2005 (Interviewed by Sargon the Terrible)
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