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Review: Haunt - Mind Freeze
Mind Freeze

Label: Shadow Kingdom Records
Year released: 2020
Duration: 37:12
Tracks: 9
Genre: Heavy Metal


Review online: January 19, 2020
Reviewed by: Bruno Medeiros
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Rated 4.25/5 (85%) (4 Votes)

Haunt's third album in three years (not counting the EPs and splits) is no different from its predecessors. Ranging from a late '70s proto-metal to something in the line of early Saxon and other NWOBHM stalwarts, Mind Freeze is a continuation of the analog sound crafted by Trevor Church and friends.

The problem with releasing music in a frantic way is that you leave no room for breathing and assessing your art in a decent way, so even with the fact that this album falls side-by-side with Burst Into Flame and Icarus Could Fly songwriting-wise, it lacks the punch and the surprise factor of the band's first outputs. The hooks and catchy tunes are here, but it feels like Church wrote too many songs too fast and forgot to put his entire heart and soul in all of them, leaving some fillers along the way.

It's still impressive to see this many releases from a single band without them losing their mojo. Mind Freeze is still entertaining and deserves some spins, but lacks in memorability.

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