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Confess – Haunters [2017]

Swedish band Confess have returned from several years on hiatus with their sophomore album “Haunters.” While their debut album caught me by surprise a couple years ago, this album just grabbed a hold of me and still hasn’t let go. The album, to me, should be heavily considered for hard rock album of the year thus far.

Upon listening to “Haunters” for the first couple of times, the listener will realize that the album does not remind them altogether of what the band’s prior album sounded like. While “Jail” was hard, raw and rugged all the way around, “Haunters” is heavy, refined, and really well produced throughout. The album simply sounds terrific in every manner of speaking, and I feel as though Confess have really matured and crafted their song writing and structure techniques throughout the release.

While Confess definitely fall in to the Swedish “street metal” genre of the last decade or so, they seem to have borrowed heavily from early ‘90s metal masters Skid Row. The songs are fast and heavy, they range from elements of punk all the way to full on metal, and they even have a ballad that would sound at home Skid Row’s debut album. The largest majority of songs on “Haunters” is great; but if I had to pick favorites they would be “Strange Kind of Affection,” “Haunting You,” We Are the Rats,” and “Animal Attraction.”

Confess have released a really great hard rock album with “Haunters.” I would very highly recommend this album for any fans of late ‘80s/early ‘90s hard rock or metal, as well as any fans of the newer stuff coming out of Sweden these days. This album has definitely placed Confess in the list of my new favorite bands, and I am sure that after a couple listens to this album, you’ll place them there as well.

Band Members
Blomman – Guitar
John Elliot – Vocals
Richie – Guitar
Samael – Drums
Van Noice – Bass

Tracks
01. Irony
02. Strange Kind Of Affection
03. Stand Your Ground
04. Rats
05. Haunting You
06. Talia
07. How Could I Let You Go
08. Animal Attraction
09. I Won’t Die
10. Lady Of The Night
11. Tonight
12. Let The Show Go On
13. Eye To Eye
13. Exit Light (Japan Bonustrack)
14. Vittring
14. Awake (Japan Bonustrack)

Jonathan Weller

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