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HAUNT - Burst Into Flame

Release date August 10/18 (Shadow Kingdom)

The last time I ran into Haunt was in reviewing their 2017 debut EP Luminous Eyes. Hot off its heels now comes the debut full length, Burst into Flames. Nothing much has changed, the U.S. band (including the son of Montrose bassist Bill Church) musically kicking out a cross between NWOBHM and 80's traditional metal. Think Dio crossed with Maiden, along with the odd Thin Lizzy reference, and you'll be in the right space.

Other than the speedy title track opener, the overall tempo of this platter is comfortably upbeat, good for headbanging and air-guitaring, if you are so inclined. Speaking of guitars, they are undoubtedly the highlight of the record, its mix of dual melodic sections and mighty tasty lead-axe work elevating this from the third tier. Overall, a solid, professionally recorded piece of work that won't set the world on fire, but is worthy of your attention if you still yearn for '80s style metal.

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