Originally written by Ryan Plunkett
Anyone remotely familiar with this band can tell you that guitarists Patrik Jensen (ex-Seance) and Anders Bjorler (ex-At the Gates) can pound out intense riffs like no one’s business. Combine that with some catchy melodies and the extreme vokill attack of Marco Aro and you know you’re in for one hell of a ride with One Kill Wonder.
The Haunted Made Me Do It was an awesome album, but I found that it slowly began losing impact after each listen. When I pop it in now, I tend to skip around between tracks and never really listen to the whole thing in one sitting. With that said, I was really hoping it would change with One Kill Wonder, but you’ll have to read on to find out.
First off, the musicianship is flawless. As I mentioned above, the guitars will make the first initial impact, pounding you to the ground. There’s no denying these guys can write good riffs. If you want further proof of Jensen’s writing skills, just check out his other band, Witchery. And of course you know, Anders Bjorler can slam down some killer stuff – the guy was in At the Gates, so no more needs to be said.
The music on One Kill Wonder is filled with killer hooks that’ll lead you straight into brutal riffs that’ll kick you right back. Per Jensen on drums and Jonas Bjorler on bass complete the package with their tight rhythms.
Lastly, we have Marco Aro on vokills. I’ve always enjoyed the intensity he brings to the fold with his angst filled screams. Thankfully, on this album there isn’t another toned down song like “Hollow Ground” that was found on THMMDI, but “Downward Spiral” has a similarly catchy chorus, just better.
Of course you know what to expect from the production when it comes from Studio Fredman with the famed Fredrick Nordstrom at the helm. Everything is fine-tuned and clear.
Honestly, I can’t think of any reason to bring this album down – it’s a solid release and I’d have to say their best yet. I think One Kill Wonder is a much stronger effort than the previous two releases. It doesn’t bring anything new to the table, really, but The Haunted is hardly a “One Kill Wonder”; this band will be slaughtering the masses for some time to come.