HAUNT - Burst Into Flame CD
With Luminous Eyes as the all-too-short appetizer, along comes HAUNT's hotly anticipated debut full-length, Burst Into Flame. In between releases, Church has expanded the lineup to include fellow Beastmaker guitarist John William Tucker and the rhythm section of bassist Matthew Wilhoit and drummer Daniel Wilson. Literally HOT, Burst Into Flame explodes with an electricity and excitement that's simply impossible to ignore. From the hard-charging opening title track on down to the dramatic, climactic closer "Looking Glass," HAUNT's first long-playing attack ably displays all the arsenal at their disposal. And they make great use of it across the nine anthems comprising Burst Into Flame's tighter-than-tight 38 minutes; indeed, each of the album's nine component tracks could be a "hit" in and of itself. Just like on Luminous Eyes, here HAUNT weave luxuriously subtle hooks that take hold and entrance the listener - surely, they "HAUNT" - but the emotional component on Burst Into Flame is even more pronounced, portraying a moodiness that elevates all these tracks beyond mere party fodder, grabbing hold of the listener's heartstrings and never letting go. And yet, they're all deceptively invigorating at the same time, forever tethered to the timelessness of classic METAL and hard rock. Or, simply, these are all great SONGS - and Burst Into Flame is simply a great ALBUM.