Catania is a beautiful town of Sicily, in Italy, which always brings to my mind images of sun, hot beaches, blue sea, wine and food. All the opposite of the dark, cold and mystical atmospheres that are aroused by the music of Haunted, a relatively young band from Catania which has released in 2018 their last and second LP, Dayburner, which follows their 2016’s self-titled debut.
I must be honest and admit that initially I gave to these musicians a particular attention because of their Italian origin. But in the end this wasn’t really necessary because their music proved to be extremely evocative and engaging, and as the album moved from one song to the next I was more and more entangled in the thick and dense crepuscular fog emanated by their music.
The style played by Haunted is a fairly old-style version of doom metal: obsessive and simple riffs that are repeated again and again up to the point that you are left with no other option than to be the taken down by the heavy and wet embrace of their music. The fate that expects you at the end of this album is a defeat for exhaustion, certainly not a knockout for violence and brutality. But even this experience, in the end, may result pleasant and exciting to feel, especially if you’re accompanyed along this journey into darkness by the fantastic voice of Cristina Chimirri, the talented singer of the group.
As a last note, Dayburner is a record that requires repeated listening to be appreciated in its entirety. The initial impact is good, but most of the charmof the songs is released after you gain more confidence with the sound of the band.
Highlights: the title track Dayburner and Lunar Grave, the closing song of the LP.