Editor's Rating

Have a listen to: 'You're Killing It' and 'Dogs Blood'

6.5
Rating out of 10

Antagonist A.D – Haunt Me As I Roam

Release Date: 27th March 2015
UNFD
iTunes: 
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It has been a few years since New Zealand metalcore outfit Antagonist A.D released ‘Nothing From No One, but they are back to cause some trouble in the pits with ‘Haunt Me As I Roam‘.  This latest release is an onslaught of faced paced and aggressive metallic hardcore throughout, with little time to breathe and really take it all in.

Following the trends of several bands from that end of the world, from the likes of Aussie bands Parkway Drive and Confession, it seems like business as usual for the New Zealand 5-piece as they deliver breakdown after breakdown and those killer hardcore-esque grooves. Sadly there seems to be a lot less of the groves compared to ‘Nothing From No One‘ as there seems to be a bit more of a melodic hardcore influence in ‘Haunt Me As I Roam‘, especially in the likes of ‘For Anyone Who Hurts‘.

Haunt Me As I Roam‘ is definitely a grower, listen to it several times and you start to enjoy it a tad morem – you start to appreciate the little bits that you may have not noticed before on an initial listen. There are no real “stand out” tracks and at times you don’t even realise the song has moved on as a lot of it just sounded like the previous song.

The guest appearances themselves are stand out moments on the album, as friends offer their voices on certain songs – notably big names in the hardcore and metalcore scene too. Sam Carter of UK metalcore heavyweights Architects lends his very distinctive voice on the chorus of ‘You’re Killing It (Downer)‘.  Deez Nuts frontman JJ Peters delivers his rap style vocals and general swagger to ‘Dogs Blood‘.  Andrew Neufeld of Comeback Kid opens up ‘Wanderlust‘ with his also incredibly distinctive raspy vocals. Finally Ahren Stringer of The Amity Affliction offers his voice on the title track ‘Haunt Me As I Roam‘.

I always find it refreshing to see bands work together and feature on each other’s songs. There seems a sense of unity and friendship with it and there is always a hope that the songs might be performed together live.

A decent all round album from the Kiwis but nothing to rave about. There are no bad songs which is a refreshing feat with albums these days, but also no songs that make me feel I need to belt them out to the rest of the world. There are slight moments of genius that pricked my ears though it is mostly a background music kind of album.

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If you like this, listen to Comeback Kid, The Departed and Architects.