Here we’ve got an exciting 1980s Thrash Metal band. “The Haunted House” has all elements that made Anthrax, Overkill, Testament, and others famous. That’s both a pro and a con. It’s a pro because this sonancy is very well known and the fan will know what to expect from Wasted. It’s a con for the same reasons, if you understand what I’m saying. That’s exactly how I felt listening to the album. The sounds of it were familar, too familiar and my mind started to process it very slowly, I confess. By familar I don’t mean a copycat. No, not at all. I just mean that I relate their music wioth others I’ve listened before. You know, before being a reviewer I’m a fan, it means it’s uncountable the number of Metal albums I’ve listened throughout my life. That may be why Wasted are the real deal. The band was iniatially formed in 1981. That’s they are conteporaries of all those bands I mentioned here. Gotta respect that a lot.
I guess that by today’s standards Wasted is much more a Thrash Metal band in the attitude. I say that because there is no really fast track in “The Haunted House” whatsoever. All tracks have their early 1980s American cadenced Thrash Metal as the bands I aforementioned. Wasted are much more heavier than faster. That’s what I mean by attitude. Also the themes of the lyrics are within Thrash Metal’s favorites. The guitars are really striking and have that pounding sound that Megadeth turned famous. You know that sound of a hammering in your mind? That’s exactly it. By the way, I guess that Megadeth are a more logical approach to Wasted from what I’ve heard here. “Mr. Black” is the track that approaches more to Megadeth’s stapler. Of course, all that I said doesn’t mean that the band doesn’t have a personality. Again. No, not at all. It’s only a way to make my dear fans understand what the band really sound.
The album is opened by its tittle track “The Haunted House” which has those very eerie and omnious background sounds that Annihilator love. Both bands share the same taste for mysterious and omnious intros and themes for album. Never forget 1989’s “Alice in Hell” or 1990’s “Never, Neverland” both timeless classics. The sounds of the guitar strumming are distorted and a little bit out of tune to make the atmosphere of mystery the band wanted.
P.S.: I guess there is another band called Wasted. Maybe American, but I wasn’t able to check it out. Or maybe I’m making a mess. Possible. Very Likely.
Wasted “The Haunted House” will be released on March 25th via Denomination Records.
- The Haunted House
- Mr. Black
- Watch Out
- Nailed to the Cross
- Coffin Maker
- Metal Snack
- Candy Cane
- Wasted Attack
- The King
Watch “The Haunted House” official video here: