Soaring guitars coming right at you.
Trevor William Church, guitarist/vocalist of HAUNT, wasn't lying when he told us that the follow up to their debut record Burst Into Flame would be a major step up from past releases. The band have announced that their sophomore album If Icarus Could Fly will be released on May 5, 2019 via Shadow Kingdom Records. The group are now streaming the single Run and Hide from the record and holy shit.
Shadow Kingdom Records had the following to say:
Not ones to rest on their considerable laurels, HAUNT are back less than a year after their debut album with the even stronger If Icarus Could Fly. Taking everything that was so magical about Burst Into Flame - compact songcraft, immediately memorable hooks, impassioned playing, an understated emotional element that elevates everything above mere party fodder - and fine-tuning it to near-perfection, If Icarus Could Fly is a step-up on every level. And once again, at every turn there's an absolute ANTHEM, perhaps best exemplified by the unforgettable "It's In My Hands," a masterpiece of a song that will likely be the "hit" of the album.
Elsewhere, HAUNT have simply sharpened their attack with seemingly effortless ease: heavy and heartfelt, with an expressiveness that encapsulates everything that's so engaging and enduring about traditional metal. Simply put, If Icarus Could Fly is a natural progression from HAUNT's debut album and the next chapter in their saga as new kings. Once again, HAUNT graciously offer the key to heavy metal heaven. Will you take flight with them and see If Icarus Could Fly?
1. Run and Hide 2. It's in My Hands 3. Cosmic Kiss 4. Ghosts 5. Clarion 6. Winds of Destiny 7. If Icarus Could Fly 8. Defender
Do yourself a damn favor and stream the opening track Run and Hide and pre-order your copy on Bandcamp. There are some sweet limited color vinyl options that you can check out below. Stay tuned for an interview with Trevor, who talks more about what to expect from If Icarus Could Fly.