Sealed Shut will be released on May 8. Originally self-released by the band in a small run of cassettes in 2014, the vinyl version includes an added "Intro" track that never made it onto the original tape release. While HAUNTING is now disbanded, Scott Taysom has moved on to front CLOAK and Charlie Southern is kicking ass in SADISTIC RITUAL, VIMUR and ECTOVOID, while Blake and David are active in new projects.
HAUNTING appeared during an exciting period of maturation in the Atlanta metal scene. The band's brief existence afforded only the sole offering of Sealed Shut. Though only four songs, it stands in the forefront among a small group of other highly-esteemed records that have been released within the last 35 years or so of Atlanta's metal timeline.
HAUNTING's very existence owes much to the once monstrously thriving warehouse and DIY scene in the city. HAUNTING is undeniably tied to its members' earliest musical endeavors in other local favorites such as the now legendary death-dealers Living Decay, hardcore punks Paradox, and the still-active thrashers Sadistic Ritual. Sealed Shut is easily recognizable as an amalgamation, intentional or not, of that fevered adolescent energy and relentless drive with which those earlier bands had enthralled, what was at the time, a fatigued local scene. They helped cultivate new young devotees in droves and reenergized a previous generation of weary metalheads.
A promo video for album track "Beyond Death" is available at youtu.be/16LEaGJlryk
"A highly esteemed recording of true USDM."
- Riff Relevant
"Short, sweet and especially savage, Sealed Shut remains an energised slab of prime death metal from a band whose members are still plying their particularly nasty trade via the thrash of Sadistic Ritual and via death-dealers, Living Decay."
- Worship Metal
"Carving out four unique and relentless tracks, Haunting really had something going for it while trying to make their own style in death metal."
- Metal Machine
David Prae - Drums
Scott Taysom - Vocals, Guitar
Charlie Southern - Guitar
Blake Packard - Bass