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  • EPK | The Haunted North

    PRESS KIT "Deep dark grooves, haunting lyrics and melodies, set in the lower tones of groove rock" Randy V Lead Vocalist Kingman, US Sean Francis Lead Guitarist SK, Canada Dan Belhumeur Bassist SK, Canada Andrew Aubut Drummer SK, Canada [ new release ] REVIEW [ bio ] Driving with the raw energy of classic hard rock, the U.S.A./Canadian four-piece Haunted North pour their souls into creating authentic, original and intense rock anthems; effectively paving the way for a brand new era of indie harkening back to the freestyle writing of the 70s coupled with the deep edge of modern groove rock. ​ The band’s music strikes with every bit of intensity, poetic angst, and musical brilliance, as any of the great power-rock releases of a simpler time. The energy and skill they deliver make for an unmissable show – the kind that truly deserves its place within the modern rock world. MEDUSA One Sheet.pdf [ video ] [ rider ] The Haunted North Tech Rider .pdf [ discogs ]

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  • BAND | The Haunted North

    BAND BIO THE INCEPTION Driving music, powerful vocals, and unforgettable hooks of The Haunted North merged in the band’s debut release, Monster . Randy V. and Canadian guitarist Sean Francis, along with ‘JD’ DeServio and Jeff Fabb (Black Label Society), created crushing groove rock as fresh as it is familiar. Monster has the impact of a steamroller… straightforward, raw, with no pretense. It incites a marching sensation you’re compelled to give in to. The memorials, “Body & Soul ” and “Without a Dawn” correspond solidly with the project’s brand; moving and moody. The opening track (Mojave Moon ) originated from hallucinations induced by hours of blistering heat as Randy rode his motorcycle across the Mojave Desert in the middle of July. The other songs, seething with an attitude about determining one’s fate, challenging religious dogma, battling with codependency, and deciding how one lives and dies… are all in your face and undeniable. Sean & Randy Jeff, Randy, JD & Sean The THN single "Body & Soul " came about because of a fated meeting between Randy and the mother of Layne Staley (Alice In Chains). Her story inspired Randy to write tribute lyrics. Shortly after that, he and guitarist Sean Francis met at a Black Label Society concert in Seattle. Randy mentioned he was looking for music and the two were off and running. ​ In 2017, Sean asked bassist ‘JD’ DeServio and drummer Jeff Fabb to lay down tracks for Monster . They agreed and the pair began writing in February of 2017. Sean sums up the project, “The winds of fate were working their magic when a small-town Canadian kid and an American badass singer happened to be at the same place, at the same time, with the same ideas and work ethics, and wanting the same things to happen. It was a perfect storm.” 2016 Grammy nominee Justin Shturz (Shinedown & Slipknot) put the final mastering touches on Monster and world-class illustrator Rob Prior created the cover, making this product polished and ready for immediate distribution. ​ The honesty of THN’s overall concept “to simply be” is clearly heard on Monster and Randy relates, “We don’t need to prove ourselves to anyone. These songs are raw, honest, hard-hitting, and undeniably relevant. Sean has written some truly great riffs and it’s been an honor working with JD and Jeff. They are true pros and exceptional players.” ​ The Haunted North stands out because, in a world where it’s all been done before, these men maintain their identities. That rare, pure authenticity is at the heart of their music. THEN Marty Rubin Andrew Aubut Driving with the raw energy of classic hard rock, The Haunted North pour their souls into creating authentic, original, and intense rock anthems, and paving the way for a brand new era of indie. Bringing together the talent and passion of front-man Randy V. and lead guitarist Sean Francis 2019 sees the band welcome in a fresh set of ears and equally impressive musicianship, with newly joining merciless bass-player Marty Rubin, and vicious drummer Andrew Aubut each being welcomed into the brotherhood. Already boasting a plethora of original releases to their name, The Haunted North is a quartet born and bred to keep true metal alive and kicking in the new decade. Their stunning album ‘Monster ’ pours through with every bit of intensity, poetic angst, and musical brilliance, as any of the great power metal releases of a simpler time. The same is true of the riff-heavy boldness and weight of its follow-up - the deeply provocative New album "Songs of the Dead " slated 20/21 On top of quality songwriting and compelling storytelling, the band’s EP 'LiT ' (Live in Toledo) openly showcases the unquestionable fact that this is an act with absolutely nothing to hide. Their live shows are as intense and memorable as their music, and a great deal more immersive. The energy and skill they deliver make for an unmissable show that well and truly deserves its place within the modern rock world. Releasing music under White Choker Publishing LLC , with a brand new single, ’ 21 Grams ’ , currently making waves across the web – The Haunted North are rightfully on track to hit the new music scene with power, precision, and absolute passion. While this is far from the beginning of their journey, it’s undoubtedly the start of an epic new chapter.

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  • VIDEOS | TheHauntedNorth

    VIDEOS Play Video Play Video 03:44 "Mojave Moon" (Bane Fire Festival ~ 09/28/19) Wolf Moon Retreat Sean & Randy sit down and play an unplugged version of Mojave Moon at the Bane fire Festival, Wolf Moon Retreat, in Pemberville, Ohio. Lyrics by Randy V Music by Sean Francis c. 2018 Play Video Play Video 12:55 The Haunted North – Burnin’ Whiskey (Official Music Video – extended version) ~ w/ Johnny & Randy Music video by The Haunted North performing Burnin’ Whiskey. © 2019 Produced by Randy V ~ Filmed by Cool Media Productions Available on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2GW3JJrU7TWDjTKuMG4uNi?si=3BGbtN-bTR-E_QamrbcNLQ Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/the-haunted-north/1448216288 Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=The+Haunted+North&i=digital-music&search-type=ss&ref=ntt_srch_drd_B07MHG2FZD WEBSITE: http://thehauntednorth.com/ INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/thehauntednorth1/ FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/TheHauntedNorth TWITTER: https://twitter.com/NorthHaunted SONG FACTS: During the writing of The Haunted North’s debut album ‘Monster’, singer Randy V woke up one night with Ruby Starr's 'Burnin' Whiskey' running through his head. Randy related, “It stayed with me for weeks until I finally decided it was supposed to be on the album”. Ruby Starr’s nephew, Johnny Cappelletty, was enlisted to record the drums and the song was off and running. Also appearing on the song are Black Label Society's bassist John 'JD' DeServio, and D'haitre custom guitar maker Andy Beech. Of Ruby, Randy states, “Her vision of seeing Johnny and I in a band together set my entire career path. Without her, the last three and a half decades look radically different. I doubt I would even be alive with the course I was on. I did my best to honor her memory and I have nothing but eternal love for her and her family.” Randy V – lead vocal Sean Francis – lead guitar John ‘JD’ DeServio – bass guitar & background vocal Johnny Cappelletty – drums Andy Beech - rhythm guitar (audio only) Lyrics by Ruby Starr Music by Marius Penczner Ruby’s a cappella vocal courtesy of Butch Stone, © 1975 Capital Records, Inc. (song lyrics) "Seems you’ve had it, with all of my games Trouble and hard times, come with my name Love with a loser, causes you pain Take it away – take it away Burnin’ whiskey Oh how that whiskey burns When my baby left To whiskey I had to turn No one can help me, now I’m alone Nothin’ I can say, will bring you back home Yes I’m the loser, you made me so blue Hey, hey burnin’ whiskey, help see me through Burnin’ whiskey Oh how that whiskey burns When my baby left To whiskey I had to turn There ain’t no need to deny What I’m feeling inside Turn up the music Hand me the bottle And I will forget you lied Burnin’ whiskey Oh how that whiskey burns When my baby left To whiskey I had to turn (X3)" Licensed to YouTube by: White Choker Publishing (ASCAP/SOCAN). Play Video Play Video 03:44 The Haunted North – Burnin' Whiskey (Official Music Video) Music video by The Haunted North performing Burnin’ Whiskey. © 2019 Produced by Randy V ~ Filmed by Cool Media Productions. Available on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2GW3JJrU7TWDjTKuMG4uNi Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/album/monster/1448216285 Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07MP9GCQ9/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=wwwblacklabel-20&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B07MP9GCQ9&linkId=9a7d893332bd281a0dea922977e42837 WEBSITE: http://thehauntednorth.com/ INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/thehauntednorth1/ FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/TheHauntedNorth TWITTER: https://twitter.com/NorthHaunted SONG FACTS: During the writing of The Haunted North’s debut album ‘Monster’, singer Randy V woke up one night with Ruby Starr's 'Burnin' Whiskey' running through his head. Randy related, “It stayed with me for weeks until I finally decided it was supposed to be on the album”. Ruby Starr’s nephew, Johnny Cappelletty, was enlisted to record the drums and the song was off and running. Also appearing on the song are Black Label Society's bassist John 'JD' DeServio, and D'haitre custom guitar maker Andy Beech. Of Ruby, Randy states, “Her vision of seeing Johnny and I in a band together set my entire career path. Without her, the last three and a half decades look radically different. I doubt I would even be alive with the course I was on. I did my best to honor her memory and I have nothing but eternal love for her and her family.” Randy V – lead vocal Sean Francis – lead guitar John ‘JD’ DeServio – bass guitar & background vocal Johnny Cappelletty – drums Andy Beech - rhythm guitar (audio only) Lyrics by Ruby Starr Music by Marius Penczner Ruby’s a cappella vocal courtesy of Butch Stone, © 1975 Capital Records, Inc. (song lyrics) "Seems you’ve had it, with all of my games Trouble and hard times, come with my name Love with a loser, causes you pain Take it away – take it away Burnin’ whiskey Oh how that whiskey burns When my baby left To whiskey I had to turn No one can help me, now I’m alone Nothin’ I can say, will bring you back home Yes I’m the loser, you made me so blue Hey, hey burnin’ whiskey, help see me through Burnin’ whiskey Oh how that whiskey burns When my baby left To whiskey I had to turn There ain’t no need to deny What I’m feeling inside Turn up the music Hand me the bottle And I will forget you lied Burnin’ whiskey Oh how that whiskey burns When my baby left To whiskey I had to turn (X3)" Licensed to YouTube by: White Choker Publishing (ASCAP/SOCAN). Play Video Play Video 04:42 The Haunted North - Monster (Official Music Video) Music video by The Haunted North performing Monster. © 2019 Available on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/monster/1448216285 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2GW3JJrU7TWDjTKuMG4uNi Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07MP9GCQ9/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=wwwblacklabel-20&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B07MP9GCQ9&linkId=9a7d893332bd281a0dea922977e42837 WEBSITE: http://thehauntednorth.com/ INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/thehauntednorth1/ FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/TheHauntedNorth TWITTER: https://twitter.com/NorthHaunted Monster Girls: Maria Rosa & Julia Steel SONG FACTS: Singer Randy V was cutting his vocals at Bass-Mint Studios in New Jersey when THN co-producer and bassist John 'JD' DeServio told him the lyrics were out-of-place within the context of the whole album. The entire band (including Randy) agreed. The following morning Randy wrote the title track 'Monster', which he describes as a life-long battle with codependency, born out of growing up in an appalling alcoholic environment. Regarding the lyrics, Randy states, "Sometimes the issue is not the addiction you were subjected to, but rather the unconscious need to be validated through hedonism and debauchery. It's a losing battle trying to fill an endless void right through the center of your being. That's what the monster is, blind, never-ending hunger, either trying to feel alive and known, or completely annihilated. There is no in between. The battle is fought with vigilance, everyday. It creeps up on you when you're not watching and destroys the people who actually love you. It's a beast to be reckoned with." The witches fly and always cry when I fail them To hit a wall and fall was never my intention All tied up in knots, waitin' for the fury But the beast inside is tellin' me not to worry You are the earthy woman I’ve been waiting for Locked in my prison cell, I gotta have some more Thought I was good to go when I left the horror But I’m not allowed to love; here comes the monster Wide awake in the void of validation The hero-self exposes my destruction Guilt ridden, love killer, biting as you weep All my thoughts are lost in you so deep You are the earthy woman I’ve been waiting for Locked in my prison cell, I gotta have some more Thought I was good to go when I left the horror But I’m not allowed to love; here comes the monster The witches fly and always cry when I fail them Licensed to YouTube by: White Choker Publishing (ASCAP/SOCAN). Theatrical Reels Play Video Play Video 01:19 The Haunted North - Without a Dawn (Promo Reel) FOR FULL TRACK: https://open.spotify.com/track/3VGQvRQsOTU4SZowDa92Iu?si=R3i-7hbJTgO5Yuwupn7Hjw What is the song About By Randy V. I was driving across the State of Washington in the Spring of 2017, and decided to call my dear friend in Florida to firm up my plans for the summer. We hadn’t seen each other in over 30 years. She was my middle school love – my first love. It didn’t pan for us and was probably just as well. We were both incredibly willful and stubborn, and in our youth, we were totally out of control, just wild. Any serious relationship between the two of us back then would have been a disaster. In retrospect, growing up in Burlington, Iowa, in the appalling conditions of my home, her asking me to stay would have given me two years at best. Death was coming, and I didn’t want to be around when it came knocking. We had our moment a few years later, and it was grand, but we were on separate paths, and we both knew it wasn’t meant to be. Throughout the years, we stayed close friends but never had the opportunity to see each other again. She got married and had kids. I was married and divorced twice with a beautiful daughter. We stayed in touch. In December of 2016, I made plans for an epic 5,000 journey on my Indian. When I travel like this, I usually hit the town we grew up in. My parents are buried there, and I have a couple of dear friends there. Her parents still lived in Burlington, and we discovered that we would be in our old hometown at the same time. I was excited to see her after all these years. We made plans to have lunch – two old friends getting together over lunch and reminiscing about our wild pasts. So, back to my drive. I had pulled off at a rest area on my way to Spokane. I will never forget this. I picked up my phone, brought up her number to call, and realized she was no longer here. She passed away back in February at her Florida home. I was just sitting there frozen, holding my phone. I had already grieved, yet I was still making the big trip, right in the middle of writing sessions with Sean for the debut album, and had forgotten entirely. A close friend told me that she was returned to Burlington and buried in a cemetery very close to where she grew up, very close to the school where we met. The first line of the song was born at that moment. By the time I got to Spokane, the lyrics were done. Sean did a fantastic job finding the right music, and I even had a hand in the chorus melody. All of it came straight from the heart. I did go to her grave at the appointed time of our lunch. It was a bright, beautiful summer day. I had two white roses – one stayed there, and the other traveled with me. FOR FULL TRACK: https://open.spotify.com/track/3VGQvRQsOTU4SZowDa92Iu?si=R3i-7hbJTgO5Yuwupn7Hjw ____ Credits: Album cover by Rob Prior Promo Video Created By Armi Jarvis for White Choker Publishing, LLC. All Rights Reserved Play Video Play Video 00:44 The Haunted North - Rise (Promo Reel) FOR FULL TRACK: https://open.spotify.com/track/4DCSbCDoUUHzejSPJXKbDw?si=PCAI2EyzSkONwWAj-9wPjA What is the song About By Randy V. “Rise” is quite relevant right now. They are lyrics I wrote many years ago under a different title. It is what’s happening in the world right now. You have a bunch of technocrats and oligarchs who think they know what’s best for everyone, and that no one outside of their elite circle is capable of thinking for themselves. The bourgeois and poor do have thinking people that are getting increasingly pissed over the arrogance of the ruling class. Rise is that moment in time, much like the French Revolution, where the people become aware of the hypocrisy, and madness takes over in the form of reckoning. This reckoning is much like the mythical lycanthrope, killing whatever crosses its path, but always knowing the enemy, that which is devoid of spirit. Rise is the primal anger, the moment when you understand the con, and the moment you see them for what they are, the ultimate hypocrites, true evil. Rise is the moment in time when the suppression becomes so unbearable that an animal bloodlust is inevitable. The two symbols I associate with this song are the guillotine and the werewolf. It is the elite and the old clergy that have stolen from everyone, killed untold millions, sanctioned genocide, and continue raping the planet over and over to this very day. These same soulless beings see the rest of humanity as mindless batteries for culling. Worst of all, they parade themselves as the ones with the solution to the problems they created. Once this perception is fully understood and realized, a natural state of severe anger comes from deep within the human psyche. That is where “Rise” comes from. FOR FULL TRACK https://open.spotify.com/track/4DCSbCDoUUHzejSPJXKbDw?si=PCAI2EyzSkONwWAj-9wPjA ___ Credits Album cover By Rob Prior Promo Video Created By Armi Jarvis for White Choker Publishing, LLC. All Rights Reserved Play Video Play Video 00:42 The Haunted North - Mojave Moon (Promo Reel) FOR FULL TRACK https://open.spotify.com/track/0Zu7xYMkkSeAM2mqOANoVd?si=S-P4SBgoTGap6iQCKXpS9A What is the song About By Randy V. In the middle of July 2016, I rode my Indian Chief Classic through the Mojave Desert from Barstow, California, to Kingman, Arizona, starting at 1 in the afternoon, the middle of the day in the middle of summer. My motorcycle thermometer maxed out at 120 degrees Fahrenheit, and it was reported the surface temperature of the road was over 140. I had blisters on my fingers which were facing the road, not the sun. During the ride, the sun was beating down on me, and the full moon was visible in front of me. The more brutal the heat became, the more I just wanted to stop and sleep. That was a bad idea, death for certain, and I knew it. I started singing to myself. I was in a true present – a place where all of us should be but rarely get to. A couple of people asked me about the opening line, “White lines run through me.” One friend asked, “Dude, are you doing blow?” Not a chance, and I have zero desire for it. The opening line is a reference to the white lines of the road. As the heat intensified, everything started blending - the sun’s reflection off my gas tank, the moon in front of me, and the endless charred dessert. The white lines of the road passed through my body as I started a deep introspection of where I was at in the world. At that point in my life, I was in purgatory, and I began addressing the core of my beliefs. The heat had me spinning deep into myself. A friend had died on that very stretch of highway, and I thought death could happen anywhere at any time. The way I was feeling at that moment (onset of heat exhaustion), I felt now was as good a time as any. That little thought had an aftershock akin to being slapped in the face. Inside the sleepiness, hallucinations, and burning from the blast furnace I was in, it occurred to me that I wanted to feel things again. I looked to the silvery moon, shimmering in the desert heat, and summoned an angel – in my world, a Valkyrie. Then I arrived at my destination. A few days later, I headed north from Las Vegas in the same brutal Mojave heat, but this time I was not alone. There was a Valkyrie watching over me throughout the entire day. I could feel her all around me. Though the ride was almost as brutal, this time, it was enjoyable. The second verse of the song came later that night, sitting in a graveyard across the street from the hotel I was staying at. Relishing the cool night air, I never wanted that presence to leave me. The song is a poem – a slice of time under both the sun and moon of the Mojave Desert – a point of being honest with one’s self. https://open.spotify.com/track/0Zu7xYMkkSeAM2mqOANoVd?si=S-P4SBgoTGap6iQCKXpS9A _____ Credits: Album cover by Rob Prior Promo Video Created By Armi Jarvis for White Choker Publishing, LLC. All Rights Reserved

  • DISCOGRAPHY | The Haunted North

    DISCOGRAPHY Prog-rock creatives The Haunted North have taken their one-of-a-kind sound to explosive new levels with the finely-crafted and faultlessly performed single Phoenix. ​ Presenting a genre-fusing yet heavy classic, the conceptually intriguing, poetically detailed and musically supreme release marks a bold step outwards into arena-style alt-rock and further secures the band’s role within the new music scene. Ever the artistic act, The Haunted North pour no less than everything into this addictively rhythmic and passionately delivered story and song. From the intricate, ambient beginning, through a distorted blues-led soundscape and gritty, raspy, expressive vocals at their peak emotionally and energetically, Phoenix shines light on the natural talent and depth of the band in an unforgettable way. ​ Quite easily their most compelling and immersive track to date, somewhat minimalist in layers but making full use of each sound and moment for immense impact regardless, Phoenix offers powerfully insane solos and harsh, havoc-imparting lyrics that follow a brilliantly catchy melodic anthem of a tune. ​ Featuring impeccable vocals from the band’s unmistakable front-man Randy, Phoenix gifts the world a mighty new dose of theatrics and hypnotic musicianship alike. With gigs opening up once again across the globe, The Haunted North are apt to promise an unmissable stage show in the coming months. ​ Made up of vocalist Randy V, drummer Andrew Aubut, Bassist Marty Rubn and lead guitarist Sean Francis, the US / Canadian four-piece makes light work of raising the roof with original music. ​ As a follow up to the singles 21 Grams and Medusa , Phoenix makes for the perfect hit of sheer rock escapism – elevating the band’s sound, extending their reach, and enveloping their growing audience with precisely the right fusion of passion, energy, and skill. 21 GRAMS Always a band worth stopping for – The Haunted North launch perhaps their most striking, creatively hard-hitting single yet, and it proves to be a mighty anthem of a modern rock hit. ​ Pouring through with a tribal rhythm that soon progresses into the full-throttle live-drum sound of hard-rock, Medusa goes on to bring in sublime musicianship from all involved. The track also welcomes through the unmistakable roar of a rock vocal that tips its hat to the progressive legends of yesteryear; whilst making sure to inject more than a few modern traits of identity. ​ Featuring some well-placed and enjoyably mellow, reflective solos to break up the lyrics, the song tells a story that intrigues from the offset. The infamous title alone draws you in, and the verse details, the personal touch, the melody, all further that engagement and interest right the way through. As always, The Haunted North make fine use of contrast, pairing power-chords and the heavy crash of the drums with a chorus of vocals that passionately call out, and elsewhere pairing gentler moments of reflective, poetic thought, for the ultimate juxtaposition. ​ The latter half brings back those tribal drums from the intro, a tumbling middle-eight with aptly haunting, cinematic vocal calls and a beautifully hypnotic aura in general. The intensity rises just subtly, slowly but surely enveloping listeners in this new chapter of the story. ​ The band make fine use of their musical abilities and passionate unity as a group, clearly dedicated whole-heartedly to the progression and expression of the song. ​ The entire six-minute arrangement begs for you to witness it in a live setting. Defiantly one to watch out for. Listen loud. ​ Following on from a superb live project, The Haunted North launch a brand new original single this summer, and it’s one that effectively highlights yet another side to the versatile rock band. ​ Leading with emotive acoustic finger-picking and dashes of reverb-kissed electric guitar, 21 Grams quickly sets a nostalgic, nineties unplugged sort of mood, with breathy vocals and poetic yet personal lyrics that work hard to draw you in. ​ Soon enough, things progress from a pick to a strum, still, the set-up is simple, upfront, and honest, and the melody and questioning nature of the lyrics actually lean briefly in something of a Pink Floyd-like direction. Then comes the rhythm, raw yet energizing in itself, drawing up images of a Cajon-assisted performance – still intimate for a moment. ​ One thing that stood out on the last release was The Haunted North’s fine use of contrast and their united ability to shift effortlessly from softness to absolute weight and intensity. Nowhere does this ability shine more brightly than on 21 Grams. ​ Suddenly we’re thrust into this progressive rock soundscape, with raspy, mighty vocals, and powerful drum hits that bring together every layer in a moment of intense energy and vibrancy. Here is where the lyrics really reach out, too – resolving the story-line, offering clarity and overcoming, acceptance. It makes you want to head back and re-listen to the whole experience with a little more foresight. ​ Afterward, an ocean of solos and raw instrumental chaos hits with a beautifully organized, hypnotic precision about it. Clarity and intimacy are replaced by this wall of fuzz-soaked power and volume. It’s a stunning way to develop the track, and it highlights yet again how much attention and care the band pays to the structuring and crafting of their songs. This kind of artistic, meaningful arrangement is sadly quite rare these days, but 21 Grams reignites those memories and their lasting impact with brilliant poignancy. ​ Fantastic – one to catch at a live show, and a really well-recorded single that’s a joy to turn up loud if you’re a classic, real rock fan. The unusual, seven-minute life-span is even something of an afterthought for the listener – somehow still an experience cut short. Well played. By: Rob Prior @prior2art By: Rob Prior @prior2art T aking live music fans about as close as can be this summer, The Haunted North offer up an energizing live rock set – four original tracks, brought to you straight from the stage; complete with raw energy, passion, and that subtle crowd sound to remind you of the better days. As an introduction to the band, sometimes the live performance is the best way to go. In this case, the heavy guitar sound and the crash of the drums, meeting with this partly prog-rock vocal that meanders occasionally into Dave Grohl-like territory, meets with notably impressive, engaging songwriting, to win you over on both counts. ​ Mojave Moon is the opener, a roaring track with brilliant contrast between effective melodies, instrumental weight, and emotional, personal lyricism. There’s even a false finish halfway through, or rather – a sudden switch to an instrumental that begs for a head-banger mosh pit. ​ One Foot Stuck follows, bass-led with a quirky, intriguing vocal whisper and a direct questioning – Do you talk to your God? Stylish and seductive, a great way to start things up, and another clever contrast with what came before. The Haunted North keep things honest lyrically, and the passion and grit in their performances back this up – a band unafraid to lay bare vulnerabilities in a bold, uninhibited way. Enter the power-chord back and forth, and we’ve swept away on the full-throttle intensity and rhythm of the completed piece. ​ Next, we get a song called Monster a marching drum paves the way, quick guitar work, and a strange meeting between melancholy and outright terror. Dark and mysterious, the track again showcases another side to the band’s writing. It’s melodic yet heavy, intimate yet raspy and loud, and that balance works well. ​ The final song on the live EP LiT is unforgettable How Will You Die? Here come those prog-rock qualities, a touch of the simpler decades, a screaming soundtrack with lashings of style and intention. The vocal peaks and strains its way through these outpourings, before resolving with the simple repeat of that question; How will you die – on your feet, or on your knees? ​ Always a treat to listen to a live project during these times of isolation, better still something so raw and authentic on the hard-rock front. The Haunted North prove itself to be a conceptually appealing, musically captivating band. Hopefully, we get to check out the real thing sometime soon. ​ R eal talk time, kids: if you live and breathe true metal music, you have got to discover The Haunted North. The band’s debut record, Monster, is a work of brutal genius that mixes modern rage and lyrical themes with the power metal sensibilities of iconic riff wizards like Judas Priest and Black Sabbath. Monster isn’t an homage to the old days so much as it is an updated take on the kind of stadium-exploding rock that spread heavy metal around the world in the 20th Century. The sound is hard-edged with powerful vocals and the kind of hooks that could elevate The Haunted North to global Metal God status in its own right. ​ The tracks on Monster aren’t the atonal modern machine metal heard so often now but are built on actual singing, fierce riffing, dynamics, and ripping pentatonic lead guitar. The lineup of vocalist Randy V, guitarist Sean Francis, bassist ‘JD’ DeServio, and drummer Jeff Fabb is an impressive unit with a vibe that bleeds authenticity and lets each musician’s personality and style be heard. The result is a supremely listenable record that will put your head through a wall. Tracks like “ Mojave Moon,” “How Will You Die,” and “ Burnin’ Whiskey ” hit like a fist to the face made of high-level skills, musicality, and perfect riffs. ​ 2016 Grammy nominee Justin Shturz (Shinedown & Slipknot) put the final mastering sheen on the songs but what will grab you is the raw and physical nature of this band and this record. The Haunted North taps directly into the things that make heavy music great and its kick-ass American-style blues-influenced metal attack will make a lot of fans very happy. Give this record a chance and it will change your life. It’s changed mine, already. SPECIAL THANKS TO Rob Prior Art Director www.inkpaperlife.com JD DeServio Co-Producer | Bassist Album - Monster 2019 www.johndeservio.com Justin Shturtz Master Engineer www.sterling-sound.com Jeff Fabb Drummer Album - Monster 2019 Maria Rosa Singer | Body & Soul Album - Monster 2019 Johnny Cappelletty Drummer | Burnin' Whiskey Album - Monster 2019

  • MEDIA | The Haunted North

    MEDIA October 13, 2020 radio TV Sean Francis on the late Eddie Van Halen October 9, 2020 Always a band worth stopping for – The Haunted North launch perhaps their most striking, creatively hard-hitting single yet, and it proves to be a mighty anthem of a modern rock hit. October 3, 2020 SONG REVIEW Indie metal gods The Haunted North hit hard, smart, and artistically on their new single “21 Grams.” The track has been getting a lot of attention in both the music and gaming worlds and even a single listen makes it easy to understand why. The Haunted North makes rock music that’s cinematic in scope, lyrically brilliant, and heavy as Hell, which is a brutal combination to beat. August 30, 2020 SONG REVIEW Rise Selected for Major Sports Network TBA August 28, 2020 licensing MONSTER | Album Monster 2019 August 26, 2020 radio Leading with emotive acoustic finger-picking and dashes of reverb-kissed electric guitar, 21 Grams quickly sets a nostalgic, nineties unplugged sort of mood, with breathy vocals and poetic yet personal lyrics that work hard to draw you in. August 7, 2020 SONG REVIEW MONSTER | Album Monster 2019 ​ July 26, 2020 radio RISE | Album Monster 2019 July 25, 2020 radio Taking live music fans about as close as can be this summer, The Haunted North offer up an energizing live rock set – four original tracks, brought to you straight from the stage; complete with raw energy, passion, and that subtle crowd sound to remind you of the better days. July 17, 2020 ep review Rotation July 6 to 14 2020 radio radio 21 Grams (432) | Album Songs of the Dead 1:26:03 June 3o, 2020 June 11, 2020 radio Currently we are planning our 2nd studio album. It feels like we are walking into a laboratory. We are not coming out until we have created a destroyer. Each song will stand alone, and each will be undeniably good or that song will not be recorded. Every note, every groove, every beat, every vocal and lyric will be scrutinized and torn apart. The goal is to create an album that you play and after listening to it you open your eyes and realize you’ve destroyed your entire house! press March 16, 2020 TV Sean Francis INTERVIEW Anders Ekdahl February 28, 2019 The tracks on Monster aren’t the atonal modern machine metal heard so often now but are built on actual singing, fierce riffing, dynamics, and ripping pentatonic lead guitar. The lineup of vocalist Randy V, guitarist Sean Francis, bassist ‘JD’ DeServio, and drummer Jeff Fabb is an impressive unit with a vibe that bleeds authenticity and lets each musician’s personality and style be heard. The result is a supremely listenable record that will put your head through a wall. Tracks like “Mojave Moon,” “How Will You Die,” and “Burnin’ Whiskey” hit like a fist to the face made of high-level skills, musicality, and perfect riffs. album review February 7, 2019 ​ podcast Jim Madonna Power Rock Podcast 2018 INTERVIEW Von Hans Repearzine Magazine, Germany June 2, 2018 featured INTERVIEW