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Haystack – Doomsday Goes Away

Swedish band Haystack are about to release their new album titled ‘Doomsday Goes Away’ on the
9 th of February 2024. This album gives fans a combination of fast-paced punk rock to stoner metal,
whilst keeping the same 90s vibe throughout. This album, in my opinion, is very reminiscent of early
punk and grunge, making the music feel almost nostalgic.
The album opener ‘Doomsday Goes Away’ makes for an amazing opening track. The title track has
great song structure and good build ups, towards the verses. All in all, I don’t think you could ask for
a better opening track!
The next stand-out track of the album is Neglected. This is a personal favorite of mine, totally
changing the tone of the album – bringing something completely new. They start off the song very
slow and almost somber, before carrying on the song keeping the same down-paced and dark vibe.
My favorite part of this song is definitely the lyricism, showing just how good their song writing
abilities are. This is definitely a stand-out track on the album, just showing fans the range that they
can accomplish.
Another personal favorite of mine is ‘Going Under’, this song delivers softer vocals giving fans a
break from the louder, raw punk vocals, once again showing the bands range.
Now this song, in my opinion, is the definitely the best of the album. Once again switching the tone
of the album completely, this song offering fans classic rock-style guitar riffs, whilst managing to still
keep that overall punk tone – this just goes to show how Haystack are great at combining different
elements in a smooth and melodic way.

Lastly, the closing track of this album is titled ‘Winter’,

this song offers listeners yet another great
melodic guitar solo, like always ensuring fans an entertaining listen. I think is the perfect track to end
the album, combining punk and grunge elements to create a simple but catchy song.
One thing I love about this band is that they never fail to bring groovy but melodic riffs to keep fans
entertained, especially in tracks like Burning Eye. The vocals are another great part of this band,
reminding me of early Suicidal Tendencies vocalist Mike Miur. Overall, if you’re interested in classic
punk rock with stoner metal and grunge elements, then this is definitely a band for you.

Review by Jessica Walford and Cobain Kemp.

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