Driving music, powerful vocals, and unforgettable hooks of The Haunted North merge in the band’s debut release, Monster. Randy V (Damien) and Canadian guitarist Sean Francis, along with ‘JD’ DeServio and Jeff Fabb (Black Label Society), create 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 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.
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 bad ass 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.