So, in case you’ve missed it, The Haunted are back. I know they didn’t really go anywhere, but they’re back to their roots. While I liked former vocalist Peter Dolving’s take on the band and their slower, groovier albums; The Haunted were always about aggressive thrash to me, and Marco Aro was the defining vocalist of their sound. Well, Marco is back in the band, and so is the old sound! And they’re working on an album as well. Also worth noting is that Feared/Six Feet Under guitarist/producer and Youtube gear demo legend Ola Englund is also in the band now. This is all old news for some, so what’s new? They have a video and a new song! Check it out after the jump.
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So it would seem the old-school version of The Haunted are undoubtedly back with the release of a new EP Eye Of The Storm and a new/old lineup to boot. If you’ve followed the band’s trajectory from the beginning, through visceral and thrashy death metal to more melodic and subdued territory, you’ll probably know both eras had their merits. But it’s hard to deny that around the time of One Kill Wonder and Made Me Do It they were churning out some of the most instantly infectious death metal out there and ‘My Enemy‘ channels that perfectly:
Yes, you read it right! Swedish thrash/melodeath legends The Haunted have been on hiatus since most of the members left last October, but now they’re back, and stronger than ever! The new lineup includes old vocalist Marco Aro (who was on the phenomenal albums Made Me Do It and One Kill Wonder, also currently in The Resistance), founding members Adrian Erlandsson, Patrik Jensen and Jonas Bjorler, and Ola Englund (Feared, Six Feet Under) on guitars! This is the perfect lineup of old Haunted members, with the addition of Ola on lead guitar.
One of the original melodic death metal bands, Dark Tranquillity are still going strong after twenty years. Now, their tenth studio album Construct is on its way, and I’ve had the joy of being able to chat with singer Mikael Stanne about the album, his life and metal in general. He’s one of my favorite vocalists in metal, and he’s a great guy. So join me in my fanboy moment as Mikael shares the wisdom of a long and storied career as one of the innovators of a genre.
Well, ok, I wasn’t expecting this one. However, according to a post through his Facebook page, Peter Dolving has quit The Haunted for the second time in their career, stating:
I am officially quitting The Haunted. After years of working with the band, I am out. I have had it. I will NOT answer questions to why. It’s no one elses business. Thank you very much. I am looking forward to seeing you people at other shows with other projects.
Despite the pretty obviously pissed off tone of the statement, I’m glad he’s choosing not to turn this into something far more dramatic. Time has shown Dolving can be an outspoken guy but we really don’t need another childish back and forth from a band who have parted ways with a prominent member. After the release of last years Unseen, an album which seemed to rub a lot of people the wrong way, I wouldn’t have been surprised if things weren’t all bright skies and rainbows in The Haunted camp but it’s a real shame to see this split happen – I personally enjoyed Unseen as the first step towards a new sound for the band and was genuinely interested as to where they were going to take it for the next release. Hopefully, both camps will continue and I definitely look forward to hearing about it and if you didn’t get a chance to check out Unseen last year then here’s the band at Wacken cranking out the mid-tempo stomp of ‘No Ghost‘.
It’s quality of quantity this week, folks!
Agnostic Front – My Life, My Way (Nuclear Blast)
Assassin – Breaking The Silence (SPV)
Born Of Osiris – The Discovery (Sumerian)
Engrained – Deep Rooted (SPV)
The Haunted – Unseen (Century Media)
My Inner Burning – Eleven Scars (SPV)
Odd Dimension – Symmetrical (Scarlet)
Protest The Hero – Scurrilous (Vagrant)
Straight Line Stitch – The Fight Of Our Lives (E1)
Tesseract – One (Century Media)
High profile releases all upons! We should have a review of that new Born of Osiris album later today. You already know what we think of the new Tesseract, The Haunted, and Protest the Hero albums, so shop accordingly, eh?
Have a good week, everyone!
The Haunted have just released the second preview of their new album Unseen (the first being a live version of “No Ghost”) on the BBC Rock Show, so naturally it’s on Youtube already. I have to say it’s one of my favourite tracks on the album so I’m hoping that it’ll be a lead off single – and I don’t see why it wouldn’t with a chorus like that.
Unseen comes out on the 21st of March, just under a month away and I think it’s gonna annoy a lot of people.
The Haunted are a pretty controversial band. Accusations of selling out have been there for pretty much every album involving Peter Dolving, so they’re probably treading on dangerous ground when they’re touting their new album, Unseen, as their most catchy and pop-metal styled album so far. But come on, it’s melodic death metal; it’s supposed to be heavy and catchy all at the same time, so I’m looking forward to seeing what they mean by that.
Unseen is set to be released some time in March by Century Media Records, but the only new music we’ve heard is a live version of ‘No Ghost’ played at a Swedish radio awards show, P3 Guld, and it definitely has a more rock and roll swagger to it than previous material. Beards abound and tracklisting after the jump.