Sweden’s The Haunted have been quiet for a while, and I had my doubts about whether the band would ever return to form after losing three members last year, and after what I considered a downturn in the quality of their output even before then. As an enthusiastic fan of the band’s earlier albums, this was a depressing state of affairs. But recently The Haunted have been hinting at a revival, with a new line-up, and today the new line-up was announced. Damnation, it’s a strong return!
As described in a just-released video on YouTube, founding member Peter Jensen succeeded in convincing two former members of the band to come back — vocalist Marco Aro (The Resistance, Face Down), who was with the band for The Haunted Made Me Do It, Live Rounds In Tokyo, and One Kill Wonder, and drummer extraordinaire Adrian Erlandsson (At the Gates, Paradise Lost), who was one of the band’s original members at the time of their self-titled debut in 1998.
But that’s not all. Guitar wizard Ola Englund (Feared, Six Feet Under) has also joined the line-up, and that’s another very strong addition.
There will undoubtedly be fans who will pine for the departed frontman Peter Dolving, but I for one am pretty damned excited about this revamped line-up. And not only because of the names now involved in the project: the video includes snippets of music from the new line-up’s rehearsal, and it sounds kickass. Watch it and listen after the jump.
So, to sum up, The Haunted’s 2013 lineup (from left to right in the photo at the top of this post) is:
Patrik Jensen – Guitar
Ola Englund – Guitar
Marco Aro – Vocals
Jonas Björler – Bass
Adrian Erlandsson – Drums
And here’s the video:
ANYTHING would be an improvement over their last album. Even an album of Justin Bieber covers would be better than The Unseen.
I’m interested in so far as it would be nice for The Haunted to finally settle on an identity. If you look back on all their albums, they’re constantly and consistently searching for… something.
Revolver is awesome. I saw them on that tour and the sound equipment kept shorting out… all you could hear were the drums and Dolving’s screams! I kept thinking, holy shit, they could play without a PA!
Then, I saw them on the tour of the next album, what was it called? The experience was not nearly the same, the energy was just not there…
personally i think this is awesome news, i still listen to the Aro releases. and Englund is a great addition. really looking forward to hearing some new material with this lineup
Even though I was a fan of Dolving’s vocal style and lyrics, that man seemed to be a pain in the ass for the band and I guess it’s best that he’s doing his own thing now. I loved each the Haunted album until Unseen; which was not as bad as the first poster would make us believe, but admittedly their worst thus far.
Anyway, I’m stoked with this news and it’s awesome the old members decided to rejoin. Can’t wait for a comeback-album, with is undoubtedly going to be one furious son of a bitch.