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Formed: 1996
From: Gothenburg, Sweden
Last Known Status: Active

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Below is our complete The Haunted news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Blackest Of The Black West Coast Tour Dates

Glenn Danzig announced that a special 2006 west coast-only edition of the "Blackest of the Black" tour will kick off on November 17 in Seattle, WA. Headliner Danzig - Glenn Danzig/vocals, former Samhaim bandmate Steve Zing on bass, and Type O Negative's Johnny Kelly/drums and Kenny Hickey/guitar - will be joined by Lacuna Coil, The Haunted, Belphegor, and Asesino.

This is the third year of Danzig's highly successful "Blackest of the Black" tour. The festival was organized by Danzig and debuted in the summer of 2003 with Danzig, Superjoint Ritual, Opeth, Nile, Lacuna Coil and Behemoth on the bill. The 2005 edition featured Danzig, Chimaira, Behemoth, Himsa, Mortiis (ex-Emperor), and The Agony Scene.

"'The Blackest of the Black' tour is for extreme bands that sell out venues across the country, that sell records, but don't get radio play or get on MTV," said Danzig. "It's anti the corporate crap nu-rap-metal that gets shoved down fans' throats at other concerts."

In addition to organizing and headlining the "Blackest of the Black" tour, Glenn Danzig will see the October 17 release of "Black Aria II" (evillive), the follow up to 1993's "Black Aria," which debuted at Number One on the Billboard Classical chart. Produced, written and - with a couple of exceptions - performed by Glenn, "Black Aria II" employs thundering organ, otherworldly chants, operatic lamentations, poignant strings, ominous percussion, ritualistic chimes and other mysterious sounds, to tell the story of a rebel of ancient lore - Lilith, Adam's wife before Eve.

Danzig has also released his "3 Faces of Danzig," a limited edition, fully-articulated toy figure series that highlights different eras of Glenn's career - "Misfits-version" Danzig which wears his classic skull-and-crossbones black T-shirt from the Misfits' "Walk Among Us" album cover; "Samhain-version" Danzig, covered in dripping blood ala the "Initium" LP cover, and "Danzig-version" Danzig, which is shirtless and comes complete with the trademark Danzig belt buckle and upside-down-cross medallion necklace as on the "Lucifuge" album. The figures are made of soft vinyl, stand 10-inches tall and retail for $75.00 each, and are available in stores such as Spencer Gifts, Hot Topic, comic book/specialty stores, and on the Chaser website.

Confirmed dates for the 2006 "Blackest of the Black" tour are as follows: More...

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More Blackest Of Black Bands Announced

It has been confirmed that DANZIG, LACUNA COIL, THE HAUNTED, and BELPHEGOR will be taking part in the 2006 edition of the Blackest of the Black tour. The tour will only be on the west coast and one more band, as well as tour dates, are expected to be announced shortly.

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The Haunted Post New Song Online

A brand new THE HAUNTED track, entitled "The Medication", has been made available for streaming at this location. The song comes off the Swedish metallers' upcoming album, "The Dead Eye", due on October 31 via Century Media Records (one day earlier internationally).

"The Dead Eye" will be released in three different formats: standard jewel case CD, limited-edition CD with a bonus DVD, and an LP version. The limited-edition version of "The Dead Eye" will include a special O-Card packaging, two audio bonus tracks as well as a bonus DVD with a 'making of" documentary, video clips and two live recordings.

The band's highly anticipated new effort was recorded in Denmark at PUK studios (drums) and Antfarm Studios with renowned producer Tue Madsen (SICK OF IT ALL, HIMSA, HEAVEN SHALL BURN).

The track listing for "The Dead Eye" is as follows:

01. The Premonition
02. The Flood
03. The Medication
04. The Drowning
05. The Reflection
06. The Prosecution
07. The Fallout
08. The Medusa
09. The Shifter
10. The Cynic
11. The Failure
12. The Stain
13. The Guilt Trip

You can check out the cover artwork at this location.

Upcoming THE HAUNTED live shows: More...

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The Haunted Reveal More Information On New Album

Sweden’s THE HAUNTED are about to return with the follow-up to 2004’s critically acclaimed “rEVOLVEr” album, which saw original vocalist Peter Dolving return to the band’s ranks and resulted in the ultimate contemporary masterpiece for the whole extreme music movement.

On October 30, 2006, THE HAUNTED will release “The Dead Eye”, the band’s fifth official studio album, guitarist Anders Björler comments on the working process:

"I just got the final master from Tue Madsen (our producer) with all the tracks in the final order, and it simply sounds killer. Completing "The Dead Eye" basically took all spring, starting with some rehearsing and pre-production early January. We left the Antfarm studio in early June a bit perplexed but with a sense of having created something very strong and powerful. You always feel a bit weird after a recording session. It's hard to distance yourself from your work, but this time we all felt that we had accomplished something out of the ordinary. Working with Tue Madsen as engineer/producer has been great, and it surely reflects on the album. Tue has the same kind of musical background as all of us, so it was pretty easy to communicate ideas and to explain our vision."

In addition to that, THE HAUNTED just celebrated their tenth year of existence after being founded on July 27, 1996. Guitarist Anders on this special moment in the band’s history:

“We wish to thank all the people that have been working with us from the start, and of course a big thanks to our fans supporting us through the years!”

THE HAUNTED will play some well chosen dates around the release of “The Dead Eye“ to showcase their brand new album – the UK show is:

November 11 - London, England @ TBA

As announced last week, THE HAUNTED will also be making a special one off headlining festival appearance at DAMNATION FESTIVAL on October 6.

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The Haunted Set Release Date For "The Dead Eye"

Swedish thrashers THE HAUNTED have set an October 31 North American release date through Century Media Records for their new album, "The Dead Eye" (one day earlier internationally). The highly anticipated follow-up to 2004's critically acclaimed "rEVOLVEr" album was recorded in Denmark at Antfarm Studios with renowned producer Tue Madsen (HIMSA, KATAKLYSM) and is said to be the band's "most accomplished work to date." The group spent months working on the new material pushing themselves to create something unique that combines certain elements of their previous efforts, while ultimately forging ahead in new, unexplored directions.

Commented THE HAUNTED frontman Peter Dolving: "I think we've managed to find an immense sound: the drums are clearer, heavier and less processed, and we've even got acoustic guitars, congas, strings and loads of weird noise manipulations going on.

"As far as the vocals go, I honestly didn't know I could even sing some of the stuff. I was nervous as fuck when I got down to Tue's studio, and felt like a complete rookie: 'Shit, how the hell am I going to live up to this.' Turns out all I had to do was keep running my miles and warm up like when we're on tour.

"You can look forward to an album we're proud as fuck of, and we're looking forward to seeing you all again as soon as we head out for tour. It'll be ugly as ever, I'm sure."

THE HAUNTED's fourth album, "rEVOLVEr", entered the Swedish album chart at position No. 18 upon its release in October 2004. The follow-up to 2003's "One Kill Wonder" was recorded at Gothenburg's famed Studio Fredman (IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR, ARCH ENEMY) with co-producers Patrik J. Sten and Fredrik Nordström and mixed at Antfarm by Tue Madsen. The album was released as jewel-case CD and limited edition digipak (each with a different cover), featuring two special bonus tracks, 'Fire Alive' and 'Smut King'.

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The Haunted Frontman Dying To Get Back On Tour

THE HAUNTED frontman Peter Dolving has posted the following message on his official blog:

"Slowly over the last couple of weeks my crackling psyche has been regaining some of the balance I felt I'd completely lost there for a while.

"I'm getting back in shape physically and I've come to understand that I really need to be very fucking careful with myself. With this new album coming out I suppose I'm both scared and proud at the same time.

"The last batch of festival shows have gone really well and I've been enjoying myself and the fact that my back and left shoulder is not just a knot of pain anymore. More...

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The Haunted Complete New Album, Post Studio Video

The Haunted have finished recording their as-yet-untitled new album. Singer Peter Dolving has issued the following update:

"Oh, the power of the internet and wireless computers. I'm currently sitting on the john writing this report thinking about all you good folks out there, while my kids are watching cartoons in the living room. We just finished a new album and I gotta say, I'm proud as fuck. It's bigger, better, madder and thicker. Hell, that's the weird part with the album business - how the hell to describe what you've just done. Anyway, it rocks. Big time. Really. Per (drums) told me at rehearsals a couple of days ago, ‘If I died tomorrow I couldn't be more satisfied so if people don't like it, fuck them.’ I couldn't agree more. We started writing around Ozzfest last year, bouncing around ideas, recording anything that came to mind without the old ‘more or less metal’-filter, and pretty much knew that we were sick of the whole 900 bpm-chugga-chugga-AAARRRGGGGH-PUKE-end. We wanted to do something we'd just touched upon with our previous four albums. This album is simply more diverse, dynamic and HEAVY AS FUCK. Bands like TROUBLE, AUTOPSY, GANX, MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE, KING CRIMSON and early METALLICA have all really had a great influence on us as a band, and I think this album really draws a lot in color from those artists.

We just completed the recording process and are now putting the artwork together with Manne Andreasson, a bearded wierdo and dear friend or ours. Working with Tue Madsen's been great. The dude is down-to-earth man, and working with someone who's got his shit together like that is a joy. Anders spent six weeks in Denmark getting guitars down while working with Per and Jonas and then helping me out while I was doing vocals. Before we started recording, he was telling us he didn't want to do ANY solos on this record, but in the end we got him to do four really cool pieces. I think we've managed to find an immense sound: the drums are clearer, heavier and less processed, and we've even got acoustic guitars, congas, strings and loads of weird noise manipulations going on. As far as the vocals go, I honestly didn't know I could even sing some of the stuff. I was nervous as fuck when I got down to Tue's studio, and felt like a complete rookie: ‘Shit, how the hell am I going to live up to this.’ Turns out all I had to do was keep running my miles and warm up like when we're on tour. You can look forward to an album we're proud as fuck of, and we're looking forward to seeing you all again as soon as we head out for tour. It'll be ugly as ever, I'm sure. Stay sick.”

A video clip from the studio can be found here

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The Haunted Announce More Tour Dates

Swedish thrashers THE HAUNTED have lined up the following gigs during the coming months:

Jun. 23 - Hellfest - Clisson, FRA
Jun. 25 - Pressure Fest - Herne, GER
Jun. 30 - With Full Force - Leipzig, GER
Jul. 4-8 - Peace & Love Festival - Borlänge, SWE
Jul. 15 - Dour Festival - Dour, BEL
Aug. 11 - Tavastia - Helsinki, FIN
Aug. 12 - Pellavarock - Lammi, FIN
Aug. 17-19 - Summer Breeze Festival – Dinkelsbuehl, GER

THE HAUNTED are scheduled to enter Antfarm Studios in Aarhus, Denmark in May with producer Tue Madsen to begin recording their new album for a tentative late October release via Century Media Records. THE HAUNTED's Per Möller Jensen will record the drums at Puk Studios in Randers, Denmark during the first week of May. The vocals will probably be recorded at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden. The plan is to have everything mixed and mastered in June.

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Dark Tranquillity Confirmed For Peace & Love Fest

Dark Tranquillity have announced that they will be making an appearance at the Peace & Love Festival in Borlänge, Sweden, which will take place July 4-8. Other bands confirmed for the festival include the Haunted, Soilwork, Burst and Deathstars. For more information, visit visit www.peaceandlove.nu.

Dark Tranquillity recently finished touring North America with Opeth and are currently writing songs for follow-up to 2005's "Character."

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"Earache Extreme Metal Racing" Game Trailer Online

A Trailer featuring action from the upcoming Earache-branded high-octane death and destruction PlayStation 2 racing game "Earache Extreme Metal Racing" is now showing online at earacheextrememetalracing.com.

EARACHE EXTREME METAL RACING will feature ten evil Earache bands as racing teams burning a lot more than rubber as they race and pulverise the opposition's vehicles through Purgatory and other hellish wastelands, all to an exclusively Earache-label death and extreme metal soundtrack.

Along with themed tracks from the combatants on the starting grid there'll also be over 50 extreme metal Earache classics making up the soundtrack of the game from such luminaries as Napalm Death, At The Gates, Cathedral, The Haunted, Hate Eternal, Ultraviolence, Cult Of Luna, Beecher, Urkraft, Anata, Mistress, Severe Torture and many others, including rare tracks on bonus levels throughout the game.

Earache Extreme Metal racing is due for release on PS2, PSP and PC on 7th July 2006.

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The Haunted Frontman To Guest On New Sparzanza CD

THE HAUNTED frontman Peter Dolving will be laying down backing vocals on the new album from Swedish hard rockers in SPARZANZA. Dolving will be singing on the track "Dead Rising", which will appear on SPARZANZA's third CD, "Banisher of the Light", tentatively due later in the year. Dolving had previously worked with SPARZANZA as the group's producer.

"Banisher of the Light" is being recorded at the Tigra Music studio with producer Rikard Löfgren. Löfgren, a former member of the death metal band DAWN OF DECAY and the goth act BAY LAUREL, also produced the band's second album, 2003's "Into The Sewers".


Fredrik "Fred Washburn" Weileby - Vocals
Johan "Joey DeJaneiro" Carlsson - Bass
Calle "City" Johannesson - Guitar
David "Demon Dave" Johannesson - Guitar
Anders "Evil" Åberg – Drums

Upcoming SPARZANZA shows:

May 10 - Paris, FRA @ TBA
May 11 - Strasbourg, FRA @ TBA

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The Haunted Comment On New Material

Swedish thrashers, The Haunted, who played last summer's Ozzfest, will enter a Danish studio in May to start recording their still-untitled LP, which is being eyed for a late October release. Tue Madsen (Aborted, Panzerchrist) will produce the disc. "We're going forward," frontman Peter Dolving wrote on the band's Web site. "This is exciting and scary. So far we've got 12 songs that are evolving smoothly. ... I'd say the stuff is much heavier than previous records; I get a feeling like [At the Gates] meets King Crimson. It's hard to describe, but personally I think we're coming up with some heavy sh--. Sometimes I feel like, 'Whoa! This is turning into a Pink Floyd record for the dysfunctional.' "

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Exodus and The Haunted Video Footage Online

Australia's PyroMusic.net has posted over 45 mins of video footage and numerous photos of Exodus and The Haunted from their co-headlining show last night in Sydney Australia. You can check it out at PyroMusic.net.

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Face Down Replace Drummer

FACE DOWN, the reunited Swedish outfit featuring former THE HAUNTED singer Marco Aro, have parted ways with drummer Erik Thyselius. "There's no hard feelings and he will continue to keep playing with CONSTRUCDEAD and TERROR 2000," the band write in a statement. "We wish him the best of luck with all his future endeavors and thank him for his time in the band.

"[Erik's] replacement is well-renowned drummer Christofer Barkensjö (KAAMOS, BLACKSHINE) who will be lending us his skills from now on. Rehearsals are already underway and things are sounding awesome. Welcome to the band! First gig with Chris will be at Club Monster in Gävle on the 10th of March so be sure not to miss out on that."

FACE DOWN entered the Swedish hard rock album chart at position No. 19 with their latest effort, "The Will to Power" back in November 2005. The CD was recorded at Fear and Loathing studio (co-owned by MESHUGGAH and CLAWFINGER) in Spånga, Sweden with engineer/producer Jocke Skog (CLAWFINGER) and was mastered at the Cutting Room. A limited-edition version of "The Will to Power" includes special DVD-box packaging, a specially designed slip-case, an XL version of the booklet, a FACE DOWN sticker, and two bonus tracks not found on the regular CD edition ("My Sacrifice" and "Strife", re-recorded versions).

Upcoming FACE DOWN shows:

Mar. 10 - Club Monster – Gävle, SWE
Mar. 08 - Club Aska - Örebro, SWE
Apr. 15 - Inferno Festival @ John Dee - Oslo, NOR
Apr. 27 - Klubb Kol @ Debaser - Stockholm, SWE
Jul. 14 - Arvikafestivalen - Arvika, SWE

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The Haunted To Enter Studio In May

THE HAUNTED bassist Jonas Björler has posted the following message on the group's official web site:

"We have now been rehearsing and writing new material for about a month and everything is going really well. This week we made four new song ideas, and we now have a total of eight. Finally, we got ourselves a computer in the rehearsal room, and that makes the whole process so much easier. We can now easily mix, edit and move things around. It saves us a lot of time, and we can for once hear what we're doing.

"We are planning on entering Antfarm Studios in Aarhus, Denmark with producer Tue Madsen in May. Prior to this, Per [Möller Jensen] will record the drums in Puk Studios in Randers, Denmark, during the first week of May. The vocals will probably be recorded at Studio Fredman. The plan is to have everything mixed and mastered in June.

"We are looking at a possible late October 2006 release. More news to come soon..."

THE HAUNTED's fourth album, "rEVOLVEr", entered the Swedish album chart at position No. 18 upon its release in October 2004. The follow-up to 2003's "One Kill Wonder" was recorded at Gothenburg's famed Studio Fredman (IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR, ARCH ENEMY) with co-producers Patrik J. Sten and Fredrik Nordström and mixed at Denmark's Antfarm Studio by Tue Madsen. The album was released as jewel-case CD and limited edition digipak (each with a different cover), featuring two special bonus tracks, "Fire Alive" and "Smut King".

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The Haunted To Play Japan And Australia

The Haunted will be heading off to Japan & Australia February/March 2006 as the last segment of their world tour for rEVOLVEr. Here are the dates:

Extreme the Dojo Vol.15 with Nile and Exodus:

Feb. 28 Osaka, JAP - Big Cat
Mar. 01 Nagoya, JAP - Club Quattro
Mar. 02 Tokyo, JAP - O-East

Headlining Australian tour:

Mar. 05 Perth, AUS - Heat
Mar. 06 Melbourne, AUS - Hifi Bar
Mar. 07 Sydney, AUS - The Forum
Mar. 08 Brisbane, AUS - The Arena

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Witchery Sign To Century Media Records

Sweden's Witchery have returned from the dead after a two year hiatus to sign a worldwide deal with Century Media Records and deliver their highly-anticipated fourth full-length offering Don't Fear The Reaper, which is set for a late March release.

Led by Jensen (The Haunted), Richard Corpse, Toxine and Mique, Witchery's spell was cast upon our earthly existence back in 1997. Before recording their debut album, Restless And Dead, Jensen recruited Sharlee D'Angelo (Arch Enemy, ex-Mercyful Fate) and got him on board for the unholy alliance. Subsequently, the band released the Witchburner EP (feat. cover songs by Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, W.A.S.P. and Accept). Their second full-length album, Dead, Hot And Ready, stirred up a strong buzz in the underground metal scene, helping the band tour the U.S. and Europe.

In 2001, the group delivered Symphony For The Devil, their first album staring drummer Martin Axenrot (Bloodbath, Opeth), which quickly solidified them as one of the genre's best. Jensen's touring commitments with The Haunted forced Witchery into hibernation for some time, but the band finally recorded their new masterpiece Don't Fear The Reaper at Berno Studios in the Fall of 2004. The album was mixed by Tue Madsen at Antfarm Studios (The Haunted, Heaven Shall Burn, Mnemic) and features the band's catchiest, yet most savage material to date.

Jensen (guitars) further describes his excitement over their new deal: "Finally, I'll say it again...finally, Witchery has signed a new deal. This time with Century Media. I'm really glad that we will be handled by the same team that has done such a great job for our other bands – The Haunted and Arch Enemy. Our new album. Don't Fear The Reaper, has been recorded, mixed and mastered since October 2004, so it feels really great to be able to say to all the Witchery fans I've met over the past years that the album will definitely be out early next year! A new website will be up and running soon too, so keep an eye out for that. There will be touring and major festivals appearances coming up next year, as well. See you all out there soon."

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Century Media Release Metal For The Masses Vol 4

Continuing the highly successful Metal For The Masses series, the Century Family unseals Metal For The Masses Volume Four, once again exclusive to Hot Topic locations nationwide. The 2-disc compilation contains 40 tracks totaling over 2 hours of music. The artwork for Volume Four incorporates the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse to stunning effect and also depicts the album art for each featured artist within as well as additional artist and album information. Volume Four comes housed in a deluxe double Digipak and is available now at all Hot Topic locations nationwide.

Started in 2003, Metal For The Masses has become The Century Family's largest-selling compilation series, replacing the budget priced Identity series. The Metal For The Masses series is also one of Hot Topic's longest-running exclusive compilations. Selling well over 60,000 copies each, Metal For The Masses continues to disseminate the word of metal.

Disc One Includes Century Media Artists:

God Forbid, Manntis, Diecast, Brand New Sin, Agents Of Man, Shadows Fall, Arch Enemy, The Haunted, Behemoth, Old Man's Child, Naglfar, Strapping Young Lad, Nevermore, Eyes Of Fire, Into Eternity, Cryptopsy, Watch Them Die, Napalm Death, Despised Icon and Immolation

Disc Two Includes:

Nuclear Blast Artists: Dimmu Borgir, Soilwork, In Flames, Meshuggah, Bleed The Sky, Darkane, Mnemic, Hypocrisy, Exodus and Cathedral

Liquor And Poker Music Artists: Fireball Ministry, Nebula, The Hellacopters, The Illuminati, The Black Halos, Crash Kelly, The Thieves, Scott Reeder, American Heartbreak and Backyard Babies

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The Haunted Plan Headlining US Tour

According to MTV.com, The Haunted are planning a headlining tour of the U.S. that will kick off in mid-February called the "Bad Seeds Tour". Jensen said the guys haven't decided on openers just yet but were considering a number of bands.

"We've done so many opening tours on this album [2004's rEVOLVEr] that we need to come back to the U.S. and treat everybody to a headlining set, playing an hour and 15, hour and 20 minutes instead of playing just the 30- and 40-minute shows," said Jensen, who's also known for his work with Witchery. The tour will last five weeks and will be the band's first U.S. headliner in over two years.

Despite the short sets, Ozzfest was certainly a memorable experience for Jensen. "It was cool hanging out with all the bands and getting to know all the people. Ozzfest is like a small community, traveling all across America," he said. "And I never expected the members of Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath would be in the backstage catering area and that I'd be able to talk to them." Still, he doesn't expect to see the Haunted ever returning to the package tour unless they were offered a better slot.

"We've done it once," he reasoned. "It would be better to maybe do the Gigantour and play in front of a new crowd again."

After this current jaunt, the Haunted will head overseas for a European trip with God Dethroned and God Forbid. In between the December 17 end of that tour and the start of Bad Seeds, Jensen said the band will write material for a still-untitled rEVOLVEr follow-up.

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The Haunted Singer Checks In With Tour Report

The Haunted continue to annihilate everything that stands in their way on the Fury of The Fall tour and continues to garner new legions of rabid fans with their pummeling Swedish thrash metal assault and highly energetic live show. The Decibel magazine sponsored trek, which also includes Meshuggah, God Forbid and Mnemic wraps up next week.

Peter Dolving (vocals) checks in with the following tour report: "You know right now being a member of The Haunted feels like being a part of something much greater than just a rock band. These last five shows really meant so much for us. I've been hurting like a motherfucker - seems like I busted my back and neck really bad somewhere along the way and for a while we talked about sending my broken Swedish ass home. We even talked to our friend Pat Lachman (ex-Halford and Damageplan) about filling in for me but with the help of painkillers, incredible massage therapeuts and plenty of ice I've been able to get up to do the shows. But the best support and inspiration are all of you - the people showing up. We want to thank you all so fucking much. You people are outstanding - singing along, screaming with me and just tearing shit up. That love and passion is what all this is about and together with our crew we want to shout out to all you, our friends and fans! Thank you for being real and staying sick as ever. This shit is beautiful; we love all you ugly bastards! See you out on the west coast. Over and Out!"

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