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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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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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God Dethroned To Support The Haunted, God Forbid

God Dethroned will be supporting The Haunted and God Forbid on their upcoming European Tourturing tour, starting November 17th. God Dethroned's show in Mannheim, Germany on November 19th will still happen as planned, but unfortunately the Anrochte, Germany show will be cancelled because of this tour.

God Dethroned, the Haunted and God Forbid tour dates:
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Vote For Your Favorite HBB Video Of The Year

MTV2's "Headbanger's Ball" and Revolver magazine are teaming up to bring you the top metal videos of 2005. They have compiled 50 of the hottest metal and hardcore videos that premiered on the "Ball" this year — including LIFE OF AGONY's "Love to Let You Down", ARCH ENEMY's "Nemesis", BLACK LABEL SOCIETY's "In This River", CORROSION OF CONFORMITY's "Stone Breaker", DARK TRANQUILLITY's "The New Build", DISTURBED's "Stricken" and THE HAUNTED's "No Compromise". To vote for your favorite video, go to www.mtv2.com. The results will be seen on "Headbanger's Ball" and in an upcoming issue of Revolver.

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God Forbid Reveal Complete Tour Itinerary

God Forbid has their complete fall tour dates for their upcoming North American tour with Meshuggah and European tour with the Haunted. Tour dates are as follows:

With Meshuggah, The Haunted and Mnemic:

Sept. 28 Charlotte, NC - Tremont Music Hall (off dates w/ Mnemic)
Sept. 29 Atlanta, GA - Masquerade (off dates w/ Mnemic)
Sept. 30 Talahassee, FL - Big Daddy's (off dates w/ Mnemic)
Oct. 01 Pinellas Park, FL - Town Square Plaza Park
Oct. 02 Fayateville, NC - Jester's Pub (off dates w/ Mnemic)
Oct. 03 Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero
Oct. 04 Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock
Oct. 05 Toronto, ON - The Guvernment
Oct. 06 Montreal, QC - Medley
Oct. 07 New York, NY - B.B. Kings Blues Club
Oct. 08 West Springfield, VA - Jaxx
Oct. 09 Worcester, MA - The Palladium
Oct. 10 Hartford, CT - Webster Theatre
Oct. 11 Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
Oct. 12 Cleveland, OH - Peabody's Down Under
Oct. 13 Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall (off date w/ Mnemic and Dillinger Escape Plan)
Oct. 14 Detroit, MI - Harpo's Concert Theatre
Oct. 15 Milwaukee, WI - Rave Bar
Oct. 16 Mokena, IL - The Pearl Room
Oct. 17 Muskogee, OK - Muskogee Civic Assembly Center (off dates w/ Mnemic)
Oct. 18 Ft. Worth, TX - Ridglea Theatre
Oct. 19 San Antonio, TX - Sanctuary
Oct. 20 Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre
Oct. 21 Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
Oct. 23 Seatle, WA - El Corazon
Oct. 24 Vancouver, BC - Croatian Cultural Centre
Oct. 25 Portland, OR - Berbati's Pan
Oct. 26 Chico, CA - Senator Theatre (off dates w/ Mnemic)
Oct. 27 Sparks, NV - New Oasis
Oct. 28 Orangevale, CA - The Boardwalk
Oct. 29 San Francisco, CA - The Pound
Oct. 30 Los Angeles, CA - The Key Club
Oct. 31 Santa Ana, CA - The Galaxy Theater
Nov. 01 San Diego, CA - SOMA

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Vote For Bands To Perform At Sweden Rock Fest

Sweden Rock Festival is asking fans to vote for 30 bands they want to see at the festival. To vote, visit www.swedenrock.com and click on "Vi frågar er." Click on up to 30 of the bands you want to see, then click the "Skicka" button.

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The Haunted Checks In With Post-Ozzfest Update

Ozzfest 2005 has now come to a close but The Haunted's U.S. and Canadian touring insanity continues early next month on The Fury of The Fall tour this October alongside Meshuggah, God Forbid and Mnemic, which leads them directly into a massive European trek with labelmates God Forbid. Their new video for “No Compromise,” taken from their latest critically acclaimed offering "rEVOLVEr," was shot by acclaimed director Roger Johansson (In Flames, Soilwork). Look for it now on Headbangers Ball and Metal Asylum.

Peter Dolving (vocals) checks in with the following post Ozzfest report: “Nine weeks passed and it’s been so intense that we can barely make out what really happened. Ozzfest 2005 was a journey through good old rock n’ roll chaos. Drugs, sex, violence, nudity, slander, backstabbing and handshaking all backed up by a soundtrack of great metal. Sweet. I have these incidents that keep coming back to me: Bury Your Dead stealing golf cars; watching certain people running from the law trippin’ on acid; me playing with The Haunted in front of 8,000 people – naked; The Sharon vs. Dickinson thing; Brian of Black Dahlia Murder getting busted by the cops for getting naked while doing a publicity thing for FUSE TV; Jada Pinkett Smith with the house full of Body Count and Fishbone-legendaries throwing barbecues; As I lay Dying – who wouldn’t let us say FUCK on their bus – well, FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK! Now there I said it.

“All in all, it’s been a great fucking tour, and we’ve made some good friends along the way. I want to thank all those fans who have shown up at the shows and all those of you out there who have picked up our latest album, rEVOLVEr, during the last couple of months; it seems you’re all giving this album a well deserved second running, fuckin’ sweet! Spread the word and we feel honoured to have been able to play in front of so many people this summer. Seeing your faces in the crowd singing along and just tearing shit up warms our ugly insides. Well, we will be back in the U.S. in October together with our brothers Meshuggah and God Forbid, and we hope to see you all then. For now, it’s time to go home for a couple of weeks to reload and cock up again. See you all real soon.”

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SFall Singer Performes Slayers Song w/ The Haunted

SHADOWS FALL frontman Brian Fair joined THE HAUNTED for a "lethal" cover of SLAYER's "Raining Blood" to close out the Swedish band's set on Thursday, September 8 at the Recher Theatre in Towson, MD. SHADOWS FALL headlined the concert in what was the final show of their post-Ozzfest trek with THE HAUNTED. Check out pictures from Ponyone.net.

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Burn In Silence Sign to Prosthetic Records

Bostan metal band, Burn In Silence, have signed to Prosthetic Records. After having toured with bands from Shadows Fall and The Haunted to Deicide and Morbid Angel, they will be going into the studio to record their debut album. The album is scheduled for an early 2006 release and the band will be appearing at the Prosthetic Records CMJ showcase September 14th in New York City at SCB, formerly Downtime.

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Meshuggah Add More N. American, UK Tour Dates

Meshuggah has added a few more tour dates to their upcoming Fury of the Fall headlining tour with The Haunted, God Forbid and Mnemic:

Nov. 07 Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
Nov. 08 Norfolk, VA - The Norva
Nov. 09 Poughkeepsie, NY - Chance Theatre

Meshuggah have also announced dates for their forthcoming UK tour in December. Confirmed dates:

Dec. 05 Brighton, England - Concorde 2
Dec. 06 Manchester, England - Academy 2
Dec. 07 Glasgow, Scotland - Garage
Dec. 08 Solverhampton, England - Wulfrun Hall
Dec. 09 London, England - The Forum

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First Hellraisers' Ball Details

The first annual Hellraisers' Ball will take place October 1st at the Town Square Plaza Park/England Bros. Pavillion in Pinellas Park, Florida. TIckets are $25 in advance and $35 the day of the show and are on sale today. The bands listed to play thus far are as follows:

Motorhead
Dark New Day
Meshuggah
Devildriver
God Forbid
Otep
The Haunted
Mnemic
Cemetery
End of the Rope
Trigger Point
Reflux

The show is all-ages.

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Meshuggah Announce More Tour Dates

Meshuggah has added more tour dates to their upcoming Fury of the Fall headlining tour with The Haunted, God Forbid and Mnemic. Here are the full list of tour dates confirmed so far:

Oct. 01 Pinellas Park. FL - Town Square Plaza Park
Oct. 03 Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero
Oct. 04 Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock
Oct. 05 Toronto, ON - Guvernment
Oct. 06 Montreal, QC - Medley
Oct. 07 Poughkeepsie, NY - Chance Theater
Oct. 08 Springfield, VA - Jaxx
Oct. 09 Worcester, MA - Palladium
Oct. 10 Hatrford, CT - Webster Theatre
Oct. 11 Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
Oct. 12 Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
Oct. 13 Pittsburgh, PA - Rex Theater
Oct. 14 Detroit, MI - Harpo's
Oct. 15 - Columbus, OH - Alrosa Villa
Oct. 16 Mokena, IL - Pearl Room
Oct. 18 Ft. Worth, TX - Ridgies Theatre
Oct. 19 San Antonio, TX - Sanctuary
Oct. 20 Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre
Oct. 21 Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
Oct. 23 Seatle, WA - El Corazon
Oct. 24 Vancouver, BC - Croatian Culture Center
Oct. 25 Portland, OR - Berbati's Pan
Oct. 27 Sparks, NV - New Oasis
Oct. 28 Orangevale, CA - Boardwalk
Oct. 29 San Francisco, CA - Pound SF
Oct. 30 Los Angeles, CA - Key Club
Oct. 31 Santa Ana, CA - Galaxy Theater
Nov. 01 Santa Ana, CA - Soma
Nov. 02 Tempe, AX - Marquee Theatre
Nov. 05 Oklahoma City, OK - Bricktown Live
Nov. 06 Sauget, IL - Pop's

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Ozzfest Report from July 24 in Bristow, VA

I attended Ozzfest 2005 on Sunday, July 24 in Bristow, Virginia’s Nissan Pavilion (my report is running late, as I’ve found myself overcommitted lately). This fest was the tenth annual Ozzfest, and not to be outdone by last year’s excellent lineup, this year they sported an equally as good lineup spanning more genres of metal than before. This year’s lineup also contained numerous headliner-quality bands on both stages including, Killswitch Engage, Shadows Fall, Rob Zombie, Mudvayne, and of course Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath.

Had I known that both people I was supposed to go with would bail out, I would have lined up a photo pass for the whole show to give me something more to do. As it turned out, I pretty much just enjoyed the show and met up with As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis for an interview that we missed in Philadelphia, PA.

While this year’s lineup sported mostly bands I knew and had heard, most I was only vaguely familiar with, so pardon the lack of specific details such as song names, etc. in many cases. More...

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More Meshuggah, God Forbid, The Haunted Tour Dates

More tour dates have been added to the Fury of the Fall tour, which features Meshuggah, God Forbid, the Haunted and Mnemic. Tour dates that have been announced so far are as follows:

Oct. 03 Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero
Oct. 04 Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock
Oct. 05 Toronto, ON - Guvernment
Oct. 06 Montreal, QC - Medley
Oct. 07 Poughkeepsie, NY - Chance Theater
Oct. 08 Springfield, VA - Jaxx
Oct. 09 Worcester, MA - Palladium
Oct. 10 Hatrford, CT - Webster Theatre
Oct. 11 Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
Oct. 12 Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
Oct. 13 Pittsburgh, PA - Rex Theater
Oct. 14 Detroit, MI - Harpo's
Oct. 15 - Columbus, OH - Alrosa Villa
Oct. 16 Mokena, IL - Pearl Room
Oct. 21 Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
Oct. 23 Seatle, WA - El Corazon
Oct. 27 Sparks, NV - New Oasis
Oct. 28 Orangevale, CA - Boardwalk
Oct. 29 San Francisco, CA - Pound SF
Oct. 30 Los Angeles, CA - Key Club
Oct. 31 Santa Ana, CA - Galaxy Theater

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