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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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Earache Thrash Pack Kicks Rock Band Players' Asses

Earache Records has issued the following statement on their recently released "Earache Thrash Pack" for the game "Rock Band:"

"It was warned that the newly-released EARACHE Thrash Pack for ROCK BAND would be the hardest tracks that the game had to offer and that was no lie.

"The ROCK BAND rockers community (http://www.rockband.com/rockers_home)has been absolutely THRASHED and SHREDDED to the bone in their many attempts to play the AT THE GATES classic, "Blinded By Fear" and THE HAUNTED's "D.O.A." Judging by the comments on the official ROCK BAND forums, however, out of all of the songs in the pack, EVILE's "Thrasher" seems to have given players their greatest challenge yet. Here's what some of the most hardcore ROCK BAND players in the world have to say about it:

"This satisfies my extreme metal wants for a long, long, long time. That time will be spent putting ointment on my blistered fingers due to Thrasher, no doubt." - Chief Stubbs

"Got my butt kicked in solo 2 of Thrasher." - JoshuaNeff

"Thrasher: DEAR FREAKING LORD! This song is so frikkin insane it's not even funny...When I saw the first solo I nearly crapped my pants." - Xerosnake90

"Thrasher's quick changes between beats are seriously challenging" - Contrapulator

"If you're the type who says that talk is cheap, then let these killer videos of all 3 songs show you what's got the ROCK BAND community buzzing: More...

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The Haunted Vocalist Checks In

THE HAUNTED vocalist Peter Dolving has posted this message on his MySpace page:

"One month of absolutely astounding results.

I had an epiphany after feeling like complete fucking crap for two months straight. Feeling absolutely worthless, useless and like utter crap. This, though everything in my life has been pretty much nothing but good. And then - clarity. I saw what the problem was. Self perception. My image of myself. Not just how I view this Peter Dolving character. No, a deep insight in my basic approach to everything that concerns me. I've gone through the last 30 years with this way of looking at myself and how I go about everything in life; I believe I'm worthless. With no redeeming values what so ever. No value, no weight, no nothing, ningun, niente, nada, zilch, zero, an absolute void really. Holy shit.

I also came to this understanding; Even though this might be my emotion, hard facts disprove me. I am a good dad, I actually have happy, communicative, creative and intelligent kids - worthless? They'd be fucked up, they're not. My wife has been with me for 10 (TEN!)years, and she still laughs at my crappy jokes, bares with me in my updownupdown little private rollercoaster, and she tells me she loves me. And it can't be the money, I know that for a fact. I live in a small house in the woods and my neighbours talk to me, lend me a hand and ask me for help and drink my coffee. No nervous scraping of feet, no forced politeness, simply no bullshit. I have friends. No real ones who've been there 15 years. Worthless don't keep friends for that long. I get to come to their homes, eat and drink, have my kids spill food all over their furniture and floors and keep getting invited back. I get to play music with some of the most talented people I have ever met in my life. People I admire. People I feel, well, inferior to. And what do they do? They treat me with love and respect. They listen to my ideas, my dreams, my visions and my woes. And they keep doing it. Worthless don't get invitations to participate in working with their peers and heroes. I get mail, and letters from people all over the world who appreciate work I participate in. Shit, worthless don't even piss people off.

And it dawned on me how fucking incredibly grateful I am for this life. A life I've hated my way through for too long.

It's funny in a sick kind of way, because my low self esteem has functioned like armor. No matter how much others have claimed to hate me, I've always shrugged, like "Yeah, well at least you don't have to BE me, you can just fuck off, cause I hate me more...". Pretty much explains why I always loved NIRVANA's 'Negative Creep' or 'Here Come Sickness" by MUDHONEY.

So if anyone wonders why I haven't been blogging a lot lately, it's simple; I've been busy living.

As far as elections, music-scene, politicians and internet slander goes; Fuck 'em all... but you knew I'd say that...

And yes, I still hate Glam Rock, Emo, and fags who are too chicken shit queer to call themselves Proud Homo, cause you know what? I can't stand superficial drama and featherboas. In my book, we're all freaks - some just don't have the fucking balls to be square about it.

Oh yeah, if you by any means really loooooove the goth latex polished surface world, please keep doing it, but don't hide from why, and don't blame mom and dad - they're just as fucked as you and me.

Peace and love fuckers!"

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Dark Tranquillity Reissue Early Albums In Japan

Swedish melodic death metallers DARK TRANQUILLITY have issued the following update:

"To coincide with our shows in the Land Of The Rising Sun [Japan], 'Haven' [2000] and 'Projector' [1999] will be released in new versions. Both albums will feature lengthy liner notes by sensei [Mikael] Stanne [vocals] detailing the writing and recording process as well as the inner working of the band at the time of creating the songs. 'Projector' will feature the extra track 'Exposure' — previously unreleased in Japan — and 'Haven' will be graced with 'Cornered' as bonus song."

DARK TRANQUILLITY and THE HAUNTED will team up for the "The Double Titans Tour In Japan" in January. Confirmed dates are as follows:

Jan. 16 - Osaka, JPN - Big Cat
Jan. 17 - Nagoya, JPN - Club Quattro
Jan. 18 - Tokyo, JPN - O-East More...

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The Haunted Frontman Launches Side Project

THE HAUNTED frontman Peter Dolving has issued the following update:

"Little secret no more a secret... Well, hmm - ok. Me and a couple of really good friends, and great musicians have started a band. We call it: O


My friend AmokCell is doing the background projecttions and films for live shows.

We will definetly be looking for a record deal.

Just thought I'd let yall know."

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The Haunted Begin Work On New Album

THE HAUNTED frontman Peter Dolving has issued the following update:

"It's on!"

"We are doing it, again."

"We've decided to start making a new album and we're finally into workmode. The twins [guitarist Anders Björler and bassist Jonas Björler] and Per [M. Jensen, drums] are couped up in the rehearsal space, and me in my little cabin in the back yard of my house. [Patrik] Jensen [guitar] has been comin down for a couple of weeks and him and the boys have been going through his batch of riffs." More...

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Earache Reissuing "The Haunted Made Me Do It"

Earache Records has reissued THE HAUNTED's "Made Me Do It" LP as part of the "Classic Metal" series. Bolstered by the addition of the "Caught on Tape" DVD which features two complete live gigs (from Sweden and Japan) plus a revealing behind-the-scenes documentary, the double pack boasts around three hours of prime THE HAUNTED material all for the price of onw CD! The package comes housed in a double-CD jewel case and offers an essential slice of metal history in one affordable and complete audiovisual set. The track listing is as follows: More...

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The Haunted Frontman Talks About Addiction

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

"Addiction is a used car salesman. It don't give up just 'cause I ain't buying.

"Hell no.

"Instead it goes 'Awwwwwrightee then... Back to the drawing board...' Out come the bling. The little flags and the giant light bulb displays. It turns up on my TV singin' 'Come on down lil buddy! Have we got somethin fer you!'

"You might sit in your little futon converter couch smokin sweet bud chucklin at the sheer concept of addiction. 'Yeah, yeah right... fuckin crybabies.'

"Still, just cause you happen to be that dude who's not suckin syphilitic pimp dick in a room with needle sprayed blood on the walls, moldy mattresses and the mixed stink of vomit, chemical stress and cat piss filling the room — don't mean addiction ain't checkin out your white, middle-class, gym-toned ass. When you head out to the kitchen for a peanutbutter n jelly sandwich, singin along to some lame BURZUM tune; Diggin' the ridiculous wayward thought that 'THIS is actually great music!', ADDICTION is getting a hard-on. No, it doesn't mean you're an addict.

"Maybe 10-15% of the population are addicts.

"But addiction itself digs that bullshit.

"One can discuss the pros and cons of narcotics forever. But as long as someone is making money off our greedy hunger for relief from stress or pain and anxiety — narcotics, like religion, are always going to be a problem.

"A coca farmer in the South American jungle ain't to blame. Nor is the poppy farmer in Burma, or the Cannabis grower in Washington or Lebanon. As long as we chose keeping up with, and supporting an unbearably inhumane structure and culture — we will feel the need to escape it.

"Consumption itself (whatever the hell you choose buying), is so deeply rooted in this world. As evidence of and symbol for your 'freedom.' An elusive abstract based in an enviroment of slave economy — that we, little buddy, have become addicted to.

"It's funny and fucked up at once; like heroin helps alleviate the pain of some addicts — cash is the thing that makes perfect sense to most folks in abusing.

"Buy or die. Still — the consequences remain, for we never reach the core of the problem. No war on drugs or war on terror is going to change that. The real villains are the choices we make. The choices.

"We can't blame the mad scientist or crazed entrepeneurs, nor the corrupt politicians and legislators. Their basic incentives all come from somewhere.

"And THAT is our crime." More...

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In Search Of...The Best Underground Metal Songs

The vast, expansive world of underground metal can leave even the most persistent headbanger’s music collection lacking of many of the industry’s finest songs. With the depths of MySpace and the many other music sites which lend themselves to the exploration of one’s musical tastes, it can be a bit overwhelming trying to dig up the finest metal gems. Moreover, some metal fans so deeply embed themselves in one sub-genre that they might be missing some truly great stuff. This brief guide is intended to give you, the metalhead, a reference to some of those songs that “make” an album, that rattle around in your head for hours, and that warrant a deeper exploration of a band’s entire body of work. Furthermore, newer metalheads will find a few older songs from current big-name artists that are worthy of tracking down. More...

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Headline News

At The Gates Announce Reunion Shows

AT THE GATES will reunite for some shows next summer, 2008.The following festivals are confirmed so far:

4 - 6 - Ruis Rock - Finland
31 - August 2 - Wacken Open Air - Wacken, Germany

15 - 17 - Bloodstock, Derby, UK

More shows to be added soon.

Guitarist Anders Bjorler (THE HAUNTED) comments on the reunion: "Well, it felt like the timing was right for once. We have been talking about a possible reunion for years now, but this was the first time everything fell into place. For me personally, it feels like getting closure. The break-up over ten years ago was abrupt and left a bad vibe between us that took years to get over. We have a better relationship today and a more relaxed approach to who we are and what we do. The time is right to get together and play some shows.

Try to catch us live in the summer 2008. It could be your last chance."

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Anders Björler From The Haunted Issues Band Update

Anders Björler (guitar) of Swedish modern metal act THE HAUNTED has delivered the following update on the band’s recent and upcoming activities:

“This last year has been really busy. The tours have been great and so has the response. We went to Russia for the first time in September 2007 which was simply fantastic. Beyond our wildest expectations, actually. A tour report from the Russia trip can be found on our Youtube page. We are currently at home writing some new songs. We will combine the pre-production and writing with some gigs - starting off with replacing DARK TRANQUILLITY on the EASTPAK tour (with Soilwork, Caliban) in Helsinki on the 29th of October. Early next year we have an interesting touring agenda that we can reveal soon. We want to thank all the people coming down to the shows and making this a special year for us. / Anders” More...

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The Haunted Announce Swedish Dates

Swedish thrashers THE HAUNTED have announced the following dates:

Dec. 19 - Stockholm, SWE @ Klubben
Dec. 20 - Sundsvall, SWE @ Pipeline
Dec. 21 - Östersund, SWE @ Hårdrocksklubben/ Gamla Tingshuset
Dec. 22 - Västerås, SWE @ Prisma

Support at the shows will come from BY NIGHT (all dates) and SPARZANZA (Stockholm only).

THE HAUNTED will make a special appearance on the Eastpak Antidote Tour at club Nosturi, Helsinki on October 29. Other bands on the bill are SOILWORK, CALIBAN and SONIC SYNDICATE.

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The Haunted Vocalist Checks In

THE HAUNTED vocalist Peter Dolving has posted this message on his MySpace page:

"What a fucking summer huh? It's been about as messed up as anything I ever seen. But taking it easy and not touring ridiculously hard has had its perks though. I've had time to catch up with myself after what was a pretty intense year. And I figured out I really dig kinky sex even more when I' not in buzzed on morphine, stoned or drunk. Also, It is understandably close to gardening; it takes patience and the hands (amongst other things) of an artist, and though I might not really fill all the necessary criteria for being an ARTISTE, I sure as fuck like meddling about with its disciplines. Art. Good stuff.

On a less dirty note I just got blasted by Thor, for being too self involved - my computer AGAIN - got blown up by lightning and so it seems I have to get out of my little head and A. fix the remains of it. B. Take the hint, I need to get out more.

Seven months of composing and writing... fuck.

Something I've grown pretty unwilling to do the last three months. Honestly, the only people I've seen since I got home from tour are well, my family, the band, my friends in Narcotics Anonomous meetings and the dudes who drives the bus to town. Anyone else I've pretty much shied away from.

All I've done is play guitar, write fucked up metal, mess around in my garden, hang out with my kids and stay low.


You know all I really want to do right now is put together an insane weird fucking record. Whether that's gonna happen or not I don't fucking know, cause I feel there's so much fucking bullshit and fear surrounding everything that has to do with all this. We'll probably end doing some generic crap that Joe Shmoe can relate to and I'll end up feeling like a traitor. The music industry sucks. Fuck everything."

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The Haunted To Tour, Appear At New Club Opening

Sweden's The Haunted check in with the following:

"The Haunted are confirmed as headliner at the grand opening for the new rock club WishBar in Gothenburg, Sweden."

The above mentioned performance is scheduled for August 1st at Wishbar in Gothenburg, Sweden. The band will also appear at the following dates:

July 7, 2007 - Battle of Metal Festival, Gieselwind, DE
July 14, 2007 - Kaltenbach Open Air, Austria
July 21, 2007 - Metal Healing, Greece
July 28, 2007 - Qstock Festival, Oulu, Finland
August 01, 2007 - WISHBAR, Gothenburg, Sweden (New)
August 04, 2007 - Fredericia Hardcore Fest, Fredericia, Denmark
August 25, 2007 - Metal Day Free Fest, Italy
September 7, 2007 - Klubb Kaliber, Mariestad, Sweden
September 8, 2007 - Club Maiden, Oslo, Norway
September 28, 2007 - Club Tochka, Moscow, Russia (New)
September 29, 2007 - Club Port, St Petersburg, Russia (New)

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The Haunted Cancel Milan Show

Swedish thrashers THE HAUNTED have issued the following update:

"The show in Milan (Italy) tomorrow [Wednesday, May 16] is cancelled for reasons beyond our control. The rest of the tour will continue as usual. Pre-bought tickets can be refunded at the point of purchase. We are sorry for the cancellation, but there was nothing we could do to rectify the situation. We recommend our Italian fans to come and see us in Trento (August) at Free Fest."

A number of photos of THE HAUNTED performing at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, California on Friday, April 13 have been posted online at DirtJunior.com.

THE HAUNTED's dynamic new offering, "The Dead Eye", sees the band effectively combine elements of their previous efforts while exploring new ideas to continuously challenge themselves. The effort was recorded in Denmark at Antfarm Studios with renowned producer Tue Madsen (HIMSA, SICK OF IT ALL) and is being hailed as the band's most accomplished work yet.

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The Haunted Post 'The Drowning' Video Online

THE HAUNTED's video for the song "The Drowning" has been posted online at this location. The track comes off the Swedish thrashers' dynamic new offering, "The Dead Eye", which sees the band effectively combine elements of their previous efforts while exploring new ideas to continuously challenge themselves. The new effort was recorded in Denmark at Antfarm Studios with renowned producer Tue Madsen (HIMSA, SICK OF IT ALL) and is being hailed as their most accomplished work yet.

In other news, you can check out a stream of THE HAUNTED's live appearance on the Swedish national radio channel P3 as part of their "Live Session" series at this location.

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Septic Flesh To Reunite For Metal Healing Festival

Greek death metal legends SEPTIC FLESH will reunite for one-off performance at the Metal Healing Festival, set to take place July 20-22 in Thessaloniki, Greece. The running order is as follows: More...

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Scar Symmetry Discuss Debut US Tour

Hailing from Sweden, SCAR SYMMETRY have been invited to join THE HAUNTED and DARK TRANQUILLITY on their co-headlining stint for The Century Family’s inaugural ”Metal For The Masses” tour. The line-up will also include Canada’s INTO ETERNITY. Sponsored by Decibel magazine, Draven, and Lambgoat, the tour’s moniker is derived from The Century Family’s annual Metal For The Masses compilation series, which is now on its fifth volume in the series and available exclusively through Hot Topic.

Checking in from his home in Gävle, SCAR SYMMETRY’s lead guitarist Per Nilsson shares his reaction to the band’s upcoming maiden tour of the U.S. & Canada and also makes a few predictions:

“So, finally, we get our first chance to tour North America. We’ve been awaiting this opportunity for some time now, and when the invitation came for us to join this tour package, we had no problem saying ‘HELL YEAH!!!’ The Haunted, Dark Tranquillity, Into Eternity and SCAR SYMMETRY - this must be every metalhead’s dream come true! A few things that are very likely to happen on this tour are: A) Kenneth [Seil, bassist] is going to drink too much; B) Jonas [Kjellgren, lead & rhythm guitar] is going to drink too much; C) Christian [Älvestam, lead singer] won’t drink at all to keep his voice in shape; and D) Jonas is going to shave most of his facial hair, leaving only a grand mustache, making him look like an old German geezer!” More...

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Dark Tranquillity Release More Tour Dates

More dates have been released for the upcoming North American tour featuring DARK TRANQUILLITY, THE HAUNTED, and INTO ETERNITY:

March 19 - Orlando, FL @ The Social
March 20 - St Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
March 21 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
March 23 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
March 24 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
March 25 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
March 26 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
March 28 - Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
March 29 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
April 2 - Louisville, KY @ Headliners
April 3 - Sauget, IL @ Pop's
April 4 - Chicago, IL @ Metro
April 6 - Denver, CO @ Cervantes
April 7 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Avalon
April 9 - Vancouver, BC @ Croatian Culture Centre
April 10 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
April 11 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
April 12 - San Fransisco, CA @ Slims
April 13 - Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues

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Crossfire Catches Up With Peter Dolving

Through the medium of blogging, Haunted frontman Peter Dolving has become an unlikely subject of intense scrutiny, with many of his innermost thoughts and opinions frequenting the site’s news stories and chat bulletins quicker than most people shit after a night at a Curry House. Crossfire’s metallic veteran Ryan Bird recently caught up with the front man to discuss life as Blabbermouth’s most outspoken and accidental resident…

Hello. How are you, sir?

-Pretty god damned good, though I'm sorer than a whore’s ass! I started working out again a couple of weeks ago; new trainer, new regime. Harsh but good as gold.

Where in the world can we find you today?

-Farting around in my house in the woods outside Gothenburg. I spent the morning eating cookies with my kids at their school.

What does a typical day in the world of Peter Dolving entail – both on and off the road?

-At home: Laundry, vacuum cleaning, picking up toys and listening to the neverending rantings of two little Dolvings, who incidentally make me pale in comparison. And I train, sleep and eat. Chop wood, you know - I have a life pretty much.

-On tour: Sleep, get a massage, read, watch movies and try to not get involved with groupies or drugs.

You seem to have attracted a lot of attention with regards to your personal blog lately – particularly via Blabbermouth. Why do you think people focus so intently on your views when there are so many other artists out there with a similar thought log?

-Maybe ‘cause I'm so damned handsome? I’m fucked if I know. I should do a survey - I'm sure that would get the appreciation with the nose pickers cruising Blabbermouth.

Do you find it quite flattering or just plain amusing that people choose to single you out in such a way?

-I think it's mostly fodder for my weak ego. Otherwise I probably wouldn't keep doing it. As far as I know anyone so apt to talk and write about his emotions like myself have issues, big fucking slabs of the shit and yes, this is part of me dealing with it. But again, I think I'd probably still do it if I was a fairly balanced dude. There's some greater sense of pathos that just enjoy starting shit with assholes who deserve being fucked with. I have to bite my lip not to get into shit sitting at a diner sometimes. Basically - sexists, homophobes, racist, and outright oppressive powertripper fascism pisses me off. What am I supposed to do? Shut up because it's the cool thing to do? Fuck that. I live now. I don't have another life to do things in.

Read the full article at Caught in the Crossfire.

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Cristina Scabbia Talks About The Jagermeister Tour

LACUNA COIL will embark on the latest installment of the Jägermeister Music Tour this spring alongside Stone Sour and Shadows Fall. The trek, which kicks off on March 23rd and runs through early May, is the group's fourth U.S. run in support of their Karmacode album. They will be swapping out the direct support slot with Shadows Fall in certain markets, so please see the tour section for the itinerary and full breakdown.

"It's about time!" says Scabbia about being part of the Jager Tour. "It'll be a blast, and you guys can't miss it cause it's going to be the tour of the year! See you all there... spread the word...and horns up, my friends."

The tour also coincides with the launch of their new single for the track "Within Me." This is the fourth single from Karmacode, and a new video for the track will be shot in Italy early next month.

LACUNA COIL wrapped up 2006 with a U.S. tour as direct support to In Flames with The Sword and Seemless in the support slots. This was preceded by a highly successful run on the annual Blackest of the Black tour alongside the legendary Danzig, labelmates The Haunted, Belphegor and Asesino. Other numerous highlights of this past year included a main stage Ozzfest slot, a sold-out tour with Rob Zombie, a performance on ABC-TV's Jimmy Kimmel Live and a Top 30 Active Rock hit single, "Our Truth."

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