Sweden’s metal pioneers THE HAUNTED are finally back in the spotlight after almost a year without public activity, following a major line-up change around autumn 2012. But the time has finally come to break the silence and announce the return of THE HAUNTED to form…
THE HAUNTED line-up 2013:
(From left to right in above picture)
Jensen – Guitars
Ola Englund – Guitars
Marco Aro – Vocals
Jonas Björler – Bass
Adrian Erlandsson – Drums
Watch the following video for a proper introduction to the new THE HAUNTED line-up with interviews and fresh rehearsal room footage: youtu.be/yA1buY8jTSo
THE HAUNTED’s founding member and guitarist Jensen checked in to comment about the recent developments:
“THE HAUNTED went through some difficult times last year. Losing three band members is a pretty huge blow to any band. Jonas and I agreed immediately that we wanted to continue with the band, but we wanted to take our time and not rush into anything. Meanwhile, news from THE HAUNTED’s camp has been pretty scarce. This changes starting today. We are very happy to be able to present you a full band line-up. Some of you might recognize a few faces, some of you might not. Adrian Erlandsson is back on drums and Marco Aro is back on vocals. Adrian you might know from playing on our first album and Marco sang on ‘The Haunted Made Me Do It’, ‘Live Rounds In Tokyo’ and ‘One Kill Wonder’. On guitar we also have Ola Englund bringing some pretty heavy chops to the band.
We’re all VERY excited about having THE HAUNTED back in working shape again and we can’t wait to get back out on the road to play for our very patient and faithful fans again. A new album is also already in the works and if you are familiar with the individual band members of this new line-up, you can be assured that the new material will grab you by the throat from the get-go!
A huge ‘thanks’ goes out to all the people that responded to our call for new members applications. You put a lot of time and effort into your auditions and we are very grateful to have had such talented and cool people wanting to join the band! We truly appreciated your support!”
Vocalist Marco Aro (ex FACE DOWN, also in THE RESISTANCE) was previously involved with THE HAUNTED for three acclaimed releases between 1999 and 2003, as well as for several worldwide touring campaigns.
Drummer Adrian Erlandsson (also in AT THE GATES and PARADISE LOST) was in the original line-up of THE HAUNTED together with the Björler twins, after the demise of their previous legendary group, AT THE GATES. Together with Jensen, they launched THE HAUNTED’s self-titled debut in 1998– an album which is widely considered to be the beginning of a new era in the thrash metal movement and which, despite its initial underground status, climbed to be a massively inspirational record for a whole new generation of musicians and bands in the following decade.
Guitarist Ola Englund is a very talented young player from Sweden that has recently been a touring and recording member of SIX FEET UNDER.
Together with guitarist Jensen and bassist Jonas Björler, THE HAUNTED’s announcement of this new formation promises to be only the beginning of greater things to come. Expect more news about THE HAUNTED’s next album and their upcoming touring plans soon.
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