The Haunted - One
kill wonder Tour
Bastionen, Malmö festivalen / Malmö, Sweden
August 18th 2003
Review and Pictures By Anders Sandvall
The Haunted has been out on the road for a really long time now on a long European tour
prior to their stop here in Malmö where I got to see them again. I saw them in April at their last show on the
tour (read my review of that here). After
that it was time for the U.S.A. to take part of The Haunted's brutal music. They returned to
Europe in the middle of the summer to do festival gigs. They are still touring
third album ONE KILL WONDER from last year.
The Haunted only played for about an hour because it was a festival and the playtime was
shorter compared to them headlining on their own. As usual, its full speed ahead
when The Haunted go on stage. They have no slow songs or any song that remotely can be
taken for a ballad. Its hard and brutal that counts all the way. The difference
between this gig and their last is that they are even tighter as a band this time than
before, and there was no sign of tiredness amongst the guys, even though they have been out
on the road for a really long time.
The line-up for The Haunted is:
The set-list was the same as their earlier show here in Malmö. They played a lot of
material from the new album of course, such as, GOD PUPPET, SHADOW
WORLD, SHITHEAD and the title track ONE KILL WONDER. Older
songs they played were DARK INTENTIONS, LEECH, and HOLLOW
GROUND, and from the ground breaking first album they played IN VEIN and
my personal favorite, HATE SONG!!
The expectation from the audience for The Haunted was huge. The whole tent was filled with people that
had waited patiently for their favorite band. The crowd was following Marcos' every move
with a lot of headbanging and singing along, both spontaneously and when Marco invited them
(for example in HATE SONG). The most appreciated songs seemed to come from
their groundbreaking debut. Marco was more varied in his vocals than he was earlier this
year and he worked really hard to get the big crowd going. Because it was such a short
amount of play time this time, they didnt do so much talking. They dedicated
HOLLOW GROUND to all of the bands who had played on the festival and as usual
HATE SONG was dedicated to the audience. Marco and the rest of the guys seemed
to really enjoy themselves onstage - they have played there once before.
Jensen stood at his side during the show and Anders stood on his side. The only ones
who move across the stage are Jonas and Marco. Per behind his drums and Jensen on guitar
always impress - big time. The whole gig was about an hour and it was a magical hour. The
Haunted are very hard to beat, both as a live act and on record and with the amount of
touring they have, it is a pleasure to see them live. They are extremely tight as a unit.
I sure hope that they'll soon come back to crush Malmö once again!
A big thanks to Jensen & the band for letting me take pictures during the show.
Privation of Faith
Bury your Head
One Kill Wonder