With Per And Anders Of
Interviewed by EvilG
start out with the new CD. Tell me about the album cover and why you
choose to use a collage of serial killers on the cover.
PER: First of all we wanted artwork
that was matching the first album. The idea about the serial killers
came in last, and was partly put there to emphasize the title. Since a
couple of the songs on the album is about serial-killers and other funny
characters it all made sense to include some on the cover. I'd say, they're
rather a part of an overall concept, than the actual concept of the
Anders: I think we wanted to portray
a sort of "we are guilty before we even release the album" in
regards to all the censorship and musicians blamed for violent
crime.......It's about thinking for yourself and always clean up the
shit you created.
For those who do not know, can
you name what ones you picked to put there and why you chose them
PER: Let's see...We put Jeffrey
Dahmer there, we have Charles Manson (even though not being a serial
killer), and Henry Lee Lucas...to name a few. These are all fascinating
characters in their own ways.
Anders: The person that describes it
all is definitely RICHARD RAMIREZ. I don't know if he's on the cover or
not, but the whole concept is about "an individual is responsible
for his/ her own actions in life", it's always easy to blame
something else, and not noticing the real problems in society. Taking
the easy way out in the RAMIREZ case would be: "we have to ban AC
The title "The Haunted
Made Me Do It" reminds me of the old "The DEVIL made me do
it" thing that some insane people have used. Do you buy that
PER: Ha, we used "The Haunted
Made Me Do It" as a cynical statement to all the censorship
discussions in the US, to sloppy cunts like Tipper Gore and the PMRC.
People are gonna do what they do regardless.
Anders: Yeah, like my previous
answer. Also, I think contemporary pop-music also is to blame for
violent acts. They sing about how perfect life is and "life is
beautiful" and all that, but they're mostly wrong. A fucked up mind
maybe suddenly realizes that everything in life isn't as sweet as they
tell you and .........??????????
me about the writing process for the album. I know many of the members
have other projects on the go...were you able to write many of the songs
as a band or was it more like each member wrote their parts separately?
Per: Nah, nowadays it's only Jensen
working with side projects, everybody is concentrating 100% on The
Haunted. If people perceive The Haunted as a side thing to anybody they're
wrong. Some songs were already written before I joined, but when we came
back from the US tour with Testament last year, we started writing the
last songs, which became "Bury Your Dead", "Leech",
"Trespass" and "Revelation". Jonas, Anders or Jensen
will bring in riffs, or a verse and chorus, and all the members can then
have their input on the way the song will go.
Anyone who's been following the
band knows you have a new singer on this CD. Where did you find
him and how many singers did you have to try out before realizing that
he was the man for the job?
Anders: Well, we thought about Marco
after having tried a couple of local people out (maybe about 5 people).
They all were pretty wrong for us so......... Me, Jonas & Adrian
suggested Marco Aro for Jensen. Marco, formerly FACE DOWN had toured
together with AT THE GATES way back in 1996 so me, Jonas and Adrian
already knew him. When I called him up, he was both shocked and honored
at the same time. After trying him out the first session, we all felt he
was the right man for THE HAUNTED.
Your first vocalist sounded
more hardcore while the new guy has more of In Flames / At The
Gates feel going on (not derivative - just in that> category). Do you
think he is better matched to the band's sound and style?
PER: I like Dolving and respect the
guy very much, but I think Marco brings in a wider range, His voice will
probably attract more death metal fans. He's a great singer, and a great
did Adrian Erlandsson (drummer) leave? Was is an amicable split and what
is he up to these days?
Anders: Well, basically he got
in contact with the C.O.F guys the summer of 1999 (but he knew them from
before) since they were looking for a new drummer. He got very
interested in becoming the new drummer for them. He even went over to
learn some songs and to check things out!!!!! However, while we prepared
for the TESTAMENT tour, Adrian said to us that it might clash with a
thing they had with C.O.F. So, we gave him a simple choice: THE HAUNTED
Adrian couldn't really make up his
mind in time, so he had to leave the band. We found Per really quick,
and he turned out to be a real talent, so everything's just been great
since then anyhow. The whole thing could have turned out very critical,
but fortunately it didn't !!!!!
What is up with Terror (and
what's with the website http://www.geocities.com/terror_theband/?
What is the concept behind the band/project and finally is Terror still
Anders: It's just a fun - thing we
had going back in 1994. We existed just for a week, but who knows, we
might do something again.
What's the story on Witchery?
Shouldn't they have released another couple albums by now? haha
Anders: Yeah! They like to do alot of
albums. However, I don't really know what's up. I have heard some things
about a possible recording this fall. I don't know. I don't really talk
about witchery with Jensen that much. :-) I still like the fist
album the best!
Is the At The Gates compilation
album really going to be released by Peaceville, or is it just a false
rumor? Any idea what material is going to be on it and how do the
ex-members feel about the compilation? Did you have any input?
Anders: Well, the rumors is somewhat
true, but I can't reveal anything about the content since it's still in
The three live tracks on
"Terminal Spirit Disease" sound fucking great! Did
anyone ever think of releasing that entire show as a live album or EP?
Anders: No, not really!!! I don't
like 'em myself, I definitely expected better things for TERMINAL SPIRIT
DISEASE which I think is by far the best AT THE GATES album (minus the
live tracks of course).
Any comments on the latest
Satanic Slaughter album "Afterlife Kingdom"?
PER: I haven't heard it.
Anders: Me neither!!!!
What is taking so long to
release "Burner" and "I'll Be Damned" (two
unreleased tracks from the debut Haunted album)? I know one of those
songs was released on that Earache triple-CD time capsule package, but
it was limited edition and pretty expensive for just a few unreleased
tracks. Is Earache holding those tracks for a future re-issue of the
PER: Well, we're talking about
redoing both these songs and releasing them on our next album, so they
Anders: I don't think BURNER turned
out that great, but I like I'LL BE DAMNED!!!!! However, if we redo them,
they might work alot better!!!! Be prepared!!!
In the lyrics for "Forensick",
a third "verse" appears but in the actual song it is not
sung/spoken. What happened to this verse?
Anders: No idea! Ask Dolving? hehe.
Maybe it's intended that it should be read? I can't
Tell me what your tour plans
are. I know you are headlining a short tour beginning on Oct. 27th but
are there any plans to tour after that? Will you make it to the
USA or Canada?
PER: Yeah, we're doing the 10 shows
in the UK, then we might be going to LA for a festival "November to
dismember", but that's not confirmed yet. Then we fly to Japan for
some shows with In Flames. We might be touring europé with Nile in
January. We're still looking for the right offer from the US, but sooner
or later within the next 5 months we're gonna be back in the states to
tear some shit up!
If memory serves, you played
some US dates with Testament on the last tour. How did that go over and
would you like to tour with Testament again?
PER: Yeah that tour was cool,
Testament are very good people, and we got along fine. I love those kind
of tours: you get to play a great show and you get to watch a great band
every night. I would tour with Testament again any day! To me personally
that tour was also special because they had Dave Lombardo playing, he's
always been a great influence on my playing.
I recently read about a near
riot that occurred in Chile. Was it scary or funny? What caused it and
have you ever witnessed something like that first hand?
PER: We were doing a signing session
at this record store in Santiago, and so many people turned up, it was
fuckin chaos. They would only let two or three people in at a time, so
after an hour or something, we had only signed for a small percentage of
the people there. When the session was closed, people just ran amok I
guess. We couldn't see what was happening outside, but suddenly all
these policemen showed up, there were many! All dressed up for the
riot. So after waiting for quite some time, they managed to get our bus
out in front. So we had police-escort back to the hotel and shit.
Something to remember, that's for sure. The funniest episode was when a
policeman got knocked down by the crowd on his bike.
What albums have you been
listening to lately?
PER: As always John Coltrane
"Transition", and I've listened to some of the new Morbid
Anders: KYUSS - CIRCUS, MESHUGGAH -
DESTROY, SLAYER - SOUTH OF HEAVEN.
I know this question is
probably tiresome but for anyone new to the band I'm sure they like to
know your answers...and that is - what bands do you look to as being
influential on your sound?
Anders: We all like SLAYER ,That's
maybe a common influence. We don't see a problem with that. We don't
sound like SLAYER so what =)???
Do you think there is too much
dissention in metal these days between fans of different styles of
metal? Isn't metal supposed to be about "brotherhood"?
PER: I think that's more common among
the younger fans. When you're young you're so busy making everything fit
to your perception of yourself. Your self-picked image. That's very
typical among the black metal crowd today, as they mostly consist of
young teenagers. I guess it's always been the same.
That's all the questions I have
for you. Good luck with the album release and tour. Are there any
closing comments you'd like to pass along to readers of Metal-Rules.com?
PER: Check out "The Haunted Made
Me Do It", and look out for The Haunted might drop by somewhere
near you in the coming months!!
Anders: Thanks to you!!!! See ya
around - check us out on the next tour and keep metal alive!!!!!
Interview with Jensen (The Haunted / Witchery)
The Official THE HAUNTED website: www.the-haunted.com
Thanks to Earache Records for setting put this
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Also, thanks to Nathan Robinson of
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