Nearly three years and three band members replaced and THE HAUNTED appear ready to atone for their previously subpar releases. If the three songs on Eye of the Storm are any indication of where the band’s head is at, then it’s time to rejoice. On this 7″, THE HAUNTED are back to doing what they do best: thrashing better than any band on the planet.
Generally speaking, THE HAUNTED reclaim the sound and style of their first three or four albums. Interestingly, this digital single/7″ only gets faster with each song. “Eye of the Storm” is a muscular song which features those sweet but short dynamics and touch of melancholy that has made the band stand out during their career. The intro riff on “Infiltrator” is just one of the sweetest metal riffs you’ll ever hear. So damn good. Finally, “My Enemy,” is a scorcher complete with Kerry King-like guitar whammy bar action.
Not only is Eye of the Storm a must for fans of the band, it’s a great reason to get excited for the next full-length. (Century Media Records)
Sweden’s THE HAUNTED are finally back in the spotlight after almost a year without public activity and re-structuring behind closed doors, following a major switch of line up’s around autumn of 2012.
But the time has finally come to break the silence and announce the return of THE HAUNTED to form…
THE HAUNTED 2013:
Jensen – Guitars Ola Englund – Guitas 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:
THE HAUNTED’s founding member and guitarist Jensen checked in to comment on the recent developments as follows:
“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 have 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!”
Expect more news about THE HAUNTED’s next album and their upcoming touring plans soon…