Well, talk about a great way to put me in a state of shock. Guitarist Anders Björler and drummer Per Möller Jensen have both left Swedish metal band The Haunted. This follows singer Peter Dolving’s exit earlier this year, although both state that his departure had not impact on their respective decisions.
Anders’ official statement (via The Haunted’s Facebook) says, “I feel that I have come to the end of the line regarding THE HAUNTED. This is not a sudden or hasty decision. I have been contemplating it for the last couple of years. Peter’s departure earlier this year made me more certain than ever that I had reached my personal goal with THE HAUNTED, and that the time was right to call it quits.
“I have enjoyed every bit of the ride. It’s been an overwhelming journey. I would like to thank the other band members especially, our crew through the years, and our fans worldwide for the experience and opportunity. Thank you so much! The memories will be with me forever.
“I will of course continue writing music, but where that leads me? Simply too early to say”
Read on for Per’s statement.
“It’s been a good 13-year stint. All in all, I have no regrets.
“My penchant for music, creating — as in digging deep — and practicing has never been at a higher peak than now. When you throw musical differences between members in with that, I started feeling unfulfilled. This is not pointing fingers at anybody, but rather just seeing, accepting and acting on that fact.
“Thank you to everybody who has supported us over the years. I have countless memories from shows all over the world. I will cherish all that for the rest of my days, regardless. Thank you!
“This is my station right here, this is where I choose to get off the train and pursue new challenges.
“There will be new music shortly, some already written and recorded. News on this will follow at a later date.
“I wish all the best to Jonas [Björler, bass], [Patrik] Jensen [guitar], Anders [Björler, guitar] and Peter.”
Perhaps the biggest shock for me is that Anders and Jonas have split. It just seems so strange of a concept to think of the brothers NOT playing music together. However, could this mean a new At The Gates attempt?