Swedish metal band The Haunted have announced that they will be releasing a new three-track single entitled Eye Of The Storm on January 21st in N. America (January 20th in Europe). The single will be available as limited edition 7” EP (1000 copies split as follows: 500x on black vinyl, 300 on red vinyl and 200x on white vinyl) and as digital single. It will feature the new tracks “Eye Of The Storm”, “Infiltrator”, and “My Enemy”. Pre-orders for the digital version are available through iTunes Germany.
This is the first announcement of new music since the band went through radical line up changes. Singer Peter Dolving quit under harsh circumstances. Guitarist Anders Björler also left and focused on a solo project entitled Antikythera. Lastly, drummer Per Möller Jensen left and is working on a new project. They have since been replaced by guitarist Ola Englund, drummer Adrian Erlandsson, and vocalist Marco Aro. The only remaining original members are guitarist Patrik Jensen and bassist Jonas Björler.
We’ll keep you updated as we hear more about the tracks! READ MORE
Ex-The Haunted guitarist Anders Björler has posted an album teaser for his upcoming solo album Antikythera, which comes out November 6th via Razzia Notes. Bjroler has said that the album was inspired by Italian composers such as Goblin and Fabbio Frizzi as well as UK artists King Crimson and Brian Eno. A 53-second video teaser can be seen below along with the album artwork. READ MORE
Anders Björler (ex-The Haunted/At The Gates) has issued an update on his upcoming solo project dubbed Antikythera. According to him, additional guitars and bass tracks were recorded at Dark Tranquillity keyboardist Martin Brändström’s Rogue Music Studio. Björler also issued a lineup for the band, which you can see below.
The last thing Björler mentioned was that some special guests might be present on the album. While no particular names were mentioned, the possibilities are very exciting! Let the guesses fly! READ MORE
Fans of The Haunted might be excited to hear that their track “No Ghost” is coming to the Rock Band Network. The song comes from the band’s 2011 Century Media Records release Unseen, which I feel like I’m the only person on this planet to genuinely enjoy. Audition Mode performance of the track can be seen below.
2012 was a harsh year for The Haunted as singer Peter Dolving, guitarist Anders Björler, and drummer Per Möller Jensen all left the band due to various reasons. Only bassist Jonas Björler and rhythm guitarist Patrik Jensen remain. While the two maintain that the band will continue, it is unclear what the future holds. READ MORE
Guitarist Anders Björler (ex-The Haunted, At The Gates) has updated the cover page to his upcoming solo project, which he says is, “…100% instrumental, and kind of resembles film soundtrack music in the structure.” In doing so, he has also shown that the name of the project has been changed from The Antikythera Mechanism to simply Antikythera. The full banner can be seen below along with studio footage of drums being recorded.
In a very brief chat with Björler, he told me that currently the drums are being recorded while bass and additional guitars will be laid out in March. The album will then be mixed in April at which point it will be shopped to record labels.
Said to be inspired by Italian composers such as Goblin and Fabbio Frizzi as well as UK artists King Crimson and Brian Eno, the project will be released sometime in 2013. READ MORE
Anders Björler (ex-The Haunted) has issued an update about his upcoming solo project The Antikythera Mechanism, where he announced the first session musician of the album, Morgan Ågren (Mats & Morgan Band, Kaipa, Fredrik Thordendal’s Special Defects). Björler also posted a video of Ågren laying down drum tracks, which you can see below.
The solo project is said to be highly influenced by Björler’s love of 60′s and 70′s prog rock as well as his passion for classic cinema scores, especially the Italian horror films.
The line-up features Björler on guitars, mellotron, and moog synths, Morgan Ågren on drums, Peter Wiberg on piano, and an as-of-yet unannounced bassist.
Personally, I’m a huge fan of Björler and I can’t wait to hear this album, which is slated for a 2013 release. READ MORE
In an interview with MetalSucks, At The Gates and ex-The Haunted guitarist Anders Björler discussed the split between The Haunted and Peter Dolving as well as his own departure from the band as well as an upcoming solo project that, from his description, sounds pretty incredible.
In regards to the harsh words from Peter Dolving, Björler says, “I was pretty sad he had to blame me and Jonas for everything. There’s no need going into details or to throw shit at Peter. I am just not that kind of person. I just hope people are smart enough to make up their own minds and think for themselves. There’s not just one side to this story. There are five.”
Talking about his upcoming solo album: “I am completing my first solo album which will be released soon. I finally decided to do something that I wanted to do for years. It’s 100% instrumental, and kind of resembles film soundtrack music in the structure. The album will reflect my love for Italian soundtrack music like Goblin, Bruno Nicolai, Fabio Frizzi, Walter Rizzati, etc., mixed with influences from progressive UK bands (King Crimson, Camel, UK, Alan Holdsworth), Post Rock (Explosions In The Sky, MONO), ambient (Harold Budd, Brian Eno) and Jazz/Swedish Folk Music (Jan Johansson, Esbjorn Svenssons Trio, Lars Gullin, etc.). That’s maybe a lot of different influences you might say, but I hope this will help explain the style somehow.”
That description makes me super excited to hear his album. King Crimson with Goblin and sprinkle in a dash of Explosions In The Sky? Yeah, I’m all for it. Make sure to click the link above to read the entire interview. READ MORE
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. READ MORE