Swedish melodic metal group The Haunted have revealed their new lineup, and it’s…a lot like their old lineup.
Last year, the band, which was originally formed in 1996 from the ashes of melodic metal pioneers At the Gates, lost three members. Since then, things have been pretty quiet for The Haunted. A few days ago, the band posted images of silhouetted musicians on their Facebook page, and today, the official new lineup was revealed.
Original drummer and former At the Gates member Adrian Erlandsson will be retaking his spot on the The Haunted drum throne. Former vocalist Marco Aro will be picking up the mic once again, and Ola Englund (Six Feet Under) will be joining them on guitar.
Guitarist and founding member Patrick Jenson commented extensively on the new lineup and future plans for the band via their Facebook page:
“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 lineup. 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 lineup, 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!”
This new incarnation of the band sees one new member as well as two members who were a part of the band at different points, and it will be interesting to see what the music they produce will be like. They have not yet said anything about tour dates, but more details should be coming soon.