Swedish metallers THE HAUNTED are putting the finishing touches on a new concert DVD/CD, "Road Kill", to be released later in the year via Century Media. The band is also working on material for a new studio album and is preparing to hit the road in Europe as the support act for SLAYER. In addition, the group will make several festival appearances this summer.
Commented THE HAUNTED guitarist Anders Björler: "As you might have noticed, the SLAYER dates have now been moved to the summer (May - August).
"We are very happy to have been invited personally by SLAYER as support for these club shows. We will, of course, add more tour dates/festivals in between the shows with SLAYER, so keep checking our sites.
"A lot has happened the last couple of months: We are working hard on writing new material. We are currently also finalizing the DVD 'Road Kill' which will be released in a couple of months time."
THE HAUNTED recently signed a new worldwide deal with Century Media Records.
The band's last three albums — "rEVOLVEr", "The Dead Eye" and "Versus" — were released through Century Media.
THE HAUNTED frontman Peter Dolving told the German edition of the Metal Hammer magazine last summer about the band's forthcoming CD, "Looking at the ideas that we're coming up with, looking at the stuff that we're doodling around with, it's gonna be a very heavy and it's gonna be a very strange record. It's gonna be like a continuation of what we started experimenting with both on 'rEVOLVEr'  and on 'The Dead Eye' , so it'll be eclectic and hard. 'Cause around the time of 'The Dead Eye', we felt that we really needed to do something that we hadn't done that we really wanted to do, and we got a lot of critique for it; a lot of people didn't like it. We loved it, and the songs that we're playing off that record are going over really well with the audience and we're really enjoying to play them. So we figure, why the fuck shouldn't we play and continue to try and evolve as musicians and songwriters?! And that's what we'll do."
THE HAUNTED is continuing to tour in support of its latest album, "Versus", which entered the Swedish chart at position No. 14 and the Finnish chart at No. 12.The CD was recorded in part at PUK studio in Denmark with producer Tue Madsen (HEAVEN SHALL BURN, DARK TRANQUILLITY, MOONSPELL, etc), who previously worked with the group on its two previous LPs, "rEVOLVEr" and "The Dead Eye".