Swedish thrash titans THE HAUNTED have just completed the recording process for the highly anticipated follow-up to 2004's critically acclaimed "rEVOLVEr" album. The new effort was recorded in Denmark at Antfarm Studios with renowned producer Tue Madsen (HIMSA, KATAKLYSM) and it looks to be their most accomplished work to date. The group spent months working on the new material pushing themselves to create something unique that combines certain elements of their previous efforts, while ultimately forging ahead in new, unexplored directions. An announcement in regards to the title of the new album and its release date will follow over the next few weeks.
Peter Dolving (vocals) checks in with the following post studio report: "Oh, the power of the Internet and wireless computers. I'm currently sitting on the john writing this report thinking about all you good folks out there, while my kids are watching cartoons in the living room. We just finished a new album and I gotta say, I'm proud as fuck. It's bigger, better, madder and thicker. Hell, that's the weird part with the album business — how the hell to describe what you've just done. Anyway, it rocks. Big-time. Really. Per (drums) told me at rehearsals a couple of days ago, 'If I died tomorrow I couldn't be more satisfied so if people don't like it, fuck them.' I couldn't agree more.
"We started writing around Ozzfest last year, bouncing around ideas, recording anything that came to mind without the old 'more or less metal'-filter, and pretty much knew that we were sick of the whole 900 bpm-chugga-chugga-AAARRRGGGGH-PUKE-end. We wanted to do something we'd just touched upon with our previous four albums. This album is simply more diverse, dynamic and HEAVY AS FUCK. Bands like TROUBLE, AUTOPSY, GANX, MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE, KING CRIMSON and early METALLICA have all really had a great influence on us as a band, and I think this album really draws a lot in color from those artists.
"We just completed the recording process and are now putting the artwork together with Manne Andreasson, a bearded wierdo and dear friend or ours.
"Working with Tue Madsen's been great. The dude is down-to-earth man, and working with someone who's got his shit together like that is a joy.
"Anders spent six weeks in Denmark getting guitars down while working with Per and Jonas and then helping me out while I was doing vocals. Before we started recording, he was telling us he didn't want to do ANY solos on this record, but in the end we got him to do four really cool pieces. I think we've managed to find an immense sound: the drums are clearer, heavier and less processed, and we've even got acoustic guitars, congas, strings and loads of weird noise manipulations going on.
"As far as the vocals go, I honestly didn't know I could even sing some of the stuff. I was nervous as fuck when I got down to Tue's studio, and felt like a complete rookie: 'Shit, how the hell am I going to live up to this.' Turns out all I had to do was keep running my miles and warm up like when we're on tour.
"You can look forward to an album we're proud as fuck of, and we're looking forward to seeing you all again as soon as we head out for tour. It'll be ugly as ever, I'm sure."
Click here to check out the band's latest video from the studio.