The Haunted has released album since 1998, and their most recent work titled Exit Wounds will be released this year. Considering guitarist Patrik Jensen recently told Goetia Media in an interview (video below) that the band hasn't made enough money for its members to live off of since their second album, their body of work seems a little more like a labor of love.
Jensen said he's currently working as an IT consultant and bassist for the group Jonas Björler is a financial accountant. Can you imagine having one of these guys as a professional working for you? Crazy!
Jensen said in the interview he works about eight hours a day on top of all the band stuff.
"Almost since the second album, we have been professional musicians, which means we only did music. But we noticed a decline in the financial situation within the band, which resulted in that I went to university and I got myself an education. I work as an IT consultant now and Jonas [Björler, bass] is a financial accountant. So, doing music, I mean, I manage the band, I do a lot of the interviews, I write a lot of the music, and I have a full-time job. So it is a really busy time. [For example], tonight I have four hours of interviews. Usually, before, I would only maybe play a little guitar during the day, because I know I'm going to be working during the evening. But now I have done eight hours of work, so I had to hurry home and then I have another four hours [of interviews] here. I'm not complaining, but it is a different situation. And when you ask, 'Are you relaxing?' Well, I am and I'm happy that the [new The Haunted] album will soon be out, but there's a lot of things that still need to be done."
It's an interesting insight into the workings of a modern metal band, and one that's been at it for quite some time.