Welp, I'm calling it, The Haunted is dunzo. Finito! No more el Hauntedo. I am not very good at speaking spanish. But, I am good at seeing the reality in the situation. A few months ago, Peter Dolving went on a tear explaining why he left The Haunted, blaming the greed of the Bjoler brothers. Well, guess what? One of those Björler brothers (Anders) doesn't even want to be in the band anymore, and neither does drummer Per Möller Jensen. Here is the statement the remainder of the band released:
“It’s with deep regret we have to inform you of another two departures from The Haunted; guitarist Anders Björler and drummer Per Möller Jensen. No animosity whatsoever caused these events, nor are there any other feelings than that they will both be dearly missed. We wish them all the best in whatever, and wherever, their future endeavors will take them.
“For all you who have any knowledge about the band, and know how to count, you will realize that there are only two band members left; Jonas and myself. We are still committed to the The Haunted. However, in the light of these recent events, we honestly don’t know what will happen. We hope for your appreciation of our current situation, and for your patience.”
As for the departing members, each released a statement with nothing but praise for the band, and absolutely no negativity. Anders, one of the creative driving forces of the band, had this to say about his split:
“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.”
Jensen said he's still passionate about music and made it sound like you haven't heard the last of him, in an official statement to Blabbermouth saying:
“It’s been a good 13-year stint. All in all, I have no regrets. My penchant for music, creating — as in digging deep — and practicing has never been at a higher peak than now. When you throw musical differences between members in with that, I started feeling unfulfilled. This is not pointing fingers at anybody, but rather just seeing, accepting and acting on that fact.
Thank you to everybody who has supported us over the years. I have countless memories from shows all over the world. I will cherish all that for the rest of my days, regardless. Thank you! This is my station right here, this is where I choose to get off the train and pursue new challenges. There will be new music shortly, some already written and recorded. News on this will follow at a later date.
I wish all the best to Jonas, Jensen, Anders and Peter.”
Needless to say, the possibility of more At The Gates shows and activity in general, is looking mighty good nowadays.