Three days after posting a lengthy statement on his Facebook page in which he attempted to explain his reasons for leaving Swedish metallers THE HAUNTED in February of this year, vocalist Peter Dolving has returned with another rant, this time clarifying his reasons for going public with the group’s dirty laundry.
Dolving writes: “So regarding my statement on THE HAUNTED; I am not looking for drama. Fuck that. I am not carrying a grudge. I’m simply putting the reality of their actions on the table.
“If I would have continued shutting my mouth about I would just have continued participating in the dysfunctionality. I have chosen not to. I have music, creativity, love and shitloads of really cool fans who are not interested in belittling introverts and trolls on Blabbermouth.
“If you like AT THE GATES, THE HAUNTED and even the twins [THE HAUNTED/AT THE GATES guitarist Anders Björler and bassist Jonas Björler], that’s perfectly alright. It good to have something to like.
“No one is taking anything from their artistry; they are skilled and talented. You don’t have to take sides. Seriously. I just don’t want it to be some deep dark secret. That type of shit wears life out.
“My rage and actual bitterness is perfectly justified. They took food from my table. Anyone who’s ever been laid off or screwed will identify.
“Now, on the other hand, if my art, my words, my thoughts provoke you, that just reveals your intolerance. Which is fucking sad, because because it’s 2012, and carrying around moral codes and a view on reality as if it 1912, is just, well, really really fucking sad. Really.
“The world my friends, is changing. We can push forward or fight it it, but it’s not going to stop it. Things change. Normality is not being a conservative dick, held back by fear and intolerance. Normality is the air between you and me, all those other things are you inside you, in battle with reality.
Previously a vocalist for MARY BEATS JANE, Dolving joined THE HAUNTED in 1997 and sang in their debut self-titled album. In 1998, he left the group to concentrate on a band called ZEN-MONKEY but returned in 2003 following the departure of Marco Aro (the vocalist which took over Dolving‘s spot after Peter‘s 1998 exit). He has since appeared on the studio albums “Revolver” (2004), “The Dead Eye” (2006), “Versus” (2008) and “Unseen” (2011).
THE HAUNTED‘s seventh studio CD, “Unseen”, sold around 1,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The effort landed at position No. 33 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
“Unseen” was released on March 29, 2011 via Century Media Records. The CD was once again recorded with longtime producer Tue Madsen (MOONSPELL, DARK TRANQUILLITY, GOREFEST, SICK OF IT ALL) at his Antfarm Studio in Århus, Denmark.