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The Haunted

By: David E. Gehlke

Blistering: Pick me a favorite song off the new album. My pick is "The Failure."
Dolving:
I like "The Failure.” That one, The Guilt Trip" and "The Cynic”—they have a certain something where I can somehow rest—like crying while doing push-ups.

Blistering: Are you surprised at the mixed reaction the album has been receiving?
Dolving:
Not really. But I don't think people are complete morons or little Hitlers. I have some faith in what I see when we tour. There are a lot of people who like this band as much as we do, and they don't seem all bad to me. They look, walk and talk pretty much like myself or anyone else in the band. Humans have hearts, you know. Hearts mean diversity. Diversity and brains go hand in hand, so I like our fans. Not very strange though, is it?

Blistering: I find this album to be more exciting and catchy than anything since the first, self-titled album. Does The Haunted work better when there are expectations?
Dolving:
What expectations would that be? I really don't think anyone works well under stress, and you don't have to agree with me on that—I know a lot of folks don’t. I think the ideal creative situation is one where you have fun. Where you enjoy doing what you're doing. Aw shit, now some fucker on some metal forum is going to say I sold out, I actually enjoy doing this, don't I?

Blistering: If the band really wanted to, do you think there is another album in you like the self-titled album? I know many a person would be salivating at the idea . . .
Dolving:
Honestly, we think it's a pretty half-assed album, with half-baked songs. No disrespect, but it's the past—why would we want to go backwards musically? We never have.

Blistering: Really, was Ozzfest '05 worth all the time and effort, or lack thereof?
Dolving:
Here you go again, one of those nonspecific questions. Personally I think it was great. Just for the sheer perversion of getting up at eight in the morning to eat, shit, do warmups and go on stage before noon to scream for thousands of people who sometimes looked like they'd been blasted out of "Heavy Metal Parking Lot" mixing it up with kids in rock media-sponsored identikits and yer average drunk industrial worker.

Blistering: I remember you doing some teaching in the late '90s. Prior to rejoining the band, what exactly were you doing?
Dolving:
I was chairman of the Musicians Union, chapter 20 in Sweden; I was on the board of direction for the national Musicians Union in Sweden. I was also on the board for this thing called SAMI, a fairly powerful musicians and artist-interest organization. I did legal work for the union, legal translations from German and English to Swedish and read contracts for bands, etc. Also I did a lot of lectures on the music industry, the basic who, how, why, when kind of stuff. Mostly, I taught the noble art of hustling for the love of it all. A lot of people don't like me . . .

Blistering: Are you looking forward to doing The Blackest Of The Black tour?
Dolving:
Hell yes! Glen Danzig! Are you kidding me? I am so staying the hell out of his way, and once he's on, I'm checking out the shows.

Blistering: Will there be a U.S. headlining tour at some point?
Dolving:
Our agent tells us one is being sown together for spring after the European tour as you're reading this. I have this dream to be able to bring bands like Planes Mistaken For Stars, Ringworm, Modern Life Is War and Burst along, but we'll see what happens. I'm just one of five people in the band, and we make our decisions together.

Blistering: "Forensick," from The Haunted's debut album, is still one of the most poignant and confrontational set of lyrics to date. Do you still stand by them?
Dolving:
Yep. But with less hate and more pity. Sad bunch of fuckers we humans can be. But I ain't all given up, like I thought I was back then... [END]


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