After 20 years of in and outs and up and downs, The Haunted was finally back in the US after 7 years of absence, while still promoting their later album Exit Wounds, the band recently embarked on a short North American tour with fellow Swedish band At The Gates, Polish band Decapitated and American Hardcore act Harms Way.
Since this was my first time at a The Haunted show, I didn’t know what to expect, but boy if they delivered a solid, energetic and fast paced show. It was interesting to see that the turnout for a show on Wednesday night by 8:30 pm was so good, the floor at Marquee Theater here in Tempe, AZ was almost full, I understand that it was a weekday and people had to work the next morning, but it was a decent number of people who showed up to support the return of the Swedes.
Their set list was very diverse as it featured different eras from their career, from; No Compromise & 99 out of the album rEVOLVEr (2004) to The Flood and The Medication out of The Dead Eye (2006) and even older material as Trespass, Dark Intentions, and Bury Your Dead from the Made Me Do It (2000) album. There was also new songs like My Enemy, Eye Of The Storm, and Time (Will Not Heal) from their latest album Exit Wounds (2014).
The Haunted was a very powerful band live, their chemistry on stage seems flawless, and more important they seem to have left every crowd on this tour pretty worked up by the end of their set.
The Age Of Metal had the chance to talk with vocalist Marco Aro about the meaning of this tour after so many years, the response towards Exit Wounds and his work on his other band The Resistance.