June 14, 2002
Guitarist Anders Björler has rejoined Swedish Thrashers THE HAUNTED. Björler, who left the group last September in order to concentrate on his university studies, announced his decision to come back to the band earlier today, according to frontman Marco Aro, who described himself as "stunned" by the news. As previously reported, THE HAUNTED have booked five weeks at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden beginning on August 26th for the recording of their forthcoming third full-length CD, due in early 2003 through Earache Records. Although Björler’s involvement in the songwriting process for the forthcoming album has been relatively minimal thus far, he is expected to be contribute heavily to the new material before the group enter the studio to begin tracking the follow-up to the quintet’s acclaimed "The Haunted Made Me Do It" CD (2000). Since Anders’ departure from the group late last year, THE HAUNTED have been utilizing the services of THE CROWN guitarist Marcus Sunesson, who performed with the band during their most recent live appearance at Stockholm’s The Shrine on May 31st.