Doc welcomes ex-The Haunted vocalist, Peter Dolving, to the show and they talk about the difficulties that led to Peter leaving The Haunted and eventually the music business altogether, why he grew up in Sweden with a more American mentality, how his family’s financial troubles led him to becoming a street musician, his time with his breakout band, Mary Beats Jane, how he ended up joining The Haunted, why he quit The Haunted the first time and then re-joined three years later, The Haunted having a breakthrough album with ReVolver, God Forbid and The Haunted touring together, the spiritual elements of creativity, and how his life has evolved since he left the music industry and became an entrepreneur.
This episode features the songs “If The Antidote Was Real” by The Chase Signal and “Undead” (Demo) by The Haunted.
Last week, during one of my daily perusals of this very blog, I came across a rather scathing recounting of Killswitch Engage’s self-titled album, which came out earlier this year. This caught me a bit off guard, as I considered it to be one of my favorite albums of the year and a step in the right direction from Daylights Dies, which was at first very disappointing but grew on me after some time. I was even more surprised when I saw that most user comments tended to agree with the blog entry.
Most of the criticism seemed to center around Killswitch’s supposed inability to stray from their winning formula. People seemed to think that their sound had become stagnant, and that there wasn’t enough variety between albums and songs. Now I don’t disagree that KSE has a pretty standard formula for their songs and a definitive sound that really hasn’t changed a whole lot over the years, but I am disagreeing that this is necessarily a bad thing. I want to ask you guys if you think it’s better for a band to stick to a relatively confined style through their career like Hatebreed, Cannibal Corpse, or Motorhead, or is it better to expand and experiment like Mastodon, The Haunted, or Cave In.