PETER DOLVING, Formerly of The Haunted, Releases Scathing Statement on Why He Left
Peter Dolving, former singer for The Haunted, has released a statement explaining why he left the band early this year.
So, blade from tounge-time.
I’ve taken my time in trying to figure out what went wrong and why everything eventually went to shit.
I left the Haunted back early this spring because I had fucking had it with dysfunctional bullshit.
I knew it was there, fuck, I left the band once before, but at that time I didn’t know as much about emotional dysfunctionality and just how fucking cynical people could be.
When I left, we were a bunch of sad fucking dudes. There was no love in it. None. And really, I doubt very much there had ever been any. In fact I deeply question whether Anders and Jonas Bjoerler have the slightest clue what deep loving friendships, joy and caring is even about. They think in terms of “Me, me, me, me, mine, mine” to the fullest and most complete.
The reason I up and said “fuck it” was this; There were drugs involved within the band, and crew members who’s alcoholism/drugabuse was just overlooked and ignored because the individuals in question was cheaper than anyone else and delivered the goods. Local promotors and crew were being treated like they were somekind of underlings and promotors were required to get drugs, even in places as extremely high risk as China and Thailand. Drugs were smuggled.
I am certain they will comment this to make themslf “free of responsiblity” but when addiction is involved in a group there is no such thing as “Me me me”. One either says “No.” Or accepts the mutual responsibility. That’s how it works, that’s the adult way of dealing with that type of dilemma. Not scapegoating individuals with a fucking disease.
I have 2 beautiful and amazing kids that I fucking love and respect. I have overcome addiction myself and one of the things I’ve learned is to not make fucking compromises. For the sake of my kids I need to know that I’m getting home. That I’m getting payed. That noone gets busted for drugs and my kids have to read about their dad’s band gettin busted in the paper. It’s a nasty and very mean-spirited little world out there, one needs a bit of mutual respect and care. Having a backbone is necissary.
I brought the subject up for discussion. I always did. With everything that was fucking with band-spirit.
The response I received was that the noone else minded and that obviously I was the one who had the problem. My problem was caring.
The day the Bjoerlers decided to tell tell us about the At The Gates “Farewell-tour”( The Farewell tour now on it’s third year…) we were releasing and promoting Versus.
They told us that they would only do 14 shows. They are still touring….
They have really cashed in to the fullest. Good for them. It’s good to have money in a capitalist world.
Jensen is the one who saw clearly what was up.
The moment they told us, his response was “You know this is going to kill The Haunted.”. The Twins were both extremely defensive about it, and now we know why. They were lying out their ass.
To check out the entire statement head here.