Metal File: Haunted, Sepultura, Dokken & Orphanage In This Week’s Hard News

With frontman Peter Dolving's pinched nerve healed, band plotting U.S. tour starting mid-February.

On Tuesday, the Haunted held a band meeting in Fort Worth, Texas, and discussed the band’s future on the Meshuggah, God Forbid and Mnemic tour — which hits Denver’s Ogden Theatre on Friday (October 21). Frontman Peter Dolving was dealing with some intense pain; he’d pinched a nerve in his back the week before and hadn’t been the same since. Would the band recruit a fill-in for Dolving or would it drop off the tour?

Luckily for the Haunted’s fans, Dolving was treated for the pain, and the Ozzfest 2005 vets pushed on. For guitarist Patrik Jensen, it was important that the band see this trek through. “We’ve been seeing lots of Ozzfest T-shirts, and on that tour we only did 20-minute sets,” he said; on this run, the band’s playing a full 45. “We owe it to our fans.”

And the Haunted means that. The band’s prepping a headlining tour of the U.S. that’ll kick off in mid-February called the Bad Seeds Tour; Jensen said the guys haven’t decided on openers just yet but were considering a number of bands.

“We’ve done so many opening tours on this album [2004's rEVOLVEr] that we need to come back to the U.S. and treat everybody to a headlining set, playing an hour and 15, hour and 20 minutes instead of playing just the 30- and 40-minute shows,” said Jensen, who’s also known for his work with Witchery. The tour will last five weeks and will be the band’s first U.S. headliner in over two years.

Despite the short sets, Ozzfest was certainly a memorable experience for Jensen. “It was cool hanging out with all the bands and getting to know all the people. Ozzfest is like a small community, traveling all across America,” he said. “And I never expected the members of Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath would be in the backstage catering area and that I’d be able to talk to them.” Still, he doesn’t expect to see the Haunted ever returning to the package tour unless they were offered a better slot.

“We’ve done it once,” he reasoned. “It would be better to maybe do the Gigantour and play in front of a new crowd again.”

After this current jaunt, the Haunted will head overseas for a European trip with God Dethroned and God Forbid. In between the December 17 end of that tour and the start of Bad Seeds, Jensen said the band will write material for a still-untitled rEVOLVEr follow-up.

The rest of the week’s metal news:

Mudvayne, whose “Forget to Remember” is the lead track on the “Saw II” soundtrack, will play a midnight set at the film’s screening party in Las Vegas October 27. “Saw II” star and former New Kids on the Block member Donnie Wahlberg will also attend — though a duet of the teen-pop band’s hit “I’ll Be Loving You (Forever)” seems unlikely. The soundtrack comes out Tuesday and also features remixes of songs by Marilyn Manson, Queens of the Stone Age and Puscifer (Tool‘s Maynard James Keenan with ex-Nine Inch Nails guitarist Danny Lohner), plus songs from the Used, Sevendust, Papa Roach, Skinny Puppy, Bloodsimple, Revolting Cocks, Buckethead and others. … Songs from Strapping Young Lad, Fear Factory, Trivium, Chimaira, Soilwork and others will be featured on the forthcoming “Rainbow Six: Lockdown” soundtrack. … Dutch doom specialists Orphanage split this week. “From recent internal discussions, it appeared that there was too much irritation and a lack of mutual trust to be able to make a new Orphanage product by the high-quality standards that the band has been known for throughout the years,” the band said in a statement. …

Portland, Oregon, brutal sludge band Facedowninsh– are nearly finished writing their third album, Npon. The disc will be recorded in November at Pontchartrain Studios in Durham, North Carolina, and should be out by March. … Static-X will hit the road with Ill Niño and Opiate for the Masses from November 9 in Tempe, Arizona, through November 26 in Fargo, North Dakota. The new single from the band’s current album, Start a War, will be “Dirthouse.” … Dokken, whose forthcoming, tentatively titled album Lightning Strikes Again should fall sometime next year, have rolled out a slew of new tour dates, the first being November 30 in Las Vegas. The band will hit Los Angeles, Denver, Seattle and Salt Lake City before things wind down December 20 in Solana Beach, California. … The Deep Purple DVD “Live in Concert 72/73,” which features the band’s powerhouse lineup — singer Ian Gillan, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, bassist Roger Glover, keyboardist Jon Lord and drummer Ian Paice — comes out November 15. The DVD features nine songs in black and white from a 1972 show in Denmark and three in color from a 1973 concert in New York. Tracks include “Space Truckin’,” “Highway Star” and “Smoke on the Water.” …

Brazil thrash band Sepultura will release separate versions of the CD and DVD Live in Sao Paulo on November 8. Both formats capture a show from April 3, 2005, that spanned the band’s career from 1985 to 2003. The DVD features a second disc with a documentary of the band and the videos “Mindwar,” “Bullet the Blue Sky” and “Choke.” … A Motörhead double DVD “Stage Fright” will be released on January 10. The first disc is a concert which was filmed in Düsseldorf, Germany, in 2004 and the second features clips of soundchecks, backstage footage and a documentary about the band’s road crew. … Swedish death-metal band Darkane will embark on their first-ever U.S. tour, supporting Fear Factory and Strapping Young Lad from October 28 in Lawrence, Kansas, through December 5 in Vancouver. Soilwork and It Dies Today are also on the bill. Darkane’s fourth album, Layers of Lies, came out in July. … Kreator and Napalm Death will be bringing A Perfect Murder and the Undying out with them on a 34-date U.S. tour set to kick off February 21 in Quebec; dates run through March 25 in West Springfield, Virginia. … Oakland, California, stoner-grunge band Totimoshi are working on their third album, which is being produced by Helmet frontman Page Hamilton. The record is tentatively scheduled for release in early 2006. …

Brutal Cornhuskers Cellador will hit Tampa’s Mana Studio on December 16 to start working on their debut disc. Erik Rutan (Soilent Green, the Absence) will produce the effort, which is set for a late spring 2006 release. … Finnish stoner-rockers Mannhai will begin working on their forthcoming opus next month. Look for the as-yet-untitled disc to include “Fuzzmaster,” “Downers” and “Better Hate Yesterday.” … Black-metal legends Marduk will “unleash upon mankind” 17 live cuts recorded during the band’s recent Deathmarch Tour in the form of Warschau: Dance of Death. The band intends to produce just 10,000 copies of the disc; no word yet on a potential release date. … Several bands have been confirmed for Thrashtoberfest 2005, which will take over North Six in Brooklyn, New York, on November 4. Deceased, Thine Eyes Bleed, Sun Descends, Dimentianon, Sunlord and the original Rigor Mortis lineup (frontman Bruce Corbitt, guitarist Mike Scaccia, bassist Casey Orr and drummer Harden Harrison) have all signed on to participate. … Massachusetts hardcore act Think I Care will hit Atomic Studios late next month with Dean Baltulonis (No Warning, the Promise) to start recording their next disc, which should drop this spring.