You're smiling as you bite the hand that feeds
Even if the summer isn’t officially over; it does feel like it for me. But this is not solely a bad thing! 2014 have been my best vacation up to date, and it’s been five weeks filled with both adventures and relaxation to the limit. Various factors of which all undeniable; have contributed to the recharging of, what was before the summer, pretty drained batteries.
With Full Force 2014 Photo by: Dirk "The Pixeleye" Behlau
Now it’s time to head face forward into upcoming projects and I’d say first priority is; The Unguided album número tres! The grand finale of the trilogy and all the necessary planning, writing and recording that comes with that. Making the autumn and winter of 2014 a highly interesting time scope. This does however mean we’ll take a little break from playing shows. So after the Stockholm gig tomorrow at Gröna Lund, there’s no live plans and we are not actively looking to get anything booked either and chances are that we will not be back on stage until summer 2015. If nothing spectacular shows up I suppose! You never really know with us, we are so awfully unguided…
We have however this summer worked our way through a couple of festivals. I will not cover them all in this entry, since this will be big enough with the current documentation of the summer vacation, but fear not! Whatever I miss this time around, will be featured in the next entry.
With Full Force 2014, Photo by: Wolford Photography
With Full Force was the first festival for us 2014. One festival I do hold dear to my heart, as we did a crazy gig there with Sonic Syndicate back in 2007 and I’d like to remember that show being one of the first big festival shows for us in Germany, of many to come. With Full Force was a familiar sight, with a lot of old friends and friendly faces; which I haven’t had the opportunity to bump into for a while. That’s the cool thing with festivals! You run into the people you’ve been out touring with, both bands and crews and there’s just a warm camaraderie imbuing the whole event. As well as the audience and the fans were great! Unfortunately we had to cut “Phoenix Down” out since we had some technical issues initially and got on late. We were optimistic we could make it, but unfortunately there was just 2 minutes left after; “Eye of The Thylacine”, so we abruptly made the call to cut “Phoenix Down” and end the set. This was entirely our fault and we hope we can make it up for you next time we return to Germany!
Back at German soil!
Keep them teeth clean in Berlin
Tune das scheiße nach unten!
"No blood on stage", better not get hurt making the rock thang!
First weekend of our vacation, Ella and I made a trip to north of Sweden. Our destination was Wången (close to Östersund) which is in the province of Jämtland. And the mission was to watch horsies. And not just any kind of horses! These ones are special ones all the way from Island. Which Ella is particularly fond of. Something that’s not hard to understand, as they indeed are beautiful creatures. Being a big lover of animals myself, I do obviously understand her passion. Anyhow; the annual Swedish championship of Icelandic horses was held in Wången this weekend. First time I was on such championship 2 years ago, I had no idea what to look for during the event, to be fair it only appeared to me; as a bunch of horses running around in circles doing the same thing. But now when I got a bit more insight in what to look for, I find it more interesting and I actually had a good time. Apparently our family is getting extended with two of these foal fellows, so might as well get used to it haha. Actually, there’s not much things that makes Ella happy the way those horses do, and those smiles of her put butterflies in my belly, so I obviously support her whole-heartedly! Also she supports me and my little hobby band in the exact same way, so it feels great that we both have some sort of hobby which we both can be delighted for. I’m looking forward to see those foals of ours, grow up and win championships as Ella will kick major ass, in this lost and found interest of hers.
Spent the night in Östersund
Horse crazy in the rain
I liked this one, black is metal!
300 km/h with 1 horsepower
Black metal horse winning over the other n00b
Another field trip we had during the summer was to watch Scorpions at the venue Dalhalla. We might not be the biggest Scorpions fans in the world, even if we do think they have a couple of really great songs, but we were particularly curious at that very special venue, which is located in an old limestone quarry. I also think Klaus have a very special voice, which was cool to experience live! The show was indeed wicked. The venue was stunning and the band did a great job even if the audience (including myself,) was a bit mellow at times. I’m not too sure about that whole sitting audience thing. Feels like people are watching a movie rather than being at a rock show.
Don't sing, don't rain, don't drink, don't drink again, don't iPhone,
don't guns / knives, don't morningstar, don't syringe, don't breifcase,
don't camera, don't smoke. Bah, no fun left!
Sitting audience :E
There is no summer without our annual Sandhamn trip. 2014 was no exception! Third year in a row now and it just keeps getting better and better there as the island is getting more familiar to us. This year we basically had an entire beach for ourselves. And I don’t know how many times I’ve said this, but the Swedish archipelago is really something! If you have the chance to visit this lovely island, cease it. We’ve had such an extremely relaxing time. No cars, no stress, just peace, friendly people and the sea. We’ll definitely be back next year Sandhamn!
Back in the gnome house
Sunset at "Fläskberget", also pirates
The characteristic Sandhamn Sailing Hotel and my hot babe
Some butter in the sunset <3
Leaving back for Stockholm...
Our final adventure of the vacation was a trip to Norway! Now that was an interesting one. Our destination was the island of Stord, which is located on the west coast of Norway. It was 105 Swedish miles from Stockholm, basically just drive straight west from Stockholm until you hit the Norwegian Sea. Our friend Mickis moved there some time ago and we decided to visit her and her Norwegian boyfriend. I’ve been driving through Norway once before, and it’s just a magical landscape, so instead of flying, we obviously decided we wanted to experience the magic of the Norwegian nature. And to say the scenery is stunning is an understatement. To drive through Norway via the road E135, is just something everyone needs to do and you realize that, when you are driving through the clouds 1500 meters above the sea. We had a really good time in our neighbor country! Couldn’t convince them to join the EU, but still adapted well to the language after a couple of beers. Something I found interesting was that a lot of music played at the clubs was Swedish music and everyone was singing along in Swedish and having fun. That would never happen in Sweden? Like; if there was a Norwegian sung song, Swedish people would just go home. We possibly have much to learn from our brothers in the west! But that tunnel roundabout in Drammen and crazy speed limit cameras, which calculates the speed on how much time you spend in the tunnel, close to Oslo, you can keep those in your own country hehe. Also the guy in the bar that thought Dimmu Borgir was a German band, you need to deport that fellow to Denmark or something…
So it begins!
988,5 km, almost there! Need to go faster through.
Crazy cabins everywhere!
I want that mic for our next music video
1500m above the sea
Mickis have two Lamas (without hats;) Cusco and Åke
Rode this fellow like a pro!
Norweigen special drink
My little black metal girl in the black metal country
This is not green screen
Going to wrap this up with some fan art and also a vote we had for what you want to hear live from Hell Frost and Fragile Immortality in the Facebook group of “I’m One of The 616”!
Portrait by: Lady Aristes
Tattoo hero: Eugene Plaksa
Results of the vote! Do you agree?
Here’s some other carefully selected vacation pictures, see you tomorrow at the Gröna Lund gig!
No summer without strawberry and ice cream!
Working on our black metal corpse paint before Norway
Birthday party at the west coast of Sweden! Ella and my mother here.
Candle for Strega :,(
Song of the day: Epica – Never enough
Two entries in one month. That’s a rare occasion! I’m just flying on my high now as I just began my 5 week vacation. This will be one vacation to remember indeed, as our schedule is blatantly stuffed with fun events and happenings ALL THE TIME basically. I will of course update you along the road. As some of you have discovered I’ve recently got myself an Instagram. Or well, I’ve been having Instagram just for the sneaky filters, for a couple of years, but now I’ve decided to go public with it, after some peer pressure within the band. Be sure to follow me @lestatharbinger! As I went public with it, you also get access to a few years of more or less private photos, and since it’s too much to go through, I haven’t had time to filter out any inappropriate subjects, so feel free to gorge yourself in that...
The Unguided - Defector DCXVI (Lyric video)
To support our latest album; “Fragile Immortality” and get a bit of a push before the festivals start, Napalm records have done a lyric video for “Defector DCXVI”. Which clearly is a fan favorite, as understood among our current poll going on in the; “I’m one of the 616”, Facebook fan group. Hope you enjoyed what they came up with! We sure love it, and it’s the first lyric video we’ve officially done up to date, which of course feels nice as well.
Angel of Death - Hellboy II, holding the TU symbol, by: Steffen Hemmert
We are bursting with excitement over the coming months and the lovely festivals. Hopefully we’ll see you guys in the pit! Coming up next is With Full Force.
:: TOUR DE L'IMMORTALITÉ ::
5/7 - With Full Force Summer Open Air - Löbnitz – GER
7-9/8 - Getaway Rock Festival - Gävle – SWE
14/8 - Summer Breeze Festival - Dinkelsbühl – GER
15/8 - Metal Frenzy Open Air Festival - Gardelegen – GER
25/8 - Gröna Lund - Stockholm – SWE
The Unguided day; June 16, was recently upon us and not only did we release the lyric video for “Defector DCXVI” that day, we did also honor the day with the release of our new “The Unguided cap”! A must have for all the unguided fans, when they check out all the festivals going on this summer. You can find it in our web shop here.
The real deal!
Some weeks ago, my compadre; Benjamin and I went to check out the “Deathstars” release party in Stockholm, for their steaming fresh and absolutely wicked album; “The Prefect Cult”! Benajmin is a huge fan and even have Whiplasher tattooed on his arm, as well as appropriate “Deathstars” lyrics to go with it. I being a longtime fan as well, possibly not as fanatic, but nevertheless still a fan of the band, and was fortune enough to tour and get to know them back in 2009. A tour I do remember as one of the most fun and weirdest tours up to date. The guys in the band are ace people and would be cool if we could do something together in the future. I recommend everyone to check out the album! Here’s some photos from the night.
Happiest guy in the world
Whip and Doug from W.A.S.P.(!!!)
A guilty pleasure I’ve been having since around 2005, is the Swedish band Kent. I’m a huge fan and have most of their albums, if not all. I do consider them one of the best Swedish bands ever. But I’ve never seen them live unfortunately, this was something Ella was motivated to solve for my birthday as she got me tickets for their Stockholm festival.
Ready as fuck!
Follow the lemming trail over "Gärdet"
People, people everywhere!
Go away party pooping "Independance Day" cloud
A lot of "Fjällräven". I don't get it? #SLOWFO
Some beers before the show
That guy knows what's up!
Sundown over "Gärdet"
This is what 25 000 people look like
The unholy number struck (down to the millisecond) at the concert countdown
Kent is on!
Best show ever
Restocked some, not close to Roland's collection...
Visited them Cane Corso puppies
The grillmeisters is doing "Kungsängen" unsafe
Swedish midsummer festivities
That yellow brick means; no firewater for me! (On-call...)
Ella and her appropriate dressed brother
Moving out of the the Nynäshamn apartment! (Still have our Stockholm one.)
Song of the day: My Collapse – Built broken
Nothing can bring me down
There’s been some good times since we last talked! A handful nice The Unguided shows in Finland, I attended one hell of a grand; Dark Funeral gig, and I finally got my forest rooted mother up to Stockholm (I just needed to turn 30, THAT WAS ALL THAT WAS NEEDED...) Oh yeah, I turned 30 as well. Go me! I’m as old as the forest I was born in. To share you some The Unguided plans; we’ve just booked a studio to record a few songs later this year. Once again we are going to try something different, just to broaden our horizon. Hope that makes you excited!
"Inception" trailer + MV
Last week we had our first shows ever, with The Unguided, in Finland! Thank you Samu & Rockstone Agency for bringing us over. We had a real blast and can’t wait to come back!
Take care of my babe Sweden!
Cabin buddies at the ferry
Schill bought Fireball!
Cat Von D bought suspect funky "soft" drinks with trippy content
I love my brothers in the band!
Best birthday ever! Thanks guys.
Checking out the dance floor!
Roland bringing his A-game for the occasion
UFO live on stage
Found this lumberjack on the boat, we grow up in the same forest (village.)
Arrived in a rainy Helsinki
UFO HQ in Helsinki
Bender gave us 230V from his fucking eye-socket. THANKS PAL!
Found "Cuts and Stitches" on the way to Tampere
And Ella is a national celebrity in Finland!
Coffee in the sun
New season on the way... wait?
Double bassing it up
New endorsement "Soultone" cymbals
Cat is rocking that merch
Soundcheck in YO-talo
Checking your monitor; this is how you do it.
Arrived in Oulu
Stage is set, with chairs...
Han Solo still sealed in carbonite...
Backstage Nuclear Nightclub
When in Rome...
Very retro Pizzeria
Flying back to Sweden
Whilst the Super Mario bros take the ferry
We are now moving into festival season and as you’ve probably have noticed we are playing some really great festivals this year! We really hope we’ll see you there so we can high-five and drink some beer.
:: TOUR DE L'IMMORTALITÉ ::
4-6/7 - With Full Force Summer Open Air - Löbnitz – GER
7-9/8 - Getaway Rock Festival - Gävle – SWE
14-16/8 - Summer Breeze Festival - Dinkelsbühl – GER
15/8 - Metal Frenzy Open Air Festival - Gardelegen – GER
25/8 - Gröna Lund - Stockholm - SWE
If you missed it, here’s The Ungudied TV episode from the “Fragile Immortality” release party last January! Check it out.
Last month Ella, PDF-Peter and myself attended Dark Funeral´s 20th anniversary at Klubben in Stockholm. Was one brutal show from this legendary band!
Mighty Dark Funeral
Emperor Magus Caligula
"The Arrival of Satan's Empire"
Met those fine gentlemen and gentlewomen
As explained earlier, mom and her entourage made their first visit to Stockholm, since I moved up 2 years ago. YES, 2 years ago. About time, right!?
Rednecks in town!
Grandma rocking the subway
As it was mom's birthday we checked out "ABBA The Museum"
New stage clothes for The Unguided
Grandma bringing the thunder at the dance floor
Nice parking asshole!
Mom and I destroying ABBA classics
Roger's new guitar
Yngwie was there
Why make a great tour when I'm 2 years old?
TMNT time in our apartment
My new electrician padawan, here acting as EFC
Nice Stockholm is nice
King spotting at the royal castle
New SL model
Boat ride back to city
"Caution; avalanche and icicle death", in May, 30 Celsius degrees. REALLY?
Life is currently really good!!! Everything is falling to place smoothly and I’m really looking forward to this summer’s vacation. As I just got a PS4 this will be one hell of summer, hehe. I’m currently working up those legendries in Diablo III and just began with some Torment II (I know I’m a bit behind in that department…) I’m also almost finished with Borderlands II for PS3, after a lot of frustration, and will move right into Mortal Kombat 9 when I’m done with that.
With great age, comes.... glasses
Second best album this year! "Kent - Tigerdrottningen"
Harbinger with "Thori'dal, the Stars' Fury", Gary (No)moore and fucking Rafiki
New leather; Jofama, Jerry 2
This man is a legend and a father
Guest vocals recording for "The Project Hate MCMXCIX" in Audio Sällström
I know I left Ella here somewhere?
Last couple of days in the Nynäshamn apartment
If you have a clue about maintenance systems, you know this is the reichskanzler's last laugh
Put some tour shirts on ebay. Sold to a guy in Norway, grats!
Song of the day: Mekanism – On the edge
I do it my way, it's the only way I know
May The 4th. What a superior holiday it is, I can sense the force just pouring out, from every pore of my body. There’s a fun Star Wars related coincidence this day! As I was strolling around the internet doing my “thang”´. I came across this remarkable promotional picture from the upcoming album of Ace Frehley (previously from that overrated ploy band, everyone seem to care about... YES, I did just say that, I addressed the white elephant in the room. AND hate is a path to the dark side, so feed me with it, will yah?) As I examined it, I saw similarities (like the "CTRL + C" - "CTRL + V", kind of similarity,) from another well-known star of rock; Vince Neil. In that very picture Ace could basically be the dark haired twin brother of the new sumo version of Vince.
The madness does not end with that however. Previously I’ve always thought another Swedish rock star; Runar Søgaard, was in fact the carbon copy of Vince Neil and to sum it all up Kenny Starfigher could probably be the brother of both. This is quite some clusterfuck we are facing head on here. And it just stinks; “Attack of the clones” all over. Not saying I have anything against either of these fine gentlemen. They are by a landslide more successfully than myself and probably always will be (well save from Runar. I have no idea what he’s up to nowadays. He got his gun license back 1999, so it might actually be clever to know his whereabouts.)
But as I gradually discovered this; a revelation came to mind, and my conclusion is that all of the mentioned above; might actually come from the same planet and be out of the very same species. We have the Spaceman, we have Kenny Starfighter which are both pretty self-explanatory, then Vince Neil is hinting about going to space in Mötley Crüe's; “Don't Go Away Mad” and Runar went on a “Mars Attack”-like rampage in his own garden 1996, targeting every earthly creature he could find. Meaning; these are the lead characters in Disney’s new “Star Wars: Episode VII” motion picture, and it will project their undercover operation here on earth, which have been going on since the hippie 70ies. George Lucas will possibly turn in his grave (read: shrug in a swimming pool of money at Skywalker ranch.) from this fact. Remember where you read it first!
Star Wars: Episode VII - Attack of the clones II
Let’s discuss something less serious. We’ve been covering a few more shows with The Unguided. The gig a couple of weeks ago in Linköping was the end mark of the Swedish leg of Tour De L'mmortalité. We had a great time that weekend, both in Stockholm and Linköping. Overall the seven Swedish shows have been a pleasant experience and we are of course very flattered that you came out and shared the evenings with us! There will be a couple of future endeavors, with the Finnish leg of the tour and also the summer festivals (which we’ll be adding a new one soon enough,) and we’ve also announced the upcoming gig at Gröna Lund in Stockholm this coming summer. To go with this, a couple of pictures from Kafé 44 and L’Orient:
Legendary punk venue; Kafé 44 - Stockholm
Cinnamon bun glued to the wall for the extra punk experience
As well as cinnamon buns to go with the soundcheck
L'Orient in Linköping
Hank & Roger rehearsing whilst Roland is taking his power(chord)nap.
Rille joins in from the left, playing his imaginary drums
On the unguided side of things, we’ve started to think about the third album and the last in the trilogy. We figured; if we think about it hard enough, it might actually materialize itself, but I guess in the end we’ll actually have to enter the studio at some point. We just have some more thinking to do!
TU tattoo on Kai Hauser
As always; I’ve been indulging myself in some live shows. Again; huge thanks goes out to Olof auf Skrikhult, for sneaking me in on the guest list of his glorious events. This time around I got the honor to see two of my childhood hero bands in Gamma Ray and Rhapsody (of Fire,) live! I’ve seen Gamma Ray in Gothenburg back in 2001 and that might actually be the only time I’ve seen them, which is obviously heresy as I own the entire discography. Apparently Olof was the booker for the 2001 gig at Kåren in Gothenburg as well, which was a fun anecdote. Regarding Rhapsody, I do own a couple of albums as well to be fair. Not anything from their later efforts I’m afraid, but everything up to 2004 at least.
Ella and I arrived a bit late to the gigs, since I was driving and she was reading the map. Unfortunatly she was giving the directions to the venue; “Tyrol”, when we in fact were supposed to go to the venue; “Klubben”, which is in the opposite direction of the petite city of Stockholm. A small hurdle which we overcame eventually when I stopped driving mindlessly after erroneous instructions and started to take own initiatives. Oh well, It might have been myself being unclear on the destination. Anyways, when we arrived; Rhapsody (of Fire) was playing and was just about to fire of the song; “Dawn of Victory”. This being my favorite song, sort of made it really convenient. It sounded alright, not enough songs for us to get into it in particular. But I enjoy Fabio’s voice, a bit different from the usual power metal vocalist.
Rhapsody of Fire
Alex & Fabio
Then Gamma Ray enters the stage! 13 years after my last Gamma Ray live experience it was great to see Kai on stage again. Unfortunately he was suffering from bronchitis and was only to sing a couple of songs before guest vocalists was supposed to finish the show. They started with “Avalon”, “Heaven Can Wait”, “Tribute to the past” and “I Want Out” and Kai really sounded magnificent to be fair. Really powerful, I guess you could hear a slight struggle in “I Want Out”, but nothing that was bothering me at all. I really wished he would have been able to continue with the rest of the songs, but after those four ones, Fabio entered the stage and they made “Future World” with Fabio singing. A bit of a turn down for me to be honest, since Kai does really have the unique voice that makes Gamma Ray special, this being a Helloween song I guess it’s strange to say something like that, but fact is; Gamma Ray’s live “Future World” version is pretty cool with Mr. Hansen as well. After that we got another two songs from the new record sung by Fabio. As said, this wasn’t really doing the trick for me, but the four first songs made up for it. They sounded really great and I could live on that throughout the whole show. It is what it is, I mean vocals is a sensitive matter. If a guitar breaks, you can just swap it out. But with your voice, that’s a complete different story. I do understand the choices that was made by the band, and I'm super glad they did not cancel, it’s just unfortunate that it happened, and especially that it happened in Sweden haha.
Gamma Ray of Fire
I wish you fast recovery!
When I had another go on the internet, I found this picture (obviously by mistake) decorating the new album of Jennifer Lopez. Looking upon it, I also recognized that person from somewhere. Heading into the living room I found Ella bashing her new iPad in the table and I realized there she is! I actually think that fact, have struck me a couple of times in the past as well. Save from "skin color", Ella and J Lo does have some similarities in their looks. I decided to go all Photoshop on that and possible get some copyright lawsuit dough.
J Lo (Photo by: Kitty-Carol)
As for the life thing, which is why you are here, right? There’s been some massive watching of movies lately hehe. I guess the one that struck me hardest so far is “Prisoners”. I also checked out that Halo 4 movie, “Forward Unto Dawn”, I found it pretty lame, even if I’m a huge Halo 1 - 3 fan (haven’t played 4.) Just too much kids running around doing stupid shit in the movie. The covenants rocked however! “The Conjuring” didn’t really deserve the good reviews either, even If I enjoyed it. “Gravity” was weird, Sandra Bullock ruined it for me, so clumsy! “The Hangover Part III”, was a bad joke, let that die already. Sorry for being negative, we’ll change that now! I’ve discovered “Little Britain” (very late I know,) but I’m having the time of my life with it. Matt Lucas and David Walliams is some ace comedians, if you have any neat tips on what's worth checking out by them, write a comment please. With my PS3 the "BNK3R" in Boarderlands 2 is giving me head/heartache, but that’s possibly just because I suck at it, I’ll get to it later today and nail him to the ground. I also finished the Battlefield 4 campaign, I let the girl live (no I’m not a racist, just utilizing some feminism,) I found that hard as well (not utilizing feminism, but the game,) once again because I suck, sorry for spoiling the end, but if you haven’t finished the game by now you should get back to Tetris. Oh, it’s been Easter as well. No one cares.
Summer was here, then it vanished again
When you see it you'll shit bricks
Duck, you had one job. Climbing trees is not it, get the fuck down
Been to the gym a bit latley, working on the guns
New shades! Ray-Ban Aviator
Song of the day: Pegazus – road warrior
Sentenced to survive
The ongoing The Unguided campaign; “Tour de l’immortalité” hits Stockholm for the second time, today! We figured since the Stockholm gig in March, had age restriction, we wanted to make an all-ages reprise for the youngster squad of the unguided family! Hope to see you at the legendary punk venue Kafé 44 tonight!
By: Steffen Hemmert
Tomorrow we’ll take on L’Orient in Linköping. First show with The Unguided in Linköping, so that’s really exciting. We had complete mental evenings in Gothenburg at Sticky Fingers and Backstage Rockbar in Trollhättan a couple of weeks ago. Thanks to everyone that came out and the venues for taking really good care of us! Special thanks for the never-ending support from the 616 army, for traveling far for our shows!
Here’s some pictures from Sticky fingers:
And some from Backstage Rockbar:
Getting stuff done at the Rockbar!
Roland getting ready in his own way.
Clemens Clearwater gave me Blind Guardian wine. THANK YOU!
No way Jose, not getting all that down!
Someone did great PR!
No one cares about your stupid Cat-Dog...
Ella, myself and the support act in Stockholm; Mental Issues, have been busy with putting out propaganda in the royal capital of Sweden for tonight’s show. If you live in the city, hope you’ve eyed out some of those fine posters (and didn’t steal them…)
We just recently released a “making of” video of “Inception”, might be interesting!
Inspection of Inception
Also our friend Rechyyy, have made a new game montage featuring music from “Fragile Immortality”, be sure to check it out, he’s very talented!
There’s been some great fan support this month as well, especially from Steffen Hemmert who’s blessed us with his amazing art once again!
"Rich" by: Steffen Hemmert
"Roger" by: Steffen Hemmert
New tattoo idea? by: Steffen Hemmert
Great tattoo at Taylor Clayton!
As for shows, I checked out the Swedish band; Raubtier's tour with a collague some week ago. Good show! With tanks on stage, crazy stuff.
We were given some Russian vodka from our Russian followers during the release party. And of course we had to try this treacherous fire water. Ella and I hosted a “get-together” in our apartment with the most thick-skinned guys we know, to see what we could make out of that “Red Army Vodka”. It was a insane journey through “Pub Anchor” and “Heaven's Gate”, which utterly ended up with two days hangover… Thank you Lilia!
Add this guy, "Terror", and you are in for quite a ride
Yeah... I turn 30 soon...
On the more healthy side, Ella and I had a great weekend at the mansion of Krusenberg, recently. Just to relax and recharge our batteries, which have been intensely drained of power, the last couple of months. It was a nice mansion just outside Stockholm, were we spent a lot of hours in the sauna and even outdoor bathing in lake; Mälaren. Just what we needed!
In the middle of nowhere
Walk by the lake
Wealthy. Well, not after my last mic purchase.
Beauty and the beast!
Getting ready for dinner
Royal straight flesh
The funeral transport of Charles XII, Sabaton style!
Party like it's 1699!
Life is treating me good! I’ve been enjoy my fair share of “Diablo III – Reaper of Souls”, and also eagerly been watching the latest two episodes of “Game Of Thrones”. As well as seeing a lot of movies lately, and one of my favorites of the past weeks was “Cloud Atlas”, trippy, but very interesting! See you at the shows the coming weeks!
Malthael was no match for my Barbarian
Spring is coming
Bad case of gardening or an English garden, not sure.
New Yeti beer. So good!
Song of the day: Iron savior – the omega man
Back against the wall
It’s been a crazy week in the metal world. Let me sum it up! Arch Enemy swap singer (which convenient enough is/was The Agonist front woman, resulting in them getting a new vocalist too,) Metallica belt out a new song live, Avatar releases a new video, Nikki Sixx gets married for the sixx hundred time, Rob Halford claims the new Priest album is finished, Geoff Tate is still Geoff Tate, Sebastian Bach suggests his former band mates is allergic to cash(?), Evanescence singer is a free and independent artist (congrats,) Sabaton releases a new single AND most importantly The Unguided releases “Fragile Immortality” on Spotify!!! Check it out here.
We also rocking out the Tour De L’immortalité and is now currently reloading the unguided gun for the coming gigs in Gothenburg, Trollhättan, Stockholm (all ages reprise) and Linköping! We’ve also recently announced three shows in Finland. Which will be the first The Unguided shows in our neighbor country. We are of course really excited over this! You can join the Finnish FB event here.
I’ve compiled the Russian/Belarus tour we had in September last year into three tour clips. This is of course not any breaking news for the hardcore SixOneSixer, since they have been around some weeks. But for the rest, you can check them out here:
We had a good time at the shows last weekend (Stockholm, Sandviken and Karlstad,) it was nice to rehearse the new set and try some of the new songs. Thank you Linnea for helping out with the merch, and Elin for being such a hardcore fan and friend to the band! Here’s a collection of pictures from the last weekend.
Speaking of fans, there’s been some really creative fanship going on lately. Some great sketches again from Steffen Hemmert and also Kaung Hong have been busy doing some sketches for the band after seeing the latest video.
Roland Johansson by Steffen Hemmert
Henric Liljesand by Steffen Hemmert
Richard Sjunnesson by Kaung Hong
Roland Johansson by Kaung Hong
Roger Sjunnesson by Kaung Hong
Henric Liljesand by Kaung Hong
Richard Schill by Kaung Hong
He also did one of Ella since she's in the video.
Also check out the latest VFX showreel by 11 Frames Productions, featuring some clips from the “Inception” video:
I’ve been able to attend some cool shows myself lately. I got to see Iced Earth at Debaser Medis in Stockholm some week ago. In company with Ella and our new friends Victoria and Elizabeth Drew (all the way from Arizona.) I enjoyed the show of course. I’m a huge Iced Earth fan and have been since “Burnt Offerings”. I however missed some “Horror Show” songs and also I’m one of them that enjoy the Ripper albums and would like to hear some of that material live as well. It was also blasphemous to leave “Anthem” out! Other than that it was a great show indeed. To hear “The Hunter” my all-time favorite song live was awesome. I’ve seen Iced Earth in Quebec with Matthew, back in 2008 during our Nightwish tour and even if Matthew’s vocals are close to my heart, I think Stu made an excellent performance with the songs as well. It must be all the maple syrup that fortifies his vocal chords.
Jon and Stu rocking it
This pic got that certain "STOP BEING A PUSSY"-vibe to it, love it!
I’ve also had a bit of the eureka effect whilst attending the Behemoth / Cradle of Filth show at Tyrol in Stockholm some weeks ago. I’ve of course been very aware of Behemoth for a long time, but never really a fan, and can’t say I’ve spent too much time traveling around in their discography either. However, this latest one; “The Satanist” struck me hard and I just had to get me a piece of their live show to see what the fuzz was all about. And I think somewhere around “Ora pro nobis Lucifer” (which was the second song) I was reborn as a full-fledged fan, and that particular gig might just have been one of the best shows I’ve seen in my entire life. Fresh in mind, Nergal’s recent battle with leukemia where he ended up victorious made the experience even stronger. As I had an uncle battling the very same disease; which in the end, didn’t have the same turn out I’m afraid. When Adam chanted; “It feels so fucking good to be alive!” It sent shivers up and down my spine. No one obviously knows that better than him. After their gig, even if I’ve been a huge Cradle of Filth fan for the longest time, and Dani have been a huge influence to myself, especially during the Midian era. It just wasn’t going to happen. It wasn’t fair to go on stage after that very behemoth that blatantly captured every single soul in that venue and left the human vessels breathless. I stayed to see a few songs of Cradle, to honor the titan that they used to be, and then retreated as I was working the day after as well. Such a mind-blowing evening!
My partners in crime this evening
Support: In Solitude
Such an awesome stage show
Watch out! Skank behind you Dani!
As for the life thing, I’ve been spending a lot of time in my parallel world I guess, with both Diablo III and World of Warcraft. Enjoying it greatly with a couple of new and old friends and can’t wait for “Reaper of Souls” next week. It feels nice that some of the album stress is dampening off, even if there’s great things to come! I’m of course spending a thought or two on the next album and the last part of the trilogy and I’m generally feeling really creative and inspired.
An Amazon woman, two Arizonian woman and Superman grabbed a coffee
Blue cheese and red wine diet
Tried a new beer; Double bastard, suits me fine
Hotel in Nynäshamn
Song of the day: Arch enemy – war eternal
In the light of the moon we are the storm of the damned
January and February have indeed been interesting months. The new The Unguided album; Fragile Immortality should, at this point, be out everywhere and various reviews are flooding in. And according to them and seeing the selection of favorite songs from the fans it looks like you all have your different favorite songs and opinions, which gladdens me. Since it means we kind of made an album that have a little something for everyone. I think at this point you also have come to understand this is a complex album that won’t settle in your mind during the first couple of spins, and it will show its full potential after a couple of rides.
The Unguided - Fragile Immortality
February is also the month we hit 30.000 fans on Facebook. That’s a great little achievement in itself. Some of you have been with us since we merely had a couple of hundred followers back in 2010, but this is slowly becoming a fairly big machine. We are very grateful for that!
This one was popular!
Also all the “Fragile Immortality” packs from the web shop have been shipped since of now and a little bit depending were you live in the world they should show up soon, if they haven’t already. We have also restocked the shop and both versions of the “Fragile Immortality” t-shirt (cover / Syndissiah,) as well as the hoddie will be available soon. Check the official web shop out here. If there’s something you missing, like the vinyl or whatnot, be sure to check Napalm records web shop out here.
This is how your collection should look like. Thank you Takashi!
If you are interested in “Fragile Immortality” related wallpapers or the sketches featured in the “Inception” music video, you can find them at our official Facebook here and here.
"Fragile Immortality" wallpaper
"Inception" music video sketches by Kuang Hong
During January we also had our album “listening party” for the fans, in total I think we were people from around seven different nationalities and it was just blatantly a very nice and intimate festivity for the inner circle of fans. The band and everyone organizing the event enjoyed it greatly and I think I could spot one or two smiles from our fellow fans as well hehe. We hope we can do it again around the time of the next album! There were the glorious pre-listening of the album, acoustic set, mingle, fires (:E) and a lot of alcohol, meaning; a great evening altogether! Here’s a couple of pictures from the event.
Heading to the venue
Listening party exclusive t-shirt
Packing the goddiebags.
Rehearsing the acoustic set.
Pre-listening party event at the shooting range!
Scream, Aim, Fire
Our booker; Mr. Skrikhult showed us his A-game
Roger blasting away with the Glock 17
This little drummer boi won the whole event, too much BF4!
Listening party in full force, my padawan Rasmus showed up!
Some familiar faces
This dude came all the way from the lowlands of Holland!
Original 616 in the house!
Go drunk you're home!
This might have been the reason, thank you Lilia!
The coming months we will head out on a Swedish weekend tour to support the new album! Behold; TOUR DE L'IMMORTALITÉ! Although we selected a French name, this tour is unfortunately not planned to come to France, but maybe we can change that? Put some pressure on your promoter’s frenchies!
13/3 - Harry B James - Stockholm – SWE
14/3 - Backstage Rockclub - Sandviken - SWE
15/3 - Nöjesfabriken - Karlstad – SWE
28/3 - Sticky Fingers - Gothenburg – SWE
29/3 - Backstage Rockbar - Trollhättan – SWE
17/4 - Kaffé 44 - Stockholm – SWE
18/4 - L´Orient - Linköping – SWE
Tour de l'immortalité
In addition to this, the first couple of summer festivals have been booked as of now, all German hehe.
14-16/08 - Summer Breeze Festival - Dinkelsbühl - GER
14-16/08 - Metal Frenzy Open Air Festival - Gardelegen - GER
04-06/07 - With Full Force Summer Open Air - Löbnitz – GER
Talking about tours! I checked out our touring buddies from last year; “Smash Into Pieces” in Stockholm the other day. Great gig!
Bandit-Peter tearing it up with his buddies as support
Smash Into Pieces
Scofield got sick of breaking out of prisons and started a band!
I’ve also been busy with guest vocals recording for a yet to be revealed project. A bit different song from what I’m used to, but I had a great time belting it out in Audio Sällström!
Shure SM7, you know it!
Valentine’s Day yesterday was really relaxing and we spoiled ourselves with whatever Stockholm had to offer. Both Ella and I was off duty from our daily occupations, and woke up to this great picture of us, made by Kaung Hong as a little Valentine’s Day gift. Thank you Hong! During the evening we visited an Italian restaurant in the old town of the city and everything was just great.
RichElla (by: Kuang Hong)
Straight through the heart! (I stole this Lilia, hope you don't mind hehe)
Another romantic topic is blatantly World of Warcraft, and I’ve been a busy bee getting my filthy rogue hands on that legendary cloak. Save from the grind, that quest line was pretty rad, I enjoyed it greatly. And I would be surprised if this Wrathion; son of Deathwing, wouldn’t play a big role in some upcoming expansion, seeing how it ended. I’ve also had my luck with Illidan and got both warglaives as of now. Which means “Harbinger” now got four of those orange items. As of now I’m done with PVE for a while and is focusing on BG’s and PVP. So if you want to join me for some BG games, it’s “Harbinger” (Horde) on EU server “Outland”. See you in-game!
Harbinger tamed Onyxia as well
Warglaives of Azzinoth
During New Year’s Eve, I had on-call service, so I was glued to Nynäshamn that week. Which means I celebrated New Year’s Eve with my friend and colleagues family. Since I was sober, Ella literally drank for the both of us. Good job gal! haha. Was a great evening however!
Board games! I've missed those.
We also got to see RoboCop the other day and I must say I thought it was pretty awesome. Can’t say I’m a super fan of the classic movies, but this one was really good and it was cool to see Joel Kinnaman in a different role than those “Easy money” movies.
And to conclude this here’s some casual pictures from the last couple of months, enjoy!
Mickis - the Norwegian refugee, was home in Sweden over Xmas!
We had to buy the Xmas gifts ourselves :,( New bed!
4 kg protein. I plan to go "Hulk out" on your asses!
Got this great comic strip of Magnus
The winter embraced us for a brief period, but is now gone.
Song of the day: Powerwolf – sacred & wild
How has it come to this?
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Q: I have a question Can I use some tracks from The Unguided CD Hell Frost for my next wow warlock pvp Video? I buy the CD on Amazon.
A: You need to write an agreement with the right holders to the music, in this case Despotz Records. So far we are only writing agreements with YouTube channels having over 50k subscribers since we get so many requests regarding this. Just because you buy the album doesn’t mean you have the right to distribute it and spread it. You buy it for private use, if you want to do anything else with the album, and its songs you need to establish an agreement with the right holders. Please read YouTube’s policies regarding this, don’t get yourself in trouble, it's unnecessary. We’d like to have a more easy view of this, but we’ve been abused so many times in the past, so we simply have a strict policy regarding this, to protect ourselves. Once bitten, twice shy!
Take a nap
Q: Just a quick question. How do you meet people like zardonic for collaborations? He is on the opposite side of the world and different styles of music, but somehow you found each other and came together. What is the process involved in that?
A: In Zardonic’s case he had worked with Henric before in Cipher System during their first release; “Central tunnel 8”. So, Henric suggested him to make a remix after we recorded Hell Frost, and he was really into our music. Now we’ve done plenty of collaborations together, and we’re not stopping anytime soon! Even if we love writing and playing metal, we are not afraid to broaden our horizon when it comes to remixes or fun collaborations.
Q: Do you play any games?
A: I have elaborated on this before in the blog, but yes I play games. For now, I’m into World of Warcraft and I guess that’s my “main” game occupation at the moment, Battlefield 4 (PS3), and I played some StarCraft II – Heart of Swarm just recently. Looking forward to the Diablo III expansion, and I’m mostly into Blizzard games.
Q: Would u like to sing with a "singing voice" and actually do what Roland does now? And if not why don’t u want to?
A: Not really, well of course it would be cool to be able to sing proper. Isn’t that something everyone would like to do, to be fair, even if most of us only practice it in the shower? But my singing voice is just not any good and I don’t want to put in the time needed to develop it into anything bearable. What I really enjoy in all this is writing lyrics. The only thing I’ve done the past 12 years is screaming vocals, so I’m just going to stick with that for as long as I can do it. My voice is changing over time as well, which is an interesting journey to undertake. I think with every record we do, it sounds slightly different and that’s something that has been ever-changing since 2002. You can still hear it’s me in the details, but it’s altered enough to not make it sound exactly the same. Besides, I haven't come across a lot of people in the business that sound anything like my own voice, for better or for worse, but I think it’s really fun.
Q: How long did it take u to become like that guy standing on the stage for like an hour and scream the shit out of your body (Its just AWESOME)?
A: I’ve been that guy since 2002, as said. I think it took a couple of months to get into it once I decided to roll with the screaming vocals. Once you figure out the technique, it will linger in your spine forever, I suppose. I’ve always had a pretty sustainable voice. When we recorded Eden Fire, for example, I had 10 hour sessions a day, just non-stop recording screams. I’m not sure if I would pull that off today, or if I even wanted to do it since it was a lot of hard work. But nowadays when we are not rehearsing as much, or I get to utilize the technique it in the same extent, I need like a week practice to get into it again before a show day. Also, it’s a bit more frail now when we’re not touring 6 months a year, so I need to take care of my voice in a different way today than I needed in the past. Vocal recovery is really important. If I don’t get the hours of sleep needed, or if I drink a lot of alcohol the day before a show, I definitely feel how it takes its toll on my voice in a different way than it used to in the past.
Q: And last and most important question to me, can u try to do more gigs in the South of Germany like Bavaria or something? :D I know that it’s a stupid question but if u get the chance please do it! I know quite a lot of people who want to party and rock with u.
A: We are getting some German festivals booked as of now. Summer Breeze, Metal Frenzy, and With Full Force is already booked, for example, and there’s more to come! We are also looking into doing a shorter tour in Germany and the surrounding countries in 2014, to support our upcoming album, so hopefully there will be some in Bavaria as well!
Q: I surprisingly found the Fallen Angels demos on Spotify! Do you have anything to do with that? I also noticed the new artworks for them, they are incredible beautiful! Who did those, or is it you? I know you have skills as a graphic artists as well, because you did the original artworks for those demos.
A: We re-released new masters of the three demos on their 10th anniversary last year. Gustavo Sazes did the new versions of the artworks.
Q: I was wondering when you will release more information concerning the band's logo? Seeing as I have it tattooed on my calf it would be cool to know more of the story behind it :) I'm really looking forward to the new album as well and will hopefully see you guys when you come to Germany again.
A: The story behind it is not going to be revealed on the upcoming album, and not on the album after that. But probably on the fourth one. And if you get that tattooed it better be something good, right? Hehe. Laser treatment is expensive!
Q: What do you think about my friend’s voice and songwriting? I’d really appreciate if you take your time to check it out! Find the video here.
A: Haha, that was pretty creative. Both vocally and visually! I’d totally see that voice in some power metal band. Keep it up!
Save the world
Q: I just need to tell you, holy shit. Inception beats Serenade of Guilt as my favourite song. I guess we'll have to wait for the release to get the lyrics? :/ Epic intro as well.
A: The lyrics are out, as of this blog entry.
Q: Are you guys coming to the west coast of Norway anytime soon? Like in Haugesund or Bergen? That would've been really great!
A: Nothing planned at this date, but would be cool! We played both Haugesund and Bergen in 2010 with Sonic Syndicate, and they seemed to be nice cities! We really have to do a show in Norway, but Oslo would be the closest to reality at the moment.
Q: I asked a while back whether or not you guys would be playing Soundwave to which you responded with a promising smiley face. The Unguided weren't on the first announcement, so just wondering what the chances were for you to be on the second announcement. I would absolutely love to see you guys come down here and tear up Australia and I'd be absolutely ecstatic if you did!
A: We haven’t got anything from Soundwave so far, sorry man.
Q: I have a weird question... Do you understand Danish?
A: Yeah, but I got an uneasy feeling the Danish people understand Swedish people slightly better than the other way around, except during gigs. Usually when we play in Denmark, I speak English in the segments between the songs. Then the crowd complains and suggests I have to speak in Swedish. So when I do, not a single fucking person understands, so I have to go back to English, hehe. Anyways, Danish is a weird language. Swedish for the win! Hehe.
Q: I am in a small, unsigned band in the USA. We have just formed and have no original material and no drummer yet. We want to cover Denied and use that to find a drummer. We will never play it live, and we will never even attempt to make any profit off of it, nor ever put it on any CD, just YouTube. It is a one-time recording just for fun. No commercial interests involved. We have made other covers too, but this will be the first one with a singer. Would you or anyone else with say in the matter be opposed to it? I can even upload it to my personal YouTube rather that our band's if you are worried about affiliations.
A: Nothing to worry about as long as it’s a cover. Have fun!
Q: Congrats on the new album - the artwork is insane! I can't wait to feel the dopamine rush from I get when I listen to this new music! So I am sure this question will be asked 1,000 times, but is there going to be any special editions of this album? So far I found Amazon.de has it saying "Special LTD Ed." version, and Amazon UK just has it with the 15 tracks (4 Bonus tracks). Both of these sites have the same product number so I am guessing the UK and DE versions are the same? Will T-Shirt Shop.se have this CD? You're probably writing the blog as I am writing this. Sorry just really excited, can't wait! PS. Is the Deathwalker track the same as the 2012 release or is it :D :D :D updated ?
A: Initially the first print is the 15 track digipack version. That’s the only version, and there’s no alternative, save from the LP-vinyl (which is also 15 songs.) I have my hopes up for an 11 track jewelcase second print of course. But I guess that’s a bit depending on how it sells. According to Napalm, they rarely do second prints. However, Gustavo has prepared the layout for a jewelcase version, so we’ll see. Our own official web shop will of course have the CD. Deathwalker is not the same as 2012. This one is re-recorded with Hansi Kürsch’s (Blind Guardian) vocals. Also, there’s a complete new mix, plus some other alterations.
Q: I would be very grateful if you listened album of my band. Link here.
A: Sounds cool, bro! Listened to “Attack dog” and like it! Will examine the album more closely, found a track (Second to Sun – Protoescapist) on Spotify as well, which was cool. No plans with vocals for that?
Q: Would be fun to find references to Love and other Disasters in the third The Unguided album (like "King Of Hearts", "Your Imprisoning", etc). :D By the way, just watched video from the recent live performance of Blodbad, sounds very heavy, just like it should be, good job! Seriously, it's very great and gives a lot of energy. I guess, the new album will be on repeat in my music player for like several months non-stop :) Also recognized that a part of Blodbad was already published before here :D
A: Nice that you liked the references! We’ll see what happens in the future. “Blodbad” is one of my favorite tracks on “Fragile Immortality” and I’m sure you’ll enjoy the album version. Also, the part from the Facebook video when Roland fucks around with that weird voice is included in the track, he just sings it more melodic and smooth on the studio version. We, however, kept the melody and phrasing of the original “joke”, since it kind of came out quite cool!
King of Hearts? :S
Q: Did you buy your new White FLG in some place or you asked someone to make them for you?? If you bought them...Do you know of any website where I can buy those kind of FLG (Red and White)?? Here in Mexico the only ones I can found are black and I can't find a proper website with those like yours :b
A: I bought the white gloves at www.rockflame.com and the red ones at PunktShop in Stockholm.
Q: I absolutely love your music and I want to congratulate you to your new song "Inception". It’s definitely f*cking awesome! Now I have two questions; are any gigs planned in Austria? And who is this girl in the Inception music video? I am looking forward to your answer.
A: No gigs planned in Austria as of now, but since our label is there, it’s not impossible. The girl in the video is my fiancée Ella. Same as the red-haired girl playing Maharet and Mekare in Betrayer of The Code.
Q: Could you please check my album out? Here's a link.
A: Checked out the album and it sounds cool. Gives me a bit of a Dope and Manson vibe, to be fair. Keep up the good work!
Q: Did you choose the song Deathwalker for Hansi to sing 'cause you thought his voice would fit better on that track? Or did you ask him in which song he wanted to sing? o:
A: When we first discussed the collaboration back in 2011 - 2012, the only song that was available to use for the upcoming album was “Deathwalker” (we didn’t have any other new songs at that moment.) And since he would be needing both lyrics and vocal references it was easy for us to choose that song, seeing that we had some plans to release it in 2012, and needed to record vocals for it anyway. Also, since the lyrics of that song was a collaboration between the prolific role-playing game writer; Paul Wade-Williams and myself, it automatically already had a Blind Guardian thematic fantasy feel to it. Meaning; it was kind of natural to choose that song to feature Hansi’s vocals. I think it came out very well, and his charismatic voice sure fits the whole concept for that song!
Q: Yesterday I started to listen to the instrumental versions of the Hell Frost songs and it was very interesting for me, especially Phoenix Down, Iceheart Fragment and Betrayer of the Code. Is there a chance that there will be instrumental versions of the Fragile Immortality songs?
A: Unfortunately, no. We suggested our label to make the special edition of “Fragile Immortality” a 2-CD release. One with the original songs and one with instrumentals, but it got turned down. Maybe for the next record, who knows?
Q. So... you're going to make a blog about the 7 story related songs and tell us the chronological order of them when the album is out, right?:D (If that info isn't in the album booklet already..,)
A: The chronological order of the songs is kind of in place already on the album. The songs are “Inception”, “Defector DCXVI”, “Eye of The Thylacine”, “Unguided Entity”, “Carnal Genesis”, “Singularity” and “Oblivion. The info is not in the booklet, only lyrics.
Q. Please check out our video!
A: Checked it out, but it was not really my cup of tea, I’m afraid. But still, whatever you believe in, keep on going with it! That’s the good thing with taste, it’s very individual.
Song of the day: Bring me the horzion - It never ends
And let my dark wings fortify you
This is a bit late, was first planned for New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day, but for different reasons I just didn’t find the time. Here you go however! The recap of 2013; some of my top highlights both band related and in my life.
Happy new year!
:: TOP 5 UNGUIDED HIGHLIGHTS OF 2013 ::
1. The completion of Fragile Immortality ALBUM
Believe it or not, but somewhere around September 2013 the sophomore “The Unguided” album was completely finished. Recorded, mixed and goddamned mastered! This is by far the longest and most trying album recording I’ve done up to date. Constant tracking and recording reaching over a year (not a significant amount of time compared to Chinese Democracy or that Brian Wilson’s album, but still!) Going ping pong across Sweden over the entire 2013, working on the album like monsters on the weekends and having our normal work duties during the weekdays, sure took its toll. But listening to the album, the actual end result, I’d do it all over again in a blink of an eye. This one is a beast and I’m so proud of what we archived during this trying year. Thank you; my unguided brothers and all the involved studios and personnel, for the excellent effort and salute to the fans for your unbelievable patience! It will all be worth the wait by the end of this month. Seeing our busy lives, I’m surprised we even got this together at all; I’m so impressed and so grateful we got to where we are, and I can assure you; sometimes getting from point A to B is not as easy as it first seams. One thing is certain however; “Fragile Immortality” will blow you away! Pre-order the album here.
Studio Sällström early 2013
2. Inception MV
The music video, that was once again; one hell of an adventure. Not as much people involved as in “Betrayer of The Code”, but still very trying to coordinate. Originally it was supposed to be an 11Frames green screen; “performance only” video, a bit more scaled down with the only concept tying into the album being the location of a post-apocalyptic city. Which was fine of course, originally, but then the single song was supposed to get selected and within the band it was a “tie” between “Unguided Entity” and “Inception”. The chorus in “Inception” was undoubtedly a bit catchier, whilst “Unguided Entity” had more of a complex and challenging composition, which is probably not optimal for a single anyhow (but we’re unguided hehe.) This is however where the “problem” started; the 2 candidates were also 2 out of the 7 concept songs. And I was somewhere hoping that we wouldn’t select one of the concept songs for the single, since the theme is a bit too bombastic to make something proper out from in a MV with a limited budget. Well, not too limited, actually bigger than both PD and BOTC MVs, but still no LOTR budget, if you see what I mean. You never know what single songs will wash up when you record an album, so it’s hard to plan for it, and it’s not really until when you stand with the finished master in hand you are able to decide. However, when the label voted for “Inception” to be the single, we were all convinced and had to deal with it the best way possible. A simple performance video, seeing the lyrical theme, was at this point for me; not an option. So I started my tinkering, how to get around the problem. What in the story, can actually be portrayed in real life acting, and what is just too complicated? Well, the prison scenes were optimal for the acting part, and then the complex scenes, we handled with sketches made by Kuang Hong, which 11Frames animated to make them come alive. This all set for a bit more depth in the video and you get an idea of the lyrics and the story as well. But seeing how much time and effort was put into that extra dimension in the music video, it’s just too much work, and in the future I think we’ll have to go with a bit more scaled down “performance only” video (which a lot of people like as well,) just to make it reasonable. Anyway, I love the final result, gives me goose bumps to see how it makes the concept come alive. 11Frames, the band and Ella did excellent performances! Check out the music video here under and get the single on iTunes here.
The Unguided - Inception
Roland on the set
3. Russian / Belarus shows
When we started this band back in 2010, with the philosophy we had around the band back then, if anyone would tell use we’re going to Eastern Europe for some shows a couple of years from now. We would probably just laugh at them. Its funny how a “not touring project”, find themselves in St. Petersburg, Moscow and Minsk just a couple of years from when they swore they will not tour with just this “project”. This just states how important the fans are to the development and wellbeing of a band. We wanted to make a couple of albums together since we love making music with each other, and you support us to the extent that we just can’t refuse to find it in our hearts, to get on stage not less than 35 times, in 5 different countries the last couple of three years, with a full band. That’s pretty impressive for a “not touring project” I’d say! I think no one believes in that “project” bullshit anymore, everyone know this is a fully fledged band and there’s none stopping this now. We might not be the most active of bands on the roads, but we try to do whatever is possible, and in 2014 we might just come to your door step and strike that unguided bible right in your fontanel. Put on your helmet when it’s still time! Thank you Moscow, St. Petersburg and Minsk and everyone involved making just this particular weekend possible.
Unguided arrives in Moscow
The Unguided in Minsk
4. Command & Conquer TOUR
The spring headline tour with our Swedish brothers in dEMOTIONAL and Smash Into Pieces, was yet another milestone for this band. We had a great time, and hope you, the fans, had a great time as well. It was just a very loving and brotherly arrangement all together. Chris Lemon made this possible and we are eternally grateful, our best of wishes for everyone involved! The future is blinding bright for both Smash Into Pieces and dEMOTIONAL, I just want to say; don’t forget us when you are selling out arenas eventually. We can be your waterboys and shit!
C&C Tour 2013
Rog & Hank in Halmstad
5. Record Deal with Napalm records
The dark alliance between The Unguided and Napalm Records was certainly one of the highlights of 2013. A negotiation ranging over almost three years, was finally inked (with blood) in Southern Germany during a festival show last summer. Our first mutual dark seed being spawned just a couple of weeks from now and then we can see full on; where this will take us! We are really happy to be working with Napalm Records and they all seem to be really good people. We’d like to believe we have a good concept going here, and they certainly have the muscles to bring it out to metal fans all around the globe. Interesting times to come!
Signing day in Nordheim
Tour video feat. signing
:: TOP 5 LIFE HIGHLIGHTS OF 2013 ::
1. Duet with Hansi Kürsch
There’s been a lot of good things going on in 2013, but there’s far from any of them being as grandiose as having guest vocals on a The Unguided song by my número uno idol; Hansi Kürsch from my favorite band; Blind Guardian! I cannot till this day believe me ears when I listen to that version of “Deathwalker”, and yes, I’ve listened to is probably a million of times. My voice being in the same song as Hansi’s is blatantly a lifetime dream coming true. I try to imagine my reaction, getting hold of this information in the mid 90ies, when I was rocking out to “Tales from the Twilight World” with full force, but my young mind would probably not be able to take it, and result in a fatality of mind exploding origin. This is just unbelievable and I’m so eternally thankful that we got the opportunity, thank you Hansi, thank you with all I got!
Hansi and I at Tuska Open Air 2011
2. Falkenberg Vacation
Luxury vacation at the best hotel in town, just next to the beach, with the most dearest to me. What a lovely week it was! The original idea was to celebrate our 2 year engagement anniversary in Falkenberg; since it was on that very beach we got engaged. But the hotel was overbooked so it was the wrong week, but still very much the right beach.
Meeting up some old friends
3. Sandhamn Vacation
We’ve made this to a nice tradition since I moved up to Stockholm. The Swedish archipelago is just magnificent! And seeing the Falkenberg hotel was overbooked the anniversary day, we planned this weekend so it hit right on the actual date, very cunning of us. We had a great time of recharging them batteries so they would last all the way into the summer of 2014.
Sundown at Sandhamn
4. Fishing Trip
Two friends (and colleagues) and I had a trip down to southern Sweden. To have a little trolling adventure of the coast of Simrishamn, this was undoubtedly a great time and we had great fishing luck the first day; catching 13 salmons in total and some of them weighing in over and around 10 kg. Quite an extraordinary trip!
On the red baron's boat
5. The Cabin (in the north)
Magnus and I also had a trip up to North land to get some fishing done and just enjoy the spectacular wildlife of northern Sweden. The fishing God was not smiling upon us the same way as he did in Simrishamn, but we still got a few pikes, and had a great time.
Lunch in the bear tracks
So there you have it! Runner up on the “Life Highlights” was certainly the Nocturnal Halloween Ball, but I had to weigh it to the others and in the end, I went with the current list. I just have to mention however, that the evening was glorious! Also, most of you know, I have this “Song of the day” posts on my official Facebook every day, and now it’s all compiled in an huge playlist, subscribe to the 2013 version of it here (and check out the 2012 playlist here.) Going to be a great year ahead of us with the album release and everything, I’m super stoked to have you all join in on the journey!
Nocturnal Halloween Ball, me to the left.
Song of the day: The ungudied – inception
Are you stronger on this earth?
Much things coming your way! The most spectacular happening at the moment, might be the Inception music video and single release. Check out the video right here:
The Unguided - Inception
The music video was directed by 11Frames Productions and the 10 sketches in the clip was made by Kuang Hong. You can check all the sketches out here. Here's also some behind the scene pictures that wasn't posted before.
Making the end scene walk
Trying the robot costume
Prisoner scene, same hangar as BOTC performance shots
Human experiment scene
Trying the lazors, pewpew
Here's the lyrics to the song:
"If death is the winner of every war, then it's death that I'll have to become..."
:: INCEPTION ::
As I readied my time-worn shield
And entered my old crown
I knew what had to be done
(What had to be done)
I was not plucked by the heavens
to be trained as a warrior
I was created knowing only war
IF DEATH IS THE WINNER OF EVERY WAR
THEN IT’S DEATH THAT I’LL HAVE TO BECOME
BLACK ON TRACK, THROUGH THE GLOOM WE SOAR
THE END OF THEIR TYRANNY HAS BEGUN
ARISE MORTALS, LIKE A FLOOD OF VENGEANCE
BECOME THE LEVIATHAN, WHICH NOTHING CAN SHUN
THERE WILL BE NO HINDRANCE, ONCE THEIR TASKMASTER FALLS
AND THAT’S WHEN JUSTICE WILL BE DONE
If your hearts were really broken
You would all be dead
So even if your souls are crushed
You must comprehend
That these could be your last days
Time is running short
Follow the song of the Angel cleaver
And let my dark wings fortify you
IF DEATH IS THE WINNER OF EVERY WAR
THEN IT’S DEATH THAT I’LL HAVE TO BECOME
BLACK ON TRACK, THROUGH THE GLOOM WE SOAR
THE END OF THEIR TYRANNY HAS BEGUN
ARISE MORTALS, LIKE A FLOOD OF VENGEANCE
BECOME THE LEVIATHAN, WHICH NOTHING CAN SHUN
THERE WILL BE NO HINDRANCE, ONCE THEIR TASKMASTER FALLS
AND THAT’S WHEN JUSTICE WILL BE DONE
Fire burns many things, but it cannot touch a shadow
Let them run, let them hide, we will always be close behind
We will always be close behind
Justice will be done
Justice shall be done
The single artwork was also made by Kaung Hong. And is a bit of a revamp of an old artwork concept idea for the song "Jailbreak", which the sci-fi artist; Tom Weighil, began work on, almost 10 years ago. But never finished and sadly it was also never used. Since the motive worked really well with the current story, I decided to breathe new life in it with Kuang Hong's brilliant skills. After all, nostalgia is a welcome guest in our minds every now and then.
Tom Weighil's early sketch / Kuang Hong's finished illustration
There's also bundles to be pre-ordered of the new album! Both our own official web shop and Napalm's shop offers a lot of goodies. From the official shop, you can select between: Pack I, Pack II, Pack III.
Fragile Immortality Pack I - Machine Edition
Fragile Immortality Pack II - Wraith Edition
Fragile Immortality Pack III - Fallen Angel Edition
We've finally decided to make a hoddie (which you can find in pack III) and also a girly shirt, which we haven't had available before. Hope you like the new designs!
Fragile Immortality girly tee
The listening party is just a month away, hope we can meet as much fans as possible during this unique event in Stockholm. Get your tickets here.
Join the Facebook event.
There's some other video features recently, check them out here:
Merry Xmas from The Unguided
Headbangers Latinoamerica greeting
I've celebrated Xmas at the west coast of Sweden in the deep woods of my mother's house. Was nice to meet some kindred again, since that's a rare occasion here in Stockholm. Hope everyone had great holiday celebrations!
Walking mom's stupid dog
Lovley Xmas tree
That creature again...
Super nice Xmas gifts!
Lastly some recent pictures from my everyday life.
Russian clock from Lilia. Thank you!
New fav beer; Narwhal (The jedi of the sea.)
3 years anniversary with my babe
Xmas shopping in Stockholm
"Headbangers latinoamerica" kitchen recording
Eye surgery :S eww
"Hobbit II - The Desolation of Smaug" at the cinemas
Heaven Shall Burn sweat pants, loving them!
With both your feet on the ground
First everything is veiled in secrecy, there's practically nothing for ages, and then everything just comes at once? Flooding your brains, like a dam being blown with a dusted off; teleforce, straight from Nikola Tesla's very own attic. The questions were many, and still is, but at least there's a couple of answers out there as of now! And hope you've liked what you've discovered so far. Some have analyzed more than others and some people will just have to wait until the actual release to understand the complexity of this coming album. Because it's going to be one hell of a journey for you, I'll assure you that!
The Unguided - Fragile Immortality, photo by: Linus Pettersson
So; "Fragile Immortality", The Unguided's upcoming sophomore album. A contradictory and mysterious name, yet very meaningful. It's delicately tied to the present of this world, the actual story and our own current situation. I'm not really going to dive deeper into the subject, since I want you to walk down the road and explore it yourself eventually. I will however beg you to support our campaign and pre-order this beast of an album. Obviously we have been bragging about our very dedicated hordes of fans to the label, and this is a golden opportunity for you to once again show your muscles, and allegiance to what we are trying to archive here, together.
"If death is the winner of every war, then it's death that I'll have to become..."
"Fragile Immortality" will be out via Napalm Records at the current dates:
Jan. 31 – Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Finland, Benelux
Feb. 05 - Spain, Sweden, Norway
Feb. 03 - Rest Of Europe
Feb. 11 - USA/Canada
If you are looking to buy the strictly limited THE UNGUIDED - Fragile Immortality/PURPLE 2-LP Gatefold vinyl; this URL is your best friend.
"Inception" music video
Here's a look at the track list of the album:
2. Defector DCXVI
4. Eye Of The Thylacine
5. Unguided Entity
6. Carnal Genesis
9. Only Human
12. Deathwalker (Feat. Hansi Kürsch)*
13. Unguided Entity (Zardonic Remix)*
14. Deathwalker (Zardonic Remix)*
15. When All The Seraphim Cry (Zardonic Feat. The Unguided)*
* = Bonus track on LTD/Digipack CD
Some fans have been really cleaver about this and posted me those pictures. I'll be sure to post the "Hell Frost" version as well since it's kind of a fun thing! Thank you, Козлов Кирилл for sending those in.
"Fragile Immortality" refrences
"Hell Frost" refrences
Exclusive "Listening Party" t-shirt
Regarding the music video and single release of "Inception", the single will be out on December 20th (unfortunately North America have to wait until January 21st,) so that's a nice Xmas gift from us to you as well! About the video, 11Frames Production is working hard to get it ready in time, but since it's a massive production; it just will have to take the time it need! To sate the hunger already now, we've released this trailer of the video:
"The Unguided - Inception" music video trailer
On top of all this, we are dying to see you at our "Listening Party" in Stockholm at 25th of January. You can buy your tickets here and also be sure to join the event here, for more information.
Can't wait for this day to meet you all!
So that's that! We've also recently been having two gigs. Let's start with some pictures from the Falkenberg headline show. It was a glorious event! And it was the first time we ever played the new track "Blodbad". Which the audience seemed to enjoy greatly! Thanks for coming out to support us, and hope we can do this to a nice tradition, in the very hometown of the band. Was also awesome to share the stage with the people we grew up with in A Silent Escape and What Tomorrow Brings, there was so much love! Million of thanks to Rossi the metal titan and his crew for making this evening possible.
Soundcheck! Rille and his "spacebar" presser slave
Our number one fan frontrowing on the soundcheck!
What Tomorrow Brings soundcheck
Mother, tell your children not to walk my way!
Almost show time!
Stage is set
And it's on!
Hold the line
Roger is doing his special moves
Rille bombing those drums
Best fans in the world <3
616 in action
Was an awesome show
The night before the Falkenberg gig we had a onslaught in Huskvarna as well with our friends in Amaranthe. This was obviously a great evening as well and we had good fun with both old and new fans! Huge thanks to Cat Cooke who was glued to merch duties those two nights. Also bless Dead By April for letting us borrow this wonderful person! And wicked hails to Lilia Krylova, for coming all the way from Russia to attend to those two shows. As well as giving us lovely parcels. Thank you!
Happy Roland on soundcheck
Larry the looner
Unleash the fury
Rechyyy and his friend was here!
Wait for it...
Captain Morgan move
Hank the tank and Rollebolle
Cuts & Stiching it up
All hail the true lord
I've been checking out some shows myself just recently. Ella and I got to see Black Sabbath in Stockholm with our friends Magnus and Anna. Was a really good evening, and I can't believe those guys still can hit the stage full-on and make a awesome show! Thanks Anna for the tickets, we will honor your kindness in best way possible!
Some sushi and beer before the show
At Friends Arena
Support band; Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats
Lost my count, but looked like more people than on The Unguided shows!
Sabbath on stage
Iommi shredding it up
We also went to see Soilwork at Fryshuset some weeks ago. By no doubt the best show I've seen 2013, so that was just awesome! If you get the opportunity to check them out during their current tour, cease the chance, since it's just a brutal show!
When you see this guy on shows, you know eveything will work smooth!
Support II; Keep of Kalessin
Björn was on fire!
New line-up was wicked
Skull of Gul'dan
And to the life matter! All is well, I had a small toss of stomach illness the last week. But that gave me the chance to finish the campaign in Starcraft II: Heart of Swarm, so no damage done! hehe Great story that. I really enjoyed it. Hope you all have a good time in those stressful Xmas times!
Got a new phone, fuck off Apple haters
Adding some protein to the gym
3 years anniversary the other day! Love you <3
Song of the day: Dead by april - As a butterfly
I am the echo of your past
Where were we!? Oh yeah, new album release day. Well, some of you sneaky bastards have already figured some of it out, and I'm not surprised; you know your internet. That's a red thread throughout a lot of our fans. You know your shit! I'm proud to have you cunning minds in our midst. But truth be told; for now, nothing is really official, and we are still waiting for the final word from the label. At this point it's preliminary looking like it could be by the end of January 2014, and that's out ambition as well. But it's not something I'd carve in stone with lightning and release as the 11 commandment, just yet.
With that said; there's nothing that would stop us from having a bit of fun in the meantime, right? We've had music video recordings, band photo shoots and all sort of crazy stuff going since our life auras last crossed each other's paths. We've documented this thoroughly and I'd like to show you a selection of pictures from the events, now in this blog.
Music video - 11 Frames Productions:
As said in the previous blog, we've once again picked 11 Frames Productions (Betrayer of the Code,) to handle the production of our upcoming single music video. For several reason really, but mainly; we're loving the guys behind the cameras and their results with BOTC was just really over all our expectations. This one is however going to be more of a green screen production. There's going to be a lot of elements really, but my biggest excitement for it is; 10 sketches related to the lyrics of the song, that Kuang Hong (Nightmareland/Hell Frost, invaZion) made to be "animated" into the clip. I hope they will help to carry the story of the album and the song and the continuation of what started on Hell Frost. The band itself will be performing in a post apocalyptic city, not too far from what you've already seen in the background of the "invaZion" EP and it will tie in with the story as well. For now, we've haven't seen much of the city, but 11 Frames is working hard to get this ready in time for the upcoming single release.
Rille got new toys!
I think we have to cover the ladder guy with green for him to not show?
Rille doing his magic
2 of the 11 Framses looking busy
Roginator entering the scene
Guitar neck view
Our own pom-pom girls!
The referee from hell
Roland destorying that guitar
The vocals was so intense, Jose had to sit down for a while
Obviously we had room 616 on the hotel
Preview from the animated city
Photo shoot - Linus Pettersson:
We've allowed the very talented Linus Pettersson to handle our album photo shoot, and some of you have already seen some sneak peeks from this creative day. We had a great run in the Access: Rock studio located in "Hammarby sjöstad", Stockholm and the result was stunning. Mr. Pettersson really knew what angles to work to make our ugly asses sexy (save from Henric, he's always sexy! hehe)
Unguided arriving dislocated to the studio
Roland and Linus
Henric making "le tigre" while the multitasking MUA is making Roland sexy
Linus explained something really phototechnical and Roland got it... kind of.
Preview of one of the band shots
Rille readying his "blue steel" face
Roger checking out his portrait previews
Roger in the line of fire
The three R's
Some outdoor shots
Not much, the calm before the storm you could say! We however have our Huskvarna and Falkenberg shows by the end of this month to look forward to. Be sure to keep yourself updated on www.theunguided.com for the latest tour dates. Also, the Russian tour shirt "Blodbad", is now available in the web shop as well.
Unguided over Falkenberg
Blodbad! And it's not the damn "The Witcher" logo. Fuck off. Some of you will understand, later.
The Nocturnal Halloween Ball:
Last weekend we celebrated Halloween at an annually ball spectacle, arranged by Nocturnal Agency. Peter, his wife and I was all decked out as three members from Slipknot; Chris, James and Mick. It was good fun! The original plan was for me to be Chris Redfield and Ella to be Jill Valentine. But since we had some complication on getting Ella's costume (well, she mistakenly ordered it to the United Kingdom instead of Sweden for some reason. I'm pretty sure there's no Stockholm in the UK!?) so we had to improvise a bit. Maybe next year!
Peter & Olga, before costumes and before a lot of Jack & Coke
Here's my Halloween costume
Before the taxi arrived. The driver was... scared.
Ella entering the catwalk at the fashion show on the event
Female Edward Scissorhands, the winner of best costume of the night!
Slipknot got new members, Hellboy for one!
This could have been a nice couple dinner?
Emelie (from the BOTC MV) and some giant chigger
Ronny, Ragge and Ella!
"Cuts & Stitches" photo shoot:
I guess there's no surprise for many that our crafty bassist does have his own clothing brand called "Cuts & Stitches". He just recently launched leggings in the brands name and Ella was kind enough to help out and lend away her beautiful legs for this occasion. Apparently I got stuck on some pictures as well. Once again; Linus Pettersson's flawless work!
Cuts & Stitches "I Will Never Stop Living" shirt
Preview of a couple picture
High heels and backslick (coming "Hard Riot" album name.)
One of the finalized photo's from the shoot
Yes, I finally reached level 90 on my rogue; Harbinger, just like a year too late from the release of the new expansion. I'm basically only doing some LFR to check out all the content and I also got my hands on one of the warglaives. Also a couple of years too late.
Coming for the OH, you Illidan scum
Life is running fast, I hope it will not hit rock bottom next year when I turn 30. But I have good faith since Roland claims; that's when life begins. If someone can confirm this, please inbox me. Here's a collection of pictures from the last months.
Underwent extensive surgery a bit over my ankle, the doctor promised a cool scar
We visited "Strega" the Cane Corso we borrowed some time ago
At texas longhorn, before we hit the cinemas
Two adorable slugs! (Disclaimer: We didn't see this movie, It did not involve enough blood & gore.)
Ella and Atlas. Atlas is my alter ego when the autumn moon is bright.
...makes this dude happy!
Usual sight when I come home from work, promise...
Autumn over Stockholm
We obviously had to capture those glorious colors
Thought I'd get all you Germans something to drool about. Here's stupid horses called Elks.
Waiting for the subway like a Swede.
Song of the day: Deep purple - Perfect strangers
A behemoth from another dimension
A lot of you have been curious on our Russian / Belarus trip recently, so I'll go into detail on that, in this blog entry. First off; I'm just going to say that the new album and it's release, is all going as planned and we hope we can nail a release date soon (which I probably have said for a couple of months now!?) The master of the album have just recently been delivered to Napalm Records and two weekends ago we recorded a video for the upcoming single with the guys at 11Frames Productions. This weekend we'll have a photo shoot for the album, with the very talented Linus Pettersson, and after that session, most of the puzzle pieces will be in place, for this MONSTER of an release! hehe.
Promotional video before the shows in Russia / Belarus
Now let's head straight into our east European trip!
Saint Petersburg - Russia, Part I:
Since we have a very thought through logistic placement on all the members in our band we had to fly into Russia from two different locations. Ella and I was going from the Stockholm airport, "Arlanda", while the rest of the guys, which resides on the west coast in our oblong country, was flying from Copenhagen in Denmark. Both of us were to fly into an airport in Moscow. The reason we had to fly into Moscow and not Saint Petersburg directly, was because our touring schedule clashed with another touring schedule; namely the president of united states of team America himself; Barrack Obama. There's a slight possibility he's stalking our band, but most likely he was just interested in the G20 meeting in Saint Petersburg. Whatever intensions he had; it messed with our plans and made it extremely difficult for our band and our little tour enterprise. Nor did he only made us reschedule the flying in, to Russia, he did also make a inconvenient touchdown in Stockholm, Sweden, on his way to this important G20 meeting. And just to be sure he closed the biggest highway in Sweden, and our road to the airport outside of Stockholm. SAFTEY FIRST!... Our flight was leaving 11:50 lunchtime, but since they wouldn't release what hours the roads would be closed (another safety precaution,) Ella and I had to head out Insanely early in the morning. Thank you POTUS! I'm all for you coming and high fiving the prime minister and let the Swedish King and Queen bring you up to speed on the latest Scandinavian gossip, but please check our bands touring schedule first, will you!?
We printed a new shirt for these specific shows; "Blodbad"!
At Arlanda, Aeroflot's office kind of looked closed.
A mob making sure the president is leaving Sweden,
so order in Stockholm city can be restored...
Didn't see AF1, but I tried to hitchhike with this one.
I was greeted with sniper marks all over my body!
Onwards to Motherland!
Anyways, well in Moscow, we rendezvoused with our Russian promoter and tour-guide, Sergey and his boss. Two very well behaved and likable persons! I got a feeling almost instantly that we were in good hands. The rest of the guys landed slightly later than Ella and I. And once we could fulfill the quota with simple head count on all the members, off we went to St.Petersburg. Sergey made sure to hire Jon Schaffer as our personal driver, since he know I'm a big Iced Earth fan. Very appreciated! Tourist as we was in this country, he also gave Jon a new name, and trained him in acting like he didn't speak English at all, and we had to communicate with the Jon.. sorry; "Yury", via Sergey. Nice scheme there, didn't have to do all that for us man!
Sergey, the boss and Ella drinking black vodka and vodka latte
220 WHAT? B? Bolt?! 220 BOLT!? Mindfuck.
In Russia; unguided guides you!
70 Swedish miles ahead of us to St. Petersburg, obviously we had to make a short dinner stop (and a couple of thousand pee breaks since there was a lot of beer onboard.) Sergey so much wanted to show us the Russina homely fare in full force. So he brought us to a restaurant, which was a bit westernized in is architecture and food taste as well, but we of course went all out on this place! Very nice Russian food indeed.
Two thirsty rockstars drinking vodka on cans
We arrived in St. Petersburg early in the morning and went straight into a hotel to get some sleep before get-in and sound check at the venue. It was not until we came to the hotel, I noticed one difference from Sweden in Russia.. oh well? However, when it comes to the showers in Russia, you have to wait 20 minutes for the water to become warm. And in some cases the "hot" and "cold" knob is inverted, so you don't really know. In some rare cases you can put the knob at "hot", and then wait 20 minutes just to release that "cold" is actually "hot", which means you have to wait another 20 minutes for the hot water to reach the shower hose and you can successfully take a shower. A bit frustrating, but I'm sure there's some meaning to all of this, it's just that I had a really hard time to see it, just during this moment.
Our fortress, hotel, building.
Breakfast, very retro!
We were happy we didn't stay at this hotel.
The Narva Gate
This was not the venue.
Well at the venue, the Club Arctica place was pretty cool actually! Save from the fact that no one spoke English, except Sergey then of course. This worked out well during sound check when Sergey was around, but once he had to attend to other duties. We did sign language to the sound guy from stage for 30 minutes before we gave up and he started to smoke water pipe instead of doing his job. All we wanted was to lower Roland's guitar in the monitors, surely not too much to ask hehe. Anyways, Sergey came back eventually and everything was back in order, just a lengthy sound check.
After a brief walk in the area outside the venue and dinner. The show was on! And the show was really good actually! We had a awesome time. Very intimate and personal, just the way we like it. We were really happy to see our Russian fans and mingle with them after the show, hope you had a great time as well!
Outside the venue
Lada power! In Russia they have an exclamation mark on your car
if you are a n00b. I'll vote for that in Sweden as well!
Concrete buildings. A lot of them.
Too slow for love and traffic lights!
Dinner! A rare pic of the driver; Jon "Yuri" Schaffer to the right.
Poo in a bowl. WTF Russia!?
Apparently this is were they got the ingrediens.
Support band! Arch Enemy, Russian edition.
Right before the show!
St.Petersburg rocked \m/
When everything was packed up, we had 70 miles back to Moscow, a impressive 9 hour drive. We suggested it would be good to get it over and done with! So we hit the road with our trusty driver "Yuri" once again.
Moscow - Russia, Part II:
We arrived in Moscow a bit earlier than expected and check in on a hotel straight away to get some quality sleep before get-in and sound check on the venue. Once we were done with that, we headed straight down in the Moscow metro and to a food place, to have a kind of sausage party. To eat one's bodyweight in Russian sausage was a weird but still euphoric feeling. Right after this we walked to the venue since it wasn't far from the foddering.
iPhone 5S behind you Roland, BEHIND YOU!
Ella ruins a otherwise perfect sausage party :(
ANNETBI EAECB! That means; HELLOVA SHOW in Russia.
Club Volta was a new venue, and a pretty big and clean place. We liked it a lot! When we arrived here, we bumped into our buddies in Deathaction. The captain of the band; Sergey and the drummer Aleksandr! I haven't seen these guys since they was support for us with Sonic Syndicate during some shows in Russia back in 2010. So it was good to see them again and to hear that they are doing well.
Sergey, drummerboi, I and Deathaction's local guard to the left
I'm an APTNCT!!! This is my APTNICT pass.
Sound check went more smooth here and we also had a video interview with some members in the band.
Blue Man Group again?
Support band, Eve In Fall
The show in Moscow was great as well! The audience was crazy as always in Russia and after the show we had a signing with the fans which was really pleasant. Good to see you all! It's really nice to see how dedicated fans we have there in Russia and we hope we can come back soon! Probably with the coming album.
Hitting the stage
The party continued after the show and we had a nice get together with the venue crew, some fans, as well as the promoter/organizer backstage after the show, were we drank Russian vodka and got as much pizza as we could muster!
Pizza and vodka.
Some hours later our ride back to the hotel arrived and we still had some patient fans waiting outside the venue that got their signatures and some photographs. We were heading out early in the morning for the flight to Minsk, so we made the most of the hours left that night.
There was some traffic jam on the ride to the airport the day after and we were a bit afraid that we would miss the flight. Also we had some problems with the check-in. Since on the flight to Russia we had pairs of guitars strapped to each other just to make one package of them instead of several. This was not approved on the flight to Belarus obviously, so we had some logistic issues before we got to check in. But eventually we ended up on the plain to Belarus.
Some important dude's house
The Derelict, Acheron LV-426 just outside Moscow
And they call me a nerd!? Fucking hill climb bullshit racing game <3
A self-assured airplane.
Minsk - Belarus, Part III:
Well in Belarus, they didn't even check our passports upon our arrival. This was weird since we were to do visas here at the airport as well and to see how super strict it was to get into Russia with the visas it appeared odd. When the promoter heard about this he was very concerned and after that a long wait on the airport was initiated hehe. He said we'd get a lot of problems getting out of the country if we didn't have the paperwork in order when we were to fly out. Which sounded reasonable. Why they didn't check our passports was probably since flying from Russia to Belarus is almost "domestic", or as it is for us Swedes to fly from Sweden to Denmark or something. I don't know, but obviously it wasn't needed.
"R <3 BENAPYCB!" It means; "I love my lawn" in Belarusian.
After a couple of hours we sorted our group visas and we could finally leave the airport on our car trip to Minsk! Well in central Minsk, we got fed once again and then we went to the venue. Club Re:public, this venue was huge. 1500 capacity! We were like:
- "Guys, you're are aware of the fact this is the first time we're in Minsk?"
But apparently all other venues for metal had closed and this was the only place to utilize. Fine for us! The gear and PA was brutal, and the crew was also very professional.
This guy was on tour as well, and deaf :(
Beer & boys!
After sound check we killed a lot of time in the dressing room since this was a bit off from the city central so wasn't much to see in the area. Roland, Ella and I went to the hotel to get some sleep before the show.
Support band; Nemdis. They were very STRONG! You can tell they
Me smiling for the first time in the history.
We had a great time during this show! The Minsk fans, maybe wasn't as many as the fans in Moscow, but they were still really loud and absolutely mad. I even think we had two wall of deaths hehe. That's one too many for an old fart like myself! haha, great job everyone, we had a great time.
Right before stage!
Once again after the show we made sure to meet the fans, take photos and get them some autographs. When everything was wrapped up and the venue was closing, we went to the hotel to get some sleep for some sightseeing in Minsk the day after since we had a late flight.
Ronnie Schmit, Belarus version and Yuri, the promoter.
We took the metro into city centre to get some breakfast and then we had a long walk in this beautiful city. Victory square was one of my favorite locations. Really majestic!
In Belarus Minsk, they take the owen on the bike!
Roger infront of some important building
The National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of Belarus.
And that flying in front of the building is Rich's jacket.
After a while the time was nigh to leave for Sweden via Latvia and to get home after this successful first ever shows in Russia and Belarus.
The ride home.
Just keep in mind that some of this is written with a slice of irony. We love Russia and Belarus, and really appreciate all the work that was done for us during our brief visit. We hope from all of our hearts that we can come back soon and make this a nice tradition!
Song of the day: F.K.Ü - Black hole hell
Where the last command was given
Send your questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: You have been a really inspiration to me and you are my idol. My question is what is your favorite song of all time and why? Mine is Bullet for my valentine “waking the demon” because I have been that situation but not snapped and killed someone lol. Plz may I have your autograph?
A: First off; good thing you didn’t kill someone. Those kinds of things will put you in jail, if you are not careful. Regarding your question; I had to think a bit one this one. But I’m pretty confident that I’m not lying all too much if I go with; “Welcome to Dying” or “Traveler in Time” with Blind Guardian. “Tales from the Twilight World” was the first Blind Guardian album I bought and it changed my entire life and perspective. I still get goose bumps listening to that album. Not a lot of music does that to me nowadays.
Tales from the Twilight World
Q: Hello Mr. Richard. I'm a big fan of The Unguided, but I am from Czech Republic. In Sweden there is a fan group that calls itself ,,Army of The Unguided´´ or 616 fans (since the days of SoSy). May I ask what it means to be a member or how its members are involved in such promotion The Unguided? Could give me an answer to at least some of these questions? Thanks so much and thanks for your time. The Unguided for life ! \m/
A: Hi Mr. Czech Republic, Army of The Unguided is our own little “unofficial”-official-fan-group. There are a couple of those on Facebook as well to support the band. We’d like organize it a bit better with a dedicated webpage and proper membership with different perks for the members, but up to now we’ve not had the time to do that. It might be possible for the coming album! If you have ideas or want to get involved in this, please let us know.
Q: Hey Richard, I was wondering if you could give any tips for writing lyrics? I personally have an issue keeping the quality consistent, as well as the progression of the story. Thanks!
A: I’ve addressed this before, but I think the essence is to get a good idea of the beginning and the end of the lyrics before you actually start writing. Whatever happens in between could be a bit more floating, but you should have an idea what you want to portray with your lyrics, what feeling you want to deliver and how to round it up and close the loop. Keep the choruses a bit more simplistic and catchy, while making the verses a bit more complex and intellectual is a formula I tend to roll with. I often start with the chorus and work it until I’m happy with the result, then I move on to “verse 1” and keep going chronologically. Another good tip is if you already have the music for the lyrics is to; close your eyes and listen to the song. What feeling does it stir in you? The first hint you get. That’s what you should go with! A neutral perception is worth its weight in gold. Once you’ve listen to the song a couple of times, it’s most likely gone, so make the first listen count! Listen with your heart, write with your heart and process the details with your mind.
Q: After reading your previous blogs, I came to the conclusion that u might not be the biggest fan of any kind of electronic music. But some days ago I came across a very interesting band called "The Browning". Even though I'm not a big fan of electronic music either, I like this band really much, because, in my opinion, they did a great job mixing electronic and metal parts. What do you think about them? If you don't know them yet, here’s a link of one of their songs.
A: What did I do to mislead anyone thinking I don’t like electronic music? I like all kinds of music, just that I prefer being in a metal band making metal music. I listen to whatever music comes my way as long as there are good songs really. Anyway, I checked the video out, and I liked both the video and the song. It’s a funny coincidence. Earlier today I was scrolling around on Blabbermouth, and I read the band name on some topic, and was like; “The Browning”? Really!? And got this picture in my head of a giant bung hole in space, aimed towards earth, ready to take a huge, you know what, on all of mankind. But once I got to read the latest news on Geoff Tate that picture dissolved. Still, funny coincidence, since I haven’t heard of the band until today.
Q. Happy birthday, Richard! I was bored during my graveyard shift this morning and I found myself wondering: if the Unguided were a team of Power Rangers (Unguided Rangers?), what would your respective colours be? My personal opinion is that you'd be the Red Ranger, Roger = Blue, Roland = Green, Henric = Yellow and Richard Schill = Black. And if a female Ranger is needed then Ella could fit the part of Pink Ranger. What do you think? I mean, come on, how could this Red Ranger picture NOT suit you? (I don't recall seeing such a question answered in your blog before so I hope my memory is fine and I'm the first to ask it.)
A: This is amusing and very disturbing at the same time. But I do think you got the coloring pinned down! Henric being the yellow gender-swapping ranger seems about right hehe. If we go up on stage like that, would everyone be willing to shut off their cameras and just enjoy the ride?
Q: Hey, just wondering, how much you charge for a feature in a song?
A: Charge? What nonsense is that? Why would I charge for what takes some five minutes in my home studio to track? All features I’ve done have been entirely free obviously.
Q: Until you leaved Sonic Syndicate the ex band is still working and is still active or when you decided to go away the band was definitely disbanded?*
A: Last I checked they are going in and out of hiatus, I’m not sure of their current status.
Q: There is a possibility to know your new Album name? :D
A: Yeah; TBA.
Q: Hi, Richard! Just wondering, will some of the songs from the new album have titles in Swedish as you were planning to do before?
A: Yes, there’s one song with a Swedish title. There are no Swedish lyrics however, which I kind of planned for that particular tune. But it just didn’t fit in. For the next album I’ll give it another shot!
Q: Do you like the band What Tomorrow Brings?
A: I do, yes. I know all of them in the band. Well, perhaps not the the new(?) bassist(?) but still. And I’m extremely happy to see that they reached their charity goal to raise funds to the “Cancer foundation” and immensely hope for their singer, Kristoffer’s, swift recovery from his ongoing struggle.
Q: Short question, back to sonic syndicate times (oh lord, I know ;) ) who are Tom and Floji? roadies, groupies, whatsoever? They are in one of your sonic tv episodes trying to learn swedish.
A: Tom & Flo were featured in SonicTV Episode 4 and were both roadies, groupies, and whatsoever hehe. Actually, Tom is a good friend to the band and has been around since 2007 and our first German shows. He’s running a club in Stuttgart called Bleeding Nose and is also making magic in his company D-NINE. He’s a manager, booker and does a little bit of everything. Like a Swiss army knife really, only German. He’s also the guy behind The Unguided playing on Summer Breeze 2012 and filming this clip with his GoPro. Flo was our promotion guy on Nuclear Blast, he worked on “Only Inhuman” and “Love and Other Disasters”, and then he found his love in Finland and moved there to start his own promotion company. If someone remembers the blog entry where I was in Helsinki and checked out Blind Guardian at Tuska. Ella and I stayed at Flo’s and his wonderful girlfriend’s apartment during our time in Finland. Haven’t heard from him in a while now; we offered him to do the promotion work on “Hell Frost” but he was overloaded with work so he couldn’t do it at that time. Maybe the coming album opens up for a new opportunity, who knows? He’s a really talented PR-guy.
Q: I know you won't remember someone who gave you a cookie when you came to Spain years ago with your old band, but anyway, what I really like to see is The Unguided breaking the Spanish scene down with your music. I was a fan of SS and the notice of Roland and you left the band was a pity, but I'm so glad of seeing you together again rocking out with your bro' too!!!! So, if I can do anything to bring you here, cause I'm f**king sure so much people would like to see you too, just let me know and I'll help you. And if you need a support band from here to play first and bring more people, I have a band and I know other bands too to do something legendary. Sorry for a loong message and thanks for reading it. Cheer up and rock!!
A: I remember every single person that gave me a cookie, in my entire life! That’s just one of those ridiculously important things, which you never tend to forget. Anyway, The Unguided in Spain would be awesome indeed but at this time, not very practical. I think we have to tie it together with some dates around southern Germany, France and maybe Switzerland (we all know how that went last time, through.) That would be our best shot I’d say. But I mean, we evaluate everything we get, so if there’s an offer from some club or promoter, our booking agents are all ears! You’ll find contact info on our website.
Q: Hey did you guys do any slight modifications to Singularity or Eye Of The Thylacine during the final stages of production for the new album? Like the same small changes you did to Pathfinder, Green Eyed Demon, and Betrayer Of The Code for their final album mix? Can't wait for the 2nd album!!
A: There are pretty big changes to those tracks actually. The biggest one being it’s a completely different mix from an entirely separate studio than the EP versions. There are new bass, new drums, and some new vocal takes and arrangements from both Roland and myself. New guitar sound as well, and also some lyrical changes! I’d say the step from Nightmareland EP songs to Hell Frost ALBUM is minimal if you see the changes on these two tracks on the coming album.
Q: Next week you will perform at Sunstorm Festival in Nordheim. I'm coming from Belgium especially to see you guys perform (6 hours' drive), because you are my number 1 band (since SoSy and now The Unguided). 4 July is my birthday so my question is: could I have a picture with you guys and have some autographs? It would be the perfect birthday gift ever!!
A: Hi birthday boy! I hope you got your pictures and autographs. I think you did, because we did mingle with the fans quite a lot at Sunstorm. Really good evening, that was!
Q: Will the instrumental of "Singularity" and "Eye of the Thylacine" change in the new album (Like Green eyed demon & Pathfinder did on Hell Frost) ???
A: Answered above!
Q: After the new album is released...will you post the chronological order of the songs in accordance of the book of the unguided???
A: Actually, with how the running order of the coming album turned out, the songs are pretty much in chronological order story wise. With maybe one or two exceptions, but it should be about right.
Q: Hey Richard how's things? Just a quick question I just heard a rumor that you have been in talks with AJ a promoter of Soundwave Festival Australia is this true and if so how likely is it that you will join the lineup? I really hope to see you guys here in Australia
A: It’s true that AJ did contact us on Twitter and we got a mail address. But after that we haven’t heard anything, unfortunately.
Q: Can I use one of your songs in a YouTube video?
Q: You probably get a billion messages but I'll shoot, anyway. I have a question: How do you get your harsh vocals so harsh yet so clean and so low yet so high? I'd love to know because your voice is just freakin amazing and I wanna learn how to sing harsh yet clean and low and high :3
A: Thanks for the compliment! If you look for early entries of this blog, there should be plenty of information regarding screaming.
Q: Can you guys make a 1920x1080 resolution invaZion and/or upcoming album wallpaper. Would be appreciated.
A: Once the upcoming artworks have been released we’ll do something like that for sure!
Q: I'd like to ask you something. You are #1 of whole growlers, when I heard you 1st time (Denied), my adventure with MDM started. I'd like to learn Growl but I don’t know how I should start. Could you help me with that, write some hints or something like that? Thanks in advance.
A: Same for you pal! There’s a lot of information regarding this in early entries of the blog. Just read up on it, I’m sure you’ll find a lot of helpful pointers!
Song of the day: Running wild - Little big horn
With your divided tongue all tangled up
Getting all set for our little Russian/Belarus adventure and we are all really excited to make the first ever; The Unguided shows there! Only set back (so far) is that; I think I'm coming down with a cold that got a bit of a vicious grip on my throat. Fear not! I'm getting a lot of hot tips on curative whiskeys from Roland. According to him they are both invigorating and healing. So this bodily intruder should be gone in no time!
Soon! St.Petersburg, Moscow and Minsk, HOLD TIGHT!
Our Facebook recently hit 25k "LIKES" from you; the fans! We are very honored over that fact and I still have fresh in mind when we merely had 1k and it feels like it was a lifetime ago, even if it was just in the beginning of 2011. Anyway; thanks a lot for the support! We are trying to keep the page interactive with our own sense of humor and necessary informative updates. Hope you are happy with it, and if you have any feedback; feel free to mail us down for all you're worth, we are always happy to hear from you! (contact info on our official website.)
I recently conducted a interview with Rock Your Lyrics, be sure to check it out here, should be interesting enough. We've also recently announced a few coming shows for winter 2013, you'll find some more information regarding that on the official page. Latest out is; the Christmas Metal Festival in Geiselwind. Yes! We are coming back to Germany and just to make it a bit more unguided, we are playing two gigs on the same day! We'll end the day with Shout Arena Festival in Anröchte.
THE UNGUIDED WINTER SHOWS 2013:
29/11 - Folkets Park - Huskvarna - SWE
30/11 - Falkhallen (Blackboxen) - Falkenberg - SWE
14/12 - Christmas Metal Festival - Geiselwind - GER
14/12 - Shout Arena Festival - Anröchte - GER
Also the Defector DCXVI shirt is back in stock at the official web shop, as well as the much requested The Invasion shirt that also sold out very fast the first print. This will most likely be the last print of The Invasion, that goes for the invaZion shirt as well, when it's sold out, I doubt we'll print any more of that one either. So here it is; giving you the heads up, so I don't get complains later on when they are gone!
Dressed for success and drinking Jack&Coke!
I've been on a wildlife fishing adventure, in the north of Sweden, with my pike bane buddy; Magnus. It was wicked trip, mixed with a lot of fishing, beers and bears. Armed with fishing poles and Gerber BMF 9" knives, we were more than ready to take on the wild in Northland. And we actually managed to catch 9 pikes, even if all of them weren't Nessy sized.
Strong beer for strong men
The sky fell down in Sörmesunda
Making Roland proud as well
The pike bane himself
Chillaxing by the brown bear tracks
This lure will sure do the trick!
Newly slain bear on the menu (read: apple & bacon sausage)
Tracking down good hunting grounds
The first catch, made us tremble by fear
This bear skull might actually have been a beaver skull
Really nice lakes
Now we're getting somewhere!
The natives had problems with my accent
Third night, we spent in this blair witch shack
The hunter son filleting the catch
Crocodile dundee style dinner!
Emptying the lakes
Mapping out Bromma
Celebrating that vacation finally is over!
Lunch with my laywer <3
On-call in Nynäshamn
BBQ with Jack
Song of the day: Mercenary - Lost reality