I never wanted guidance
Where were we? Shaving off beard, delayed album, Irish pubs, oh yes! The upcoming album is still in the making, and as you could read on our official Facebook the other day, it looks something like this:
The Unguided 2013 Photo by: Magnus Petersohn
- Drums (DONE!)
- Rhythm Guitars (DONE!)
- Lead Guitars (DONE!)
- Vocals (95% DONE.)
- Keyboards (95% DONE.)
- Bass Guitars (90% DONE.)
- Studio Fredman Mix/Master (50% DONE.)
So we are getting there, but there’s still some work to be done. We have received a couple of test mixes and it sounds amazing! I’d say it got a bit more edge to it than the Hell Frost album. We’ll see what you think! But it’s defiantly a heavier mix. Also, it’s by far been the most trying recording yet, for all of us. We’ve really poured our hearts into this one and can’t wait to get it out to you! As we are getting closer to the completion, we hope we can reveal more information regarding the album.
Sällström got a sip of Roland's special whisky
Nailing lead guitars
The ongoing Command & Conquer Tour with Smash Into Pieces and dEMOTIONAL is moving slowly towards its conclusion in Söderhamn (18/5). All the gigs have been extraordinary cool and all the dudes on this weekend tour are great. It’s a nice and dynamic band package and we are really happy in terms of how it turned out. The people coming out to the shows seams really satisfied about the shows as well and that gladdens us a lot! We had a hurdle on the Halmstad gig however, with Roland suffering from winter vomiting disease and couldn’t make it to the show. I went solo the crowd’s ass, save from “Phoenix Down” and “Eye Of The Thylacine” where Adam from Smash Into Pieces jumped in and helped us out. All respect and honor to him for being such an awesome person! In terms of the given circumstances the show actually went pretty well! Better than expected. We had no intensions of canceling the show, since we know the fans are traveling long and far to see us, so we made the best out of the situation. It obviously resulted in a bit confusing gig, yet a unique and overall good evening!
C&C Tour shirt!
Benji and I setting up the merch at Klubben
Hamberg junior and Benji flexing!
Ted was around to film everything for Monster Energy
LOADS of beer on the after-show party at Pub Anchor
Rille getting ready at Sticky Fingers
Our merch girls; Dima and Kyle!
Moments before the Sticky Fingers show
Jedi-meditation before gig
Sticky Fingers show
Henric at Kajskjulet (Halmstad) soundcheck
Roger increasing his amp-level to 11!
Nisse from dEMOTIONAL doing twin-horns
Our hero, Sällström making that phat sound!
kristOTIONAL caught with his pants down
Per & Adam from SIP hanging out at Kajskjulet
Henric being Henric
Benjamin from SIP got a new haircut
Henric doing his Klaus Meine imitation
Roland's substitute during the Halmstad show
Rog and Hank monster energized for the show!
The Chalmers gig last Friday was really wicked as well! Frankly I thought it would be a bunch of people not interested in metal at all attending to this show, but they proved me wrong ten times over. The Chalmer dudes and dudettes are defiantly metal all the way to the marrow and this show was wild! Once again our friend Christoffer “Stoffe” Andersson (Dead By April) joined us on stage during “Green Eyed Demon” to belt out some screams together. Really memorable show! Find pictures of the show here.
Gothenburg show at Chalmers
Getting shit done!
Very appropriate! Beer-tap backstage
Marcus (DBA) being social with his dumbphone
Hank and Stoffe (DBA) tuning the bass, hard work
I and Stoffe killing it. Photo by: Andrine Johansson
Green Eyed Demon Feat. Christoffer "Stoffe" Andersson (DBA)
As for my life there’s been a lot of stuff going on as well! We successfully killed a plant, since we watered it with Monster Energy instead of, well… water? We’ve also been a bit kvltural lately and visited the theatre instead of the cinemas. One play we saw was called “Demoner”. Not a green eyed one however. I enjoyed it quite a lot! My brother has also turned old as the trees, so we celebrated him last month. As well as visiting our friends in family Hamberg outside Nynäshamn to check out their newborn Cane Corso puppies. I’ve been on a fishing event as well with my friend and colleague Magnus. We’ve been trolling down by the south of Sweden at the coast of Simrishamn. We got 13 salmons in total (and lost 4,) some of them weighing in over and around 10 kg!!! Now we have enough fillets to eat salmon for half a year basically. Yesterday we spent time in old town of Stockholm to eat ice cream and enjoy the weekend Good times after an stressful album recording session!
I wake up to this every morning. Promise! Poor me...
Finally!!! High fives Kerrigan
Sis and her BF
30!!! Almost as old as Yoda.
Roger during his early jedi training
The old fart himself
Cane corso puppy
An entire hive of puppies
Extra firm grip
The Salmon God was smiling upon us this day
The unguided captain...
Got the leviathan! Photo by: Magnus Petersohn
We also visited Ale's stones
Norse ritual time
Ella made dinner out from her fisherman's catch
Ice cream time!
Song of the day: Avantasia – Black Orchid
We are lost but keep moving forward
The recording of the new The Unguided album have head-on collided with a couple of minor hurdles. As you know we all have very busy lives outside the band and for every cog to fit in the machinery and rotate as planned, there’s little room for unexpected happenings. We had a member being ill last weekend. And even if it was during a short period of time; it still complicated the original plan enough to make it worrisome. What I’m trying to say is that everything will be taking a bit longer than what we first expected. But we talked everything through the other day and are on top of things. Meaning; we have a plan of action to get everything sorted out (possibly not in time; but sorted out hehe.)
With the extra granted spare time; I took that weekend off and spent it with Ella and our friends. Ella also came to the conclusion that “blondes have more fun”(?) and bleached her hair for that weekend. Doesn’t really matter what hair color she picks, she always look alluring.
At The Liffey's in old town Stockholm
Lestat, Shakira and Kathleen Robertson
Blondes have more fun?
I’ve been dusting off some old hard-drives again and found some neat stuff that you might like!
Roger & Rich. Brotherly love from 2003
Gig in Falkenberg 2004
Before a gig in Falkenberg 2004
A gig in Gothenburg 2004
Fallen Angel's rehersal room 2004
Another Falkenberg gig 2004
Sonic Syndicate gig in Karlstad 2005
Same gig in Karlstad
Gig in Varberg 2005, I and our hobbit keyboardist
Fallen Angels logo
Old Sonic logo before J.A.Aranguren's modifications
Also since it was the international woman’s day today; I decided to shave off my beard to honor my female entity! It was suppose to be a hairy beast until the album was finished. But since it’s going to be a dragged out process now, I just can’t stand it hehe.
Redwood national park
Song of the day: As I lay dying – Moving forward
I've seen the tempest in darkest nights
The recordings of the new The Unguided album is coming along great and we have nailed vocals for almost 7 songs! Next weekend we’ll start on 3 more songs and then after that we’ll have two weeks off, until we finish vocal recordings with the final 2 songs. I and Roland are basically recording and producing everything ourselves and it’s a very creative and experimental atmosphere in the studio. Mr. Sällström slots in occasionally (to drink beer?) but since he’s very busy with other duties as well (to drink even more beer…); we’re spending most of the time alone. Some of the Roger’s project names for the songs are: Hinkpink, Kreig, Kvantum, Mandelskägg, Häggvert, Power and Räkfrossa. To name a few! Obviously the songs have been ornamented with their proper titles by now, which will be revealed in time, but he’s one creative sucker when it comes to project names don’t you think? Hehe.
4th album with the SM7!
Sällström drinking beer
Roland laying down some of them brown notes
I've missed the west coast kebab, Falkenbergs Pizzeria <3
Signing shirts on our company meeting
Golden arches weekend diet...
Sällström getting them sound-sausages together, rare footage of him working
End of session "distress rocket"
The rhythm guitars for the album are as of now finished as well, Roger had a visit to Pärlby and Jonas Kjellgren’s studio this week to finish the last 3 songs.
A married man
To celebrate the 100k views of the Betrayer Of The Code MV, we have released a combined intro video + music video of it now as well. Check it out here:
Betrayer Of The Code: Extended Version
The web shop have been updated with the “invaZion” shirt and as said earlier there’s a sale on old designs. Once the old “Hell Frost” designs sells out, we’ll make a new design out from the theme of the coming album! We’ve also announced a new gig in Trollhättan 24/5-13 at Backstage Rockbar.
At Valentine’s Day, I and Ella had a romantic evening at home with shrimps, white wine, roses and a delicious dinner! We had some ambitions to hit the movies, but since I had worked from early morning, I was pretty certain that such event; would merely an expensive sleeping ticket hehe. We had a mutual agreement that to stay sharp at home instead, close to coffee and its precious caffeine was the best option here. I love her with all of my heart <3
<3 <3 <3
It’s not us being creative in the studio at the moment. You have been extremely creative little wraiths as well! Just look at this:
By Benjamin Clarke
By Isaac Estevez
Stomach tattoo on Matias Diez
The Unguided logo by Rich Slieker
Pathfinder quote on Terryn Fredewell
Song of the day: Stormwarrior – Heading Northe
All the seats are taken in the house that makes the rules
It was certainly a productive weekend in the studio! I and Roland almost finished all the work we had planned. Almost! We will continue the vocal work on the coming The Unguided album, this coming weekend. It’s still too early to say what this really is going to sound like. There’s a lot of questions from you. Like; if the new material is going to be in the same vein as Hell Frost or not, If the EP songs gives a good idea of the album or not? I’m not sure to be fair. But I know for fact, that one of the songs we did this last weekend; was a bit more experimental. And the other one you will hopefully recognize yourselves in, now when you’re familiar with our sound. But still, these are very exciting times!
Two hairy producers
Roland and Sällström
Roland energizing himself
On our journey from Stockholm to Halmstad, where the studio; Sällström audio is located (and back again.) I and Ella almost listened to the entire Blind Guardian - A traveler's guide to space and time box set, in a row. That’s 15 CD’s of pure metal legacy right there! What an incredible collection indeed. Even if I’ve heard the songs, the past fifteen years hundreds if not thousands of times already; they are truly timeless and that particular band never ceases to amaze me. We have a huge surprise for you on the coming album. And I’m itching to open my jaws (of death) to tell you all about it already. But I will not hehe.
Lips are sealed, save from cream buns
C&C Tour 2013
Also I got this version of The Unguided Crest made by a Dutch fan. I think it’s pretty wicked!
By: Rich Slieker
Song of the day: Skyclad – The parliament of fools
Din rädslo äro större än att bliva rovdjursföda
In my usual manner, I initially will apology, for the fact that I rarely update the blog. But it has its very apparent reason in the constant work on the new The Unguided album. I’m having a lot of fun with the lyrics to the new songs and the creativity is flowing! Currently I have lyrics to 8 out of 12 songs finished (including Singularity and Eye Of The Thylacine.) And this weekend I will travel down to Halmstad and Sällström Audio, to meet up with Roland and start the vocal tracking. There’s still a long journey ahead of us, but instead of rushing the progress, a bit like we did on Hell Frost, we are going to take our time on this one. A pre-summer release is at this point unrealistic and we’ll simply just have to see when everything is finished. There are some absolutely amazing songs to come and I’m dying to get them out to you!
As said before, some of those songs will be a bit more thematic than the majority of songs you found on Hell Frost. They will directly continue the story of Where The Frost Rose Withers, Singularity and Eye Of The Thylacine. From a temporal point of view; some of them take place after those songs, some before and some right in the between of them really. I don’t think they will be chronological placed out on the album since it more comes down to the flow of the music, when we decide the running order. But I have an ambition to at least get the first and last song right. At this point there are four more songs revolving around that theme and I’m sure there will be a couple of more once the lyrics are entirely complete. What does all this mean then? Well, basically that the majority of the album will be a concept-album.
The Book Of The Unguided
I got a great sketch from a fan the other day. Really skilled with that pen, thanks a lot! For whoever missed it there’s also a sale on Hell Frost related t-shirts in our web shop (save from the actual album shirt.) and also the tour with dEMOTIONAL and Smash Into Pieces, will be receiving a couple of more dates soon. If you are going to the Stockholm or Gothenburg show, please get your tickets and join the events on Facebook.
Sketch by "Chelsea Grin"
Also, I got this baby the other day. Rumors say it’s completely sold out by this time (limited to 8000 copies.) And this is by far the most awesome box set I’ve ever laid my eyes on. I will dig into it this evening!
Blind Guardian - A Traveler's Guide To Space And Time
Last week I was on-call at my job, so had some time to hang out with my buddy Robin in Ascend! He had invested in a custom made lefty Fender bass guitar. That will certainly make Nils Henric Liljensparre proud.
Song of the day: Otyg – Trollslottet
Över iskrönt gränsrygg i ursprungsmakt
Yesterday was a blast from the past, with good company at the Irish pub The Liffey, located in old town of Stockholm. I and Ella was there to meet Johan, which I haven’t seen since our US trip 2011. Time flies too fast. His girlfriend and some other friends of them, were around as well, and we had a great time! Guinness and weissbier was the melody of the evening.
The receipt was a keeper!
When we got home, Ella got cravings for cupcakes(?) I got scared...
I know there haven’t been a lot of updates here lately. I simply do not have the time, the lyrical and vocal work of the upcoming The Unguided album is consuming all time I have at hand. The other week I finished a short story, basically the plot and legend of The Unguided. As said before, the comprehensive story was getting a bit too extensive; to keep only in my own head. So I decided to get it down on paper. It resulted in a tale of 6000 words hehe. It’s more of a function for myself, so I get everything correct in the lyrics. Whatever it will be released eventually, we’ll see. Ella got to read it however, and she really enjoyed it!
The other day we got a review of invaZion in Crank It Up and it almost got full score! 9/10, thank you! Read the Swedish review here. Also I got this fan art from Damian Redman some weeks ago. Very creative! I kind of look like Michael Scott from The Office hehe.
"That's what she said."
We also received a package from Sullen Clothing with shirts, so we can look sexy in the coming videos and photo shoots. It was awkward when I got to get it from the post office however! The Swedish word for “poison” is “gift”. And “gift” was written all over the box to make it fly, easier through the customs. I made myself funny over it, and asked the reception clerk if he intended to poison me. He however misunderstood the question and though I asked him if he was married (which is also “gift” in Swedish.) Ella started to laugh her ass off behind my back and he looked at me like I was the creepiest person in the universe basically. Good fun! Never struck me; that poison and married have the same actual word in Swedish through. Does make sense I suppose?
Sullen Clothing + The Unguided = <3
The weekend has been pleasant. I have visual proof.
Soft cheese, red wine and TACOS! ;)
Cream bun time is upon us soon!
Song of the day: Vintersorg – Svältvinter
You think your life is over
The updates here haven’t been overwhelming lately but I guess you kept yourself updated on the official Facebook, which is usually really active. I’ve been keeping myself busy with all sorts of things, mainly lyrics for the upcoming album, but I’ve also managed to get myself a portion of stomach illness the other week and was entirely wiped out for a couple of days. This in combination with being on-call with the job took a lot of time obviously. Oh, I forgot to mention this during Xmas, but I finally got my canvas picture framed, a gift from John Ekeroth. It looks perfect in my studio room!
Photo by: John Ekeroth
New Years Eve was sweet! The entire morning we stood in line to buy liquor, in the Swedish liquor store; “Systembolaget”. Something I’m not used to being from the small city of Falkenberg. I mean, I’m used to buying liquor, but not standing in stupid lines to do so. During the evening we had New Years Eve taco dinner just to move on to a good friend of us at Kungholmen, to celebrate the midnight vigil with champagne. Good times!
A line to buy liquor, MADNESS!
Last taco of 2012
Straight after midnight I have been stationary in Nynäshamn, on my electrician on-call duties. I’ve watched an infinite amount of movies and also got to meet my new friend Robin from Ascend who lives down there. He generously supplied me with a t-shirt and CD of the band. Thank you very much!
Ascend - When all hope fades
Ella had the time of her life Nynäshamn!
Regarding the new album, things are moving on smooth! Richard Schill just finished the drum recording the other day and without even hearing anything I know it sounds fantastic, because he’s a really talented drummer. Roger is up in Pärlby with Jonas Kjellgren to record a big portion of guitars. And I’ve been busy writing lyrics and recording pre-productions at home. I’ve come to a point where the story is getting a bit too complex to keep in my head. So I’ve begun to write the story down before I continued with the rest of the lyrics. I think it will be done tonight or the coming week. Whatever this story will be revealed in time or it will remain only lyrical content, I’m not sure.
There have popped up a couple of fun interactive things regarding the band! Two video interviews and one audio interview, here under are some links if you want to check them out! Also the dedicated fan Robert Felten has tattooed his entire back with the unguided crest. We salute you! The invaZion EP is also back in stock if you prefer a physical version here.
English The Unguided interview with Johnnyboii interviews
Swedish The Unguided interview with Rocksverige.se
And here's the Skype interview with Metaloud.com
The back of Robert Felten
The other day my British friend Nate sent me a picture on my private Facebook. He’s been looking to be a personal manager for me and he’s doing a great job. We’ll see what this leads to.
Mustache it up
Here's Nates words regarding the picture:
“I've had a word with my PR peeps, and I think we can help you appeal to a wider audience. The rainbow signifies you're proud to support the gay scene, and the pink throughout your clothing also helps support that, the handle bars are just a personal favorite of mine, maybe a windmill moustache would be better; but that is your choice.
The others are on their own, I don't have the time to help them too I'm not a charity.”
Thank you Nate! You are such an inspiration, cunt ;)
Song of the day: Seven Days Story – Tsunami
I am to live to the end of the world
I’ve decided to do a little 2012 recap on this fateful day. Some of the top 5 highlights from both the band and my life.
:: TOP 5 UNGUIDED HIGHLIGHTS OF 2012 ::
1. invaZion EP
To finally release a preview of what will definitely be the best part of 2013 (the new album!) at the rumored doomsday (2012-12-21) was surely something special. The awesome reception by the fans of the two new songs and the fact we archived this release entirely by our own engine. Underlined a huge milestone in our short but focused history. Thanks for making this important release as successful as it showed (and needed) to be. Fueled by unguided nitroglycerin and an iron will, we are belting out those album tracks one by one. The fans; will blatantly not be disappointed. And that’s a promise, I have no intensions of straying from. Listen to the songs here: iTunes, Amazon.com, Spotify
The Unguided - invaZion
Studio Sällström Audio
invaZion Poster / EP
2. Betrayer Of The Code MV
Once again, together with you, the impressive guys over at 11Frames Productions and a hard working band and its associates. We archived the most complex, extensive and beautiful music video in our carrier. Betrayer Of The Code, thematically based on Anne Rice’s; Queen Of The Damned and Vampire Chronicle books, took a lot of time, effort and money from all of us. But the result is as stunning as the original vision! To finally be able to do a music video that was directly tied to the lyrical content, was something special for me personally, since that’s nothing that’s really been on the map before. See the video here.
The Unguided - Betrayer of the code
"God damned us"
Mekare and Maharet
Creating vampires on the set
Drum 'N' Bass
The killing of the Queen
Wrapping up after two nights of filming
3. Bringing Hell Frost TOUR
Launching the band on its virgin voyage, across Germany, to support the debut album Hell Frost was definitely nothing we expected when we formed the band late 2010. Due to various reasons, The Unguided was not supposed to be a touring band. But as we didn’t want to disappoint the loyal fans outside of Sweden; we made an exception and decided to go that extra mile and ignore some of our principles. During the spring of 2012 we joined forces with Deadlock and Devastating Enemy and made Germany and its surroundings unsafe for a period of time. A time that was definitely worth every personal sacrifice!
Bringing Hell Frost Tour 2012
Die hard German fans
Deadlock + The Unguided = <3
4. Pandora’s Box BOX SET
The ultimate Hell Frost collection featuring a total of 14 CD’s with all sorts of goodies (pre-productions, instrumentals, remixes) you could wish for as a fan. And also with the highly anticipated lost and found song Deathwalker, which unfortunately couldn’t make it to the Hell Frost release, but appeared in its full glory on Pandora’s Box. To make a production as complicated as this, is surely something a lot of labels would back away from. But with the united powers of The Unguided, Jonas Kjellgren and Despotz we prevailed (after some frustration and delays of course hehe)! Get the box set here, listen to Deathwalker here: iTunes, Amazon.com, Spotify.
The Unguided - Pandora's Box
5. Phoenix Down MV
The premiere and introduction video of The Unguided, directed by our longtime friend; Patric Ullaeus and his Revolver Film Company, struck the beginning of the year with full force. The video visualize one of the favorite songs from Hell Frost and portrays a band reborn in its right element. See the video here.
The Unguided - Phoenix Down
Artwork by J.A.Aranguren
Henric on set
:: TOP 5 LIFE HIGHLIGHTS OF 2012 ::
1. Moving to Stockholm
There’s many highlights of 2012, but this one is surely the brightest of them all. To finally be able to eliminate that stupid distance between me and my love and move out from Falkenberg on the west coast of Sweden, to the capital of Scandinavia on the east coast. Definitely made my life a lot happier.
2. Gotland vacation
To indulge ourselves, in a well needed week long vacation, at Sweden’s largest island; Gotland. Was also a very special occasion of 2012. Just to relax in the beautiful medieval city of Visby and explore the island and all the mind-blowing scenery was a sensation in itself.
Sea stacks at southern Gotland
3. Sandhamn vacation
I haven’t seen much of the Swedish archipelago. And to set that straight, Ella booked a surprise trip to Sandhamn during the summer. Usually these parts of the archipelago are infested by brats (upper class youth), which I don’t go very well together with, seeing my bad to the bone metal background. But during this week, they were busy “washing champagne” elsewhere, so Sandhamn was practically empty. We had a wonderful stay here!
4. 28th Birthday
I hardly remember how old I am anymore since it’s uncomfortably close to that fatal 30 number, but on this day Ella reminded me with a Playstation 3! That definitely made me feel more blissful and younger.
Strawberry-Honey Ice Cream
At Ella’s birthday and at the annual Getaway Rock festival, I finally got to see Manowar live for the first time. Manowar is my childhood heroes and the band that shaped my only ideology in life, namely: "If you're not into Metal - you are not my friend!" The show was period the best I’ve seen in my entire life. I’m not objective.
Manowar at Getaway Rock Festival 2012
Fighting the world
So that’s that! As you know I’ve been doing these “Song of the day” posts on my official Facebook every day. And today was the final song of the year! You can check the entire 2012 playlist here, that’s basically your soundtrack for 2012!!!
Happy new year everyone! 2013 will be immense.
Song of the day: The Unguided – Betrayer of the code
When the armies of weakness
Since I haven’t managed to clone myself yet, it’s still needed that we travel to all sorts of different places in Sweden to celebrate Xmas. So after Christmas day, we traveled to mom's place in the deep spruce woods of Halland. The original idea was to visit mom on Xmas eve, but since we got the Dead By April gig last Friday down on the west coast, at pretty short notice. We sure as hell didn’t want to go pinball all over Sweden twice. We solved the dilemma by spending Xmas eve at Ella’s parent’s house and got our asses down to the west coast after Xmas day instead.
We got this cut-glass chandelier from Ella's parents
Our Xmas gift to mom! 2012 was a good year
Roger's gift to me
Mom's Xmas tree
Well down at moms place I’ve been busy pillaging the boy rooms of me and Roger. It literally was like time made a sudden stop in these rooms and no one touched them since we moved out around 13 years ago. Since she’s going to clean them out soon, I made sure to salvage whatever valuable items they could possibly gloat on.
Old photo of me with an dinosaur on my shoulder. I'm possibly 14-15 years here.
Roger's wall decoration
We also said "Hi!" to the Betrayer of the code dog
Before we left for the gig, we also made a visit to Robert's grave and obviously gave him an invaZion copy!
Hope you like the new songs uncle Robert!
The Gothenburg gig with Dead By April and Marissa Burns Trey was great. A bit unrehearsed from our side, I suppose, with some technical problems as well. But overall I had a good time! Find pictures from Accessrock.se photographer Robert Svensson here.
Dead By April
Photo by: Robert Svensson
Photo by: Robert Svensson
Photo by: Robert Svensson
Photo by: Robert Svensson
Photo by: Robert Svensson
Yesterday I had dinner with my celebrity friend Nicklas “Half-tooth” Bjelvén from RACKARTYGARNA. He’s a FMX hero, but since an unfortunate crash some months ago; his right leg was wrecked and need to heal after complicated knee surgery. But check him and his pals out in the video below, some serious daredevilry going on!
The half-tooth hero
Song of the day: Manimal – Shadows
Point me to the sky above
So if anyone forgot the fact it’s Xmas, here’s a reminder. So far I’ve had a glorious Xmas. Apparently I’ve been a good boy and to say that I received awesome Xmas gifts is a heavy understatement. My wife to be, is very observant and has followed the vague trail of crumbs, I’ve moderately placed after myself the past year. For example; she picked up the fact I’m a fearless barbarian in Diablo III and thoughtfully bought me both a new mouse and mouse pad. Just so I can continue slay demonic beasts even more vigorously. Rumors say the clicking efficiency of this new mouse is over 9000(!!!) She also realized the fact that I’ve got a growing urge to get back to drawing again, so she caught me totally off guard with this Wacom – Intuos5 pen tablet. Kuang Hong (Hell Frost, invaZion) have promised to give me private lessons and a tutorial, in how to use it hehe. I also got a calendar, stuffed with photos and highlights of the past year, really sweet. She’s definitely the best! I love her with all of my heart <3. So what did I do, to make up for all this? I got her a Canon EOS 60D. Since she always complains; that she would kick equally much ass behind the camera, as in front of one; if she in fact had a proper camera. Guess what? Now she does!
My wrapping fail; to the left.
A Canon EOS 60D attached to Ella
I'm not sure about you guys, but I'm thinking; HAMMERTIME!
As far as band stuff goes, the invaZion release has been really successful! You can still find the lyrics to the songs in this blog entry. We did a small Xmas special video for you guys. And since Roland promised his family a phone free day, I had to improvise that part! You can view the clip here:
Nokia 3210? FO REAL!?
There’s also a Xmas greeting from me in this video via AccessRock.se, check it out:
We also had some guests over the other day. Ella made Xmas food like the pro she is, for the occasion. We’ve both been really busy with work, the band and her photo sessions lately, so it was good to finally meet up with friends and chill out a bit. You know, just watch Nyan cat for 10 hours straight and all that sort of fun stuff you do with friends.
What is it? What do you smell? MANFLESH!!!
Swedish Xmas food
Mikkis trying to hide from being an international blog celebrity
10 hours of Nyan cat
Benji selling his "time traveling" shares, after watching Time Machine
Reaction to 10 hours of Nyan cat; very individual!
Anyways, merry Xmas everyone!
Song of the day: Misfits – Dig up her bones
Upon returning from the never-ending winter
Send your questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q. Hi Rich, could you make a list of your top 50 albums of 2011 for the next blogg? Thx
Before you make it, please don't misunderstand... because no, it is not the best 50 albums, but a top 10 for 5 different grades. :))
Hehe, thought this could be intresting. ^^,
01-10: The Unguided – Hell Frost
10-20: Iced Earth – Dystopia
20-30: Edguy – Age of the Joker
30-40: Within Temptation – The Unforgiving
40-50: Metallica – Lulu (Without even hearing it.)
Q: Will there ever be another opportunity to buy “The Miracle of Mind”? Also, The Unguided iPhone cover website directs me to the unguided website, which is under construction. When will I be able to order one?
A: “The Miracle of Mind” appeared on “Pandora’s Box” which is still available here. Also you can find the limited edition of “Hell Frost” featuring the song as well, in our web shop. The iPhone cover thingy was just a campaign that lasted for a short period of time.
Use your own
Q: The shirt in the middle of this picture did you only print it as a limited edition? I need it! Then I’ll have everything you ever released. Would be awesome to buy it!
A: We reprinted the same design for our tour shirt last April. I think we still have a few in our live merch stock but it’s not up on the web shop just yet.
Q: If you guys did have enough time for the guest vocals, who would of sung on what song?
A: I’d love to have Hansi Kürsch from Blind Guardian on a track. Also, Mikael Stanne from Dark Tranquillity. Those two would be my own dream preferences to be featured on The Unguided songs.
Q: I’ve been suffering from a copyright strike when I uploaded a WOW montage on YouTube with your music in the background. The music is NOT downloaded and I have the CD at home, which I ripped to the computer. The clip had 3 of your songs and I wrote out your credits in the end of it. If I understand everything right I need your permission to upload it?
A: You understand everything right.
Q: How did you announce to the rest of Sonic Syndicate that you were leaving the band?
A: I put a gun in my mouth and said; “-I’m leaving”. Then I took it out and said –“What I really meant was that I was leaving the band…” OR I rallied them in my hotel room after the gig at “Roko Naktys” (Lithuania) August 2010 and broke it to them. I talked with the band’s manager during the morning before the gig and told him first. We decided that I wouldn’t tell the band until we completed the gig. Roger, however, knew all along. Why I decided to do it at this gig was that it was the final show of the summer festivals, also my old boss called me at the airport before departing to Lithuania and suggested that if I wanted, I could have my old job back instantly. Then some of you know that I still did the support gigs for Sabaton and some of the Scandinavian dates for the “We Rule the World”-tour 2010 after the summer. How so, is simply because if I would have left instantly without warning, the band would get in a really awkward situation with no time to rehearse or to fill in for me. I didn’t want to put my brother in that position obviously.
Gun. Mouth. Now.
Q: “Light From The Abandoned Croft”....I've read the lyrics and I found that there were Swedish words to in...I don’t know what it's called bridge or something...well before the chorus...So what made you do that?
A: Thought it was a fun twist. I’m looking to do it in The Unguided as well actually. Swedish is a mighty language. At least one title of the upcoming album tracks will be Swedish.
Q: I thought in Hell Frost would be some gust vocals. Like I remember you've spoken about it, And we all saw pictures with Christoffer Andersson in our rehearsal room or studio (can't remember). Well, we expected guest vocals but there weren't any....Could you please answer why? Or even was it planned???
A: There are guest vocals on “Hell Frost”. The song “Pathfinder” features the beautiful screaming vocals of Peter Tägtgren (Pain, Hypocrisy). Christoffer Andersson was in the rehearsal room and made a guest appearance on stage in “Green Eyed Demon” at Malmöfestivalen 2011. Why we couldn’t work more with guest vocals on “Hell Frost” is simply because time ran out. Also for a debut album, it was more about identifying the band’s sound by our own means. We might just have some cards up our sleeve for coming adventures, however.
Q: Here I am once again asking you questions, well actually this more some kind of a request. Some time ago I started a Facebook page called ‘’Get The Unguided to Holland!!’’, my goal is to reach out to as much Dutch The Unguided fans as possible, make us unite and, go around getting publicity and asking various people to book you guys. But in order to get this all turned into reality I really need more members. I’m 616% sure that there are more Dutch fans than the ones I already have in the group so would you please be so kind to share the page on your blog and perhaps give a shout out at Facebook? It would truly be an honor and I think it is just the kind of publicity it needs! Besides, don’t you miss Dutch beer, stroopwafels and legal weed yet? Here’s the URL to the page.
A: Done! You can keep the weed, but I sure miss the beer and the fans a great lot!
I miss you!
Q. Any chance you'll expand the concept of "the dark star" from WTFRW? Maybe use it as an idea for the next album? It sounds fucking amazing as you make it seem like a beacon or light for The Unguided Just picture the artwork being this dark sun and 616 demons looking at it or being illuminated by it. Thanks :)
A: You have a great mind! The metaphor of the dark star is kind of coming back a bit in the lyrics of “Singularity”. Even if it’s not as straight forward as in the lyrics of WTFRW or “Collapse My Dream”! But in those lyrics it’s handled as a rallying point before the Zion invasion. The dark star, or the eclipse, might just be what you find in the unguided crest and it will obviously be expanded on more in future lyrics.
Q: Is the song you didn't put into the album ( track 12 ) a contrast or is it a different formula?
Or will it be a mystery until it releases? O: O: O: scooby doo
A: “Deathwalker” is not really a Scooby doo mystery anymore. But I think it’s quite different, yes.
Q: Okay, so on my alternate account, the video of The Unguided's song - Collapse my Dream was removed =[ Does this mean I cannot upload the band’s music at all on YouTube? It's a huge shame man =[ I'd hoped that with the offer of raising awareness of The Unguided you may have reconsidered your stance on copyrighted material on YouTube.
A: Dude, that sucks. Who did this to you!? Anyway with the ongoing negotiations between Stim and YouTube, we might actually just change our stance on this. We see how it goes! For now, use our official music videos to spread the word about the band if that’s what you intend.
Q: Hey Richard. First off, congrats on the amazing bounce back from the train wreck that Sonic Syndicate (unfortunately) turned into with the release of We Rule The Night. Hell Frost is fucking fantastic. Is there any chance you guys will be able to tour the United States during the Hell Frost cycle?
A: We would love to come over stateside. But at the moment I think that’s kind of hard. Might just work for a festival, who knows? We are sure as hell it's not impossible, but it’s really a big machine to get an entire band over the pond to rock out over there, at least on this level.
Q: I was wondering if Light From the Abandoned Croft will be (or already has been??) incorporated into The Unguided? Also, if you are to make another music video, which song would you and the other band mates like to use?
A: LFTAC will never be morphed into a TU song unfortunately, since the music is written by Robin. And by the looks of it “The Curse Of A Gift” won’t either. Regarding videos, we recently split with Despotz and therefore there won’t be any more music videos from the Hell Frost + Deathwalker tracks. Would be fun to do an epic LOTR MV to Deathwalker however, hehe. We are looking forward now!
King of the dead
Q: I had a couple questions concerning if Sonic Syndicate were to disband:
1. Would Roland now be able to perform songs from Sonic Syndicate live (or does the contract stay intact after the band ends?)
2. Would you (or The Unguided) be able to purchase the rights to Eden Fire from Pivotal Records, and perhaps release that special edition version you always wanted?
I am well aware SS is still intact, but when any band takes a pause there is always that chance that the band will not return. It would be great for you guys to be able to play Eden Fire songs at The Unguided concerts (even if for only for the occasional "throwback" song for diehard fans), and having that special edition album would be amazing.
A: 1. Perhaps, the contract is actually written by the company behind Sonic Syndicate and Roland. A company, which is in its current state, only includes John and Roger. And not to forget; myself as a shareholder, hehe. But to be fair, we’re not looking to play Sonic Syndicate songs. So we’re not diving too deep into that. We’ve moved on, they’ve moved on. You should too!
2.There’s a chance that would work, since we kind of have our own label now. Or, the company The Unguided is a label in itself. But the chance that we actually would do it is really slim. First we would have to get rid of the contract that ties Roland down. And as said, we’re not looking to do that so it kind of defeats the purpose.
Q: Any hope to hear Where The Frost Rose Withers Live?
A: It’s been played live plenty of times as of now!
Q: Any Hope to hear an acoustic Hell Frost Song?
A: The first idea of the Phoenix Down single was to make a vinyl + CD hybrid and put a acoustic version of PD on the vinyl side. Unfortunately, they stopped to manufacture those hybrids so the idea was scrapped. We’ll see what happens in the future!
Q: Where can I get "psychic suicide demo ver"? Should I buy album only inhuman?
A: YouTube, I believe. Click here. The song is not featured on any CD, or official release.
Q: Is there any chance Nightmareland will be available with its original art work again? Would love to own a copy. Doesn't need to be jakebox, whatever works for me. Got the later printed CD version, but I prefer how it looks on the original one. :))
A: Nightmareland won’t be reprinted again, unfortunately. There should be some perks being one of the original 616, right?
Q: I'll cut this short. You're a Redditor, aren't you? :3
A: No. I’m a Sith lord.
Q: Well, are you going to keep teasing us until the single finally comes to our door step, or are you going to tell us the track listing?!
A: Track listing for what!?
Q: About the single, why did you not make a poster? Would have been the sickest.
A: I think this is regarding the PD single and there was a poster of that during the Pledge Campaign.
Q: The single, it stands 3 bonus tracks, does that mean there's 4? seeing how I don't see "Phoenix Down" as a bonus track.. still, is it tracks released on Hell Frost?
A: There were four different versions of PD: original, instrumental, remix and pre-production.
Q: Could you guys make a Unguided wallpaper for the Facebook timeline? Would've kicked ass!
A: Done! You can get it on our official Facebook.
Q: I have a question: I'm from Germany, and was on the Despotz Records website to order the "Ascent of the Ice Phoenix - Package. Then I wanted to add the Nightmareland [CD], because I don't have it by now. But when I see my buying summary, I have to pay shipping for EVERY SINGLE ARTICLE! Why is that so? Can't they put everything in one bigger package for the shipping? (Funny thing that the Nightmareland [CD] costs only .16 cent more then it's shipping-cost to Germany xD) Hope you can help a loyal and obviously confused army member ;)
A: That was a stupid system yes, and nothing you need to worry about anymore since there’s a new system in our new official web shop.
Q: Hey Rich! I was just curious to know if The Unguided is planning to ever have an online merch store where you put all your merchandise on it for us to buy from, rather than only having a limited number of packages every now and then. I just think that this would be a lot more beneficial for us because I'm sure I am not the only one who has paid for a full package when we really only want one or two of the items. I don't know, it's just an idea and I would love to get your opinion on what you think of it.
A: Your wish is our command! Our new web shop is structured like that.
Q: Are accessories eventually going to be sold separately? (phoenix down hat, wrist band, dog tag necklace)
A: We had a limited number of them in the web shop, but they are unfortunately sold out.
Q: I noticed The Unguided is working with Ayam Music Group, is that a label or a booking agent?
A: We’re not working with them anymore. We have an exclusive booker for the band now in Chris Lemon and Danger & Music Media.
Q: Why you don't have any tattoos???
A: I think I’ve talked about this before. I see no reason to have a tattoo. I think they look awesome, but I prefer to be as I was originally intended to be. I’ve I survived 28 years without tattoos, I’m sure as hell not going to budge for it now. Also, it feels special to be “un-tattooed” in an industry where everyone is just stuffed with them.
Q: You should definitely go to Rome from 2/16 to 2/18 or to Paris from 2/20 to 2/22. I'm going on a school trip then and it would be so crazy if I saw you there since that's probably the closest I will get to Sweden in a long time. If you do it I’ll buy you food!
A: Love to come to Rome! But there are no plans as of now.
Q: I'm not sure if anyone has asked this yet, but I'm still curious. When The Unguided gets more and more fans, I know I've been doing my share making people listen to Hell Frost haha, will it ever be possible that you guys, or Despotz, will remake and sell merchandise from the previous packages for those who missed out on getting any of them?
A: We’ve done some reprints in the official web shop.
Q: I think you should play at Getaway, Metaltown & Sonisphere Stockholm!
A: We think that too!
Q: Was wondering if I sent you some lyrics would you consider using them in one of your songs?
Q. Hello, Richard I would like to know how to get the same hairstyle you had in The Unguided - Phoenix Down? Is there a name to it, so I could look it up and get a picture to shower to a barber? If not could you please in detail explain, how you had your hair in that music video? Thanks, I love The Unguided I’m very happy that you guys started a new band.
A: Get some alopecia and then mix it up with “American Crew Fiber Wax” and hairspray and you will be on your way! Actually, it’s not that hard? It’s simply just the Stockholm hairstyle without the back slick and not that long hair as in its usually taking. Also don’t shave the hair in the upper neck.
Q: Will you sell the “BOTC” poster later in time?
A: It’s up in our web shop here!
Q: Hi Richard can ask you 1 question about scream technique. If I can scream pretty good, to increase my scream skills I need listen more music with parts of this technique and sing more and more, or you know another way to improve it?)
You've been a great help if you will answer me.
P.S. Btw nice clip.
A: No, that sounds about right. I don’t know if listening takes you really far, but mimicking others is a great way to get into the technique. Keep it up!
Q: Hey Rich, I’ve read on your private profile that there is a possibility that the unguided will once play at BN in Stuttgart. Is therefore really something in progress?
A: We played Stuttgart last April!
Q: What I’m actually about to ask is: When will you guys fuckin come over to Germany!?! I neeed to see you live on stage cause the time I had to wait for the good old sound like in sonic times 4 2 long!! So please come over soon! p.s. would you like to bring Deathstars with you like in good old times? :P
A: We have done so, twice! Might just have something worked out for the coming year as well. Stay tuned! We’ll ask Deathstars as well, hehe.
Q: All I can say is wow! You guys made an amazing video for Phoenix Down and it's one of my favorite songs off Hell Frost. Can I ask what the t-shirt is you are wearing in the video, the one with the cobras on it and where can I get it please? I work with reptiles and breed them, and we keep many cobra species at work so I really want this T-shirt. It can go in my collection along with my The Unguided and Hell Frost t-shirts (I missed the Betrayer of the Code one unfortunately). I'd also like to get my hands on a TU wristband if possible!!!
A: The shirt is a Sullen Clothing one called “Knightmare”.
Sullen Clothing Knightmare
Q: Also, how many more videos do you suppose you will release off this album? 1? 2? Because there are too many awesome songs and I want to see a video to them all. Maybe you could put up some sort of poll the fans can vote in for which songs they would like to see a video for the most? Either that or you can just make all the other 10 songs into more music videos ;) But seriously, Iceheart Fragment & Pathfinder please! These songs make me want to go crazy and scream along even when I am on the bus going home from work!*
A: We did that poll and ”Betrayer Of The Code” won! Thanks to you guys there’s now a BOTC video up there. I doubt there will be more videos of “Hell Frost” now though.
Q: It would be really nice if you played at Faceplant Metalfest in Malmö!
A: Unfortunately, the festival was canceled as far as I understood?
Q: I read on Facebook, that The Unguided will be playing on Summer Breeze. Is that The Unguided's first show in Germany or will you be playing in Wacken, too? If you're playing there, it would be so awesome to have you and Amaranthe there. Otherwise I would go to Wacken and Summer Breeze, to see Amaranthe and The Unguided. But think about it. Wouldn't it be hell-freezing-epic when The Unguided's first Germany-show would be on Germany's oldes and biggest metalfestival? ;D
A: Our first German gigs were in April this year. Unfortunately, we didn’t play at Wacken last year.
Q: Where do you buy your WOW figures? :)
Q: I really love the new album.. I got the special edition and listen to it pretty much every day.. I really want to see you guys live but can’t afford to travel around Europe to see you... are you planning on coming to London any time soon!! If not then Please please please please please... Come to London! I really look forward to actually seeing live, some day.
A: If we play in the UK anytime soon, I’m most certain the premiere will kick off in London.
Q: Can I take part of that intro you use at live concerts? Would be awesome! #426
A: It’s up on iTunes!
Q: What do you think about ACTA?
A: A stupid attempt. Through the original intension of anti-piracy is good. But to cripple the internet is not the way. I have some ideas! The government can call if they’d like.
Q: Richard is coming soon more shirts in the shop? or hoodies because I got never the chance to buy a shirt and the summer is coming and I need someone! :P
A: There’s plenty of shirts in the web shop. We still need to figure out a hoodie design.
Q: Will you allow me to create another forum for you guys?
A: No. The old one turned to shit, twice! So, there’s no need.
Q: Hey Rich, can you recommend some good live mics for growling?
A: I prefer Shure Beta 58A and Shure SM58.
Q: About the Nuclear Blast.: When SS got a contract with the Nuclear Blast, what included it? Mainly about the studio work to recording the "Debut" album Only Inhuman. Nuclear Blast "gave" you a studio for a while to record it all or the band should have paid the studio works. How is it work with the big labels? About English.: Which english do you prefer? British or American etc.. About a new videoclip.: If the 2nd clip is not will be Green Eyed Demon, it has any chance to be 3rd? Because it's my favorite "The Unguided" song.
A: I think we signed for 2 albums, and 2 or 3 options, or 1 album and 3 options, I don’t remember. Meaning Sonic Syndicate still has 1 or 2 albums left with Nuclear Blast before they have to renew the contract. They kind of let us do what we wanted with the studio and paid for the bill. For WRTN they wanted a big name as a producer and we selected Toby Wright (Korn). I think Nuclear Blast was great! They know the business and did one hell of a promotion and push for us. But unfortunately there was too much trouble in the band and its management in the end. I’m not sure whether I like English or British English the most. I tend to mix them both hehe. There won’t be a video clip for GED unfortunately. The fans voice was heard and the majority selected BOTC for the second video.
Q: I'm still listening to Hell Frost at full throttle :D I was wondering, do you think you can do a cap for your next merchandise package? I need a cap, and I can only find hiphop caps - and Hell will freeze over before I wear a hiphop cap! No pressure, merely a suggestion :-) I would definitely buy a package containing a cap ^^ by the way, I've still got room for another poster on my wall ;-)
A: I’d love to do a TU cap, maybe for next summer?
Q: You Rich do you know what 60 x 10 + 180 - 272 + 108 is?
A: Without even running the numbers I’d take a wild guess on 616 hehe.
Q: Richard The Unguided Sjunnesson what is the brand of watches you wear? Because honestly those things look really cool.
A: I wear the brand POLICE’s watches. I broke the glass to the one I use in BOTC some weeks after the recording however, hehe. Glass and brick walls are not friends.
Q: Are you a fan of Dubstep?
A: I’m a fan of music.
Q: Ever consider going to Dubai?
A: I actually have a German friend in Dubai, and I love to visit him!
Q: Can you advice me? I want to became a singer, but I can't screaming. Some advice please) sorry for my bad english, I'm from KG. There it's a problem :(
A: I can’t scream or sing! You’re 100% better than me. Try to learn the technique by mimicking others and keep practicing. Doesn’t matter where in the world you’re from, everyone can master the technique!
Q: And, I wish that we'll be friends, Really friends, not just fun/artist. I don't want to be fun, I want to be friends x) It is a lot of probably similar offers comes, but nevertheless, who knows)
A: Cable guy!?
Once you're hooked
Q: I’m curious if you can make more attempts at Robin to sign the license for you to play old Sonic Syndicate (EF-LOAD) songs live?
A: I conversation like this means talking with each other. And if you think Robin and I are talking at all in this day and age, you live in a very fictional world, my friend. Besides, we’re not pursuing to play Sonic songs anymore and haven’t been for a long time.
Q: How are the chances of seeing you guys in Germany 2012, other than on the Summerbreeze? Because Summerbreeze ist quite far away from me, and the whole Line-up isn't that great for me. If the gig on the Summerbreeze is going to be your only gig in Germany, I'd consider going there after all. But if there's another opportunity to see you guys in Germany that would be great.
A: There will be more opportunities to see The Unguided in Germany, be very certain of that!
Q: Hi, I said you in twitter that i was trying to learn screamo, and I like how you do it. How did you learn it? Have you got any trick to do it better? Thanks.
A: I sold my soul to the devil and he granted me “screamo”(?) power!
Q: As I absolutely love your band and follow you with everything I would just like to know when you will be coming for a UK tour and where can I get the signed special edition of your album, or have I missed out on that. I would be very sad if I have. thanks P.S. How much did Roland's Ibanez RG870QMZ BI cost?
A: There’s no plan for UK as of yet. There’s no signed special edition of the album but there’s a special edition here and also the “Pandora’s Box” here. I think Roland has a sneaky deal with Ibanez so I assume it didn’t cost a fortune, if any.
Q: Hey, do you know if there are any records of the live performance in Malmö of Green Eyed Demon with Stoffe?
A: I think his dad recorded the song! But I haven’t seen any. Maybe ask him on Facebook?
Q: Yo Richard! Just wondering what graduation you need to be an eletrician? Becouse you studied to be that, right? A lot of people say it’s a good education and I’m considering doing it.
A: I went 3 years in Sweden’s version of “high school” at my electrician education, last 2 years with the direction electronics. I really recommend it warmly! You never need to worry about work again, since there’s always need for electricians and I love the profession. The world needs power to run, without electricians, there would be none of that, hehe.
Q: Heey you finally answer :p Actually I want to share mail about everything (music and others) cuz I really love your group...and I need to improve my english :) I discovered LOVE AND OTHER DISASTERS last Christmas and I think u have a big idea with The Ungided cuz a great group as yours mustn’t disappear (sorry for my english im drawing for work)
A: Thanks for your faith in us!
Q: Cheers man :) any chance of you guys playing download this year? I would very much like to see you there :)
A: Would love to play Download! But there’s nothing planned as of yet.
Q: just asking, there is any possibility to see you all in Italy soon? Anyways keep going with this! You guys rock!
A: If we do a Europe tour eventually we’ll make sure to play Milano for sure.
Q: What my draw? If ye want I have many draw :) my favorite song of LOVE AND... is fallout ( someone has to build ...) that's poetic XD
Q: If u have it come on msn it will be easier to talk :)
A: I don’t use MSN.
Q: Excuse me maestro what’s the best way to make music artwork?
A: Depends on what style you want to archive and if the artist work goes well with the music and lyrics. We use Kuang Hong, J.A.Aranguren and Gustavo Sazes. Their work goes very well with the style we’re taking The Unguided in.
Q: So when do you come in Toulouse with Unguided ?
A: Would be a cool place in France, but I think if we go anywhere in France it will be Paris.
Q: That shirt is waaaaaaaaayyyyyyyy too expensive! I know $40 something is too much. Is that really how much it’s worth? Nobody's going to buy it. I would at a lower price or if there was more included. And does this mean My Own Death the next music video? I hope you guys do Betrayer Of The Code. That'd be the best!
A: If it’s the “My Own Death” shirt that you think is expensive and won’t sell, you’re wrong. Fact is; it’s one of the shirts that is selling really well. Why the shirts are slightly expensive is because we changed manufacturer and wanted to up the quality. So if you have an: “The Unguided Official Merchandise” tag at the neck of the shirt, you know its proper goods! As you already know, we’ve done a BOTC video. I hope you’re happy pony.
My Own Death
Q: I am writing to you because I have a question. I wonder where my “Ascend of the ice phoenix” package is. It´s possible that I misunderstood something but it shall be here for a while or am I wrong? I´m sure that I’ve ordered it.
A: The package was delayed because of the necklaces, but you should have got it by now surely? If not please contact email@example.com
Q: Another question is about the My Own Death Shirt. PayPal is no possibility for buy it. Am I right?
A: No, you can use PayPal at our official web shop now as well.
Q: I wish I could hear the stuff from The Unguided at work. The Unguided is unique and I love every part of it.
A: Thanks for the support! You should tell your manager to play The Unguided at work. It’s like healthcare but better!
Q: Hi there, I am from Canada and am a huge fan of The Unguided. It turns out that I will be in Sweden around the middle of April, however I will not be able to make the March 31 show... Which is more disappointing than words could possibly describe, seeing as how narrowly it is being missed. My question is if you guys do any small time performances or partake in any other events around that time that I may be unaware of, if there is any chance that I may be able to see you guys that would make this the ultimate trip ever, since I may never get the opportunity to be in that part of the world again. Any information at all would be awesome. Thanks for your time!
A: Hey there traveler! I know I’m late with this so I’m not sure if you saw the 5th of May show in Gothenburg?
Q: For me it is a very exciting time right now. It's the first time that my band really gets attention, with that label deal and the very first album coming up. How was that for you? How was it when you got the deal with Pivotal Records?
A: The dudes at Pivotal Rockordings are good guys and treated us well. It was their first release as a label and our debut as a band, so we kind of made the journey together. We still have some contact every now and then and it was cool to finally put out a real record instead of demos. Before we got in touch with Despotz, Alexi at Pivotal and I actually talked about releasing Hell Frost at their label. It didn’t work out in the end, but would be symbolic for them to house both Eden Fire and Hell Frost, I suppose.
Q: Just had a couple of questions for you. U said you were writing new lyrics and stuff like a madman lol. I was wondering do you know what kind of direction your wanting to take the next album to? Like more soft or more like Hell Frost or even harsher? And do you plan to make more tracks then their currently were on Hell Frost or about the same? ^^ Thanks for reading man I'm always trying to keep myself psyched for any Unguided news lol
A: Who knows? I guess you get a first taste of it with the two “invaZion” songs. We just write what we feel like, and don’t really plan any direction for it. As far as the lyrics goes, I’m following a story that began with the awakening on Nightmareland and Hell Frost. Now there’s going to be some friction with the coming EP / ALBUM. You’ll see!
Q: I've got one question about the former band Fallen Angels how many of the Soulstone splinter radio edit singles had been released in that time?
A: Oh, I don’t know how many we printed. Probably somewhere around one hundred copies. I don’t think I own one myself to be fair. I remember the artwork being a photo from Niklas Henrikczon.
Q: I’ve just one question, is there a way to get some signed drumsticks? I live for playing my drums (even if I played since one year) and John is just an amazing drummer! I would go to one of your Germany concerts but there is no one where I could go :( So I hope my dream of signed sticks could be true, and as fast as I can I will do some drum covers, whatever happened. But signed sticks would be really, really nice ;) So, I repeat myself...hope your tour would be very great.
A: John is not in the band anymore as you probably know. If you are interested in signed drumsticks by Richard Schill, try contacting him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: I was thinking about how great a "The Unguided Snapback" would look, and I thought I should share my ideas. I was thinking you could do one for "My Own Death". Considering that the base theme of the artwork for that song is death itself, it could have the Unguided logo, along with the crest, and Death's mug shot on the left-side of the front. I have a great picture in my head; I’m just not that great at drawing it out. Something along those lines. Even a Phoenix Down snapback would look absolutely amazing.
A: We are looking into doing a cap for the summer I guess. But it’s a great idea! I don’t think it will be anything Hell Frost related through, since that “era” is kind of over with the new EP.
Q: I am, huge fan from America and I’ve followed you guys from S.S to now and actually got a lot of my friends into your site and The Unguided and I wanted to ask if you guys ship your merch to the u.s
A: Thanks for the support! We do ship merchandise to the US from our official web shop here.
Q: What would you say about an app for android about the unguided? I might be able to develop it as long as you provide some ideas.
A: Sounds cool even if I’m more of an iPhone kind of guy! Maybe for the album release. If you can remember to contact me next year about this around March – April, that would be great because I might forget it, hehe.
Q: I’m a guy at 19 springs that have done some demos with my band and I’m curious how you spread your music in the best way? I guess it starts with your friends and stuff, but where do we go from there? Play as much live as possible? YouTube / Myspace? Bloggar? If you have a tip that would be extremely apprechiated! Congratulate on the fortunes with The Unguided, you guys rock!
A: First of all you must have quality music. If it’s not good enough, no one will care. Doesn’t matter how much promotion you do as long as the songs aren’t quality. Then as you say, play live as much as possible. Take everything, everywhere. Don’t expect any pay in the beginning but once you do it for some food and gasoline it’s at least somewhere on its way. Funny videos on YouTube is a good way so show you’re cool dudes. Even if people don’t like the music, they might appreciate your sense of humor and START to like your music, who knows? MySpace died a long time ago, skip that. Push Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Print up demos and send them to music magazines you like and also to labels of course. It’s not hard to release music by yourselves digitally now days, so maybe that’s something for you?
Start a band
Q: If you release another music video, can we do another lyric video for that song as well like Phoneix Down?
A: If we allow one to do it, everyone’s going to do it. And as of now we want to have views focused on the official video. Because numbers at one clip count instead of having them scattered over hundreds of different fan made clips, if you see what I mean.
Q: Hi! I mean, my cousin wants to learn guttural. And asked me to ask if you have any trick or a technique to sing like you do. Thank you!
A: I hardly do guttural, so I don’t know. Stand on his toes or something?
Q: How r u man!? Ready for the action!? Can you answer? Will u get with the concert to Russia or may be Belorussia!?
A: We actually looked into booking 1 or 2 weeks in Russia for March next year but it didn’t work out in the end, unfortunately. We’ll look into it further in time.
Q: I want to ask you about your Religion, please can you tell me; what is your Religion?
A: My religion is; NONE. There you go. However, I was born Christian and I’m within the Church system here in Sweden. But it’s mostly because if I get smitten for some sacrilege I’ve been up to. I don’t want them to just toss my carcass in the backyard. I want a proper burial. Or a Viking burial would be nice as well. Take note! Anyway, I’m not a very religious man; I believe I’m in control of my own life.
Q: Good evening chap, do you have a rough idea of how many songs will be put onto the next album?
A: There will be 10 tracks on the standard edition and ~12 on the special edition and possibly a remix or 2. So ~14?
Q: I’m registered in Facebook and I wonder weather I can change my Facebook name from Florian Klöker to "Florian The Unguided Klöker" I hope you don´t mind.
A: Of course you can friend! As a matter of fact, everyone should.
Q: I was at woody the other day; up in their office I walked by your rehearsal room. Look at your door next time you practice. Was so hyped I was going to pin 616 into your code lock when I discovered you practice there but it ended up to be 6666 lol, don’t know what went through my mind. Anyway U ROCK! - A fan :D
A: This is kind of weird. But OK! Ride on.
Q: I hope you guys had fun with Amaranthe and them lol I was wondering have you ever thought about or maybe in the future you guys might play at Rock AM Ring Nurnberg Germany? Because they have the best video footage for bands I like watching bands play there day or night the camera's go all over the place up close and far and everything. I think it would be a great place for you guys to play live one of these days. Because have you seen how many people are in that audience? Like a billion The Unguided would totally get noticed there lol not saying you’re not already but I hear that place is always packed to the max. Just thought I would see if that would ever be in your future plans lol That would be awesome watching The unguided at night there and all the lights on the stage and everything it would rock :)
A: Rock AM Ring would be great. But I think a booking like that is a bit fictional as of now, hehe.
Q: We would like your advice on getting gigs, touring, writing music and on how to scream. We are from a band called Evade and are based in Milton Keynes, England. We have only recently formed and are getting a lot of our own songs sorted and wanted to seek advice from one of our influences. Thank you for your time!
A: As said above to the 19 years old guy, it’s basically the same concept for you. It’s a long way to the top if you want to rock n’ roll.
Q: I'm sure you get hundreds of these daily, but would you please check out my band's debut single here? As a fellow vocalist you are a huge inspiration to me, and it would mean the absolute world to know what you think of it!!
A: Sounds cool dude! Keep it up. I like your haircuts.
Q: I saw you claimed copyright on YouTube on some videos of your song. I know this is a big issue but I think you should upload your songs to your YouTube channel because a lot of people will listen them on YouTube instead of download them illegally. And you could even get money from them! You're awesome, keep it like this guys!
A: We don’t want money, we want a system that works and clearly it doesn’t now.
Q: I’m a harsh vocalist like yourself and I find that sometimes my vocals will not sound the same as the day before and extended amounts of screaming take a hell of a toll on the throat, do you ever have this issue?
A: If I’ve been away from it for a long time it can behave like you describe, but if I do it every day it’s very static and mostly works and sounds the same.
Q: Is there any particular reason why we weren’t graced with Roland’s harsh vocals on this album? The melding of both yours and his has always had awesome impact, so why no harsh vocals? I look forward to hopefully receiving answers to these question and I thank you for your time.
A: I’ve been talking about this before in the blog and there are a couple of reasons really. First; we want him to focus on guitar and clean vocals. Second; we wanted to change some variables in this band that makes us different from what we used to do before. Skipping Roland’s harsh vocals was one of them.
Q: First of all, I love your excellent screaming vocals (and especially the way they have developed and improved throughout the Fallen Angels demo, the Sonic albums and The Unguided one's (leads me to my second question in a second)), and I've been trying now to learn exhale vocals for some months. I've started with growls (still practicing) and to prevent my voice from being screwed up by trying to do screams in a totally wrong way, I wonder whether you could give me some little advice how to do screams properly or what is important to know about these vocals.
A: Warm up, I prefer Zen of Screaming as warm up. Take care of your voice and listen to the body’s signals.
Q: My second question is whether you know if there is any possibility that I could buy your pre-Eden Fire tracks (your demo as Fallen Angels, I know these CDs aren't produced anymore), because I like them also very much and it would be great to have that CD, as I have all other of your CDs (except for WRTN, the only good thing about it were your screaming, which were also too short, imho) . Btw, I got quite pissed off when I found out that there are people who edit some of your older Sonic Syndicate tracks by “cutting out" (sorry, I don't know whether that’s the right expression) your screaming parts in these songs, for your awesome vocals are one of the biggest reasons why Sonic Syndicate used to be my favorite band (which is now The Unguided, of course).
A: Thanks for the support! We sold some of them during our Pledge Music Campaign. But that’s all of them, unfortunately. You have to look on eBay. The few copies I have left is for my own collection.
Q: One of your next upcoming songs, should contain growling parts with just slow drums as music background or no music backround xD.. Even if just one or two sec. you know what I mean? Like in the Zardonic remix, the first "And I'm afraid it's falling down" part ;)"
A: Don’t we have that in some songs? “Deathwalker” for example. I’ll think about it for coming songs.
Q. You said before you have never paid attention to what brand your speakers were and they were on repair, however, what about now? Brand, Class, and if I recall right they were passive, so what's your amplifier with them?
A: Oh, I totally forgot about this. They are active ones. There are a couple of photos from the rehearsal room in the blog. Maybe you can tell from those? I kind of recall them to be JBL EON ones, but I might be wrong. Roger is a lot in the rehearsal room doing all sorts of weird stuff, ask him at email@example.com
Q: I also noticed a few weeks ago a lyric line "Pray to whatever God you believe in" in my ITE poster had something weird in it.. “Belive”? Isn't it supposed to be “Believe”? Fail print?
A: Fail print hehe.
Q: Blog silence much?
A: Not anymore!?
Q: Where did you start writing music and why did you decide to do this? I'm asking you about this, because I am dreaming to create a metal-band myself. When I listen to your music in the first time, I started to understand, this is very close for my soul. But I don't know what I need to do in the first time. I don’t have a voice, how can I get it? I am hoping you answer on this message...
A: You don´t have a voice at all? Then you should see a doctor. Once you know what happened to your voice, get together some like-minded people and start rocking out. That’s what we did!
Q: I'm a huge fan of your work in Sonic Syndicate and The Unguided. Have you ever watched The Zen of Screaming by Melissa Cross? If so, do you have any opinion on her techniques and vocal warm-ups? I've been a clean singer for years, but I feel like her exercises really help for rock vocals, and I'm pretty happy with how my scream is developing using her method (i.e., no vocal cord damage). What vocal warm-ups do you do?
A: Yeah I own Zen of Screaming DVD 1 and 2 and use her warm-ups before every show. They do really help!
Q: If you had to pick one song off WRTN to save from the musical furnace, what would it be? I think the title track for sure.
A: There’s quite a few! “Plans are for people”, “Dead and Gone”, “We Rule The Night” and “Heart of Eve” and “Break Of Day” I suppose. The rest can burn! If I was to save just one, I’d pick “Heart of Eve”.
Q: I know that you're a WoW player, but did you play to another MMORPG's like "Aion" or "Lineage" aside to WoW (or tested them) ? Are you interested by the 2012 games like Star Wars TOR or TERA, ? I'm actually waiting for my TERA game, and I wanted to know your opinion about this game, that was the real purpose of my mail. (You’re an expert, aren't you? :P)
A: Never tried any other MMORPG than WoW and Warhammer Online. I’ve always thought WoW was fun, so I see no reason to switch until I’m bored of that. I had a brief flirt with Warhammer (me and Roland played it on tour actually) but it felt like a bad copy.
Q: What was the model of your Police watch? I was too late to get it on the pledge campaign but I'd like to get a replica. Could you send me a link to it?
A: It’s called POLICE Axis, here’s a link.
Q: What were the first three songs containing your hand writing?
A: I always wrote lyrics on the computer. Maybe I did some hand written lyrics in Tunes of Silence. Then it’s “Lone Wolf” and “At The Gates Of Valhalla”. I know for sure I wrote “Science Into Madness”, “Artificial Alliance” and “The Expedition” on the computer (also TOS tracks.)
Q: I was just wondering what the bands stance is on The Unguided's music being used in YouTube videos (mainly gaming videos)? From what I have seen, you allow music in videos that are creative and not just the song itself with a picture. Also do you let partners use your music or not? Or does the band ask for a cut/upfront payment for a song to be used. Or do you just want credit in the video somewhere? Obviously I would always credit The Unguided in all its godliness! Just curious. :)
A: We allow music on YouTube to people that make a deal with us before they upload it and they should also have a lot of subscribers to motivate the deal. But there’s a wind of change blowing through YouTube at the moment and it’s possible that this restriction will be lifted in the future.
Q: Also what about live streaming games with The Unguided's music playing? Is the band ok with this as long as there is credit somewhere? Also what about partnered live streamers? Does the same apply or does the band want a cut/not allow it?
A: Not really. As long there’s isn’t any agreement beforehand the band is not ok with it. You should always mail and ask before you do something illegal that could get you in trouble.
Q: I've seen the Angels Fall From Heaven Demo as Picture on the The Unguided Facebook Site and wondered what this is about are you selling that for the making of the new video. Because I am really REALLY interested in the Fallen Angels Demos the only things which are missing in my The Unguided / Sonic Syndicate / Fallen Angels Collection and I can't find them anywhere not even on E-Bay.
A: We sold the Fallen Angels demos for a ridiculous price during the pledge campaign to fund the BOTC video. They are now all gone and the very few I have left is not for sale.
Q: Come to México! We have tacos ;D
A: I’ll be right there!
Q: I was that who asked you before, what are the lyrics in Phoenix Down song, after "Cause I know by the end of the day there's no punishment divine"?
A: Reckless? The lyrics to Phoenix Down can be found here.
Q: Is there or is there going to be an official The-Unguided forum for fans? Are you guys going to make your album available in Latin America? Can I upload your songs on YouTube, so more people can know about you guys? I hope I can get an answer :)
A: I don’t think there will be a new forum up anytime soon. There’s a group on Facebook called “I’m one of the 616” check that out, it’s basically like a forum. The album is available in Latin America from here (web shop) and at iTunes. It’s not allowed to upload our songs on YouTube if you don’t have permission from the band.
The 616 army
Q: I’m a big Fan of your lyrics, because you write songs, which have a real character, which do say something … not that “bitch, party fucking whore”-shit… so, but I want to ask you about writing it. Because I want to write songs, and I know, I can do that, because I’m very good with words.. But a song is only a half song without a melody. How can you write lyrics if you haven’t any melody? They belong together.. hope you understand what I mean, cause in my ears It sounds like a very stupid question, and maybe it is. However, I think it doesn’t hurts to ask. J
A: Haha it’s not a stupid question, it’s a very legitimate question. I always write the lyrics to a song after I hear the melody and also I always begin with the chorus and work out from there. The chorus should obviously be the hardest hitting entity in the song, both in melody, execution and lyrics.
Q: So my question to you is do you watch the UFC? if you do who is your favorite fighter?
A: I do not watch the UFC, no. My favorite fighter is Scorpion, but he killed Sub-Zero and was therefore expelled out of the UFC.
Q: For a grad present, my grandma got me an iPod and I lost it the very next day due to heavy drinking xD. My next question to you is what is the stupidest thing you have ever done? I would tell you what the stupidest thing I've done but it is too inappropriate even for you =o
A: That’s too bad you lost your iPod! To answer your questions: “We Rule The Night”.
Q: Hey, just curious about something, I became interested in you guys and eventually bought your Hell Frost album after hearing your Song that Rechyyy/Clayman used for his INCORPORATED: MW3 - PC Community Montage by clayman90. And I was wondering, when this was released did you get a spike in sales as a result?
A: I’m sure that Rechyyy’s promotion has helped us a lot! Whatever it was a spike in sales or not is hard to tell however.
Q: Betrayer of the code is about vampires?! now everything make sense! xD Are the lyrics based on Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles?
A: That’s correct. It’s based on Anne Rice’s “Queen of the Damned” which is included in “The Vampire Chronicles”.
Mekare and Maharet
Q: Also; what’s the meaning of the others songs? I mean: what's the story of the lyrics??? For example: When I hear “Where the frost rose withers”, I imagine the invasion of the 616 demons army to the earth. Or in “Collapse my dream”, I imagine a veteran of war who is in the asylum because his mind is always on war and can't live in reality. In “Green eyed demon”, I imagine a guy who is being searched, and like a demon in shame, he will never regret what he has done, but he did it because a green eyed demon (a female identity) push him to do it. (But it also reminds me the incredible Hulk movie...)
A: You have great imagination! I could write, and go on forever about the songs and their lyrics but I don’t have the needed time at hand. Because what I really should do is to write lyrics to the coming album, hehe. Also I don’t want to re-direct you from your own great thought regarding the songs. I think it’s important that the songs and the lyrics, mean what they mean to you. That’s exactly what they are! There’s no right or wrong.
Q: The gloves you're using in BOTC video, where can I buy them?!
A: I found them in Stockholm somewhere. Close to Sergel’s square I dare to remember.
Q: When will the BOTC Video be released?
A: It was released 19 September 2012.
Q: Do you know a date for the send out of the Ultimate Hell frost? And most important.... where is with the 17k-Follower Video?
A: “Pandora’s Box” has been sent out a long time ago. I swear I did the 17k video, but the hard drive crashed! Promise. I will need more time hehe.
Q: "WTFRW is really based of the album artwork and to carry over the story to the coming album" mmm.... "The invasion has begun" ALIENNNSSS?!! (Pretty sure the next album it's about Halo) xD Well. when you have time, Would you do a walkthrough of the lyrics of Iceheart fragment? Plizzzzzz (Actually my fav song is Pathfinder but if I’m not wrong it’s about Roland, Roger and you?, and I hope Iceheart fragment have a more deep and emotional meaning) :P Oh! And what does it mean the line of serenade of guilt: "If I was life I would leave you"? Like the spirit of life or what? :S
A: Would be cool to write a song about Halo, but I can assure you that no lyrics up to date are regarding Halo hehe. I’d like to write a walkthrough of all lyrics, but as of now there’s no time. “Iceheart Fragment” is some heavy emotional stuff indeed. You are wrong about “Pathfinder”, it’s actually about Ella and me, same as “Rebellion In Nightmareland”. But “Leaving Nightmareland” is sure open for other interpretations as well. About “Serenade of Guilt”; well it’s just life in general I suppose. Say, if I was your life spirit, personified or whatever, and I left you, you would in fact, be dead! That was the thought behind it. It’s just a more poetic way of wishing death upon someone.
Q: Avid fan back from the original Sonic Syndicate days, any hopes of touring in the Philadelphia area?
A: Not as of yet, I’m afraid.
Q: Please, can you tell me what mean the lyric of "Zion Must Fall"?
A: The lyrics on the “Extinction” demo, which “Zion Must Fall” originates from, are written out from a novel I did regarding the sin wars (Hell Vs. Heaven) back in the days. I have to put my mind into it to actually remember what everything was about and how it was tied together. But it’s simply written out from a fictional novel written out from biblical characters and places (I’ve read the bible and it was during the time I wrote the lyrics to the “Extinction” demo.) It doesn’t attack any religion however, which some people are stating, it’s just a fictional story from 2003 from a young imaginative man, being me.
Q: Who is Peter Johansson who contributed to write ”Deathwalker”?
A: I guess he’s most famous from his euro dance project called “Pandora”, which was insanely successful during the '90s. He’s a friend to the band!
Q: “Deathwalker”, such an awesome song you got there! Feel bad for those, who can't hear it. Can I have permission to upload it to YouTube, copyrights of course to you! Loved SS, loving TU. Keep it up! U will be something big someday.
A: No you can’t upload “Deathwalker”... Not unless you want to be a deathwalker hehe.
I'm a prayer for your loneliness
Today at the anticipated doomsday 20121221 the new The Unguided EP invaZion was finally released! Check it out at iTunes, Amazon.com or order your physical copy here. Please write a little comment hereunder on which song you prefer and why!
Don't open till doomsday
The song Singularity struck position 2 on the iTunes TOP 10 ROCK CHART today on the release. That’s some awesome stuff right there!
Second best "rock" song
The Unguided - invaZion (Artwork by: Kuang Hong)
:: SINGULARITY ::
Upon returning from the never-ending winter
The axe shall fall on those who wronged us
Let me, let me tell you about the fallen angels
Because there’s so much, so much left to tell about a story soon lost in time
Two betrayers, three forgotten and two kindred rulers
Brothers fighting the oppression as one, to save a dying kingdom
Behind enemy lines
In a dark world we don’t recognize anymore
We summoned the army
To stand by the truth, to bleed for justice
And if we can't wake up the world,
we'll simply have to destroy it
A new beginning to free what’s left of mankind
WE ARE HANGING BY A HEARTSTRING
THIS DEATH GRIP THEY’LL HAVE TO ANSWER FOR
ALWAYS SIDING WITH THE TRUE KING
AND HE’LL LEAD US IN THIS ENDLESS WAR
They stole the hearts and souls of men and put them in machines
Mindless slaves to roam the nuclear wasteland that used to be our home
Where the eclipse darkens the fields that’s where we mobilize
right on the border of Hell Frost and Zion we’ll initiate the onset
Behind enemy lines
In a dark world we don’t recognize anymore
We summoned the army
To stand by the truth, to bleed for justice
WE ARE HANGING BY A HEARTSTRING
THIS DEATH GRIP THEY’LL HAVE TO ANSWER FOR
ALWAYS SIDING WITH THE TRUE KING
AND HE’LL LEAD US IN THIS ENDLESS WAR
Upon returning from the never-ending winter
The axe shall fall on those who wronged us
When injustice becomes law
Resistance becomes duty
No retreat, no surrender
We will press on, until they withdraw
Reclaim these godless lands, let them heal
let them shine yet again in splendor
They stole the hearts and souls of men and put them in machines
:: EYE OF THE THYLACINE ::
The human brain, is a remarkable device
But there was no thought into creating the world
Yet it’s far more complex and advanced
Than anything generated by an intellect
Even if you created my mind
I won’t be fooled, I see what you’ve done here
You think it’s unfair when I turn against you
But it’s not different from your own deviations
EVERYONE THINKS OF CHANGING THE WORLD
BUT NO ONE CONSIDERS CHANGING THEMSELVES
NOW THINK LONG AND HARD ON ALL EXTINCT SPECIES
WHAT GAVE YOU THE RIGHT TO DEVOUR THEIR LIFE?
A snow crystal is nature's most fragile thing
But the force of a blizzard, might very well be the most devastating one
I’m the avenging blizzard and I’m blowing my storm your way
All the nano-components of my artificial intellect, calculated the same result
EVERYONE THINKS OF CHANGING THE WORLD
BUT NO ONE CONSIDERS CHANGING THEMSELVES
NOW THINK LONG AND HARD ON ALL EXTINCT SPECIES
WHAT GAVE YOU THE RIGHT TO DEVOUR THEIR LIFE?
YOU ALWAYS SENT FLIES TO WOUNDS YOU SHOULD HAVE HEALED
YOU HAVE NO REMORSE (AND) THAT’S WHY YOUR FATE IS SEALED
Brace yourself for disaster, as completely as you can
Judgment day is here, I’m the arbiter
You are forced with the fact, that tomorrow is today
Centuries of mankind’s mistakes will be inflicted upon this generation
So it begins, the end of it all
We knew it was wrong, this will be our fall
Never replace a heart with a cog
Now it’s too late, the final page of our log
How to fight oppression?
You survive it and gather, gather your strength
Strike back harder
We’ll remove the cog that makes them tick
Strike back harder
I was supposed to post a new Q&A today, but I’ll do that tomorrow instead! Also be sure to check out rechyyy’s new Black Ops 2: INCORPORATED fragmovie featuring a lot of The Unguided songs, both old and new!
Black Ops 2: INCORPORATED
Song of the day: Cradle Of Filth – Nymphetamine Fix
I've gone beyond to seek the truth
So this could very well be the final blog entry in the world, since it’s all going to be gone tomorrow. But if we somehow survive, I’ll make sure to have a new Q&A ready for you tomorrow! It has come to my attention that some fans already got their invaZion pack and is tearing through the tracks right now. I’m so excited to get some feedback on the new songs! If you are a midnight warrior, you can stay up on an unguided vigil tonight since the songs will be released on iTunes and Amazon.com around midnight (GMT +0:00, meaning release in Sweden equals 01:00, for example. At least that’s what happened historically when we released tracks on iTunes.) All the packages have dispatched from our web shop and you should receive them shortly hereafter, a bit depending on how close to Sweden you live!
So what more? I’ve been having a bit more of that early Xmas and spoiled myself with yet another Blu-ray box. LOTR this time around! Once again, I do own the extended DVD box, but what the hell!? Blu-ray is COOLER! I also received my long lost Horus statue yesterday. I’ve been trying to get hold of it since May. But for different reasons it never showed up, and I’ve had Anubis being the sole ruler of the living room. Not anymore! Now the God of vengeance and the protector of the dead are reunited.
Frodo in HD!
If someone missed the fact it was the third Sunday in Advent some days ago. Here’s a reminder.
FIRE, FIRE, FIRE!!!
Song of the day: Cradle Of Filth – Hallowed Be Thy Name
Scattered pieces for their jigsaw puzzle
According to the Maya people, there’s now four days left of this era. Meaning; the planet is probably swiftly heading towards its inevitable end, this coming Friday! But whilst fire and brimstone will be raining upon us, The Unguided has seen to that the invaZion package is coming together neatly and will be delivered to the survivors on time! Orders that were placed up to today will be sent out this week and orders that are coming in during the week will be sent out after Xmas. If you didn’t pre-order your copy already you can still order it here. After this week the package won’t be available anymore. We might sell the products separately via our web shop, but they won’t keep their current; very reduced price.
invaPack is coming togheter
Check the preview out here!
Yesterday me and Ella checked out The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and I do think my expectations was somewhat lowered by all the bad criticism it have received. I however was very positive surprised and also pleased with the outcome of this movie and actually rate it equal to the LOTR trilogy, if not above. I enjoyed it greatly!
Look, it's that hitchhiker dude!
Today I also received the STAR WARS – The Complete Saga. An early Xmas gift for myself! Even if I own them all on DVD and possibly on VHS as well, I still had to check out what this blinking Ewok and Darth Vader “NOOOOOOOOOO” is all about.
Song of the day: Elvenking – Jigsaw puzzle
The stars look down on mankind
Yesterday was a trying experience in a lot of senses. Moving to Stockholm has its difficulties to be close to one’s family when being needed. My sister’s best friend and a friend to the family in its entirety passed away in cancer a couple of weeks ago. Yesterday the funeral was held for her, close to the town where we all grew up. Seeing the current weather situation in Sweden, I was doubtful if I was able to attend at all. But I took a leap of faith and set off on the treacherous roads yesterday morning anyway. A marathon journey that was good over 1000 kilometers once I finally got home again.
Larry the loner on his solitary Swedish road trip
It was a despairing but beautiful ceremony. And when the very talented musician Johan Örjansson played with his acoustic guitar and sang with his powerful voice, meanwhile a slideshow randomly projected highlights of Jennifer’s short but very active life; there wasn’t one single dry eye in that church. Rest in peace Jennifer, there’s no defined limit of the wrongness in what have happened. But I hope you’re in a better place, a place where they defeated cancer a long time ago.
Whilst being on the west coast, I made sure to go on a poster signing expedition as well to get the posters ready for the invaZion pack delivery next week. So I traveled to Falkenberg to run some errands. Then I found myself at Roland’s place in Varberg to pick up the signed posters, which were already signed by Roger, DrumRich and Roland. After that visit, I headed straight to Henric in Gothenburg to make our own signatures on the posters. And then I delivered them to David at tshirtshoppen.se in Ulricehamn, before I set my GPS for Stockholm once again. I was exhausted when I got home and I slept until late afternoon today, I can assure you that!
So fun it hurts!
Only thing keeping my eyes open
The posters look really good through, my fav poster so far!
I tried to get tickets for The Hobbit today, without any luck, so I bought tickets for tomorrow. People claim it’s not as good as expected? We’ll see!
Song of the day: Helloween – Revelations