In the light of the moon we are the storm of the damned
January and February have indeed been interesting months. The new The Unguided album; Fragile Immortality should, at this point, be out everywhere and various reviews are flooding in. And according to them and seeing the selection of favorite songs from the fans it looks like you all have your different favorite songs and opinions, which gladdens me. Since it means we kind of made an album that have a little something for everyone. I think at this point you also have come to understand this is a complex album that won’t settle in your mind during the first couple of spins, and it will show its full potential after a couple of rides.
The Unguided - Fragile Immortality
February is also the month we hit 30.000 fans on Facebook. That’s a great little achievement in itself. Some of you have been with us since we merely had a couple of hundred followers back in 2010, but this is slowly becoming a fairly big machine. We are very grateful for that!
This one was popular!
Also all the “Fragile Immortality” packs from the web shop have been shipped since of now and a little bit depending were you live in the world they should show up soon, if they haven’t already. We have also restocked the shop and both versions of the “Fragile Immortality” t-shirt (cover / Syndissiah,) as well as the hoddie will be available soon. Check the official web shop out here. If there’s something you missing, like the vinyl or whatnot, be sure to check Napalm records web shop out here.
This is how your collection should look like. Thank you Takashi!
If you are interested in “Fragile Immortality” related wallpapers or the sketches featured in the “Inception” music video, you can find them at our official Facebook here and here.
"Fragile Immortality" wallpaper
"Inception" music video sketches by Kuang Hong
During January we also had our album “listening party” for the fans, in total I think we were people from around seven different nationalities and it was just blatantly a very nice and intimate festivity for the inner circle of fans. The band and everyone organizing the event enjoyed it greatly and I think I could spot one or two smiles from our fellow fans as well hehe. We hope we can do it again around the time of the next album! There were the glorious pre-listening of the album, acoustic set, mingle, fires (:E) and a lot of alcohol, meaning; a great evening altogether! Here’s a couple of pictures from the event.
Heading to the venue
Listening party exclusive t-shirt
Packing the goddiebags.
Rehearsing the acoustic set.
Pre-listening party event at the shooting range!
Scream, Aim, Fire
Our booker; Mr. Skrikhult showed us his A-game
Roger blasting away with the Glock 17
This little drummer boi won the whole event, too much BF4!
Listening party in full force, my padawan Rasmus showed up!
Some familiar faces
This dude came all the way from the lowlands of Holland!
Original 616 in the house!
Go drunk you're home!
This might have been the reason, thank you Lilia!
The coming months we will head out on a Swedish weekend tour to support the new album! Behold; TOUR DE L'IMMORTALITÉ! Although we selected a French name, this tour is unfortunately not planned to come to France, but maybe we can change that? Put some pressure on your promoter’s frenchies!
13/3 - Harry B James - Stockholm – SWE
14/3 - Backstage Rockclub - Sandviken - SWE
15/3 - Nöjesfabriken - Karlstad – SWE
28/3 - Sticky Fingers - Gothenburg – SWE
29/3 - Backstage Rockbar - Trollhättan – SWE
17/4 - Kaffé 44 - Stockholm – SWE
18/4 - L´Orient - Linköping – SWE
Tour de l'immortalité
In addition to this, the first couple of summer festivals have been booked as of now, all German hehe.
14-16/08 - Summer Breeze Festival - Dinkelsbühl - GER
14-16/08 - Metal Frenzy Open Air Festival - Gardelegen - GER
04-06/07 - With Full Force Summer Open Air - Löbnitz – GER
Talking about tours! I checked out our touring buddies from last year; “Smash Into Pieces” in Stockholm the other day. Great gig!
Bandit-Peter tearing it up with his buddies as support
Smash Into Pieces
Scofield got sick of breaking out of prisons and started a band!
I’ve also been busy with guest vocals recording for a yet to be revealed project. A bit different song from what I’m used to, but I had a great time belting it out in Audio Sällström!
Shure SM7, you know it!
Valentine’s Day yesterday was really relaxing and we spoiled ourselves with whatever Stockholm had to offer. Both Ella and I was off duty from our daily occupations, and woke up to this great picture of us, made by Kaung Hong as a little Valentine’s Day gift. Thank you Hong! During the evening we visited an Italian restaurant in the old town of the city and everything was just great.
RichElla (by: Kuang Hong)
Straight through the heart! (I stole this Lilia, hope you don't mind hehe)
Another romantic topic is blatantly World of Warcraft, and I’ve been a busy bee getting my filthy rogue hands on that legendary cloak. Save from the grind, that quest line was pretty rad, I enjoyed it greatly. And I would be surprised if this Wrathion; son of Deathwing, wouldn’t play a big role in some upcoming expansion, seeing how it ended. I’ve also had my luck with Illidan and got both warglaives as of now. Which means “Harbinger” now got four of those orange items. As of now I’m done with PVE for a while and is focusing on BG’s and PVP. So if you want to join me for some BG games, it’s “Harbinger” (Horde) on EU server “Outland”. See you in-game!
Harbinger tamed Onyxia as well
Warglaives of Azzinoth
During New Year’s Eve, I had on-call service, so I was glued to Nynäshamn that week. Which means I celebrated New Year’s Eve with my friend and colleagues family. Since I was sober, Ella literally drank for the both of us. Good job gal! haha. Was a great evening however!
Board games! I've missed those.
We also got to see RoboCop the other day and I must say I thought it was pretty awesome. Can’t say I’m a super fan of the classic movies, but this one was really good and it was cool to see Joel Kinnaman in a different role than those “Easy money” movies.
And to conclude this here’s some casual pictures from the last couple of months, enjoy!
Mickis - the Norwegian refugee, was home in Sweden over Xmas!
We had to buy the Xmas gifts ourselves :,( New bed!
4 kg protein. I plan to go "Hulk out" on your asses!
Got this great comic strip of Magnus
The winter embraced us for a brief period, but is now gone.
Song of the day: Powerwolf – sacred & wild
How has it come to this?
Send your questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: I have a question Can I use some tracks from The Unguided CD Hell Frost for my next wow warlock pvp Video? I buy the CD on Amazon.
A: You need to write an agreement with the right holders to the music, in this case Despotz Records. So far we are only writing agreements with YouTube channels having over 50k subscribers since we get so many requests regarding this. Just because you buy the album doesn’t mean you have the right to distribute it and spread it. You buy it for private use, if you want to do anything else with the album, and its songs you need to establish an agreement with the right holders. Please read YouTube’s policies regarding this, don’t get yourself in trouble, it's unnecessary. We’d like to have a more easy view of this, but we’ve been abused so many times in the past, so we simply have a strict policy regarding this, to protect ourselves. Once bitten, twice shy!
Take a nap
Q: Just a quick question. How do you meet people like zardonic for collaborations? He is on the opposite side of the world and different styles of music, but somehow you found each other and came together. What is the process involved in that?
A: In Zardonic’s case he had worked with Henric before in Cipher System during their first release; “Central tunnel 8”. So, Henric suggested him to make a remix after we recorded Hell Frost, and he was really into our music. Now we’ve done plenty of collaborations together, and we’re not stopping anytime soon! Even if we love writing and playing metal, we are not afraid to broaden our horizon when it comes to remixes or fun collaborations.
Q: Do you play any games?
A: I have elaborated on this before in the blog, but yes I play games. For now, I’m into World of Warcraft and I guess that’s my “main” game occupation at the moment, Battlefield 4 (PS3), and I played some StarCraft II – Heart of Swarm just recently. Looking forward to the Diablo III expansion, and I’m mostly into Blizzard games.
Q: Would u like to sing with a "singing voice" and actually do what Roland does now? And if not why don’t u want to?
A: Not really, well of course it would be cool to be able to sing proper. Isn’t that something everyone would like to do, to be fair, even if most of us only practice it in the shower? But my singing voice is just not any good and I don’t want to put in the time needed to develop it into anything bearable. What I really enjoy in all this is writing lyrics. The only thing I’ve done the past 12 years is screaming vocals, so I’m just going to stick with that for as long as I can do it. My voice is changing over time as well, which is an interesting journey to undertake. I think with every record we do, it sounds slightly different and that’s something that has been ever-changing since 2002. You can still hear it’s me in the details, but it’s altered enough to not make it sound exactly the same. Besides, I haven't come across a lot of people in the business that sound anything like my own voice, for better or for worse, but I think it’s really fun.
Q: How long did it take u to become like that guy standing on the stage for like an hour and scream the shit out of your body (Its just AWESOME)?
A: I’ve been that guy since 2002, as said. I think it took a couple of months to get into it once I decided to roll with the screaming vocals. Once you figure out the technique, it will linger in your spine forever, I suppose. I’ve always had a pretty sustainable voice. When we recorded Eden Fire, for example, I had 10 hour sessions a day, just non-stop recording screams. I’m not sure if I would pull that off today, or if I even wanted to do it since it was a lot of hard work. But nowadays when we are not rehearsing as much, or I get to utilize the technique it in the same extent, I need like a week practice to get into it again before a show day. Also, it’s a bit more frail now when we’re not touring 6 months a year, so I need to take care of my voice in a different way today than I needed in the past. Vocal recovery is really important. If I don’t get the hours of sleep needed, or if I drink a lot of alcohol the day before a show, I definitely feel how it takes its toll on my voice in a different way than it used to in the past.
Q: And last and most important question to me, can u try to do more gigs in the South of Germany like Bavaria or something? :D I know that it’s a stupid question but if u get the chance please do it! I know quite a lot of people who want to party and rock with u.
A: We are getting some German festivals booked as of now. Summer Breeze, Metal Frenzy, and With Full Force is already booked, for example, and there’s more to come! We are also looking into doing a shorter tour in Germany and the surrounding countries in 2014, to support our upcoming album, so hopefully there will be some in Bavaria as well!
Q: I surprisingly found the Fallen Angels demos on Spotify! Do you have anything to do with that? I also noticed the new artworks for them, they are incredible beautiful! Who did those, or is it you? I know you have skills as a graphic artists as well, because you did the original artworks for those demos.
A: We re-released new masters of the three demos on their 10th anniversary last year. Gustavo Sazes did the new versions of the artworks.
Q: I was wondering when you will release more information concerning the band's logo? Seeing as I have it tattooed on my calf it would be cool to know more of the story behind it :) I'm really looking forward to the new album as well and will hopefully see you guys when you come to Germany again.
A: The story behind it is not going to be revealed on the upcoming album, and not on the album after that. But probably on the fourth one. And if you get that tattooed it better be something good, right? Hehe. Laser treatment is expensive!
Q: What do you think about my friend’s voice and songwriting? I’d really appreciate if you take your time to check it out! Find the video here.
A: Haha, that was pretty creative. Both vocally and visually! I’d totally see that voice in some power metal band. Keep it up!
Save the world
Q: I just need to tell you, holy shit. Inception beats Serenade of Guilt as my favourite song. I guess we'll have to wait for the release to get the lyrics? :/ Epic intro as well.
A: The lyrics are out, as of this blog entry.
Q: Are you guys coming to the west coast of Norway anytime soon? Like in Haugesund or Bergen? That would've been really great!
A: Nothing planned at this date, but would be cool! We played both Haugesund and Bergen in 2010 with Sonic Syndicate, and they seemed to be nice cities! We really have to do a show in Norway, but Oslo would be the closest to reality at the moment.
Q: I asked a while back whether or not you guys would be playing Soundwave to which you responded with a promising smiley face. The Unguided weren't on the first announcement, so just wondering what the chances were for you to be on the second announcement. I would absolutely love to see you guys come down here and tear up Australia and I'd be absolutely ecstatic if you did!
A: We haven’t got anything from Soundwave so far, sorry man.
Q: I have a weird question... Do you understand Danish?
A: Yeah, but I got an uneasy feeling the Danish people understand Swedish people slightly better than the other way around, except during gigs. Usually when we play in Denmark, I speak English in the segments between the songs. Then the crowd complains and suggests I have to speak in Swedish. So when I do, not a single fucking person understands, so I have to go back to English, hehe. Anyways, Danish is a weird language. Swedish for the win! Hehe.
Q: I am in a small, unsigned band in the USA. We have just formed and have no original material and no drummer yet. We want to cover Denied and use that to find a drummer. We will never play it live, and we will never even attempt to make any profit off of it, nor ever put it on any CD, just YouTube. It is a one-time recording just for fun. No commercial interests involved. We have made other covers too, but this will be the first one with a singer. Would you or anyone else with say in the matter be opposed to it? I can even upload it to my personal YouTube rather that our band's if you are worried about affiliations.
A: Nothing to worry about as long as it’s a cover. Have fun!
Q: Congrats on the new album - the artwork is insane! I can't wait to feel the dopamine rush from I get when I listen to this new music! So I am sure this question will be asked 1,000 times, but is there going to be any special editions of this album? So far I found Amazon.de has it saying "Special LTD Ed." version, and Amazon UK just has it with the 15 tracks (4 Bonus tracks). Both of these sites have the same product number so I am guessing the UK and DE versions are the same? Will T-Shirt Shop.se have this CD? You're probably writing the blog as I am writing this. Sorry just really excited, can't wait! PS. Is the Deathwalker track the same as the 2012 release or is it :D :D :D updated ?
A: Initially the first print is the 15 track digipack version. That’s the only version, and there’s no alternative, save from the LP-vinyl (which is also 15 songs.) I have my hopes up for an 11 track jewelcase second print of course. But I guess that’s a bit depending on how it sells. According to Napalm, they rarely do second prints. However, Gustavo has prepared the layout for a jewelcase version, so we’ll see. Our own official web shop will of course have the CD. Deathwalker is not the same as 2012. This one is re-recorded with Hansi Kürsch’s (Blind Guardian) vocals. Also, there’s a complete new mix, plus some other alterations.
Q: I would be very grateful if you listened album of my band. Link here.
A: Sounds cool, bro! Listened to “Attack dog” and like it! Will examine the album more closely, found a track (Second to Sun – Protoescapist) on Spotify as well, which was cool. No plans with vocals for that?
Q: Would be fun to find references to Love and other Disasters in the third The Unguided album (like "King Of Hearts", "Your Imprisoning", etc). :D By the way, just watched video from the recent live performance of Blodbad, sounds very heavy, just like it should be, good job! Seriously, it's very great and gives a lot of energy. I guess, the new album will be on repeat in my music player for like several months non-stop :) Also recognized that a part of Blodbad was already published before here :D
A: Nice that you liked the references! We’ll see what happens in the future. “Blodbad” is one of my favorite tracks on “Fragile Immortality” and I’m sure you’ll enjoy the album version. Also, the part from the Facebook video when Roland fucks around with that weird voice is included in the track, he just sings it more melodic and smooth on the studio version. We, however, kept the melody and phrasing of the original “joke”, since it kind of came out quite cool!
King of Hearts? :S
Q: Did you buy your new White FLG in some place or you asked someone to make them for you?? If you bought them...Do you know of any website where I can buy those kind of FLG (Red and White)?? Here in Mexico the only ones I can found are black and I can't find a proper website with those like yours :b
A: I bought the white gloves at www.rockflame.com and the red ones at PunktShop in Stockholm.
Q: I absolutely love your music and I want to congratulate you to your new song "Inception". It’s definitely f*cking awesome! Now I have two questions; are any gigs planned in Austria? And who is this girl in the Inception music video? I am looking forward to your answer.
A: No gigs planned in Austria as of now, but since our label is there, it’s not impossible. The girl in the video is my fiancée Ella. Same as the red-haired girl playing Maharet and Mekare in Betrayer of The Code.
Q: Could you please check my album out? Here's a link.
A: Checked out the album and it sounds cool. Gives me a bit of a Dope and Manson vibe, to be fair. Keep up the good work!
Q: Did you choose the song Deathwalker for Hansi to sing 'cause you thought his voice would fit better on that track? Or did you ask him in which song he wanted to sing? o:
A: When we first discussed the collaboration back in 2011 - 2012, the only song that was available to use for the upcoming album was “Deathwalker” (we didn’t have any other new songs at that moment.) And since he would be needing both lyrics and vocal references it was easy for us to choose that song, seeing that we had some plans to release it in 2012, and needed to record vocals for it anyway. Also, since the lyrics of that song was a collaboration between the prolific role-playing game writer; Paul Wade-Williams and myself, it automatically already had a Blind Guardian thematic fantasy feel to it. Meaning; it was kind of natural to choose that song to feature Hansi’s vocals. I think it came out very well, and his charismatic voice sure fits the whole concept for that song!
Q: Yesterday I started to listen to the instrumental versions of the Hell Frost songs and it was very interesting for me, especially Phoenix Down, Iceheart Fragment and Betrayer of the Code. Is there a chance that there will be instrumental versions of the Fragile Immortality songs?
A: Unfortunately, no. We suggested our label to make the special edition of “Fragile Immortality” a 2-CD release. One with the original songs and one with instrumentals, but it got turned down. Maybe for the next record, who knows?
Q. So... you're going to make a blog about the 7 story related songs and tell us the chronological order of them when the album is out, right?:D (If that info isn't in the album booklet already..,)
A: The chronological order of the songs is kind of in place already on the album. The songs are “Inception”, “Defector DCXVI”, “Eye of The Thylacine”, “Unguided Entity”, “Carnal Genesis”, “Singularity” and “Oblivion. The info is not in the booklet, only lyrics.
Q. Please check out our video!
A: Checked it out, but it was not really my cup of tea, I’m afraid. But still, whatever you believe in, keep on going with it! That’s the good thing with taste, it’s very individual.
Song of the day: Bring me the horzion - It never ends
And let my dark wings fortify you
This is a bit late, was first planned for New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day, but for different reasons I just didn’t find the time. Here you go however! The recap of 2013; some of my top highlights both band related and in my life.
Happy new year!
:: TOP 5 UNGUIDED HIGHLIGHTS OF 2013 ::
1. The completion of Fragile Immortality ALBUM
Believe it or not, but somewhere around September 2013 the sophomore “The Unguided” album was completely finished. Recorded, mixed and goddamned mastered! This is by far the longest and most trying album recording I’ve done up to date. Constant tracking and recording reaching over a year (not a significant amount of time compared to Chinese Democracy or that Brian Wilson’s album, but still!) Going ping pong across Sweden over the entire 2013, working on the album like monsters on the weekends and having our normal work duties during the weekdays, sure took its toll. But listening to the album, the actual end result, I’d do it all over again in a blink of an eye. This one is a beast and I’m so proud of what we archived during this trying year. Thank you; my unguided brothers and all the involved studios and personnel, for the excellent effort and salute to the fans for your unbelievable patience! It will all be worth the wait by the end of this month. Seeing our busy lives, I’m surprised we even got this together at all; I’m so impressed and so grateful we got to where we are, and I can assure you; sometimes getting from point A to B is not as easy as it first seams. One thing is certain however; “Fragile Immortality” will blow you away! Pre-order the album here.
Studio Sällström early 2013
2. Inception MV
The music video, that was once again; one hell of an adventure. Not as much people involved as in “Betrayer of The Code”, but still very trying to coordinate. Originally it was supposed to be an 11Frames green screen; “performance only” video, a bit more scaled down with the only concept tying into the album being the location of a post-apocalyptic city. Which was fine of course, originally, but then the single song was supposed to get selected and within the band it was a “tie” between “Unguided Entity” and “Inception”. The chorus in “Inception” was undoubtedly a bit catchier, whilst “Unguided Entity” had more of a complex and challenging composition, which is probably not optimal for a single anyhow (but we’re unguided hehe.) This is however where the “problem” started; the 2 candidates were also 2 out of the 7 concept songs. And I was somewhere hoping that we wouldn’t select one of the concept songs for the single, since the theme is a bit too bombastic to make something proper out from in a MV with a limited budget. Well, not too limited, actually bigger than both PD and BOTC MVs, but still no LOTR budget, if you see what I mean. You never know what single songs will wash up when you record an album, so it’s hard to plan for it, and it’s not really until when you stand with the finished master in hand you are able to decide. However, when the label voted for “Inception” to be the single, we were all convinced and had to deal with it the best way possible. A simple performance video, seeing the lyrical theme, was at this point for me; not an option. So I started my tinkering, how to get around the problem. What in the story, can actually be portrayed in real life acting, and what is just too complicated? Well, the prison scenes were optimal for the acting part, and then the complex scenes, we handled with sketches made by Kuang Hong, which 11Frames animated to make them come alive. This all set for a bit more depth in the video and you get an idea of the lyrics and the story as well. But seeing how much time and effort was put into that extra dimension in the music video, it’s just too much work, and in the future I think we’ll have to go with a bit more scaled down “performance only” video (which a lot of people like as well,) just to make it reasonable. Anyway, I love the final result, gives me goose bumps to see how it makes the concept come alive. 11Frames, the band and Ella did excellent performances! Check out the music video here under and get the single on iTunes here.
The Unguided - Inception
Roland on the set
3. Russian / Belarus shows
When we started this band back in 2010, with the philosophy we had around the band back then, if anyone would tell use we’re going to Eastern Europe for some shows a couple of years from now. We would probably just laugh at them. Its funny how a “not touring project”, find themselves in St. Petersburg, Moscow and Minsk just a couple of years from when they swore they will not tour with just this “project”. This just states how important the fans are to the development and wellbeing of a band. We wanted to make a couple of albums together since we love making music with each other, and you support us to the extent that we just can’t refuse to find it in our hearts, to get on stage not less than 35 times, in 5 different countries the last couple of three years, with a full band. That’s pretty impressive for a “not touring project” I’d say! I think no one believes in that “project” bullshit anymore, everyone know this is a fully fledged band and there’s none stopping this now. We might not be the most active of bands on the roads, but we try to do whatever is possible, and in 2014 we might just come to your door step and strike that unguided bible right in your fontanel. Put on your helmet when it’s still time! Thank you Moscow, St. Petersburg and Minsk and everyone involved making just this particular weekend possible.
Unguided arrives in Moscow
The Unguided in Minsk
4. Command & Conquer TOUR
The spring headline tour with our Swedish brothers in dEMOTIONAL and Smash Into Pieces, was yet another milestone for this band. We had a great time, and hope you, the fans, had a great time as well. It was just a very loving and brotherly arrangement all together. Chris Lemon made this possible and we are eternally grateful, our best of wishes for everyone involved! The future is blinding bright for both Smash Into Pieces and dEMOTIONAL, I just want to say; don’t forget us when you are selling out arenas eventually. We can be your waterboys and shit!
C&C Tour 2013
Rog & Hank in Halmstad
5. Record Deal with Napalm records
The dark alliance between The Unguided and Napalm Records was certainly one of the highlights of 2013. A negotiation ranging over almost three years, was finally inked (with blood) in Southern Germany during a festival show last summer. Our first mutual dark seed being spawned just a couple of weeks from now and then we can see full on; where this will take us! We are really happy to be working with Napalm Records and they all seem to be really good people. We’d like to believe we have a good concept going here, and they certainly have the muscles to bring it out to metal fans all around the globe. Interesting times to come!
Signing day in Nordheim
Tour video feat. signing
:: TOP 5 LIFE HIGHLIGHTS OF 2013 ::
1. Duet with Hansi Kürsch
There’s been a lot of good things going on in 2013, but there’s far from any of them being as grandiose as having guest vocals on a The Unguided song by my número uno idol; Hansi Kürsch from my favorite band; Blind Guardian! I cannot till this day believe me ears when I listen to that version of “Deathwalker”, and yes, I’ve listened to is probably a million of times. My voice being in the same song as Hansi’s is blatantly a lifetime dream coming true. I try to imagine my reaction, getting hold of this information in the mid 90ies, when I was rocking out to “Tales from the Twilight World” with full force, but my young mind would probably not be able to take it, and result in a fatality of mind exploding origin. This is just unbelievable and I’m so eternally thankful that we got the opportunity, thank you Hansi, thank you with all I got!
Hansi and I at Tuska Open Air 2011
2. Falkenberg Vacation
Luxury vacation at the best hotel in town, just next to the beach, with the most dearest to me. What a lovely week it was! The original idea was to celebrate our 2 year engagement anniversary in Falkenberg; since it was on that very beach we got engaged. But the hotel was overbooked so it was the wrong week, but still very much the right beach.
Meeting up some old friends
3. Sandhamn Vacation
We’ve made this to a nice tradition since I moved up to Stockholm. The Swedish archipelago is just magnificent! And seeing the Falkenberg hotel was overbooked the anniversary day, we planned this weekend so it hit right on the actual date, very cunning of us. We had a great time of recharging them batteries so they would last all the way into the summer of 2014.
Sundown at Sandhamn
4. Fishing Trip
Two friends (and colleagues) and I had a trip down to southern Sweden. To have a little trolling adventure of the coast of Simrishamn, this was undoubtedly a great time and we had great fishing luck the first day; catching 13 salmons in total and some of them weighing in over and around 10 kg. Quite an extraordinary trip!
On the red baron's boat
5. The Cabin (in the north)
Magnus and I also had a trip up to North land to get some fishing done and just enjoy the spectacular wildlife of northern Sweden. The fishing God was not smiling upon us the same way as he did in Simrishamn, but we still got a few pikes, and had a great time.
Lunch in the bear tracks
So there you have it! Runner up on the “Life Highlights” was certainly the Nocturnal Halloween Ball, but I had to weigh it to the others and in the end, I went with the current list. I just have to mention however, that the evening was glorious! Also, most of you know, I have this “Song of the day” posts on my official Facebook every day, and now it’s all compiled in an huge playlist, subscribe to the 2013 version of it here (and check out the 2012 playlist here.) Going to be a great year ahead of us with the album release and everything, I’m super stoked to have you all join in on the journey!
Nocturnal Halloween Ball, me to the left.
Song of the day: The ungudied – inception
Are you stronger on this earth?
Much things coming your way! The most spectacular happening at the moment, might be the Inception music video and single release. Check out the video right here:
The Unguided - Inception
The music video was directed by 11Frames Productions and the 10 sketches in the clip was made by Kuang Hong. You can check all the sketches out here. Here's also some behind the scene pictures that wasn't posted before.
Making the end scene walk
Trying the robot costume
Prisoner scene, same hangar as BOTC performance shots
Human experiment scene
Trying the lazors, pewpew
Here's the lyrics to the song:
"If death is the winner of every war, then it's death that I'll have to become..."
:: INCEPTION ::
As I readied my time-worn shield
And entered my old crown
I knew what had to be done
(What had to be done)
I was not plucked by the heavens
to be trained as a warrior
I was created knowing only war
IF DEATH IS THE WINNER OF EVERY WAR
THEN IT’S DEATH THAT I’LL HAVE TO BECOME
BLACK ON TRACK, THROUGH THE GLOOM WE SOAR
THE END OF THEIR TYRANNY HAS BEGUN
ARISE MORTALS, LIKE A FLOOD OF VENGEANCE
BECOME THE LEVIATHAN, WHICH NOTHING CAN SHUN
THERE WILL BE NO HINDRANCE, ONCE THEIR TASKMASTER FALLS
AND THAT’S WHEN JUSTICE WILL BE DONE
If your hearts were really broken
You would all be dead
So even if your souls are crushed
You must comprehend
That these could be your last days
Time is running short
Follow the song of the Angel cleaver
And let my dark wings fortify you
IF DEATH IS THE WINNER OF EVERY WAR
THEN IT’S DEATH THAT I’LL HAVE TO BECOME
BLACK ON TRACK, THROUGH THE GLOOM WE SOAR
THE END OF THEIR TYRANNY HAS BEGUN
ARISE MORTALS, LIKE A FLOOD OF VENGEANCE
BECOME THE LEVIATHAN, WHICH NOTHING CAN SHUN
THERE WILL BE NO HINDRANCE, ONCE THEIR TASKMASTER FALLS
AND THAT’S WHEN JUSTICE WILL BE DONE
Fire burns many things, but it cannot touch a shadow
Let them run, let them hide, we will always be close behind
We will always be close behind
Justice will be done
Justice shall be done
The single artwork was also made by Kaung Hong. And is a bit of a revamp of an old artwork concept idea for the song "Jailbreak", which the sci-fi artist; Tom Weighil, began work on, almost 10 years ago. But never finished and sadly it was also never used. Since the motive worked really well with the current story, I decided to breathe new life in it with Kuang Hong's brilliant skills. After all, nostalgia is a welcome guest in our minds every now and then.
Tom Weighil's early sketch / Kuang Hong's finished illustration
There's also bundles to be pre-ordered of the new album! Both our own official web shop and Napalm's shop offers a lot of goodies. From the official shop, you can select between: Pack I, Pack II, Pack III.
Fragile Immortality Pack I - Machine Edition
Fragile Immortality Pack II - Wraith Edition
Fragile Immortality Pack III - Fallen Angel Edition
We've finally decided to make a hoddie (which you can find in pack III) and also a girly shirt, which we haven't had available before. Hope you like the new designs!
Fragile Immortality girly tee
The listening party is just a month away, hope we can meet as much fans as possible during this unique event in Stockholm. Get your tickets here.
Join the Facebook event.
There's some other video features recently, check them out here:
Merry Xmas from The Unguided
Headbangers Latinoamerica greeting
I've celebrated Xmas at the west coast of Sweden in the deep woods of my mother's house. Was nice to meet some kindred again, since that's a rare occasion here in Stockholm. Hope everyone had great holiday celebrations!
Walking mom's stupid dog
Lovley Xmas tree
That creature again...
Super nice Xmas gifts!
Lastly some recent pictures from my everyday life.
Russian clock from Lilia. Thank you!
New fav beer; Narwhal (The jedi of the sea.)
3 years anniversary with my babe
Xmas shopping in Stockholm
"Headbangers latinoamerica" kitchen recording
Eye surgery :S eww
"Hobbit II - The Desolation of Smaug" at the cinemas
Heaven Shall Burn sweat pants, loving them!
With both your feet on the ground
First everything is veiled in secrecy, there's practically nothing for ages, and then everything just comes at once? Flooding your brains, like a dam being blown with a dusted off; teleforce, straight from Nikola Tesla's very own attic. The questions were many, and still is, but at least there's a couple of answers out there as of now! And hope you've liked what you've discovered so far. Some have analyzed more than others and some people will just have to wait until the actual release to understand the complexity of this coming album. Because it's going to be one hell of a journey for you, I'll assure you that!
The Unguided - Fragile Immortality, photo by: Linus Pettersson
So; "Fragile Immortality", The Unguided's upcoming sophomore album. A contradictory and mysterious name, yet very meaningful. It's delicately tied to the present of this world, the actual story and our own current situation. I'm not really going to dive deeper into the subject, since I want you to walk down the road and explore it yourself eventually. I will however beg you to support our campaign and pre-order this beast of an album. Obviously we have been bragging about our very dedicated hordes of fans to the label, and this is a golden opportunity for you to once again show your muscles, and allegiance to what we are trying to archive here, together.
"If death is the winner of every war, then it's death that I'll have to become..."
"Fragile Immortality" will be out via Napalm Records at the current dates:
Jan. 31 – Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Finland, Benelux
Feb. 05 - Spain, Sweden, Norway
Feb. 03 - Rest Of Europe
Feb. 11 - USA/Canada
If you are looking to buy the strictly limited THE UNGUIDED - Fragile Immortality/PURPLE 2-LP Gatefold vinyl; this URL is your best friend.
"Inception" music video
Here's a look at the track list of the album:
2. Defector DCXVI
4. Eye Of The Thylacine
5. Unguided Entity
6. Carnal Genesis
9. Only Human
12. Deathwalker (Feat. Hansi Kürsch)*
13. Unguided Entity (Zardonic Remix)*
14. Deathwalker (Zardonic Remix)*
15. When All The Seraphim Cry (Zardonic Feat. The Unguided)*
* = Bonus track on LTD/Digipack CD
Some fans have been really cleaver about this and posted me those pictures. I'll be sure to post the "Hell Frost" version as well since it's kind of a fun thing! Thank you, Козлов Кирилл for sending those in.
"Fragile Immortality" refrences
"Hell Frost" refrences
Exclusive "Listening Party" t-shirt
Regarding the music video and single release of "Inception", the single will be out on December 20th (unfortunately North America have to wait until January 21st,) so that's a nice Xmas gift from us to you as well! About the video, 11Frames Production is working hard to get it ready in time, but since it's a massive production; it just will have to take the time it need! To sate the hunger already now, we've released this trailer of the video:
"The Unguided - Inception" music video trailer
On top of all this, we are dying to see you at our "Listening Party" in Stockholm at 25th of January. You can buy your tickets here and also be sure to join the event here, for more information.
Can't wait for this day to meet you all!
So that's that! We've also recently been having two gigs. Let's start with some pictures from the Falkenberg headline show. It was a glorious event! And it was the first time we ever played the new track "Blodbad". Which the audience seemed to enjoy greatly! Thanks for coming out to support us, and hope we can do this to a nice tradition, in the very hometown of the band. Was also awesome to share the stage with the people we grew up with in A Silent Escape and What Tomorrow Brings, there was so much love! Million of thanks to Rossi the metal titan and his crew for making this evening possible.
Soundcheck! Rille and his "spacebar" presser slave
Our number one fan frontrowing on the soundcheck!
What Tomorrow Brings soundcheck
Mother, tell your children not to walk my way!
Almost show time!
Stage is set
And it's on!
Hold the line
Roger is doing his special moves
Rille bombing those drums
Best fans in the world <3
616 in action
Was an awesome show
The night before the Falkenberg gig we had a onslaught in Huskvarna as well with our friends in Amaranthe. This was obviously a great evening as well and we had good fun with both old and new fans! Huge thanks to Cat Cooke who was glued to merch duties those two nights. Also bless Dead By April for letting us borrow this wonderful person! And wicked hails to Lilia Krylova, for coming all the way from Russia to attend to those two shows. As well as giving us lovely parcels. Thank you!
Happy Roland on soundcheck
Larry the looner
Unleash the fury
Rechyyy and his friend was here!
Wait for it...
Captain Morgan move
Hank the tank and Rollebolle
Cuts & Stiching it up
All hail the true lord
I've been checking out some shows myself just recently. Ella and I got to see Black Sabbath in Stockholm with our friends Magnus and Anna. Was a really good evening, and I can't believe those guys still can hit the stage full-on and make a awesome show! Thanks Anna for the tickets, we will honor your kindness in best way possible!
Some sushi and beer before the show
At Friends Arena
Support band; Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats
Lost my count, but looked like more people than on The Unguided shows!
Sabbath on stage
Iommi shredding it up
We also went to see Soilwork at Fryshuset some weeks ago. By no doubt the best show I've seen 2013, so that was just awesome! If you get the opportunity to check them out during their current tour, cease the chance, since it's just a brutal show!
When you see this guy on shows, you know eveything will work smooth!
Support II; Keep of Kalessin
Björn was on fire!
New line-up was wicked
Skull of Gul'dan
And to the life matter! All is well, I had a small toss of stomach illness the last week. But that gave me the chance to finish the campaign in Starcraft II: Heart of Swarm, so no damage done! hehe Great story that. I really enjoyed it. Hope you all have a good time in those stressful Xmas times!
Got a new phone, fuck off Apple haters
Adding some protein to the gym
3 years anniversary the other day! Love you <3
Song of the day: Dead by april - As a butterfly
I am the echo of your past
Where were we!? Oh yeah, new album release day. Well, some of you sneaky bastards have already figured some of it out, and I'm not surprised; you know your internet. That's a red thread throughout a lot of our fans. You know your shit! I'm proud to have you cunning minds in our midst. But truth be told; for now, nothing is really official, and we are still waiting for the final word from the label. At this point it's preliminary looking like it could be by the end of January 2014, and that's out ambition as well. But it's not something I'd carve in stone with lightning and release as the 11 commandment, just yet.
With that said; there's nothing that would stop us from having a bit of fun in the meantime, right? We've had music video recordings, band photo shoots and all sort of crazy stuff going since our life auras last crossed each other's paths. We've documented this thoroughly and I'd like to show you a selection of pictures from the events, now in this blog.
Music video - 11 Frames Productions:
As said in the previous blog, we've once again picked 11 Frames Productions (Betrayer of the Code,) to handle the production of our upcoming single music video. For several reason really, but mainly; we're loving the guys behind the cameras and their results with BOTC was just really over all our expectations. This one is however going to be more of a green screen production. There's going to be a lot of elements really, but my biggest excitement for it is; 10 sketches related to the lyrics of the song, that Kuang Hong (Nightmareland/Hell Frost, invaZion) made to be "animated" into the clip. I hope they will help to carry the story of the album and the song and the continuation of what started on Hell Frost. The band itself will be performing in a post apocalyptic city, not too far from what you've already seen in the background of the "invaZion" EP and it will tie in with the story as well. For now, we've haven't seen much of the city, but 11 Frames is working hard to get this ready in time for the upcoming single release.
Rille got new toys!
I think we have to cover the ladder guy with green for him to not show?
Rille doing his magic
2 of the 11 Framses looking busy
Roginator entering the scene
Guitar neck view
Our own pom-pom girls!
The referee from hell
Roland destorying that guitar
The vocals was so intense, Jose had to sit down for a while
Obviously we had room 616 on the hotel
Preview from the animated city
Photo shoot - Linus Pettersson:
We've allowed the very talented Linus Pettersson to handle our album photo shoot, and some of you have already seen some sneak peeks from this creative day. We had a great run in the Access: Rock studio located in "Hammarby sjöstad", Stockholm and the result was stunning. Mr. Pettersson really knew what angles to work to make our ugly asses sexy (save from Henric, he's always sexy! hehe)
Unguided arriving dislocated to the studio
Roland and Linus
Henric making "le tigre" while the multitasking MUA is making Roland sexy
Linus explained something really phototechnical and Roland got it... kind of.
Preview of one of the band shots
Rille readying his "blue steel" face
Roger checking out his portrait previews
Roger in the line of fire
The three R's
Some outdoor shots
Not much, the calm before the storm you could say! We however have our Huskvarna and Falkenberg shows by the end of this month to look forward to. Be sure to keep yourself updated on www.theunguided.com for the latest tour dates. Also, the Russian tour shirt "Blodbad", is now available in the web shop as well.
Unguided over Falkenberg
Blodbad! And it's not the damn "The Witcher" logo. Fuck off. Some of you will understand, later.
The Nocturnal Halloween Ball:
Last weekend we celebrated Halloween at an annually ball spectacle, arranged by Nocturnal Agency. Peter, his wife and I was all decked out as three members from Slipknot; Chris, James and Mick. It was good fun! The original plan was for me to be Chris Redfield and Ella to be Jill Valentine. But since we had some complication on getting Ella's costume (well, she mistakenly ordered it to the United Kingdom instead of Sweden for some reason. I'm pretty sure there's no Stockholm in the UK!?) so we had to improvise a bit. Maybe next year!
Peter & Olga, before costumes and before a lot of Jack & Coke
Here's my Halloween costume
Before the taxi arrived. The driver was... scared.
Ella entering the catwalk at the fashion show on the event
Female Edward Scissorhands, the winner of best costume of the night!
Slipknot got new members, Hellboy for one!
This could have been a nice couple dinner?
Emelie (from the BOTC MV) and some giant chigger
Ronny, Ragge and Ella!
"Cuts & Stitches" photo shoot:
I guess there's no surprise for many that our crafty bassist does have his own clothing brand called "Cuts & Stitches". He just recently launched leggings in the brands name and Ella was kind enough to help out and lend away her beautiful legs for this occasion. Apparently I got stuck on some pictures as well. Once again; Linus Pettersson's flawless work!
Cuts & Stitches "I Will Never Stop Living" shirt
Preview of a couple picture
High heels and backslick (coming "Hard Riot" album name.)
One of the finalized photo's from the shoot
Yes, I finally reached level 90 on my rogue; Harbinger, just like a year too late from the release of the new expansion. I'm basically only doing some LFR to check out all the content and I also got my hands on one of the warglaives. Also a couple of years too late.
Coming for the OH, you Illidan scum
Life is running fast, I hope it will not hit rock bottom next year when I turn 30. But I have good faith since Roland claims; that's when life begins. If someone can confirm this, please inbox me. Here's a collection of pictures from the last months.
Underwent extensive surgery a bit over my ankle, the doctor promised a cool scar
We visited "Strega" the Cane Corso we borrowed some time ago
At texas longhorn, before we hit the cinemas
Two adorable slugs! (Disclaimer: We didn't see this movie, It did not involve enough blood & gore.)
Ella and Atlas. Atlas is my alter ego when the autumn moon is bright.
...makes this dude happy!
Usual sight when I come home from work, promise...
Autumn over Stockholm
We obviously had to capture those glorious colors
Thought I'd get all you Germans something to drool about. Here's stupid horses called Elks.
Waiting for the subway like a Swede.
Song of the day: Deep purple - Perfect strangers
A behemoth from another dimension
A lot of you have been curious on our Russian / Belarus trip recently, so I'll go into detail on that, in this blog entry. First off; I'm just going to say that the new album and it's release, is all going as planned and we hope we can nail a release date soon (which I probably have said for a couple of months now!?) The master of the album have just recently been delivered to Napalm Records and two weekends ago we recorded a video for the upcoming single with the guys at 11Frames Productions. This weekend we'll have a photo shoot for the album, with the very talented Linus Pettersson, and after that session, most of the puzzle pieces will be in place, for this MONSTER of an release! hehe.
Promotional video before the shows in Russia / Belarus
Now let's head straight into our east European trip!
Saint Petersburg - Russia, Part I:
Since we have a very thought through logistic placement on all the members in our band we had to fly into Russia from two different locations. Ella and I was going from the Stockholm airport, "Arlanda", while the rest of the guys, which resides on the west coast in our oblong country, was flying from Copenhagen in Denmark. Both of us were to fly into an airport in Moscow. The reason we had to fly into Moscow and not Saint Petersburg directly, was because our touring schedule clashed with another touring schedule; namely the president of united states of team America himself; Barrack Obama. There's a slight possibility he's stalking our band, but most likely he was just interested in the G20 meeting in Saint Petersburg. Whatever intensions he had; it messed with our plans and made it extremely difficult for our band and our little tour enterprise. Nor did he only made us reschedule the flying in, to Russia, he did also make a inconvenient touchdown in Stockholm, Sweden, on his way to this important G20 meeting. And just to be sure he closed the biggest highway in Sweden, and our road to the airport outside of Stockholm. SAFTEY FIRST!... Our flight was leaving 11:50 lunchtime, but since they wouldn't release what hours the roads would be closed (another safety precaution,) Ella and I had to head out Insanely early in the morning. Thank you POTUS! I'm all for you coming and high fiving the prime minister and let the Swedish King and Queen bring you up to speed on the latest Scandinavian gossip, but please check our bands touring schedule first, will you!?
We printed a new shirt for these specific shows; "Blodbad"!
At Arlanda, Aeroflot's office kind of looked closed.
A mob making sure the president is leaving Sweden,
so order in Stockholm city can be restored...
Didn't see AF1, but I tried to hitchhike with this one.
I was greeted with sniper marks all over my body!
Onwards to Motherland!
Anyways, well in Moscow, we rendezvoused with our Russian promoter and tour-guide, Sergey and his boss. Two very well behaved and likable persons! I got a feeling almost instantly that we were in good hands. The rest of the guys landed slightly later than Ella and I. And once we could fulfill the quota with simple head count on all the members, off we went to St.Petersburg. Sergey made sure to hire Jon Schaffer as our personal driver, since he know I'm a big Iced Earth fan. Very appreciated! Tourist as we was in this country, he also gave Jon a new name, and trained him in acting like he didn't speak English at all, and we had to communicate with the Jon.. sorry; "Yury", via Sergey. Nice scheme there, didn't have to do all that for us man!
Sergey, the boss and Ella drinking black vodka and vodka latte
220 WHAT? B? Bolt?! 220 BOLT!? Mindfuck.
In Russia; unguided guides you!
70 Swedish miles ahead of us to St. Petersburg, obviously we had to make a short dinner stop (and a couple of thousand pee breaks since there was a lot of beer onboard.) Sergey so much wanted to show us the Russina homely fare in full force. So he brought us to a restaurant, which was a bit westernized in is architecture and food taste as well, but we of course went all out on this place! Very nice Russian food indeed.
Two thirsty rockstars drinking vodka on cans
We arrived in St. Petersburg early in the morning and went straight into a hotel to get some sleep before get-in and sound check at the venue. It was not until we came to the hotel, I noticed one difference from Sweden in Russia.. oh well? However, when it comes to the showers in Russia, you have to wait 20 minutes for the water to become warm. And in some cases the "hot" and "cold" knob is inverted, so you don't really know. In some rare cases you can put the knob at "hot", and then wait 20 minutes just to release that "cold" is actually "hot", which means you have to wait another 20 minutes for the hot water to reach the shower hose and you can successfully take a shower. A bit frustrating, but I'm sure there's some meaning to all of this, it's just that I had a really hard time to see it, just during this moment.
Our fortress, hotel, building.
Breakfast, very retro!
We were happy we didn't stay at this hotel.
The Narva Gate
This was not the venue.
Well at the venue, the Club Arctica place was pretty cool actually! Save from the fact that no one spoke English, except Sergey then of course. This worked out well during sound check when Sergey was around, but once he had to attend to other duties. We did sign language to the sound guy from stage for 30 minutes before we gave up and he started to smoke water pipe instead of doing his job. All we wanted was to lower Roland's guitar in the monitors, surely not too much to ask hehe. Anyways, Sergey came back eventually and everything was back in order, just a lengthy sound check.
After a brief walk in the area outside the venue and dinner. The show was on! And the show was really good actually! We had a awesome time. Very intimate and personal, just the way we like it. We were really happy to see our Russian fans and mingle with them after the show, hope you had a great time as well!
Outside the venue
Lada power! In Russia they have an exclamation mark on your car
if you are a n00b. I'll vote for that in Sweden as well!
Concrete buildings. A lot of them.
Too slow for love and traffic lights!
Dinner! A rare pic of the driver; Jon "Yuri" Schaffer to the right.
Poo in a bowl. WTF Russia!?
Apparently this is were they got the ingrediens.
Support band! Arch Enemy, Russian edition.
Right before the show!
St.Petersburg rocked \m/
When everything was packed up, we had 70 miles back to Moscow, a impressive 9 hour drive. We suggested it would be good to get it over and done with! So we hit the road with our trusty driver "Yuri" once again.
Moscow - Russia, Part II:
We arrived in Moscow a bit earlier than expected and check in on a hotel straight away to get some quality sleep before get-in and sound check on the venue. Once we were done with that, we headed straight down in the Moscow metro and to a food place, to have a kind of sausage party. To eat one's bodyweight in Russian sausage was a weird but still euphoric feeling. Right after this we walked to the venue since it wasn't far from the foddering.
iPhone 5S behind you Roland, BEHIND YOU!
Ella ruins a otherwise perfect sausage party :(
ANNETBI EAECB! That means; HELLOVA SHOW in Russia.
Club Volta was a new venue, and a pretty big and clean place. We liked it a lot! When we arrived here, we bumped into our buddies in Deathaction. The captain of the band; Sergey and the drummer Aleksandr! I haven't seen these guys since they was support for us with Sonic Syndicate during some shows in Russia back in 2010. So it was good to see them again and to hear that they are doing well.
Sergey, drummerboi, I and Deathaction's local guard to the left
I'm an APTNCT!!! This is my APTNICT pass.
Sound check went more smooth here and we also had a video interview with some members in the band.
Blue Man Group again?
Support band, Eve In Fall
The show in Moscow was great as well! The audience was crazy as always in Russia and after the show we had a signing with the fans which was really pleasant. Good to see you all! It's really nice to see how dedicated fans we have there in Russia and we hope we can come back soon! Probably with the coming album.
Hitting the stage
The party continued after the show and we had a nice get together with the venue crew, some fans, as well as the promoter/organizer backstage after the show, were we drank Russian vodka and got as much pizza as we could muster!
Pizza and vodka.
Some hours later our ride back to the hotel arrived and we still had some patient fans waiting outside the venue that got their signatures and some photographs. We were heading out early in the morning for the flight to Minsk, so we made the most of the hours left that night.
There was some traffic jam on the ride to the airport the day after and we were a bit afraid that we would miss the flight. Also we had some problems with the check-in. Since on the flight to Russia we had pairs of guitars strapped to each other just to make one package of them instead of several. This was not approved on the flight to Belarus obviously, so we had some logistic issues before we got to check in. But eventually we ended up on the plain to Belarus.
Some important dude's house
The Derelict, Acheron LV-426 just outside Moscow
And they call me a nerd!? Fucking hill climb bullshit racing game <3
A self-assured airplane.
Minsk - Belarus, Part III:
Well in Belarus, they didn't even check our passports upon our arrival. This was weird since we were to do visas here at the airport as well and to see how super strict it was to get into Russia with the visas it appeared odd. When the promoter heard about this he was very concerned and after that a long wait on the airport was initiated hehe. He said we'd get a lot of problems getting out of the country if we didn't have the paperwork in order when we were to fly out. Which sounded reasonable. Why they didn't check our passports was probably since flying from Russia to Belarus is almost "domestic", or as it is for us Swedes to fly from Sweden to Denmark or something. I don't know, but obviously it wasn't needed.
"R <3 BENAPYCB!" It means; "I love my lawn" in Belarusian.
After a couple of hours we sorted our group visas and we could finally leave the airport on our car trip to Minsk! Well in central Minsk, we got fed once again and then we went to the venue. Club Re:public, this venue was huge. 1500 capacity! We were like:
- "Guys, you're are aware of the fact this is the first time we're in Minsk?"
But apparently all other venues for metal had closed and this was the only place to utilize. Fine for us! The gear and PA was brutal, and the crew was also very professional.
This guy was on tour as well, and deaf :(
Beer & boys!
After sound check we killed a lot of time in the dressing room since this was a bit off from the city central so wasn't much to see in the area. Roland, Ella and I went to the hotel to get some sleep before the show.
Support band; Nemdis. They were very STRONG! You can tell they
Me smiling for the first time in the history.
We had a great time during this show! The Minsk fans, maybe wasn't as many as the fans in Moscow, but they were still really loud and absolutely mad. I even think we had two wall of deaths hehe. That's one too many for an old fart like myself! haha, great job everyone, we had a great time.
Right before stage!
Once again after the show we made sure to meet the fans, take photos and get them some autographs. When everything was wrapped up and the venue was closing, we went to the hotel to get some sleep for some sightseeing in Minsk the day after since we had a late flight.
Ronnie Schmit, Belarus version and Yuri, the promoter.
We took the metro into city centre to get some breakfast and then we had a long walk in this beautiful city. Victory square was one of my favorite locations. Really majestic!
In Belarus Minsk, they take the owen on the bike!
Roger infront of some important building
The National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of Belarus.
And that flying in front of the building is Rich's jacket.
After a while the time was nigh to leave for Sweden via Latvia and to get home after this successful first ever shows in Russia and Belarus.
The ride home.
Just keep in mind that some of this is written with a slice of irony. We love Russia and Belarus, and really appreciate all the work that was done for us during our brief visit. We hope from all of our hearts that we can come back soon and make this a nice tradition!
Song of the day: F.K.Ü - Black hole hell
Where the last command was given
Send your questions to: email@example.com
Q: You have been a really inspiration to me and you are my idol. My question is what is your favorite song of all time and why? Mine is Bullet for my valentine “waking the demon” because I have been that situation but not snapped and killed someone lol. Plz may I have your autograph?
A: First off; good thing you didn’t kill someone. Those kinds of things will put you in jail, if you are not careful. Regarding your question; I had to think a bit one this one. But I’m pretty confident that I’m not lying all too much if I go with; “Welcome to Dying” or “Traveler in Time” with Blind Guardian. “Tales from the Twilight World” was the first Blind Guardian album I bought and it changed my entire life and perspective. I still get goose bumps listening to that album. Not a lot of music does that to me nowadays.
Tales from the Twilight World
Q: Hello Mr. Richard. I'm a big fan of The Unguided, but I am from Czech Republic. In Sweden there is a fan group that calls itself ,,Army of The Unguided´´ or 616 fans (since the days of SoSy). May I ask what it means to be a member or how its members are involved in such promotion The Unguided? Could give me an answer to at least some of these questions? Thanks so much and thanks for your time. The Unguided for life ! \m/
A: Hi Mr. Czech Republic, Army of The Unguided is our own little “unofficial”-official-fan-group. There are a couple of those on Facebook as well to support the band. We’d like organize it a bit better with a dedicated webpage and proper membership with different perks for the members, but up to now we’ve not had the time to do that. It might be possible for the coming album! If you have ideas or want to get involved in this, please let us know.
Q: Hey Richard, I was wondering if you could give any tips for writing lyrics? I personally have an issue keeping the quality consistent, as well as the progression of the story. Thanks!
A: I’ve addressed this before, but I think the essence is to get a good idea of the beginning and the end of the lyrics before you actually start writing. Whatever happens in between could be a bit more floating, but you should have an idea what you want to portray with your lyrics, what feeling you want to deliver and how to round it up and close the loop. Keep the choruses a bit more simplistic and catchy, while making the verses a bit more complex and intellectual is a formula I tend to roll with. I often start with the chorus and work it until I’m happy with the result, then I move on to “verse 1” and keep going chronologically. Another good tip is if you already have the music for the lyrics is to; close your eyes and listen to the song. What feeling does it stir in you? The first hint you get. That’s what you should go with! A neutral perception is worth its weight in gold. Once you’ve listen to the song a couple of times, it’s most likely gone, so make the first listen count! Listen with your heart, write with your heart and process the details with your mind.
Q: After reading your previous blogs, I came to the conclusion that u might not be the biggest fan of any kind of electronic music. But some days ago I came across a very interesting band called "The Browning". Even though I'm not a big fan of electronic music either, I like this band really much, because, in my opinion, they did a great job mixing electronic and metal parts. What do you think about them? If you don't know them yet, here’s a link of one of their songs.
A: What did I do to mislead anyone thinking I don’t like electronic music? I like all kinds of music, just that I prefer being in a metal band making metal music. I listen to whatever music comes my way as long as there are good songs really. Anyway, I checked the video out, and I liked both the video and the song. It’s a funny coincidence. Earlier today I was scrolling around on Blabbermouth, and I read the band name on some topic, and was like; “The Browning”? Really!? And got this picture in my head of a giant bung hole in space, aimed towards earth, ready to take a huge, you know what, on all of mankind. But once I got to read the latest news on Geoff Tate that picture dissolved. Still, funny coincidence, since I haven’t heard of the band until today.
Q. Happy birthday, Richard! I was bored during my graveyard shift this morning and I found myself wondering: if the Unguided were a team of Power Rangers (Unguided Rangers?), what would your respective colours be? My personal opinion is that you'd be the Red Ranger, Roger = Blue, Roland = Green, Henric = Yellow and Richard Schill = Black. And if a female Ranger is needed then Ella could fit the part of Pink Ranger. What do you think? I mean, come on, how could this Red Ranger picture NOT suit you? (I don't recall seeing such a question answered in your blog before so I hope my memory is fine and I'm the first to ask it.)
A: This is amusing and very disturbing at the same time. But I do think you got the coloring pinned down! Henric being the yellow gender-swapping ranger seems about right hehe. If we go up on stage like that, would everyone be willing to shut off their cameras and just enjoy the ride?
Q: Hey, just wondering, how much you charge for a feature in a song?
A: Charge? What nonsense is that? Why would I charge for what takes some five minutes in my home studio to track? All features I’ve done have been entirely free obviously.
Q: Until you leaved Sonic Syndicate the ex band is still working and is still active or when you decided to go away the band was definitely disbanded?*
A: Last I checked they are going in and out of hiatus, I’m not sure of their current status.
Q: There is a possibility to know your new Album name? :D
A: Yeah; TBA.
Q: Hi, Richard! Just wondering, will some of the songs from the new album have titles in Swedish as you were planning to do before?
A: Yes, there’s one song with a Swedish title. There are no Swedish lyrics however, which I kind of planned for that particular tune. But it just didn’t fit in. For the next album I’ll give it another shot!
Q: Do you like the band What Tomorrow Brings?
A: I do, yes. I know all of them in the band. Well, perhaps not the the new(?) bassist(?) but still. And I’m extremely happy to see that they reached their charity goal to raise funds to the “Cancer foundation” and immensely hope for their singer, Kristoffer’s, swift recovery from his ongoing struggle.
Q: Short question, back to sonic syndicate times (oh lord, I know ;) ) who are Tom and Floji? roadies, groupies, whatsoever? They are in one of your sonic tv episodes trying to learn swedish.
A: Tom & Flo were featured in SonicTV Episode 4 and were both roadies, groupies, and whatsoever hehe. Actually, Tom is a good friend to the band and has been around since 2007 and our first German shows. He’s running a club in Stuttgart called Bleeding Nose and is also making magic in his company D-NINE. He’s a manager, booker and does a little bit of everything. Like a Swiss army knife really, only German. He’s also the guy behind The Unguided playing on Summer Breeze 2012 and filming this clip with his GoPro. Flo was our promotion guy on Nuclear Blast, he worked on “Only Inhuman” and “Love and Other Disasters”, and then he found his love in Finland and moved there to start his own promotion company. If someone remembers the blog entry where I was in Helsinki and checked out Blind Guardian at Tuska. Ella and I stayed at Flo’s and his wonderful girlfriend’s apartment during our time in Finland. Haven’t heard from him in a while now; we offered him to do the promotion work on “Hell Frost” but he was overloaded with work so he couldn’t do it at that time. Maybe the coming album opens up for a new opportunity, who knows? He’s a really talented PR-guy.
Q: I know you won't remember someone who gave you a cookie when you came to Spain years ago with your old band, but anyway, what I really like to see is The Unguided breaking the Spanish scene down with your music. I was a fan of SS and the notice of Roland and you left the band was a pity, but I'm so glad of seeing you together again rocking out with your bro' too!!!! So, if I can do anything to bring you here, cause I'm f**king sure so much people would like to see you too, just let me know and I'll help you. And if you need a support band from here to play first and bring more people, I have a band and I know other bands too to do something legendary. Sorry for a loong message and thanks for reading it. Cheer up and rock!!
A: I remember every single person that gave me a cookie, in my entire life! That’s just one of those ridiculously important things, which you never tend to forget. Anyway, The Unguided in Spain would be awesome indeed but at this time, not very practical. I think we have to tie it together with some dates around southern Germany, France and maybe Switzerland (we all know how that went last time, through.) That would be our best shot I’d say. But I mean, we evaluate everything we get, so if there’s an offer from some club or promoter, our booking agents are all ears! You’ll find contact info on our website.
Q: Hey did you guys do any slight modifications to Singularity or Eye Of The Thylacine during the final stages of production for the new album? Like the same small changes you did to Pathfinder, Green Eyed Demon, and Betrayer Of The Code for their final album mix? Can't wait for the 2nd album!!
A: There are pretty big changes to those tracks actually. The biggest one being it’s a completely different mix from an entirely separate studio than the EP versions. There are new bass, new drums, and some new vocal takes and arrangements from both Roland and myself. New guitar sound as well, and also some lyrical changes! I’d say the step from Nightmareland EP songs to Hell Frost ALBUM is minimal if you see the changes on these two tracks on the coming album.
Q: Next week you will perform at Sunstorm Festival in Nordheim. I'm coming from Belgium especially to see you guys perform (6 hours' drive), because you are my number 1 band (since SoSy and now The Unguided). 4 July is my birthday so my question is: could I have a picture with you guys and have some autographs? It would be the perfect birthday gift ever!!
A: Hi birthday boy! I hope you got your pictures and autographs. I think you did, because we did mingle with the fans quite a lot at Sunstorm. Really good evening, that was!
Q: Will the instrumental of "Singularity" and "Eye of the Thylacine" change in the new album (Like Green eyed demon & Pathfinder did on Hell Frost) ???
A: Answered above!
Q: After the new album is released...will you post the chronological order of the songs in accordance of the book of the unguided???
A: Actually, with how the running order of the coming album turned out, the songs are pretty much in chronological order story wise. With maybe one or two exceptions, but it should be about right.
Q: Hey Richard how's things? Just a quick question I just heard a rumor that you have been in talks with AJ a promoter of Soundwave Festival Australia is this true and if so how likely is it that you will join the lineup? I really hope to see you guys here in Australia
A: It’s true that AJ did contact us on Twitter and we got a mail address. But after that we haven’t heard anything, unfortunately.
Q: Can I use one of your songs in a YouTube video?
Q: You probably get a billion messages but I'll shoot, anyway. I have a question: How do you get your harsh vocals so harsh yet so clean and so low yet so high? I'd love to know because your voice is just freakin amazing and I wanna learn how to sing harsh yet clean and low and high :3
A: Thanks for the compliment! If you look for early entries of this blog, there should be plenty of information regarding screaming.
Q: Can you guys make a 1920x1080 resolution invaZion and/or upcoming album wallpaper. Would be appreciated.
A: Once the upcoming artworks have been released we’ll do something like that for sure!
Q: I'd like to ask you something. You are #1 of whole growlers, when I heard you 1st time (Denied), my adventure with MDM started. I'd like to learn Growl but I don’t know how I should start. Could you help me with that, write some hints or something like that? Thanks in advance.
A: Same for you pal! There’s a lot of information regarding this in early entries of the blog. Just read up on it, I’m sure you’ll find a lot of helpful pointers!
Song of the day: Running wild - Little big horn
With your divided tongue all tangled up
Getting all set for our little Russian/Belarus adventure and we are all really excited to make the first ever; The Unguided shows there! Only set back (so far) is that; I think I'm coming down with a cold that got a bit of a vicious grip on my throat. Fear not! I'm getting a lot of hot tips on curative whiskeys from Roland. According to him they are both invigorating and healing. So this bodily intruder should be gone in no time!
Soon! St.Petersburg, Moscow and Minsk, HOLD TIGHT!
Our Facebook recently hit 25k "LIKES" from you; the fans! We are very honored over that fact and I still have fresh in mind when we merely had 1k and it feels like it was a lifetime ago, even if it was just in the beginning of 2011. Anyway; thanks a lot for the support! We are trying to keep the page interactive with our own sense of humor and necessary informative updates. Hope you are happy with it, and if you have any feedback; feel free to mail us down for all you're worth, we are always happy to hear from you! (contact info on our official website.)
I recently conducted a interview with Rock Your Lyrics, be sure to check it out here, should be interesting enough. We've also recently announced a few coming shows for winter 2013, you'll find some more information regarding that on the official page. Latest out is; the Christmas Metal Festival in Geiselwind. Yes! We are coming back to Germany and just to make it a bit more unguided, we are playing two gigs on the same day! We'll end the day with Shout Arena Festival in Anröchte.
THE UNGUIDED WINTER SHOWS 2013:
29/11 - Folkets Park - Huskvarna - SWE
30/11 - Falkhallen (Blackboxen) - Falkenberg - SWE
14/12 - Christmas Metal Festival - Geiselwind - GER
14/12 - Shout Arena Festival - Anröchte - GER
Also the Defector DCXVI shirt is back in stock at the official web shop, as well as the much requested The Invasion shirt that also sold out very fast the first print. This will most likely be the last print of The Invasion, that goes for the invaZion shirt as well, when it's sold out, I doubt we'll print any more of that one either. So here it is; giving you the heads up, so I don't get complains later on when they are gone!
Dressed for success and drinking Jack&Coke!
I've been on a wildlife fishing adventure, in the north of Sweden, with my pike bane buddy; Magnus. It was wicked trip, mixed with a lot of fishing, beers and bears. Armed with fishing poles and Gerber BMF 9" knives, we were more than ready to take on the wild in Northland. And we actually managed to catch 9 pikes, even if all of them weren't Nessy sized.
Strong beer for strong men
The sky fell down in Sörmesunda
Making Roland proud as well
The pike bane himself
Chillaxing by the brown bear tracks
This lure will sure do the trick!
Newly slain bear on the menu (read: apple & bacon sausage)
Tracking down good hunting grounds
The first catch, made us tremble by fear
This bear skull might actually have been a beaver skull
Really nice lakes
Now we're getting somewhere!
The natives had problems with my accent
Third night, we spent in this blair witch shack
The hunter son filleting the catch
Crocodile dundee style dinner!
Emptying the lakes
Mapping out Bromma
Celebrating that vacation finally is over!
Lunch with my laywer <3
On-call in Nynäshamn
BBQ with Jack
Song of the day: Mercenary - Lost reality
A thousand lives shone gracious in his eyes
Just a quick update! Some time ago our buddy (and DnB legend; ) Zardonic, asked us if we; in The Unguided, were up for yet another collaboration. As you know we’ve done a couple of those before with our dear South American friend. But this time it wouldn’t be just another remix (even though that work have been highly appreciated and the fact “Phoenix Down (Zardonic Remix)” is highest on our Spotify Top 10, kind of speaks for itself!) This however, was something more special. This would be a song feature were we worked the tune together from early production, rather than taking something that was already recorded. He showed us a track, he recently had composed, and it indeed suited the project very well! Next we knew I arranged lyrics to the song, Roger was nailing guitars and utterly Roland and I was producing and tracking some vocals for it.
Check out the final result here:
Zardonic ft. The Unguided - When All The Seraphim Cry
:: WHEN ALL THE SERAPHIM CRY ::
You just mark him, mark him with a kiss
We'll attend, and take care of the rest
Thirty pieces of silver you will earn
A fair price to save your precious land
There's nothing that can help him now (Beyond all aid)
The false king will finally be crowned (Be crowned)
With the thorns of his own lies
WHEN ALL THE SERAPHIM CRY
(AND) WE FEEL THE SURGE OF FURY IN THE SKY
ONE BETRAYAL, IMMEASURABLE DAMAGE
THE SON OF GOD IS DEAD BY OUR HANDS
Last supper, flagellation and the crucifixion
The reflection in his eyes they fade to black (To black)
And the darkness, the faithful darkness
embrace the hill of Calvary (the hill of Calvary)
The death, entombment and resurrection
WHEN ALL THE SERAPHIM CRY
(AND) WE FEEL THE SURGE OF FURY IN THE SKY
ONE BETRAYAL, IMMESURABLE DAMAGE
THE SON OF GOD IS DEAD BY OUR HANDS
Some fun facts regarding all this. I actually wrote those lyrics back in 2011 when I was still in Faithful Darkness and we worked on their album “Black Mirror’s Reflection”. The song was originally called “Kiss of Iscariot”, which was a pun on; us having a guy called; “Judas” in the band hehe. But since I left Faithful Darkness, the lyrics were never used. They have been sitting and waiting for just this moment, I believe. The “Kiss of Iscariot” track is still featured on “Black Mirror’s Reflection” but with new lyrics, the track is now called; “When Emotions Fall Part II”. On the Zardonic release, we agreed on changing the title to “When All The Seraphim Cry” since that’s what you hear first and remember most in the chorus. Now you know!
Driven' De:st-ructure 3
Keep in mind, this track does not represent how the upcoming The Unguided album will sound. This is just a fun collaboration between friends from different music genres. I can here and now guarantee that the upcoming album is 110% melodic metal and you will absolutely love it hehe. If you are looking to buy the track, you will find the collaboration on the third edition of the "Driven' De:st-ructure" series, for more info look here.
There’s also been some fan footage from last weekend’s gig at Debaser Medis in Stockholm. Where I did some live guest vocals for; Beneath My Feet, during their support show for Machinae Supremacy. Check it out:
Beneath My Feet - Wake Up, Stand up (feat. Richard Sjunnesson)
Our old friend and web wiz; Berran have done a nice little school project featuring “Singularity”, it’s been pretty appreciated by the fans so be sure to watch it!
"We are hanging by a heartstring..."
There’s also this YouTube hero covering “Betrayer of the Code” on guitar, nice work dude!
Betrayer of The Code guitar cover
That’s all for now!
Song of the day: Gamma ray – Send me a sign
Time for the final blow
Swift update this time, didn’t expect that did you? Sad news is that my good old camera has seen better days. Good news is that I’ve got a new one! This would be my third IXUS now. Got my first “Canon IXUS 100IS” 2009. It however got stolen around Xmas 2010, which motivated the purchase of an “IXUS 130IS”. It worked fine now for almost 3 years, but tours and nightlife have taken its toll.
Battered tour camera...
Now I’m rolling with an “IXUS 255HS”. I like those compact ones, even though this is slightly bigger than the 130IS. Really great to just capture the moment! You never know if a T-Rex is going to run by you in this day and age, with all the high-end cloning facilities popping up around the world. Meet my new friend!
As promised in the last entry, you’ll get some cowboy action. I and Ella visited “The Target” shooting range the other day to try out some Glock 17. Since this is a common interest for us, we are thinking about getting a membership. When I was young I had a go at air rifles and was actually in the top bracket in my county. Guess it’s time to kick it up a notch! Anyway this was a really nice experience and I can totally see us doing that a lot more in the near future.
Blam, blam, blam!
I kind of sucked through... Back to Counter-strike!
Yesterday I also swung by Debaser Medis in Stockholm to belt out some guest vocals for my friends in Beneath My Feet and also to check out the headliner band Machinae Supremacy, which I’ve actually been a fan of over 10 years. Obviously those northern Swede’s both did brilliant gigs, and it was cool to wrestle out some vocals on the song “Wake up, Stand up” live for the BMF guys.
Debaser Medis Stockholm. Don't think I've been there since 2007.
Beneath My Feet
I and Marcus dueling some vocals
Wake up, Stand up!
Benjibro was here as well.
At Club Anchor after the show, Twins Crue getting shit done!
Regarding The Unguided we’ve got some interview and articles features lately. Check the interview out in the 1 issue of S.K.O.A Magazine here. It’s a fresh South African metal / alternative magazine. Also got a feature in Hallands Nyheter on the signings with Napalm Records, they called me up when I was eating lunch at the central street “Drottninggatan” in Stockholm. Check it out here. This fan also attacked me during the same day, right before we was to see “The Wolverine” at the cinemas (good film!) Thought he was to rob me but apparently he just wanted a picture, cheers bro! hehe. Our Russian friends in Deathaction also have done a promotion video for our upcoming Russian tour in September, check it out!
The Unguided @ Skogsröjet - Photo by: Kristian Reuter
The fan/robber guy! Congrats on the Diving certification ;)
The Unguided - Russian/Belarus shows PR video
Fan art by: Katharina Tietz
That’s all for now!
Song of the day: Machinae Supremacy – nova prospekt
When no one understands
There’s been a lot of action going on as of lately! Unfortunately there are not much of updates going on here (as usual?) I’d like to bring you up to speed however, for the unfortunate people that aren’t following the daily spam on our Facebook page.
The Unguided are as of now signed to the Austrian label; Napalm Records! They will handle our upcoming release and the releases to come after that, if everything goes well, which it surely will. Napalm was actually on the table already before we released Hell Frost. But since we had no idea where we was with the band and what kind of an impact the debut album actually would have; we stayed in our comfort zone over at Despotz. We all know now; that this band, which originally was intended as a project, is proven to be quite successful. Reaching 25K “LIKES” on Facebook during just 3 years of activity, hundreds of thousands of views on our music videos on YouTube and equally big amount of listeners on Spotify and other services and on top of that; already headlining shows both in and outside of Sweden’s boarders. All this gives us a real solid case, when it comes to partner negotiations.
During this long discussion between the band and Napalm Records, I think at this point; we both understand each other well, they know what we are looking for and we know what they want from us. It will certainly be a great home for our band and its legacy. I have no doubt in my mind; that the band will reach new horizons with their support. Especially not, viewing it from the perspective; of what they have to work with when it comes to the upcoming album. Which we all are extremely proud of and can’t wait to put out. They are not looking to change us in any way, which I’ve seen some concerns from the fans, when it comes to signing to bigger labels. They are merely going to share their expertise and experience in the business, giving us a neutral outside the band perspective of matters. The decisions will be ours entirely. Remember; Napalm records are a down to the marrow metal label, and we are a metal band. No one’s going to try to change that. And you will notice that further on the coming album. Read the press news on the signings here.
The Unguided 2013 Photo by: Jonas Eklind
Signing to a bigger label opened a few other doors for us. And we have altered a bit in our organization. Skrikhult Productions will as of now handle our booking in Scandinavia. We are very happy to be in lague with such a legendary booker as Skrikhult and Olof Wikström. Read more about that here. As for the “ROW” booking, it will be handled internally by Napalm Records and our contact Thomas Caser. More information regarding booking at our official website! We’d like to take the opportunity to thank Chris Lemon at Dange Music & Media, for the great co-operation and all the awesome shows we’ve done!
Fan art by: Lukáš Polák
We recently had our last summer show at Skogsröjet 2013,which marks the end of our Spring/Summer campaign and we move swiftly into the Fall/Winter segment, (shows are already popping up, so please keep our channels at high surveillance.) Right in this moment we are sorting everything for the Russian and Belarus shows, and September can’t come fast enough! We really had a great time at Skogsröjet and it was a flawless arrangement with really stunning organization. We were heavily impressed and we’d like to thank everyone involved. As most of you know; Henric have edited a little clip from our experience there and you can also view some pictures here:
Driving to Röjet
Chris Lemon & Gilby Clarke
Hard Rock Hallelujah band
Johanna and Ella monstering it up
Johanna talking to Lita Ford
Ella posing like the model she is!
Kreator, best band of the festival. Period.
Back to the roots!?
He knows it!
The Unguided @ Skogsröjet, Photo by: Elin Ragnarsson
The 69 Eyes
This is supposed to be Twisted Sister, was too drunk to get good focus :(
The Unguided TV Skogsröjet Special
We’ve also got some great gaming montage features lately, and we would like to thank Celeborn, biBa and especially Rechyyy for putting hard work into our band with those! And congratulations Rechyyy for reaching 100k subs, you are totally worth it. Keep it up!
Congrats Stefan on reachyyying 100k! ;)
RESTRICTED MW3 feat. THE UNGUIDED
Road to Colonel 100 (BF3) feat. THE UNGUIDED
Also if you missed the Frankfurt video special Henric put together some week ago, check it out here:
The Unguided TV Frankfurt Special
So, if you are only here for the band, you can stop reading now since the next part will sorely handle my vacation the last 4 weeks and 90% of the pictures will be of Ella (which I knew some of you are secretly in love with, so you’ll probably continue viewing anyway.) If you however is heavily interested in my doings the last couple of weeks, please follow me on this “strange” journey across Sweden.
Fan art by: René Selzer
My first week of vacation set off in Falkenberg, as mentioned in the last entry. Falkenberg is a city at the west coast of Sweden, where I spent 13 years of my life and also the city where my family resides around. As most of you know; I now live in Stockholm, which is considered the front side of Sweden (if you however would have asked me, little over a year ago, the answer would probably have been reversed.) The first week of the vacation we spent at Hotel Strandbaden at the beach of Falkenberg. Conveniently my sister and her boyfriend work at this place, and she indeed treated us like kings & queens. Unfortunatly; Blondinbella, Prince Carl Philip and women's national soccer team of Sweden stayed at the same hotel, and tried to pull our star power.
Visiting some castle on our way there
Checked in on mom and got a view of her hate-campaign on other dog owners.
Finally at Strandbaden.
There were some of this.
Had dinner with our good friend Niklas and his family
At Harrys in Falkenberg
The duke is back in town!
This everyday made me fat.
The lovley beach and Strandbaden in the background.
Our pet; "Pike" got to come with us.
Operation Desert Storm
My sister, frau ober, serving champagne.
"Lillpacket" swinging by the hotel to give us the latest gossip.
Ella, the cat molester.
Mr.SPARK! being un-sober.
We had tons of this, that didn't make me more thin.
Ella at the bistro in Strandbaden.
Andreas having his annual chocolate cake event by Tullbron
I and our biggest "little" fan participating in the "Wheels & Wings" cruise.
Ella stealing moonlight with her face.
During our stay in Falkenberg we also had a short trip to Halmstad to check out the ongoing Dinosaur exhibition. With us was the ever trusted friend and old keyboardist of Fallen Angels; Andreas.
Bring it on!
This is a giant rat-o-saur.
Flexing by the T-Rex.
Watch your six :S
This was a portal to Jurassic park, only kids allowed :(
Kullabo, in the deep forests of Sweden.
As said, deep, most likely; elvish woods.
In realms where; squirrels are more important than children.
Row, row, row the boat!
The coming days after our homecoming, we decided to visit Kolmården. This is a Zoo on the east coast of Sweden. Fortunately, we survived the wolves.
An entire army of cubs
Wolverine. Told them the new movie was ace! Keep up the good work.
Dhole, an endagered species. Hopefully there will never be an "Eye Of The Dhole" song.
This guy looked kind of stupid.
Sent this to mom and said I was in Africa, petting Rhinos. She freaked out.
Tarzan and Jane.
I'm not sure if this fellow was dead, he didn't move at all.
Our last trip on the vacation was back to Sandhamn in the Swedish archipelago. We’d like to do this to an annual tradition of ours and the island; Sandön is majestic.
We're on a boat MF!
Back in the firewood shack.
Starving to death, kind of look.
Some amphibian that Ella tried to take home.
Firewood and tourist storage.
Some dude with "Sandhamns Värdhus" in the background.
Nordheim, local rose wine!
Nordheim, white wine!
Some Nynäshamn brew, while we're at it!
2-years anniversary on our engagement. I'm sure some of you remember!
Watching the sunset.
<3 <3 <3
They mostly come out at night. Mostly.
Going home, not fun at all.
Other than that we’ve been watching a lot of “Sons of Anarchy”, drinking a lot of wine, which we got from our friends in Nordheim, when we played Sunstorm festival there. And I’ve also participated in some of the model photo sessions Ella have had during the summer. Obviously I’m being more in the way than actually being useful. To compensate of all the buttery content in this blog, next blog you’ll get pictures of me firing a Glock 17 at a shooting range! WOW!!!
Nordheimer Sonntagsberg, we like it!
Overlooking Ella's photo sessions. It sucks to be me ;)
Said "Hi!" to Atlas, the Swedish elkhound. Unfortunatly he got some eczema at the momemt.
More photo sessions.
I got to guard the dog; "Spot"!
And finally at a house-warming party at Ella's friend Angelica.
Song of the day: The sorrow – crossing jordan
I came from the sky on the coldest day
The upcoming The Unguided album is as of now 100% complete and the last vocal session a couple of weeks ago was really successful. Some of you have already heard the rumors, but I can now also confirm that a record deal has been signed for the coming album and our new label partner will be announced in a near future. And hopefully also a release date for the album, which we are all eagerly waiting for! Hereunder you find some pictures from the concluding vocal session in Audio Sällström – Halmstad.
Sällström knowing exactly what he's doing
Roger overlooking the situation
Last weekend we had an adventure down to southern Germany, to get our hands dirty on the Sunstorm Festival, as well as our own headliner gig in Frankfurt. For me, going out from Stockholm, this was a 1420 km lengthy trip. But the tedious hours spent in the car was made up for with those two spectacular shows! Damn, we all really had a great weekend, and we can’t wait to get back to, our second home, Germany again.
Singer, guitarist, father AND car mechanic. LEGEND!
A sleeping stop in Hannover.
Even if the festival itself is relative young in years, Sunstorm Festival was indeed a very professional and compelling arrangement. The flawless organization, the very helpful crew and the extremely good atmosphere was mind blowing and we can’t wait to get back to this event the coming years!
The Unguided just arrived at Sunstorm Festival
These guys were just getting into their painting overalls.
Hard Riot tearing it up!
Getting ready for the gig
Getting ready for the gig...
Showtime! Photo: Michael Raubold
"KEEP CALM AND USE THE FORCE!" Photo: Michael Raubold
616-army posing with the band after the show.
Well back at the hotel; we were in for a surprise!
Ella by the wine gardens, just outside the hotel, beautiful scenery!
Also be sure to check out this short clip; edited by Henric, from the Sunstorm Festival day:
Sunstorm Festival & New Record Deal Special
The coming day we sat our aim towards Frankfurt. Luckily for us they had this “ironman” competition going in the city centre. Literally; half of the roads in the city were closed. Roland, being our designated driver at the moment, and also probably the man with the most steadfast patience(?) in the band; drove around the Centrum blocks for a round 2 hours. Eventually he got tired of high-fiving the polizei, pointing us in various directions, and made a successful and very sneaky parking outside the club. This parking slot was off-limits, and an obvious violation against the city laws. At this point however; we couldn’t care less. This day we also had the opportunity to meet our partner in crime Rechyyy! He showed up to the venue straight after soundcheck with his evil-professor friend. He was eager to show us the cities food culture and showed our entourage to the closest McDonalds. The gig was great and we were super happy to meet all the lovely fans and hope we can come back soon!
Nachtleben, that's like a sex thing, right!?
Nice Frankfurt is nice!
Swedish tourist, trying to sell elks to the natives.
What the fuck happened here!?
Hank doing some heavy workout before soundcheck.
Spreading some butter in Frankfurt.
Rechyyy took us to dinner at McDonalds. THANK YOU MAN!
Rechyyy and I
Photo by: Morten Wenzek
Photo by: Morten Wenzek
The 616 army after the show.
The Unguided & Rechyyy
Roland training Rechyyy to drink whiskey.
Speaking of which, look at these crazy dudes, scaring themselves for life with our fearsome band symbol! SixOneSix4Life guys, we’re so honored.
Michael Gildner from Hard Riot, also with a "Serenade Of Guilt" quote.
A couple of weeks ago we also released the fourth and final guitar lesson. Check it out here:
TU Guitar Lesson Pt.4 - Phoenix Down
Regarding the Russian gigs in September, we’ve also now added a gig in Belarus on the same trip. Can’t wait to meet the fans in Minsk!
TU in RE:PUBLIC Club - Minsk 8/9.
Also very topical is the show by the end of this month and Skogsröjet! We will share stage with Dark Tranquillity, Helloween and Twisted Sister. How rad isn’t that?! Hope to see you there! Get your tickets here.
At the anticipated date of 20130616, we released a new t-shirt design in our web shop. I know a lot of you were hoping for a new song. But since no contract or anything was signed and also the record wasn’t even mastered, we couldn’t do just that unfortunately. But there are a lot of people appreciating the new Defector DCXVI shirt design and most of the sizes sold out fast. We’ll try to restock it when vacation times are a bit less busy. See if your size is still available here.
As for my own life, I’ve had a re-run at Peter & Olga’s house in Kungsängen at midsummer. Such a nice big house party! Me and Ella wasn’t home until early in the morning. It was a night of good friends, flowing beers, and of course; the compulsory outdoor Jacuzzi bath. Hope we can do this next year as well, it’s becoming a nice tradition!
Just arrived in Kungsängen
The master of the house himself
Here you’ll find some topical pictures from the past weeks.
Got to enjoy a Stenstrand summe ale from Nynäshamns steam brewery
Bought myself some wireless stuff for the PS3, since I care about my neighbours
Got some nice gifts from Micke Lilja! Thanks dude.
Bought new vacation records.
Checking out summer Stockholm.
Getting my BD-gift sorted.
Hanging out with the holy diver in Nynäshamn.
Last Friday both I and Ella began our vacation. We’ll spend the first week at Falkenberg Strandbad at the west coast of Sweden. It’s probably exactly what we need, seeing the past couple of months have been really busy for both of us. Hope everyone is enjoying their vacation!
Meditate over this, I will.
Next stop; Falkenberg!
Song of the day: Gamma ray – All you need to know
Då hornens ton till drabbning kalla
This weekend will conclude the vocal recording of the new The Unguided album. We just have one song left, and since this particular song is a bit more delicate than the rest (well it’s not piano ballad but it’s a bit slower and more emotional instrumentally,) we wanted to spend a little extra time on it. It’s very clean vocal heavy and will include a lot of harmonies, which always is a time-consuming accomplishment, obviously. We’ve been nailing vocals for an average of two songs per weekend. But we didn’t want to push this one in the last session, since we were both pretty fried. And I believe our inspiration have been fully recovered by now, with a few weeks break from recordings as well. Anyhow; it will be an interesting weekend in Audio Sällström – Halmstad!
The Unguided 2013 (Photo by: Magnus Petersohn)
We’ve received test mixes from all the tracks from Studio Fredman and save from a bit of volume balancing here and there and some other effect sprinklers, it does sound amazing! It’s very dynamic and you can really tell we’ve taken the curves wide on this one compared to Hell Frost. To be fair I think we played the cards a bit too safe on Hell Frost. This next one will come across a bit more experimental, and maybe not as hard hitting the first couple of spins, but once you got the grind the tracks a couple of times it will grow on you larger than the Eiffel tower, I can assure you that. They are a bit more complex and intellectual this time and not so much straight to the point; “cookie cutter” songs. Obviously most of them are heavy as shit! Hehe.
Here’s the album completion chart again:
- Drums (DONE!)
- Rhythm Guitars (DONE!)
- Lead Guitars (DONE!)
- Vocals (95% DONE.)
- Keyboards (DONE!)
- Bass Guitars (DONE!)
- Studio Fredman Mix/Master (80% DONE.)
Command & Conquer Tour 2013
The Command & Conquer Tour is as of now finished. Concluded in the lovely city of Söderhamn! Thanks everyone that had the opportunity to come out to the shows and rock with us. We also would like to thank dEMOTIONAL and Smash Into Pieces for being two awesome bands, filled with lovely people. Even though it was few gigs, we all certainly have memories for a lifetime. We will miss you guys, and hope we can do it again, next year!
Lunch break at Dragons Gate
It's like China but in Sweden
Collecting some salmonell
Hanging the unguided backdrop, unguided during soundcheck
This Michael guy, came all the way from Australia to see us!? WOW!!!
The dEMOTIONAL beach boys soundchecking
The Unguided & dEMOTIONAL's wall of death
Rich, Photo by: Ida Carlsson
Rog, Photo by: Ida Carlsson
Rich II, Photo by: Ida Carlsson
HankTank, Photo by: Ida Carlsson
Roger taking a nap before gig
Rich taking a monster before gig
Hank and Rog battling it out
The Unguided, Smash Into Pieces & dEMOTIONAL + crew
Adam, Kristoffer and Rolle, late night singing "Savage Garden". WTF?
We also had the opportunity to play in Trollhättan a couple of weekends ago. Late show with a couple of beers within the unguided vests, made up for a chaotic, but still wicked circus gig! I know everyone that was there had an awesome time and we did as well, hope to come back soon! “Han e luuuugn!!!”
Hanging out in the hotel with mah girls. Hi Kyle!
Learning the songs, five minutes before the gig
Ella bringing sexy to Trollhättan <3
We brough home this cat we found while loading-out
Unguided fans, Photo by: Michael Angel
Drunkuided, Photo by: Robert Qvist
"HAN ÄR LUUUUUUUUGN!!!", Photo by: Robert Qvist
As some of you know, we’ve been confirmed for two shows in Russia! In September The Unguided will travel to Moscow and St. Petersburg to rock our Swedish asses to pieces with the Russian crowd. Never know when we’ll hit those lands again, so hope to see you all there! More info on our official Facebook or web site.
Unguided in Russia!!!
Our guitar heroes Roland & Roger did some guitar lessons for the fan Toby Copley, around fall 2012. This goes back to the pledge campaign for “Betrayer Of The Code”, where Toby did a generous donation for a guitar lesson with the guys. He selected three tracks (Green Eyed Demon, Betrayer Of The Code & Phoenix Down) and Roger & Roland made guitar walkthroughs through YouTube for him exclusively. Toby has once again been generous, and allowed us to make those videos public! You can watch part1 – 3 hereunder, the last one will be released later today!
Guitar Lesson Part I - Introduction
Guitar Lesson Part II - Green Eyed Demon
Guitar Lesson Part III - Betrayer Of The Code
Lately, we’ve been flooded with fan art and various handicraft’s that’s directly unguided related, here’s a couple of them:
Roger on a utility moped, by: David Thorup
Gianluca Ferrari's unguided math book
Fan art by: Ivan Kramer
Fan art by: Katharina Tietz
Nicolai Spirres and his friends doing school; unguided.
Rich Jacked Ewashko met Soilwork with his "Serenade Of Guilt" shirt
Fan art by: Steffen Hemmert
Fan art by: Steffen Hemmert
Fan art by: Steffen Hemmert
Fan art by: Steffen Hemmert
Fan art by: Steffen Hemmert
Fan art by: Steffen Hemmert
The tailor Tom Wolff made this patch
"Collapse My Dream" fan art by: Tomi Pursiainen
I’ve also moved through another painful birthday, but you guys and my lovely Ella made that day a bit less painful to be fair hehe. I’m enormously grateful for all the happy birthday wishes from the fans! Here are some pictures from the day:
The Unguided Birthday party, happy times!
Ella surprised me when I got home from work
Spending the rest of the day on the balcony
Getting nice presents!
Regarding job related things, I’ve been to Elfack in Gothenburg with my colleagues and watched airbrushed electric motors, as well as getting spoiled by electric wholesale dealers and suppliers, among other things. I’ve also had a couple of weeks on call in Nynäshamn and spent time fishing with my buddy Magnus. I’ve also been quite hooked on Battle Pirates lately hehe. I always hated Facebook games, but this one is pretty interesting! I’m in sector 47 with the alias; “Lestat” if you want to pay me a visit. Don’t bubble me… The other day I also was invited to my electric padawan Rasmus’s graduation from upper secondary school. He’ll be my electric apprentice during the summer. He was very sober…
Spoiled by suppliers
The jerk (me) is jerk fishing!
Magnus is showing how it's done
BBQing in the rain
Eating ice cream in the sun
Battle Pirates, YARR!
I and Magnus gave him a starter kit and some instructions for adulthood
Other than that I’m just enjoying summer in Stockholm with my love as seen below:
Doing the lovelock thing on "Västerbron"
<3 <3 <3
Hanging out on the balcony
Having a Blue Eyed Fiend, a Red Eyed Friend and a Green Eyed Demon in the fridge
Nathaniel have been creative again, or racist... I’m not sure. He’s however the bands self-proclaimed manager and always have the hottest tips for our career!
Right, if we're gonna crack the Chinese market we're gonna have to act fast! Your whole band is going to need to adopt this style, I think we're go for the power rangers colour coded synchronsation, so that the Asian market can differentiate between each one of you; so one blue, one green, one red etc etc. You know how us westerners all look-a-like to them!
I'll work on the merchandise, you need to take as many 'power stance' photo's of you and the band in new attire so we can get some posters/stickers made up.
If you can squint your eyes at all time as well, that would be fantastic
Go go unguided rangers?! Time to hit the road for Halmstad.
Song of the day: Finntroll – Blodsvept
So it begins, the end of it all
Send your questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: Hi Richard, can you tell me if that's your voice we still can hear on the “Answer For Your Sins” song by “Faithful Darkness”?
A: That’s correct; we recorded the gang vocals for the album, while I still was in the band. So both in “Answer For Your Sins” and the album version of “Hate Injection”, I’m included in the gang vocal lines. Might have been something more, but I think that’s it.
Q: I know I'm only one person, but I love the album art of Hell Frost, and I've been looking for wallpaper for my laptop and it’s so hard to find one because the popularity of The Unguided isn't as widespread as it should. I was just wondering if by chance you have any wallpaper of the band, or of design art for future albums. I love the art. I love the music more.
A: Look no further! We have a couple of wallpapers at our official Facebook at this location.
Q: Did you see the video for the man who jumped from 128,00 feet in the air in an attempt to break the sound barrier (He reached 720 miles per hour which I believe is higher than the speed of sound at that altitude)? If you did any thoughts regarding it and final question would you jump from that height as well?
A: I watched it on the news and I would certainly give him an unguided medal if I met him. I’m not sure whether I classify it as bravery or insanity, BUT I’d still give him a lot of credits for doing what he did. Hats off for Felix Baumgartner!
"And sometimes you have to go up really high to see how small you really are."
Q: Thoughts on the Samsung Galaxy S3?
A: I’m an iPhone kind of guy. Samsung makes good TVs!
Q: Have you ever met all the members of Scar Symmetry? How was that?
A: Depending a bit on whose still in the band. But I think I met them all, yes.Jonas, I’ve obviously met the most times, but I also bump into Per and Kenneth occasionally, as well as Henrik. I probably met the “new” guys Lars and Roberth the least amount of times. They are all good guys and very skillful musicians!
Q: Do you bear any love towards dubstep?
A: Let me check... NOPE! Hehe, well I don’t listen to it. And to be fair, I’m not sure whether I could tell the difference from a dubstep or a discodisco song. So I’m probably not the right man to judge the entire genre either. WUB WUB WUB!!!
Q: I have an idea for TU merchandise. How about a The Unguided banner? It would be something really simple: e.g. vertical black banner with both the TU-Crest and the band logo in white (or the same thing with colors inverted). Just imagine the sight of an army of fans with the banner :) And of course you should be able to attach it to a stick or something, somehow. What do you think?
A: I think it’s a great idea. The only problem at the time is… time. We are really focused on getting the album ready and once it’s done, we’ll shop around for a label. AND once that’s inked and settled that’s probably where we could look into this. So time-wise it’s a bit off, as you understand. For now, all band work is required for the album and the upcoming live shows. I, however, really think it’s a great idea! Try to mail me once we announced the release of the upcoming album and we’ll see what we can do, alright?
Q: LMFAO at the way you reply to your fans! Can you and your band get any awesome-er?
Anyway, I do have a question... Were you ANY comfortable in the way WRTN turned out? Cause if we compare it to awesome old SS songs (Damage Control, Prelude to Extinction, Aftermath, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc!!), there are just a few songs that could be considered "worth listening to" by old SS fans (IMO those would be Rebellion in Nightmareland, Black and Blue, Dead and Gone, Break of Day). What I'm trying to say is, how come Fallen Angels eventually ended up singing about dance floors and drunk partying? And what about the "softening" of songs like Callous, Blue Eyed fiend, and Psychic Suicide, before the OI final version? Did you consider necessary to give Roland's clean vocals more part in the songs to make them awesome-er, or was that courtesy of the label record? 'Cause IMO they were better when Roland's appearance was so timidly perfect, it gave eargasms! (Jailbreak, History Repeats Itself...) Anyway, I hope the question makes sense!
A: I wasn’t comfortable with the way WRTN turned out, no. As stated earlier, that album was one of the main reasons why I couldn’t stand being in the band anymore. The album was nothing I could be proud of and I hate the fact my name is tied to the effort (or rather, lack of effort.) I, however, think some of those songs could have worked with a more balanced and heavier mix. But in their current format there’s just… no point. I’m fine with the lyrical work for the songs I managed. There are some great philosophical and intellectual moments in those tunes actually (i.e not the disco disco & party party songs.) And I’m obviously proud of my brother’s musical work on the album, even if his compositions also were crippled from his original ideas, unfortunately. How Zion Must Fall could over time be disfigured into something like Turn It Up, you have to council SoSy’s manager and the remaining members about. But I guess money is the key word you are looking for. Regarding the pre-productions of Callous, Blue Eyed Fiend and Psychic Suicide being heavier than the album versions is probably only hence of the mix. The pre-production mix is a bit more “Eden Fire-ish” and crude whilst the Only Inhuman mix is slicker. I don’t think it’s only because Roland got more melodic parts in the songs. To give Roland more room in the songs was our own decision. During Only Inhuman we were two singers and we wanted it to resonate and be more balanced than the songs on Eden Fire for example, where Roland basically just had chorus parts. We wanted to make it functional live as well and not only on the record.
Q: You said you'd tell us what The Unguided's logo means. When???
A: In time! When enough people have tattooed it, I’ll drop the bomb, hehe. No, but I’d like to project it in a future artwork. An illustration to tell the story behind the inner shape! For now it’s a subjective and mystical symbol.
Q: I'm a singer from a Romania band and I have a few questions about how can so scream so hard? If you can show me or teach me that will be amazing :)
A: In early entries of the blog I’ve been somewhat explaining my technique together with some tips and tricks. Please look for that information!
Meanwhile in Romania
Q: Now that you have found J.A.Aranguren... you can ask him...What does the Solar Symbols means? And also what is the thing on the logo of the band (the one that look like a moon)??? s:
A: I talked with José regarding the solar symbols, and the only symbol he created to have a meaning was the symbol Sonic has been using since “Eden Fire” and that’s a symbol for myself apparently. The triple solar symbols were just a shape he created. I’m, however, breathing a meaning into it with The Unguided. You’ll see! Also, the moonlike shape in the TU crest will be explained further in time.
Q: 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? And do you have any plans on releasing a DVD of any of your awesome live performance?
A: You should be able to purchase the album in Latin America here. Unfortunately, you cannot upload our music to YouTube if you didn’t write a permission deal with us first (which will require around 50k subs on your channel.) There’s, however, a lot of official The Unguided content on YouTube already, that you can share if you like! There are no plans for a DVD at this point. Would love to do it!
Q: I was just curious as to what are some bands that you like to listen to that are from the US?
A: I listen to a lot of American bands! Metallica, W.A.S.P., Atreyu, Disturbed, Iced Earth, Killswitch Engage, Linkin Park, Spineshank, Trivium, Twisted Sister, Kamelot, Manowar, Diecast, Hardline, Earshot, The Ghost Inside, Fair To Midland, Pantera, Twelve Tribes, Slayer, Static-X, Times of Grace, Symphony X, 30 Seconds To Mars, The Killers, Bloodsimple, Story Of The Year, Chimaira, Foo Fighters, Audioslave, to name a few!
Q: I just surfed through YouTube, and once again, ended up watching old SS studio updates. Thing came up in my mind that why did Roland only ate, or actually drunk only some meal replacement thingys?
A: He was on some crazy diet during the “Love And Other Disasters” recording. We were actually really busy at the time! Hitting the gym after recordings, and Roland was only allowing himself that stuff. Tough life!
Q: I sent you a Facebook message yesterday asking a few questions, to which you replied for me to email you instead. Before I decided to email, I spent most of the day reading through all the old posts on your blog to find any answers that might be there. To my surprise (since I had checked before, but didn't find anything), I was able to locate the answers to pretty much every question I had. However, there are still some small clarifications I wish to address, as well as a couple new questions. For reference, my name is Jordyn (I figured it would be easier to just state my name than to copy/paste my original Facebook message, especially since the questions asked there are altered here). To begin, I am completely amazed at the level of intricacy behind the story of "Hell Frost", and how it's connected to "Eden Fire". To be honest, I had actually caught on to the contrast once before, but for whatever reason, it slipped my mind when writing to you yesterday. I especially like the parallels between several of the song titles. This, however, brings me to my first amended question: Are the songs that are paralleled the only songs that are a part of the "Hell Frost" trilogy story? For example, in my FB message, I mentioned that I knew BOTC and Deathwalker were based on other things (the cover as well, though I neglected to mention it because, well, it's a cover), but I wasn't sure if any of the other songs strayed from the main plot of the story. I wasn't able to find anything definitive in the blog (though I may have just passed over it, since I did A LOT of reading today).
A: It’s getting a bit complex, right? I’ll see if we can figure this out together. The word games with the titles are some lyrical ties in WTFRW, is the only relation the Hell Frost songs have with the Eden Fire songs. All Eden Fire songs have in their turn, stand alone lyrical content, save from the four “Extinction” songs, which are tied to a short story I wrote back in 2002 regarding the sin wars. This story is fictional but with a metaphoric touch of some dilemmas going on in my life at the time, that’s the Fallen Angels story. “Helix Reign” is basically about the same situation in my life but it’s not a continuous story like the “Extinction” songs, the HR songs are written a bit less encrypted. “Black Lotus” songs are entirely stand alone, lyrically, save from the theme that they are based on losing something in your life. So that’s the old news! Regarding Hell Frost, the only song that carries the story (which I have crafted a good over 50% of the upcoming album’s lyrics on) is “Where The Frost Rose Withers”. Some other songs on the album are loosely hinting on the main story, like Pathfinder, Collapse My Dream and Green Eyed Demon. But mostly the songs on Hell Frost are stand alone lyrical songs. WTFRW however; is directly based on “The Book Of The Unguided” (Written by Paul “Wiggy” Wade-Williams, based on an original story by myself.) That story is an entirely new chronicle, and is not based on the original “Extinction” legacy; save from the fact there’s a lot of symbolic and meaningful things in common. “Where The Frost Rose Withers,” is lyrically right in the middle of the story somewhere, while the coming album will continue the tale and the album after that conclude it. Whether the entire “The Book Of The Unguided” will be released with the third The Unguided album, or it will be kept a secret for me to lean myself onto while writing lyrics, I’m not sure. We’ll see how it progresses. Why I choose not to continue the “Extinction” story is because I didn’t want to paint myself into a corner when it comes to “Fallen Angels”--even if I’m using a good lot of nostalgia from just that camp! The chance of a new Fallen Angels EP or something in the future is not entirely unlikely, and that’s when I want to play that card. So to answer your question, the only song on Hell Frost following the main plot is “Where The Frost Rose Withers”.
Q: I'm also still slightly confused behind the idea of "Nightmareland", as in one blog post it was mentioned that "Nightmareland" was referencing a girl from your past (quote from your blog about "RIN": " I wrote this song when I recently had some friction with a particular girl, yet still desired her more than anything in the world. At the time being, it was impossible for us to fuse our worlds together, but we still used the same strategies to keep our lives together. This story has a happy ending, however, because it is about the girl I’m currently with. There will be a follow up to RIN on the Nightmareland single.") However, in the blog entry for the "Hell Frost" release, you mention (regarding the cover art) that "The demon is holding his reclaimed heart in one hand and a blade in the other, and has the unguided crest on his left pauldron, as well as his right lower leg amour. In the full illustration he is also accompanied by his “wraiths” as they are together leaving “nightmareland”." which makes it seem, again, that "Nightmareland" is a euphemism for the music industry; with the whole point of The Unguided being that they(you) are leaving behind the labels and management, etc. of the industry in order to pursue the freedom of musical creativity (hence the symbolism of holding a "reclaimed heart"). Maybe I'm just reading into things too much, but if you could shed a little more light on the subject, it would be greatly appreciated.
A: You are very much right in all the speculations, except that you suggest you are reading too much into it, which you clearly are not. There’s an answer to all those questions! I also stated earlier that “Nightmareland” has double meanings. In this case it might even have triple meanings. The illustration and cover artwork of Nightmareland/Hell Frost is the one that is relevant to “Where The Frost Rose Withers”. In the “Book Of The Unguided,” Nightmareland is an location in Hell Frost where the demon/fallen angel was imprisoned and separated with his heart. Hell Frost being what remains of hell after heaven won the sin wars. This could very well have symbolic ties to the music industry. In Pathfinder and RIN; Nightmareland is the subjective place we left to live a happy life. What happened was that I tried to get my real life situation down into metaphors. I didn’t want to use names of persons, real organizations, and happenings. So, I made characters and a fictional parallel world and is telling my story via that world and its characters, through the lyrics. Like it has more punch to it to write “We are leaving nightmareland to pursue our dream” instead of “We are leaving our management to finally get shit done.” I’m sure you understand!
Q: Lastly, I noticed in a few blog posts that there were links to obtain a .zip file of some "Hell Frost" wallpapers without the text obscuring the demon's head, however it appears said links are no longer active. Is there any other way I could obtain that .zip folder?
A: You can find it at this location on our official Facebook!
Q: Once again, thanks for any time you could spare to help with these questions, and I hope everything is going well in both The Unguided world as well as your personal one! I look forward to hearing the full tracks off the upcoming EP later this month, and hopefully news about the second album won't be too far off! I wish you all the best.
A: Thanks for the cunning questions! I guess with the new EP songs you’ll have more of those, hehe.
Q: Hey guys, any plans to come to the US? More specifically; Poughkeepsie, NY. Love to see you guys live.
A: Hey man! Unfortunately, we don’t have any plans for US shows at this moment. We’ll see if it could be relevant after the upcoming album.
Q: I've recently got into Parkway Drive, and the intro to "Deadweight" by them strikes me as very similar to Green Eyed Demon. Was there any borrowing of ideas going on between you two? Either way, GED is a bad-ass song - your best in my opinion. Apologies if you've had this question before! Best of luck with the InvaZion EP release, can't wait to get hold of a copy. All the best.
A: No one in our band is really into Parkway Drive; I guess great minds think alike sometimes!
Q: Secondly, I am proud to say that I am going to be heading to Sweden sometime between late Feb and June in order to see you guys live!! (I haven't quite made the final arrangements, but it IS happening! - so long as you have a gig on in that time...) As a proud member of the 616, I think it's about bloody time I saw you guys!! Unfortunately, living in Australia has made it pretty complicated... But yeah. I just thought I had to let you know - what good is having an email contact of yours if I don't abuse it for such a glorious purpose as this?? You are the absolute shiz, mate! I have never travelled to the other side of the world to see a band before...
A: Thank you so much for your support! We are very proud of our fans, and especially the 616 members.
Q: Hi Richard I’m a big Fan of the Unguided and want to play some Bass covers from you. But I can’t find Bass tabs from you. Would you give me Bass tabs from The Unguided please? Keep Going your way can’t wait for the new Ep.
A: Bug Henric with this. I’m sure he’ll make it happen! email@example.com
Q: Hey Rich, you wear in several videos a shirt from Sullen. It´s this one.
But yours is sleeveless. Do you cut them off by yourself or how else could it be?
A: Yeah, I do some tailor-engineering on the shirts myself hehe.
Q: Just heard you guys on Spotify the other day. Can't stop listening now. Bad. Ass. Make more music please. Tour Indiana if possible, I'll be there.
A: Thanks for the support distant friend! If we tour Indiana, you’ll be the first to know!
Q: I’m just curious if you are able to play any instrument? If so, what instrument is it and how long have you been playing it? Also, has being a musician always been your dream? I know that you are also an electrician and you sound like you were born to be a musician, but are there any jobs out there that you would rather be doing?
A: I do not play any instrument, no. Or possibly I could do the jaw harp, because I know I have one collecting dust somewhere. On the other hand, you probably don’t want that in The Unguided? I like the format of a band when it comes to being creative and interactive. All of its aspects work well with the creative vision I have, so I don’t think I’d rather do anything else. Maybe writing books or being a fulltime illustrator or something. I really like technology as well, so, the electrician profession is close to my heart.
I'm the jaw harpist in my band
Q. Hey Richard how are you? Anxious for the new Unguided album. I just had 2 questions. 1: How many tracks can we possibly expect? 2: Are your plans for the album going to be darker then Hell Frost kind of like Eden Fire straight through. Or will it probably be equal to Hell Frost? Thanks for reading Rich :)
A: I’m fine! It’s a beautiful Swedish day today. This is not set in stone, but there will be 10 tracks on the retail version, 12 tracks on the bonus version plus 2 remixes, so in total 14 tracks on the limited edition. That’s the plan right now. I think the Studio Fredman mix does have a bit more edge and grit to it than Hell Frost did. It comes across heavier when I listen to the songs we’ve received. Whether it’s going to be darker or equal to Hell Frost is yet to be discovered. There are songs that are faster and heavier on the new album but there are also more delicate songs. I think the invaZion EP was a good peek of the range of what will come.
Q: A while back I remember you said in your blog that you did not know what the band Mygrain was, well here you go and tell me what you think?
A: Sounds like the little brother to Scar Symmetry. But I dig it!
Q: Hey Leader of the Army. I got 2 questions for the blog , you saw them on Facebook ;) 1. For me, Singularity sound like a harder version of Jack of Diamonds. Was that the way you wanted to go with this track? 2.Is the Lyric-part :Never replace a heart with a cog ; a parallel to the Cover art of "Love and other disasters"?
A: Hey Imp! Regarding “Singularity” I haven’t really reflected over that and listening to the two songs right now I can’t say that I agree. It was definitely not the effect we sought when making the track. But you might be right, I’m not sure, hehe. The line “Never replace a heart with a cog” might be a parallel to that artwork yes. There’s a lot of meaning behind those lyrics and they are essential in the “Book Of The Unguided”.
Don't do it!
Q: Why did you name song Eye of the Thylacine like that? Because lyrics of the song have nothing similar to a thylacine as an animal, so I'm wondering if this word has some other meaning you meant?
A: The lyrics have everything to do with the Thylacine and other species man wiped out by its own filthy hands. You see; evolution spawned man and animals to live in symbiosis. But instead man‘s greed drives animals to extinction. Man utterly creates sophisticated machines. The sophisticated and ethical machines view mankind via the eyes of the extinct and wronged race. Machines turn on their maker and drive man to extinction. The circle is closed and revenge is nigh!
So cute :,(
Q: The invaZion Ep is really awesome and i can't wait for the next album. But my Question is, will the Next album released via a Label or like the invaZion ep from your web-shop?
A: The ambition is to shop around for a label once the album is completed. If any label can’t agree to our demand. We’ll most likely release it ourselves.
Q: Hello Mr Richard, I would have just a question has to ask you when you have to start has to make muscles you immediately took proteins and soy’s, you take how much amounts so that it makes well effect? Because I would like to have muscle practically identical to your thank you for your answer and of course you are best the unguided for life!
A: Hello Mr. Muscle Man, I’m not taking any extra protein or anything at the moment. I’m just eating extra protein rich food after the gym. My schedule is currently that I work out 3-4 times a week. Including spinning and running at two of those occasions. So basically I workout Monday, heavy lifting; biceps, chest and back! Eat an entire chicken farm when I get home. Tuesday I rest. Ella and I go to a spinning class on Wednesday. On Thursday, I do heavy lifting; triceps, shoulders and eat an entire ocean of fish when I get home. On Fridays, I get drunk. On Saturdays or Sundays I run 10km. There you have it!
Gym it up!
Q: Hey Rich, I'm kind of confused about the whole Zion thing in your songs. Which songs are how in relation to Zion? Thanks for the answer, merry christmas and horns up \m/
A: The only The Unguided song, yet released, featuring Zion is “Singularity” and in “The Book Of The Unguided”, Zion is a metropolis, big as a content and mankind’s last resort. In the Sonic song “Zion Must Fall” it refers to the biblical Zion, but in a fictional touch. As told earlier, the stories are not tied together.
Q: Will be any tour in Slovak or Czech republic in 2013?
A: There’s nothing planned as of yet, but there might be!
Q. I was wondering if we could get the forum up and running again. I think it could have success if done properly.
A: Probably, but as an official forum I want it to be more interactive than it was, and less bot-spammed obviously. If that’s not going to happen, there’s no point. Maybe something for the coming album, but we’ll see.
Q: hello Mr Richard first of all I wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year I advance some will have just wanted to know if you sell your pendentive organizes razor or if you know or I could get a thank you very much of it to me
A: I have no clue what you are talking about? You want my used razors!? Eek, that’s disgusting. No, please rephrase and ask the question again if you are searching for an answer.
Q. When Dead by April record their DVD tomorrow. Are you going to record something as well? ;)
A: We did not record any DVD during the DBA show.
Q. Hi! As I was reading your last Q&A entry of your blog I found out one of my favorite songs is based on Anne Rice...
To bear the pain of ever knowing such thing I immersed myself into reading Bram Stoker's Dracula for the second time, and my question is:
Do you agree Rice's work ultimately inspired the author of Twilight? So, wouldn't she be to blame for such a disgrace? Besides, Rice was the 1st one (if I'm not mistaken) to come up with the idea that vampires are not only murderer demons who only seek for blood, like the original Stoker vampire; which could have been a better thing to base a song on... IMO!!!
Damn, now I'm struggling to fight my inner vampire self... to be devoted to The Unguided or to Stoker?
Thanks for your time, Richard, you rock
A: I do not agree that Rice’s work inspired the author of Twilight. To be fair; Rice’s vampires kick the living fucking hell out of Stephenie Meyer sorry excuses of vampires.Rice has done nothing but good for the vampire genre, and the sophisticated touch she added to them in the vampire chronicles was nothing but becoming. Bram Stoker’s vampire’s are according to me a bit too savage and feral and I really like the philosophic, enlightened and cultural side they have in Anne Rice’s work. Sorry to sprinkle salt in the wounds, hehe.
Vampire Vs. Fairy
Q: Do you think Sonic Syndicate was more of an "emo-based" band and The Unguided is more of a metal band? It seems that you guys are taking more of a heavier direction with The Unguided and also add more "deeper" thoughts behind the lyrics compared (for an example) with SS:s "Love and other disaster” album, where the music was more sort of "straight to the point" and catchy when the lyrics where more based around the title and very in your face...
A: I’m not sure what emo-based means, but The Unguided is a metal band, yes. Sonic was not a streamlined metal band in any way, and the songs were created to take shortcuts into what the community appealed to. A cookie cutter band, if you like. The Unguided is massively more intellectual, thought through, and planned band--both musically and lyrically. We’re not trying to fool anyone; we are merely doing what we are good at, and that’s what we will continue to do.
Q: Hey Rich. I remember seeing that Phoenix Down made it on to Rock Band 3; congrats on that by the way! Out of curiosity, I was wondering if you and the rest of the band would consider having a song (or a pack of 3 songs) put onto the game Rocksmith next?
A: Thank you, yeah that’s pretty cool, right? Would be wicked to get on that Rocksmith thing, but I’m not sure how it works really. It used to be a pretty big mafia organization with the whole Guitar Hero and such, whoever paid the most, got the spots kind of deal. I doubt much have changed from that.
Q: Hey Richybear<3 Not sure whether you're a politics junky or not, but seeing as it’s a broad question I figured why not... What is your ideal or favorite type of government? Just so you know, The Unguided is higher than a government so you can't say that O: Ex-oh-ex-oh.
A: I’m totally uninterested in politics since everyone is just promising the moon and the stars and nothing really happens. I, however, think Obama seems to be a sensible guy, and was kind of happy that he got reelected. Same with the Swedish prime minister--don’t know if he has done any good (I’m sure he have however,) but he seems very sympathetic, which is a good start?
Q: Which band/singer inspired you and the band to make music?
A: Can’t speak for the band, but Hansi Kürsch and Mikael Stanne inspired me to do what I do.
Q: If you had the choice to form with another band, which band would it be?
A: Blind Guardian.
Q: Can’t you do more Swedish shows during the summer? Like with your friends in Amaranthe?
A: I think we had quite a lot of Swedish shows planned. We’ll see what happens!
Q: Richard, how does it feel to be on stage knowing you make an impact for many people?
A: Do I really? I’m just trying to focus to be the best I can be on stage and give people a good show. If that makes an impact, and makes people to come back for more, I’m happy with that.
Q: Will the next album released via a Record label or like the Invazion Ep via your own shop?
A: Answered earlier! But most likely a record label.
Q: When's the new Unguided album coming out? I’m desperately awaiting it ;)
A: Should be this year! We are doing our best.
Q: When's the next time The Unguided visits Germany in, like, Cologne or near? Would be really awesome! Anyway, keep the good work up, you and The Unguided fuckin rule!
A: We have a few German shows planned. I’m not sure if any of them are close to Cologne, but there might be!
Q: Good afternoon^^ I’m Paula the girl who screamed your song "Betrayer of the code" how are you? Hope everything is great with u guys:) I just want to ask u something if u can give me any advice for it’s well I’m having a prob with taking a long breathe and growling it.. For example: your song Green Eyed Demon... at the beginning of the song I really can’t growl it for 9 seconds.. I just keep trying and timing it and all I can do is 7 seconds and max 8...:s so is there any technique to do it or I just need to keep practicing and with the time I will be able to make it? and thanks:) keep it up best luck for u:) and I forgot to ask you if there is any advice u can give me it to improve my screams because I guess u saw my video:) and thanks again:)
A: Hey Paula, I’m fine! That’s really individual but I think you are letting too much air go in the initial and what you really want to do is to preserve it for the long duration. It seems like you take a big gulp of air and then you push too hard in the initial instead of make it appear less forced and just let the scream soar “smoothly” and balanced through the entire duration. It’s really hard to explain, but that’s the impression I got. You push too hard and by holding back a little you might be able to make longer screams even if the intensity or even volume is going to suffer from it. The only thing I thought about during the video was that you pronunciation could improve. Not that my screams are very articulated, but yeah. That’s something I think you should work on! Keep up the good work.
Q: I got a bit of a random question for you. From watching all of your gigs on YouTube, the venue's always look pretty small (which is obviously great for the audience) but do you miss playing at bigger venues etc? I only ask as I absolutely love The Unguided and think you could easily sell out a gargantuan venue, but then again I suppose I'm a bit bias.
Were the venues a lot bigger when you were with Sonic Syndicate? If so, are you happy or sad with having to play at smaller venues again in order to 'work yourself back up to the top' so to speak?
Sorry for the randomness, but it's something that's been bugging me for a while!
A: We’re mostly doing headline shows with The Unguided, and frankly we’re playing the exact same venues as we did with Sonic when we headlined shows with that band, so I’m not entirely sure what you are talking about here. What you might refer to is that we did a lot of big festivals and support tours with huge bands with Sonic and with that obviously comes bigger venues and stages. But I prefer doing a headline show where everyone is into what you are doing, over standing in front of 3k people that never even heard about your band. To be honest; the live shows are not a big deal in The Unguided. Initially we didn’t even know if we would perform live at all. However whenever we come out to do it, we love it, the fans love it and it’s never disappointing. So we want to keep it like that! The venue size doesn’t really matter; it’s all about having a good time. And it’s never about “work yourself back up to the top” in The Unguided. It’s about having fun with friends and doing what we love with good people and see how far that could take us basically.
Q: Hello Sir, Just writing to ask a question. If someone was willing to invest money on bringing you guys over the U.S. would you guys be willing to consider it?
A: Yes! Contact our booker and I’m sure it could be arranged.
Q: Just so you know I’m a huge fan of The Unguided (as anybody with good taste in music should be). For this American Football season in Austria I'm planning on creating a highlights video, mainly to help me make the English National Team (being British) and I was wondering if I would be allowed to use some of your material for the Soundtrack? Hope some of the above makes sense :) I'm looking forward to the new album.
A: This is really something you have to discuss with our old label if that’s the songs you are looking to use. If it’s the invaZion songs, we’ve put a “50k subs to your channel” limit to not get flooded with requests.
Q: First of all, I want to thank you all for the awesome music you have been making for so many years. You have been my favorite band ever since I first discovered the song Denied back in late 2007. I was pretty sad when I saw Sonic Syndicate falling apart, but was even more thrilled when you announced creating The Unguided. I have been following your blogs and new work from the beginning and your music has become very inspirational for me! Now that I have expressed my gratitude, I would be very thankful if you could answer me a small question I have. A few days ago I finished my first self created song, guitars, keyboards and mixing all done by myself and using a virtual drum kit for the drum parts. I want to make a nice music video to the song and upload it to YouTube so others can hear it as well. But I have major doubts regarding copyright issues, fearing someone might steal my song and claim it as their own. Seeing how a big boss you are Richard, at having every The Unguided song removed from YouTube due to your rightful copyright, I wanted to ask you, how I could "secure" my song as being truly mine for publicity. What do I have to do? Keep rocking! Thanks a lot in advance
A: In Sweden we register our songs at an organization called STIM. They work for bands and artists to give rightful credits to the musician's work. I’m not sure what country you are from, but there should be a similar organization in your country. But once you upload it to your channel, and let’s say someone steals it and uploads it on a later date, you will have pretty strong case against that other guy since you were the original uploader on an earlier date. That will be pretty bulletproof in court, also if you have evidence of early recordings, demos and stuff like that to go with it. There’s no chance in hell they will get away with it. But I’d look into your countries equivalence to STIM and register the tune there first, before you do anything.