Richard Sjunnesson

Official blog of Richard Sjunnesson (The Unguided)

O grave, where is your victory?

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Almost half a year since last update. Sorry not sorry, BUT here we go again! I’ll do some recap for you. The album “And The Battle Royale” is now out and it’s been quite a successful trip so far.

Check the official music video of “The Heartbleed Bug” by Carl Thorén Productions. It was filmed during a few summer shows we had 2017:

“The Heartbleed Bug”

We had a super fun run with Soilwork last November and this also generated an video, check it out:

The Unguided TV Xmas Special VIII 2017

What’s coming up gig wise for us is some support shows with the almighty Arch Enemy here in Sweden. Ticket information here.

"Arch Enemy - Will To Power European Tour 2018"

02.07.2018 - Club Deströyer, Sundsvall
03.07.2018 - Gasklockorna, Gävle
05.07.2018 - Lokomotivet, Eskilstuna
06.07.2018 - Arbis, Norrköping

If you want a sample on how amazing it can be on our shows you have one here:

“Blodbad (live) from Eon’s End DVD”

We are returning to Finland this summer for the Nummirock Metal Festival! More info here.

Together with Brasstacks Brewing Company we released our first beer “Bottle Royale” it’s a black IPA! Order it from Systembolaget in Sweden or find it on the shelf in Uppsala. 

"Bottle Royale" black IPA

The webshop is restocked and you find this new beauty there among other neat stuff. 

"Dark Metamorphosis T-shirt"

There’s also anther art progression video of Kuang Hong’s creating for “And The Battle Royale”.

Creating the "And The Battle Royale" art


Q&A XXXVII:

Send your questions to: richard@theunguided.com

Q: I wondered why the song 'Daybreaker' feels so 'unpromoted' by the band. If I search for the song on Google/Youtube (with/without VPN) I get one hit from a Spanish fan with spanish lyrics..? I really think it's the most badass song you guys ever made so far!! Easily it’s mine and my girlfriends' top 10 favorite songs. I really do think however that this song deserves waaay more attention from you guys and the rest of the world! I had to tell a mate of mine recently this song existed while he follows the Unguided since it started. Can't wait for the new album, stay awesome!
A:
Hmm I sort of agree. “Daybreaker” came a bit in the shadow of the huge behemoth that was “Nighttaker”, as that was the music video track and also the one song we launched as Jonathan’s first The Unguided tune. Commercially, by our measure, “Nighttaker” was an instant hit and got picked up by some important Spotify playlists and is actually the first song to hit 1 million plays (on Spotify) since “Inception” (2014) and frankly I don’t think we’ve had an equally successful song since “Phoenix Down” (2011). All this kind of undermined the song that was released parallel with it, being; “Daybreaker”. Within the band we still love that song and I know a lot of fans do too. It showed a bit more classic sides of The Unguided on the contrary to “Nighttaker” which had some pretty brave adventures moves baked into it. In the end “Daybreaker” only got 1 quarter of the popularity of its kindred song and I believe we acted on that fact. For the future it might very well show up as a live track however. A good message to all the “Daybreaker” lovers is that you should keep listening and support the tune, if we see a peak in its popularity, we’ll obviously act on that and do something fun with it!


Daybreaker fan

Q: I love your new album. Any chance of an Australian tour? Would it be possible to get an autographed poster and a couple of picks?
A:
Thanks for your support! In the beginning of the band we had no problems to tend to all the inquiries regarding autographs and whatnot, but currently with everyone living all across Sweden and also are extremely busy privately (and the band’s fanbase is constantly growing as well, woohoo) we just can’t keep up with this. My pro tip is to wait for whatever album packages that show up in our official web shop, it’s not rare that we offer signed alternatives and picks. Everyone at our shows obviously get spoiled with this but I understand that will be hard for you coming from Australia. Regarding Australian tour we cannot wait to get there and are eagerly waiting for the right offer.

Q: Hi lord Richard! I hope you are having a wonderful time with the release of the new album, because I surely am! It is packed with a lot of exciting stuff! And after finally having time to read the story and learn the lyrics, I find myself with so many more questions. So find a comfy chair and grab some snacks because this is one is HUGE (that's what she said).
A:
Oh my, here we go…


Hardcore fan

Q: First off I want to thank you and Darren Pearce for taking the time to implement the story in the beginning of the new trilogy, (rather than keeping it for the last CD like before). Having Chapters definitely helps to re-capitulate whenever I have doubts. And the Ending of this "canto" it's such a hook!!! Who will take the throne of Tetragrammaton? What will happen to earth? And is there life on Mars?!
A:
Glad you enjoyed it! NASA have some interesting findings regarding life on Mars! DOOM too.

Q: The next chapter will probably answer most of that, but right now we can talk about what's been revealed: 1. The story is not clear about what happened to "the soul". Sure, the tree of life is dead, and Adam had the power of "the soul" when he was human, but the defector only speculates about this part of the 3 solar symbols being "alive" in mankind. Is this going to be cleared out in the next "canto" or was that speculation the answer all along? Does this means "the heart" could be alive in many people as well? Only if the throne is big enough for everyone I guess hahah.
A: The next chapter will indeed answer most of that since this will be the core question for Canto III. I think the question have been building up neatly throughout both Canto I & II and of course you’ll get the answers eventually.


Eetu Alanen tattoo

Q: 2.- The defector is still king in Zion, when he found out that humans had created an "elixir of life" he kept the worries in his mind, knowing this could alert the heavens and the cycle of souls. Now this might be the way it is for plot purposes, but if not, why didn't the Defector try to stop or warn humanity about their actions? Is he still not allowed to interfere? I mean, if humans are now sharing the world with Fallen Angels, haven’t they thought on learning from them about what the soul and immortality really means before trying to extend their own lives?
A:
The Defector was just king in Zion during the time of the human king’s death and up to the brother’s return from Hell frost so at the time period, of which you are speaking, he’s just the warden of the city in his brother’s absence really. I think it’s fairly well described in Canto II that he’s not too keen on meddling with human businesses as it’s only brought humanity pain and misery in the past (well, staying out of their business this time around brought them pain tenfold I assume). However his own vendetta with Adam and the high heavens it something he easily don’t want to burden the human world with, even if they live in symbiosis. I think the Defector, deep inside, knew whatever it would be this elixir or the next best human invention that would stir the havens, eventually Adam is destined to go on a warpath anyhow and he might reason that now is perhaps better than latter. The battle royale was inevitable it was more a question of when than if. Regarding your last question, you say that as humanity would be willing to learn from their past mistakes? Sorry, not in this alternative world either hehe. Even if they have a lot to learn from the fallen, their greed is stronger than their drive to learn.

Q: 3.- The cycle of souls explains that when a human dies, the soul goes to heaven to fulfill an specific task, and when Angels die, their energy are reborn in a human, filling the soul needed in "the mind and the heart" of said human. Now, this is where I’m confused, if the angels are not immortal, then why did the fallen angels in the last novel required to be "killed" with special guns (Angel cleaver)? Are only those who are part of "The Seven" immortals? When someone is born, does an angel chooses to die by his own will in heaven to keep the cycle running?
A:
I think it’s explained in Canto II that the special weaponry is not to kill, it’s more to incapacitate. Blade of Immortal Death and Angel Cleaver was both to hinder, not to kill. The betrayer for example, after Angel Cleaver made short work of him, his heart and brain was taken inside Judgment and Mercy just because he is immortal. To separate his physical body was the King’s fail-safe method to make sure the betrayer’s immortality does not manifest. Rest assure the betrayer is far from dead and gone, but then again he’s not a very big threat being physically scattered either. Angels are immortal, their energy is sanctioned into humans via the loop, but that energy still belongs to an individual angel. Same thing was with the seven’s earthly forms, when the three forgotten ones found a way to destroy themselves, their energy simply returned to the loop. As the quota was not filled on earth, heaven cast out three additional angels to walk as fallen and yet another one (Eve) when the betrayer was destroyed. Angels don’t choose to die, they choose to allocate their energy to newborn life to enforce the loop by free will. It’s the rule they live by. It’s a bit subjective I know, bear with me hehe.  


The Unguided King tattoo

Q: 4.- At the beginning, the false god "Apophis" gets banished to "a tomb of lava beneath the crust of the planet" Now, I don't know much about religion and stuff,  and my research says that in Egyptian culture, he was the God of chaos/destruction. Given the fact that the story is only "based" on biblical terms like "angels" and "heaven" but doesn't follow stories like how Adam and Eve got kicked from heaven because of the apple, etc. Is it safe to assume that Apophis is "the-unguided-universe" version of "Satan" or whoever rules "hell"? Saying that, does that means that the Egyptian war in the first "canto" (Last trilogy) was between the heavens and Apophis's army? More importantly, does this mean he is dead or simply won’t show up again?
A:
Apophis eats’ Satan to breakfast. But yes, it’s safe to say there’s some equality to Lucifer as they were somewhat subjected to the same treatment being cast out and all. The Egyptian war was between heaven’s army and Apophis demon hordes. If he’ll come back or not, it’s hard to tell with these immortal creatures isn’t it? He’s been licking his wounds in Hell Frost for a long time if so, possibly plotting?

Q: 5.- Like the artwork of "The Heartbleed bug" reveals, the crest in the logo of The Unguided represents "the prince". But why? Is it just supposed to represent how there's always going to be an heir to the throne? A bit weird given the fact that so far the only character we've seen fall in love is the King. And I doubt he had the plan of getting a child with Eve back when they created the symbol hahah.
A:
The symbol was created when the brothers defected from the three forgotten ones. When they were the only ones left they saw a need for a symbolic token for the two to unite under and draw strength from in the hard times they were facing. What better symbol to represent redemption and hope than to cut the shape to have some similarities with the pure innocence of an unborn child? As time passed (and it did in big portions) it became clearer that the inner shape itself represented a more specific offspring namely the love child of Eve and the King. He was indeed predestined for great things. Even if this was not their intention when crafting the symbol they could not deny the significance of said event when it unveiled before them.


Michelle Louisgang tattoo

Q: 6.- I remember you said that the girl from Inception, Unguided Entity, and Phobos grip wasn't going to be in this part of the story (if not, I dreamt about me reading it in your blog then hahah) But I feel that if she was someone with any kind of special power she'd would have been mention somewhere in the story. And unless she's also immortal, I doubt she's still alive by the time of all these events that have happened. So I wonder, was she just a random human being that got experimented on by the Syndissiah to understand humans and their "souls"? Or is she really a big deal? If so, would she have her own book and album then? You know, a story told by her perspective and explaining what she is, what she has lived in our world, etc.
A:
You’ll get your answers in Canto III.

Q: Ok most of the lyrics are very straight forward, and some parts are not. And maybe they don't need to be so specific about the story events, being attached to just one character perspective or anything (since that would probably make them even harder to write). But for the sake of understanding the message behind them, lest analyze a few points that might not be that clear not only to myself but for other DIE-HARD fans. Now, I want to begin with the ones of the brotherhood EP because they're still a bit confusing for me.
A:
Sounds like fun!


Даниил Баклашкин tattoo

Q: 7.- NIGHTTAKER:  Like we had already discussed in the last Q&A, the song is from Daybreaker's (The Unguided King) perspective and not from the Nighttaker. Given by the line "There is no maker, except the nighttaker" and the song Death's Sting saying "I, The maker will descend". My guess is that the "Nighttaker" is Adam. Funny because he is in power of the light of heaven, this probably means he can take the darkness of the "night" away, and bring the light of "day"? This explains why The Unguided King is the Daybreaker since he's the leader of an army that walks beneath the eclipse, bringing the night with him.
A:
Correct. The Nighttaker is Adam. And as you say Adam represent light whilst The King represent darkness. This is further expanded upon in the chorus of “King’s Fall” were their roles kind of gets inverted hence of Adam’s insidious actions. I guess it comes down to the yin-yang concept a bit. There’s always a little drop of light in the darkness and the other way around. Neither of these guys are the truly pure. They are going in and out of both the light and dark with their actions. And being immortal, this is what really makes them a bit human. Is there even an absolute evil, or good? These guys are certainly not.

Q: 9.- DAYBREAKER: Does the line "to the ones infernal you'll never bow" means the dark angels will never bow before Apophis or who are the ones infernal?
A:
Nah, that line more represent the fact that they are immortal and won’t really be mingling with the dead any time soon.


Nicolai Spirres tattoo

Q: 8.- DAYBREAKER:  We know most of the song is from the Daybreaker's perspective except this verse: "Daybreaker, have you reached the deeps of your capacity? ...at the end of the game the king and the pawn always return to the same box" So either this is from Adam's perspective or simply a narration(?). Again, I want to keep an open mind since I know the lyrics don't need to be that specific.
A:
Have I said that it’s from the Daybreaker’s perspective? If so, I don’t remember it. It’s about the Daybreaker, but I more think it’s from the Defector’s perspective and the lines you refer to here is portraying his brother’s weaker sides which he ponder a bit about in Canto II.

Q: 10.- DAYBREAKER: I know you said the chorus is about the battle royale and the story would make it more obvious... Well it didn't hahah, at least not for me. Who needs their souls saved? Humanity? (Especially the ones getting killed by the angels to keep the cycle of souls) or the army of dark angels? Maybe it's about everyone because we need protection against the heavens and now that the king is dead, the dark angels are back to their somnambulist state? Then again, I guess lyrics don't need to be that specific.
A:
I think it’s very specific, “save our souls” means that the Defector want the mortals in the city to keep their souls and not be subjects for the loop prematurely. He’s trying his best to save them after all.


David Palmer photo

Q: 11.- Death's Sting. Just to confirm, this song is from Adam's perspective and the punishment he's about to bring after humans are using the "Elixir of life", right? The line "The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is law" is just a biblical reference and has nothing to do with The Unguided Army being away from heaven for so long that they're going to become mortals, and will need some sacrifice to save their souls like Jesus Christ did to pay for our sins, turning dead into an opening to heaven rather than leaving our souls in limbo/purgatory.... Right? (That was my first speculation of the story by reading the song titles long before getting the story in my hands hahah)
A:
It’s from Adam’s perspective and the punishment he’s about the rain down on humanity when they once again have fiddled with the grand plan. “The sting of death…” It’s a biblical reference but also a constant in their plan which are not supposed to be broken. Death and taxes is the only thing certain. But these guys ended up with only taxes. Adam did not approve and launched a full scale measurement to address the problem. Interesting tie in with Jesus, but that was never the point.

Q: 13.- Dark methamorphosis: Is the song from Judgment or the defector's perspective of the Dark angels before finding out they were in a somnambulist state? The line "Whenever I say right I always mean that it should be perfect" gives me the idea that its Judgment talking for some reason, I guess I have a very “strict attitude" idea of him hahah.
A:
It’s from Judgment’s perspective. Nice find!


Raymond Conway sketch

Q: 14.- Dark methamorphosis: The chorus basically says "let’s go for world domination!" when this idea it's not even portrayed in the novel. Is this just a catchy and powerful lyric line to sing whenever you play the song live or does it represents an idea for the future of The Unguided Army? It could also be a small reference to "we rule the night" too I guess hahah.
A:
Judgment’s own agenda does not always align with the view of the Defector which is the actual narrator of the story. This is Judgments song! I’m sure he’d love a bit of world domination. And that that’s also the good thing with Judgment and Mercy. They are two extremes and both are advising the Defector, which makes him balanced and since he call the shots, Judgments reasoning does not have any significant impact to the world.

Q: 15. Anchor Stone (of the World): One of my favorite ones of all the conceptual songs so far, especially because of the lyrics being full narrative of the events. My question is, after the second chorus there's a line that says: "I prayed to them all just to save your soul" Who's praying and what soul needs saving? Was it Adam or the Seraphim’s praying to save the soul of the world? Because whenever they say "the soul of the world is lost" they're referring to the tree of life being dead.
A:
Adam is praying.

Q: 16.- Finally, the order of the songs... it's just a bit random right? Because seems to me the chronological order of them would be:
Anchor Stone
Dark methamorphosis
Death's Sting
Nighttaker/Daybreaker
King’s fall
Legendary (being the anthem of their pain and remembering their battles with the king once he's dead)
I mean, I get that they don't need to be in chronological order, it’s just a reference, since we know all the lyrics in Fragile Immortality and lust and loathing don't necessarily represent one event in the story, they can be a recollection of ideas from one point and another.
A:
It’s not chronological to keep the album dynamic song-wise. Fragile Immortality & Lust and Loathing was a bit more chronological actually but then again the songs fitted that way on those albums.


Raymond Conway sketch

Q: Wow, I think that's all for now, it sounds weird but this album has the sound that I always imagined the unguided would have some day. Even though I know Roland it's not in it, it’s probably just the fact that Jonathan can reach higher notes more easily, I don’t know hahah, but I love it, even a more than LAL, is just as epic as Fragile Immortality. Feels like a nice mix between the very aggressive and forced melodies in FI (which I love) and the writing in the non-conceptual song’s lyrics like LAL.
A:
Glad you enjoyed it! We do too of course. Hope we can top this on the next album, but it certainly will be hard. Whatever happens it was the best initial release we could have with a new member on board.

Q: I've been thinking of doing many things regarding the story, like putting together all the blog's Q&A that I can find related to the concept and doing videos explaining the story for those who may not have time to read it. Or just creating a recompilation of what each character or song is in the story (and if you like it post it on the website?) I don't know, many things I’d like to do but sucks that I don't have the time nor resources. (By having a full time job and studying a master I can barely breathe hahah) All interesting proposals I believe, but I want to know what you think, maybe it can stay the same way it already is. I'd just like to have a document or place where the new fans can go and drown in the story more easily without doing that much research, then again, maybe is just fanaticism and too much to worry about when the real priority is the music. Anyhow, this is a freaking huge email, so at last I’d be very grateful if you can answer it anytime soon, call me selfish but I don't want to wait for another Q&A to know the answers hahah, specially knowing you have very minimum time to even do them. Then once answered you could post these questions in the blog to share the knowledge to everyone too. Thank you for everything Richard. I wish you and the band a fantastic tour and a wonderful week.
A:
There’s a special treat planned for the fans of the story which will be a bit easier to get under the skin than actually reading massive texts. There’s now a story section on the official website which I like to expand on as well. Maybe put some meat and bones on the different characters. But I think your ideas is great and I’d love to see them! Thanks for the kind words.


Research

Q: Hej Richard! First of all, I'm so glad that the new album is a masterpiece and I really enjoyed to see you play with Johnathan in Germany last year. Congrats, keep up the good work man! To my request. Would you bother having a listen to the debut album of my Melodic Death metal band Nepumuc? Don't want to annoy you or anything, I've seen people asking you the same question reading through your blog so I thought it would be okay! ;) (Maybe you know how hard it is for a small band to bring up their music over the internet, it can be frustrating, and hearing some words from a metal musician - good or bad - would be gold!!)
A:
I like the creativity with the concept and all. For some reason it reminded me of and old band called “Lilitu” which made an awesome 2004 release called “The Delores Lesion”. There’s certainly potential here but, once again, I think it’s a bit of production flaws for me to be able to enjoy it fully. I have some recommendations if you are ready to take your next steps productions wise!   

Q: Heeeey Rich, greetings from Brazil. First of all I want to thank you for the incredible sound that you make. I have followed you since the time of SoSy but what are you doing in TU is fucking amazing, you are my favorite band!!! I have Hell Frost and Fragile cds, LL and Battle Royale I'm coming for you! Sorry if my English it's not good. So, my question is, do you think to market "The Book Of The Unguided" with a definite explanation after the second trilogy? It would be amazing if this happened. I'm trying to understand the whole story along with the background of SoSy's times and it's been such an amazing adventure.
A:
Glad you enjoyed it and thank you for your support! Once this new trilogy is done I’d love to make something like that.  


Explanation

Q: Hope you’re fine and started great in 2018. A good friend of mine would be such happy to get a personalized autograph of your band. Is there any possibility to get it till 20th of February? I look forward for your answer.
A:
Sorry for late reply here. I’m addressing this subject a few questions back!

Q: Hey Richard I really hope you read this email I’m a huge fan of yours from Greece and I wonder if you come for a visit on your next tour. Also I loved the new album with Dark Metamorphosis and King's Fall being my favorite. I made a lyric video for Dark Metamorphosis and I’m currently working in a video for King's Fall. It would mean the world to me if you checked out Dark Metamorphosis. Keep up the awesome job you and the rest of the unguided members are doing. Also I’d love to see something like a sequel to the debut album of SoSy Eden Fire. Have you ever thought of that? I admire you as a vocalist but more as a lyricist I know all of your songs by heart and I’d love to see you live. Thanks for your time!!! Unguided we were, Unguided we'll be...
A:
Awesome work with the lyric video! Love to see King’s Fall eventually. I’ve had some plans going in and out for “Eden Fire” as of now The Unguided is too much fun to it really got all my attention. We’ll see what happens! Great that you enjoy my lyrics, thanks man!

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Dark Metamorphosis

Q: Heeey, Rich, whats up? I saw on your blog that some characters Of The Unguided's world were inspired in Vicent Valentine from Final Fantasy 7, Raziel from Soul Reaver, so there are any relation between the name of the music with some Games like A Link To The Past (Zelda), Phoenix Down (Final Fantasy), Dark Metamorphosis (Castlevania Symphony of the night). If yes, is there any music with this theme and which? Thanksssss man, come to Brazil, please.
A:
I’ve wanted to do that “A Link to the Past” and “Dark Meta” titles forever but never had a good opportunity to tie them in lyrically. On the latest album I did so I just rolled with it. Save from the titles however the songs have nothing to do with the games unfortunately. And I wouldn’t say there’s much musically that is tied to gaming. I know Roger every now and then gets inspired by retro games in his songwriting, but I wouldn’t be able to tell you here and now if there’s anything in the music lately.

Your pain will be legendary…

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Exciting and busy times currently! Pre-orders for the upcoming The Unguided album “And The Battle Royale” is in full force and some weeks ago we also released the first single from the album in “Legendary”. If you didn’t check the lyric video yet, the time is nigh!


The Unguided – Legendary

To show your awesome support you are also most welcome to pre-order the album here or here. There’s quite some information circling around on the album specifics. I think this one from our Facebook was pretty informative and transparent so I will just use it here as well:

Upcoming The Unguided album “And The Battle Royale” featuring new singer/guitarist; Jonathan Thorpenberg, to be released 10th of November 2017 via Napalm Records. Produced, Recorded, mixed and mastered by Dino Medanhodzic (Radionika Studio / Stockholm / Sweden) The limited digipack version of the album is a CD + DVD release. The CD includes 3 bonus tracks;  “Nighttaker” & “Daybreaker” which both got themselves a facelift with the new album mix and in addition to that there’s a live version of “Nighttaker” as well.

 
The Unguided - And The Battle Royale

The bonus live DVD entitled; “Eon’s End”, is recorded during Roland Johansson’s farewell show in Falkenberg (Sweden) last spring with a 6 man setup of the band. The DVD also features guest appearances from our friend’s Christoffer Andersson (Ex-Dead By April) and John Bengtsson (Ex-The Unguided, Ex-Sonic Syndicate). The audio is recorded, mixed and mastered by Christian Svedin (Studio Haga / Kinna / Sweden) with some help from his trusty peon Robert Kukla. The visuals are recorded by Maluha media and edited by Joel Nilsson.


The Unguided - King of Clubs (Live from "Eon's End" DVD)

The album art is once again illustrated by Kuang Hong (Hell Frost, Fragile Immortality & Lust and Loathing) and the layout is done by Gustavo Sazes. New band photos by Joel Nilsson. The continuation of “The Book of The Unguided” (from Lust and Loathing) is included in the booklet and is this time written by fantasy & sci-fi author Darren W. Pearce.


Hi Darren! :D 

And The Battle Royale” CD tracklist:

1. Death's Sting
2. The Heartbleed Bug
3. Legendary
4. Dark Metamorphosis
5. A Link to the Past
6. Anchor Stone (of the World)
7. Manipulate Fear
8. Force of Nature
9. King's Fall
10. Nighttaker (Bonus Track)
11. Daybreaker (Bonus Track)
12. Nighttaker (Live) (Bonus Track)


The Unguided - The Heartbleed Bug (Teaser)

Eon’s End” Live DVD tracklist:

1. Becoming Death (Intro) (Live)
2. Enraged (Live)
3. King of Clubs (Live)
4. Blodbad (Live)
5. Heartseeker (Live)
6. Green Eyed Demon (Feat. Christoffer Andersson) (Live)
7. Unguided Entity (Live)
8. Betrayer of the Code (Feat. John Bengtsson) (Live)
9. Operation: E.A.E. (Live)
10. Eye of the Thylacine (Live)
11. Inherit the Earth (Live)
12. The Worst Day (Revisited) (Live)
13. Nighttaker (Live)
14. Phoenix Down (Live)
15. Hate (and Other Triumps) (Live)


Photo by: Joel Nilsson

On top of all this we are super excited to go on a small Scandinavian tour with the melodic metal heroes in Soilwork. Convenient enough the mini-tour kicks off right when the new album will be released. Hope to catch you all on the shows!

NOVEMBER.10.2017 - KB - Malmö – SWE
NOVEMBER.11.2017 - Brewhouse - Gothenburg – SWE
NOVEMBER.12.2017 - John Dee - Oslo – NOR
NOVEMBER.13.2017 - The Crypt - Linköping – SWE
NOVEMBER.14.2017 - Katalin - Uppsala – SWE

Get your tickets at the "tour dates" section here!


Soilwork & The Unguided Scandinavian tour

Before that however we will venture back to Austria for two shows! Be sure not to miss those. Tickets here.

OCTOBER.13.2017 - Viper Room - Wien – AUT
OCTOBER.14.2017 - Metalnight Outbreak Vol.5 - Vorchdorf – AUT

I do think it’s time for another Q&A. As the last Q&A entry is almost a year old(!) and much have happened. Here we go!


Q&A XXXVI:
Send your questions to: richard@theunguided.com

Q: Hey Richard, I hope you will read this because I've got a question. But first of all I really loved all your work from SoSy, The Unguided and even the small part in Faithful Darkness (did I forget some?) and I hope everything is good for you and the rest! As I said I have a question.

I know you since SoSy 'Love and other disasters' and really enjoyed it and every earlier SoSy album. So I wanted to ask if it would be possible to maybe remaster or cover some of the older SoSy songs (like Soulstone Splinter or Enhance my Nightmare or even something older from demos or somewhat?) as a 'The Unguided' version?

Would be awesome because the new SoSy is totally bulls*it (don't have any other word to describe them...) and they should have stopped playing as 'Sonic Syndicate' after the self-titled, last album.

Good luck for you and the Band in the future. Hope to see you live someday in Hamburg.
A: Really cool that you appreciate our work. To remaster somethings won’t really do the trick here as with a remaster you refine an already existing source. So basically that would be the same old tracks but processed with the technology we have today. I’m not sure if that’s what you are after? However, to do remasters of “Only Inhuman” and “Love and Other Disasters” is really up to Nuclear Blast, since they are the right holders of these old albums (Well, they have publishing for “Eden Fire” but not a record deal). We could technically do new recordings or cover versions , but I’m not really sure what purpose it would serve at this point. Right now we want to focus on new fresh material instead of songs that’s more than 10 years old. There’s however one project which my brother was involved with earlier this year called; “Not One of Us”, they have covered 3 old Sonic tracks. I’m not sure if there’s any more plans but maybe that’s worth looking into for you?

Regarding Sonic, I don’t think it’s wrong to change musical direction if your own preferences have changed as well. After all music is about creating what you enjoy and what you feel is worth your own time, it’s not really doing what’s expected of you from the fans. If you are locked in a genre that is not rewarding for you anymore, I don’t see the point staying in it. I can however agree that it would be more tasteful to establish a new band (and name) if you are completely making a 180° to avoid upsetting longtime fans that could be misdirected buying products that is nothing like what they expect.


Not One of Us

Q: I wanted to ask you if there's really no way to get “The Book of The Unguided” online, for my English is not so good and then I could translate it to understand it exactly. It's written very tricky. I know I've already asked you but I would really need it and don't have the time to write it down.
A: If you buy the digital iTunes version of “Lust and Loathing” you’ll get a PDF with the book. I'm also planning on putting a "the story so far" on our website when the new album releases.

Q: Hi! I just wanted to say I really love the band's music and I hope the next album once again continues the story! But really that's the problem. I'm absolutely useless at interpreting lyrics so I have no idea what the story everybody mentions is about. I don’t suppose you know if anyone's compiled the story anywhere to read? Or if you know anywhere to find out?
A: You find the story in the both the printed version of “Lust and Loathing” and also as mentioned here above as a PDF if you buy the iTunes version.

Q: Hello guys! My name is Nils Lambertz and I will start with Youtube-Videos soon. I will do some Counter-Strike (Videogame) Videos and Fragmovies, if you do not know what this is, here is an example. And now I am searching music for my video and I wanted to ask whether I can use your music in this video. This would be the following Song: "Eye of the Thylacine". I would be very happy if you allow me to use this song in my Video, by the way, your music is just awesome! :)
A: Thanks for your support! I see no problem for you using that song. Good luck!

Q: It is possible that you play a concert on the Rock Harz in Germany? It would be awesome.
A: I would really love to come back to Rock Harz. We got a request from Rock Harz a couple of years ago and sadly at that point we couldn’t do it. But I really, really hope we can come back eventually!


Rock Harz

Q: Good lord, the fans will be unstable for a while. Things should normalize when you guys put out a strong EP. Have you guys considered Roland-specific merchandise? Looking forward to purchasing Brotherhood for Christmas!
A: I’m sure Roland specific merchandise would be very successful but it’s nothing we consider no.

Q: Wow, last two days were really hard for me. History repeats itself. Hope he'll maybe at least do some solo's and maybe guest vocals on the coming albums. Jonathan is really great but yeah, I think you know it the best. Roland's voice and guitar skills are INDISPENSABLE!
A: Roland stepping down was hard for everyone involved. I really tried my best to get him to do some guest vocals for the upcoming album. But for various reasons it just didn’t fly. However there’s an entire DVD of his farewell show included in the upcoming album so I’m sure you’ll get your Roland fix anyway.

Q: The new song and video are amazing. Really cool sound and a great introduction of Jonathan. Also cool that John was in the video. :-) Jonathan is of course the best possible replacement for Roland. His voice is very powerful and his guitar skills also rock. Only don't know how it works with solo's. But we'll find out. I wish him all the best and I know he will fit in very well. He's an amazing musician and he also has a great personality.
A: Glad you like “Nighttaker”! We feel the singer transition was executed in a very tasteful way with a lot of respect in all directions. Jonathan is indeed the best possibly replacement and by now I’m sure you also discovered his flawless guitar skills. Actually, he’s probably a guitar guru first and vocalist second. With that said, I don’t need to underline that he’s extremely skillful at both crafts. You’ve seen and heard that by now of course. It was also awesome to catch up with John a bit. When we recorded “Nighttaker” I hadn’t really seen him since our last show together 2012.

Q: Two trilogies are now done in your career. You've decided to do it very fast and hard in the first album, then going on like a little bit "softer"(like more clean vocals) in the second and so on in the third, like even more cleans. Can we now expect an Album that sounds like Hell Frost and Eden Fire or are you going on now with the "LAL Sound" ? Don't get me wrong. Only want to know the direction. For me all three "Sounds of the albums" are ingenious in their own way.
A: All I have to say about “And The Battle Royale” is that it’s really extra all haha. It’s fast, hard, soft all at once multiplied by 616. I’m super proud of this effort and it’s really dynamic. You are in for a ride!


Extra everything

Q: Really awesome new song; “Daybreaker”. It's really one of the best songs TU ever produced in my opinion. Jonathan also made it with the solo. It's good. And your screaming parts. I have no words. <3
A: Wicked that you like “Daybreaker”! Actually, it might not get the attention it deserves. Always coming a bit in the shadow of “Nighttaker”, which got the music video and was also pushed a bit differently. Hopefully now when the album comes out it get more recognition.

Q: Have also a new song out with my Band. Really worth to hear it when you want.
A: Damn bro! That’s some heavy shit. Good stuff!

Q: Congratulations on the release of Brotherhood EP, I really like it. I just wanted to ask, where can I find the lyrics to the song Daybreaker since Itunes doesn't have them.
A: Thank you! You find the lyrics for the songs under “releases” at www.theunguided.com

Q: First off all I want to thank you for the awesome music I can listen to because of you and the guys - I love it. To be honest it took me some time to feel the Unguided sound (don't know why - probably because I started listening SoSy one week before WRTN was released and I listened WRTN before anything else? Hard to explain but who cares..) As a matter of fact, I love your music (the old Sonic stuff and the Unguided stuff) even if there are some lyrics I don't understand a hundred percent, there are songs that really touch me. (like "Freelancer", "the worst day revisited", "Red eyed friend" "Mission: Undertaker", "Black eyed angel") That's the reason why I got both logo's tattooed this year. Basically I just wanted to say thank you and now I sound like a 14 year old fanboy ^^
A: Great to hear that The Unguided got under your skin eventually and quite literally with the tattoo.


Unguided for life

Q: The main reason I'm writing you is because I finally made it to read your blog since you told me back in April I will find the answer to my question in it. (Got it - thanks) But now I have some questions for your next FAQ (or IAAQ?) New Unguided chapter = new t.A.T.u. cover? ;) (Throwback to only inhuman) Maybe "all the things she said"..
A: Haha hell no, no more t.A.T.u. stuff for me. 1 cover is enough for a lifetime.

Q: Will there be a song with 100% screaming on the new record?
A: Not 100%. But there’s probably a few songs with say 80% screaming. “Death’s Sting” is pretty scream vocal oriented. I think “And The Battle Royale” have a tiny bit more screams going on than “Lust and Loathing”. But I don’t think we really consider the ratio of this, we just do what we feel works for the song. There’s no ballad however.

Q: Eventually Jonathan can also do some unclean vocals - can he scream?
A: Haha he jerk around with some gutturals in the van every now and then. And I think he had a band in the past where he was doing screaming vocals. But I don’t think he have any ambition of taking it further at this point.


Scream

Q: What about the donating stuff - is it still on?
A: At this point, we are doing quite well and there’s no need for any donation to the band.

Q: Greetings from Finland! I have a question I wanted to ask for sometime; How do you/did you manage to stay in shape on the road with The Unguided/back in the day with Sonic Syndicate? I remember u once wrote on the blog about being on Tour with In Flames and said it was pretty crazy hehe... What is your best tip?
A: At one point I actually brought skipping rope and dumbbells on the road. Especially for support tours when you could work out after your fairly short support show and have the show as a warm up to some exercise during the headliners performance. But we don’t stay out that long nowadays so I don’t really build up any bad conscious not hitting the gym for a while. To be frank I’m just too busy spending hours and hours at the gym at this point in my life anyway so I’m not too bothered. I try to keep in shape, but I don’t put in those extra hours at the gym to be an Austrian muscle machine nowadays since I just don’t have the time.

Q: What's your favorite Star Wars movie?
A: Hard one! “Empire Strike Back” probably. But I like them all in different ways. I enjoyed the latest “The Force Awakens” as well. Really hope they pull it off with “The Last Jedi”.


Lord Vader

Q: Thanks for another amazing show yesterday! Next time I would love to maybe take a beer and talk with you a few minutes. This would be my dream for you're my Idol for many years!!! But I think on every concert are like 50 of my kind :) But when you keep producing music from another universe like you do it since years I will be happy all my life !!!!!!! :)
A: Next time we’ll have a beer and chat for sure! Thanks for the kind words.

Q: Hi Rich. Drunken again XDDDD I love you for what you're doing <3<3<3<3 THE UNGUIDED is my life !!!!!!!!!
A: Go home fan, you’re drunk.

Q: This is Marc singer of Far 'n' Hate from Barcelona. Here is a link to stream our upcoming album and to watch our new video. Hope you like our new stuff.
Cheers and best wishes for the new year.
A: Sounds cool man! Good pipes.

Q: I salute you, Lord Richard! For once again I've come with questions about the future of our journey. I want to thank you for uploading the Brotherhood lyrics before I lost my mind trying to figure them out! (man that was close! ) I know me personally can be quite a freak when dealing with lyrics of songs not being publish but that's only cause I don't want to misunderstood the message a song has and since English is not my first language, you can easily confuse what's being sing!
A: Haha this will be fun!

Q: Let’s begin... NIGHTTAKER and DAYBREAKER, who are they? Are they the same entities (Two minds, one soul)? Or are they total opposites (given by the name)? And more importantly, are they new characters or the new nickname for old ones we already know?
A: Both “Nighttaker” and “Daybreaker” is familiar characters that are well established in “The Book of The Unguided”. They are two distinct characters and not the same being. Ask me this again after the album is released! But I’ll give you a clue. The “two minds, one soul” reference is pointing towards Eve and Daybreaker. And Eve is definitely not the Nighttaker.


Eve, Daybreaker, Prince

Q: On the first verses of NIGHTTAKER, seems to be about learning, learning about how to deal with your inner demons and embracing guidance into how to become a leader
(I speculate this is The Defector teaching the captain how to become a better leader).
A: The first verse is about Daybreaker’s own reflections, but pretty much revolving the theme you are mentioning here and his past hardships. It have nothing to do with The Captain.  

Q: While on the second verses it seems to talk about how disturbing the absence of actions by the heavens is, since the unguided army has evolve (wraiths becoming dark angels) and that should be a threat to them, am I right?
A: The second verse is still Daybreaker’s own reflections, but handling the topic that you are referring to here, yes. The ongoing peace, the vacuum they live in, with the obvious provocations against heaven will most likely have a counter effect. It’s not a matter of “if”, it’s more about “when”. What will the earthly layer do that will finally tip the scales?

Q: Now since I know most of the lyrics of the last trilogy are not necessarily focus on the perspective of one character, perhaps you could share some idea of what they represent in the events of this next chapter. The best interpretation I can give about DAYBREAKER it's probably "being tired of life".
A: I think your question here will be clear when you read the new story. Daybreaker is not tired of life, he’s tired of the politics and the burdens that came with the mantle he’s wearing. His interest lies elsewhere.


Politics

Q: Seems to me it's the wraiths who are growing tired of training for whatever reason. And they can't really give up since they are eternal (Although let’s not forget, 6 of them died in the last trilogy) and either JUDGMENT or whoever the DAYBREAKER is, it's pushing them too hard. And at that rate it will become "the king of nothing"... But I'm confuse about the chorus being hopeless and at the same time proud "Now save our souls" -> "You will never witness our defeat". Again, some context could help to understand the real message behind these songs.
A: I think you are jumping the gun a bit here. Most if this will be cleared out when you read the new story. The wraiths are not tired, but something happens to them and it’s interlinked with the actions of Daybreaker. The chorus handles the “battle royale”. It will become obvious what that is as well eventually.

Q: With that done, it's nice to have a face for "The Captain"! (...yes, I know he's wearing a hood and we can't really see a face, but you know what I mean) The fact we had never seem him before in any artwork might have been the reason I couldn't remember him when you told me that character had already appear in the last trilogy! Anyway, does his weapon (that weird Reaper axe looking thing) has any spell like all the others we've seen before, or it's just a nice glowing axe?
A: I too think it was nice to concretize “The Captain”. He’s been around for a long time, but never materialized. Kuang Hong really got free reins with that character design so everything you see is from Hong’s mind there, including the weapon. Obviously it manifest some kind of power as all the weapons of the fallen angels, but for now that’s not hammered out. I see it like some kind of “magical” staff really, rather than an axe.


The Captain

Q: Is it me or JUDGMENT looks more like an ALIEN (you know, those bastards with a mouth on their tongue) on the BROTHERHOOD artwork??? XD
A: Funny that. When Hong made them he was given the instructions for Judgment and Mercy to be bit inspired by Alien and Predator, but with his own twist. I guess it became even more apparent with the “Brotherhood” artwork. You know a lot of these designs is inspired directly from whatever have shaped myself growing up. Like the wraiths on invaZion was supposed to be a bit Vincent-like from Final Fantasy. Wraiths on Nightmareland was supposed to be inspired by Raziel from Legacy of Kain (duh). The machines on invaZion clearly have Terminator characteristics. It’s all an homage to whatever inspired me in the past (and still does).

Q: Last year was very quiet on the blog, and I know I'm no-one to tell you how to spend your free time but I would like to know if you plan to being active on it like the old days? Since I could ask you the questions and get an immediate answer the very next days but I really like the dynamic the Q&A has on the blog since I'm not the only one curious on some details of the songs and I've got to know plenty of stuff by other people's questions and answers, between fun facts of references or perspectives of your art. That would be all for today, hopefully you'll have time to answer them soon besides that, have a great weekend and take care! o/ UNGUIDED WE STAND!!!
A: I’d love to spend more time with the blog and involve myself more with the fan base and all the inquiries you have, like I used to do. But my manager position and responsibilities at my “honest” job just takes too much time to be able to do it currently. I’m sorry.


The baws

Q: Hi Rich, A little late but I think you have enough mails to read :) I only want to thank you so much for this amazing show in Falkenberg. It was really worth to come!!! I have no words!!! See you on the next concert near Austria :-)
A: Thank you! See you next week then!

Q: Who is the second screamer in the three songs of the Discarded Evidence Ep? (Cause I have the Idea that it may be Ella since Roger said there are people involved which want to stay hidden, I think there's a woman's voice in it and Ella did also a vocal cover when I remember that right) You don't have to tell me if you don't want ;-)
A: I have no idea what you are talking about?

Q: Hi, Do you have any shirts for The Unguided for sale somewhere? You guys have some of the most amazing album artwork I've seen, and I was hoping to find some/something similar on a shirt. There didn't seem to be anything on the "Shop" link on your site, and the only one I saw on Napalm Records was sold out.
A: The webshop is up and running again! I’m sure you find some there. Cool that you like our art!

Q: Hi Richard, Only wanted to let you know that your music is getting better and better every day I listen to it. :)) Without a special reason I wish you a nice weekend \m/
A: Glad you like it! Have a nice weekend too.

Q: Hello " The Unguided"; Hi Richard, My name is Tino and i´m from Hamburg Germany. I saw u guys there in 2016 at "The Rock Cafe" it was an awesome show at this night. Thanks for this again. I want to ask u when u are come back to Germany ? In 2018? Is it possible to see u at one of our German Festivals? May be at W:O:A or Reload Festival? I can’t await the release of your new record in November.
A: It was an awesome night at “The Rock Café”, probably the best show at the tour! We definitely going to be back in Germany 2018 when the new album is out. And it would definitely be a dream to come to W:O:A with The Unguided finally. As always, if you want us to play at a festival, be persistent and write to the festivals you want to see us at their social medias. That helps a lot!


Wacken Open Air

Q: Howdy Rich! Legendary is that a song about Roland, because of the references to Where the Frost Rose Withers, Defector DCXVI and Hate? A lot of stuff happened in my mind when I heard the songs in a row from Where the Frost Rose Withers, to Defector DCXVI,  to Hate (and Other Triumphs) and finally Legendary. I got a full picture in my head of Roland in all 4 songs.
A: The lyrics for “Legendary” was written to be sung by Roland and that’s why they have a bit of “farewell” feeling to them. Unfortunately we couldn’t get it to work and it was a pretty pressed time schedule, Roland didn’t really feel inspired by the song either and I didn’t have time to find something else to tweak into a format that would work, so in the end Jonathan recorded all the vocals for “Legendary”. Seeing the final result of the song I’m super happy how it turned out. I mean it even became the first single of the album! But of course I loved the idea of having Roland do some guest vocals at “And The Battle Royale”. It however never happened. But who knows? There’s many albums still to be done! We’ll try again next time. Cool that you picked this up through!

Q: First from the Frost Rose where we have "Trapped under ice too long", since Roland left SoSy till he joined The Unguided and he woke up in "Nightmareland", and then everyone could follow him and The Unguided to Fragile Immortality where the war against the "Syndissiah" begun. Since Syndissiah most likely is a crossword between Messiah and Syndicate. And that we hear in Defector DCXVI, which is a song about the Defector (Roland if I'm not mistaken? and also in that very verse it says; "My righteous seat of power, was always on the center throne, and that's also where you'll find me when the syndissiah fall" Roland was a big role to SoSy as soon as they lost Roland SoSy fell down.
A: If you think about it the concept of that applies to all three of us. Meaning; Roland, Roger and myself. The narration from most of the songs (and the story) is from the Defector’s perspective. When I wrote the story the Defector was more based on Roger than Roland to be honest. I think everyone in the original Sonic Syndicate had key factors. That’s what made it so good, it was not one person, and it was all 6 of us doing what we did together that made Sonic successful. I would never weigh anyone’s role in the original band against another since Robin, Roger, Roland, Karin, John and I all had key factors that made Sonic Syndicate great. Remove one and the balance is broken. I don’t think anyone would ever be able to simulate that fully without the 6 of us, because the “soul” is just not there.


Sonic Syndicate

Q: And the Defector also creates the weapons for The Unguided  "The weapons I create are the onslaught winning this war" and sosy kept on falling when The Unguided arose.
A: The Defector creating weapons was my way of portraying that Roger almost wrote 100% of the instrumental work on the 3 first Sonic Syndicate albums and the entire Hell Frost album.

Q: And then Finally the Hate song, which also were the last song played in the legacy show with Roland! A coincidence? I think not!
A: “Hate” was the trilogy’s grand finale and metaphorically written out from how my story ended and when I left Sonic Syndicate. You see; the first trilogy is the story of 10 years captured in 3 albums. The rise of Fallen Angels ~2000 and my view of the “fall” of Sonic Syndicate ~2010. Coincidentally however it worked really well with what was going on in The Unguided and Roland’s situation around 2016 as well. It was a no brainer to have it last on the farewell show. It was very emotional when we finally came to that piece in the set.

Q: First we have this. I don't know whether it's true or not but I heard something on the internet about Roland got a child when you were doing the Lust & Loathing Europe tour and therefore Roland couldn't go on the rest of the shows, hopefully you can answer that for me? "A child will be born, Who will give back to earth, What we have taken from it, Whilst walking in his father's shadow" And of course we hear this in Hate as well as in Legendary "Unguided we were, Unguided we will be".
A: I think that was a misunderstanding. When Roland didn’t do the tour 2016 some fans confused the reason being; him recently got a child, which was wrong. I don’t remember exactly, but his work load didn’t allow him to be away for the duration of the tour. To implement a child in the story was my idea of leaving a door open to expand the story eventually, IF there would be more albums post “Lust and Loathing”. Luckily there will.


The child

Q: But not only that A child was born in the Unguided as well and we see that child in "And the Battle Royale" and then Jonathan came as well, so Jonathan could be that child in the Unguided era, who knows!
A: That was also coincidental that we got a new member of the band at the same time we started to sing about an heir to the throne. But that concept worked awfully well, didn’t it? Both story wise and what was actually going on in the band.

Q: If you think I'm done yet Rich I have bad news for you haha! :D let's carry on this! In Nighttaker. There's this beautiful verse "My time is coming, But yours is now, Walk in my footsteps, Son, all is yours" Roland's time was up in The Unguided and the so called child got born in Hate. Jonathan came into The Unguided and carried on with Roland's role.
A: Yes, indeed a beautiful idea! It was not fully intentional I have to admit, but it played out awfully well and I might have emphasized it a little extra, lyrically, because of what was going on in the band. Jonathan and I talked about it at one point, and we both were a bit mind-blown when we saw the connections. Even with Roland in the band still, something was going to happen with the King on the fourth album. But it did had an extra powerful meaning in regards to what actually happened in the band 2016.

Q: Now to the final part Legendary. This part is clearly you an Roland, no doubt in that since you've been the "magically-duo" since Sonic Syndicate's era and till the end of chapter one of The Unguided. "We fought side by side and back to back Made no mistakes, like a wolf pack"
A: Yes, it was written out from a perspective of Roland and myself.

Q: And then we have this part "We did not forget - some Defector DCXVI references We never did forgive And we righted all the wrongs" and then this part. The Unguided righted all the wrongs they did in SoSy? ;)
A: Something like that. It went through some memorable lyrics of all the 3 albums in retrospective and how good we actually lined up to what we sang about in the post albums.

Q: And to the next part! "Now part of it is over And we lost some weight on our shoulder Looking back at our legacy It’s been quite an odyssey" Definitely Roland's and yours legacy I can't see what else this is! ::D
A: Yes.


"In a land so dark, where I have to go"

Q: Further on we have "And we righted all the wrongs <-- wrongs aka sosy songs <-> rights all the songs that referred to sosy songs. Remember our songs" <--- This, a message to we never should remember the songs Roland was singing? So yeah that was it a massive novel!
A: Correct. Impressive work getting under the skin of the songs!  

The Unguided studio update - Vocal recording, the “cyan” album

Kategori: Allmänt

(Original Facebook post 2017-05-21)

It’s been some eventful past days in Radionika Studios (Stockholm), to say the least. Dino Medanhodzic (the producer), Jonathan and I have diligently collected all our sweat, blood and tears in a gorgeous unguided-cocktail on those insignificant amount of square meters during well over 60 hours. And I’ve just now kind of landed back in life again from this very intense, creative and soul-emptying week. It’s indeed been long daily sessions and the few hours I’ve spent at home have just been functionality wise to sleep, eat (and to do my hearthstone quests hehe) basically. It’s no overstatement that after I laid down the last scream on the album yesterday I felt completely done as a human. But now when I regained some of my objectivity back and is listening to the rough fruit of our “hard labour”, it’s safe to say that you won’t be disappointed. This is good. This is in fact really good!

I didn’t spend a lot of time with the instrumental work until I got back from Spain and started to write the lyrics some 2 weeks ago. Getting more and more familiar to the songs it struck me then that there’s indeed new elements in the music and that it felt a bit adventures and exciting while still having the same integrity as the songs from the past three albums. There’s some really heavy stuff, and there’s the “standard” The Unguided songs that you all love, but there’s also some completely new aspects. I’m not even sure how we managed to get it together in this fairly short period of time and I don’t really remember how I got all the lyrics done during that week after my Spain vacation either, but all of a sudden all the pieces of the puzzle was in their correct place and all that I wanted to say with the album, lyrically, was right there.

Save from the “Brotherhood” EP I’ve not done much studio work with Jonathan or Dino in the past. So we needed to establish our method, like with every new individual you work with. It’s always a bit hard to say what that method is going to look like until you go in there and everyone start to do their thing. But I think we found a good way of working relatively early and they are both really pleasant to spend time with also in a studio environment. Towards the end of the week Jonathan and I joked about how we repeatedly came back to the same comment patterns, like two broken records, after a lot of takes. When he sang a part I always said: -“Don’t forget to do the one octave down harmony!”, whilst after my takes, he always asked: -“Can we try to do the screaming rhythm a bit more straight forward?” haha. Dino is an excellent producer and managed to get the best out of us without being “pushy” in any way. Very humble, but still attentive and there’s nothing that slips his eagle-eyes and bat-ears! Jonathan over-performed in every possible way on this record, both instrumentally and singing-wise. I’m so proud and impressed by his work on this album and can’t wait for everyone to hear it eventually.

Lastly I just want to thank everyone in the band that have worked extremely hard for this album. It’s a real honor to be among such amazing musicians and wonderful people. Everyone knew that this was a really important album and it’s been breathtaking to see how everyone just poured their soul into it in that regard.

Yours faithfully
/Richard

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