Richard Sjunnesson

Official blog of Richard Sjunnesson (The Unguided)

It is the fool who puts faith in false saviors

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Hola!

I’ll just cut the crap and spare you from any massive wall of texts in this blog entry, and give you the video you all have been waiting for, enjoy!:


(If you can’t watch the movie in your country for any reason, there’s a direct download link here 516mb)

I’m sure you have a lot of questions, questions that the not-so-secret entity (anymore) is willing to answer and his e-mail address is here: cage@the-unguided.com

I found it pretty damn funny to see that the TheUnguidedTV YouTube channel received subscription awards before we even released any videos on it, haha. You guys rock! I also think I can, with clean consciences, promise to have two songs mixed and ready to be unleashed upon you in January from The Unguided. So you finally can hear what this madness is all about. The website is still being manufactured; together with artworks for future merchandise, also a symbol for the band is being created as we speak. The web team is being very busy. Keep up the good work!

The Heaven Shall Burn, As I Lay Dying, Suicide Silence, and Adept gig last week was really intense--as all of you following me on twitter already know. I’ll make sure to attend the Caliban, Soilwork and All That Remains, and  show coming up next week in Gothenburg as well! Can’t wait :)

Caliban
"Where's your heart?"



FAQ Mark IV:

FAQS FAQS FAQS THEY ARE SUPER FUN!

Q: I seems in your video Enclave, that you were singing cleans, but I'm not sure?
A: It’s good to know that I have a career in miming if The Unguided would fail!

Q: What accessories do you prefer?
A: My Achilles heel, when it comes to accessories, is the Italian brand POLICE. I’ve been wearing their gear on the last couple of videos and band shots. If there’s a store with the brand, I just can’t restrain myself from NOT buying something new!

Police
Be younique or I´ll handcuff you!

Q: Will you have another take on the music genre with The Unguided? Please not hip hop like “Turn it up” :(
A: I can assure you that The Unguided will be a light year (if not more) away from an abomination like that.

Q: The “scuba gear” part in Mission: Undertaker, was it you or Roland who came up with that? =D Interesting lyrics haha.
A: Hehe, yeah I came up with that. Irony is the fuel of life right?

Q: As you confirmed that “Tunes of Silence” was, as a matter of fact, an active pre-Sonic Syndicate band, is there any chance you ever made a demo/ep/album that you would have a spare of for sale? Will there eventually be places on the Internet where I could listen to this “Reality into Fantasy” album? That would be really cool.
A: Nope. Nothing was ever printed with that. I made a cover artwork. But we never used it because the band disbanded before we recorded our first demo. There were, however, some rehearsal recordings somewhere. I just can’t seem to find them :(

Q: Do you have Fallen Angels demos that you could be interested in selling? I have the whole 'main' Sonic Syndicate collection; want it to be complete...
A: Unfortunately I’m not selling. As stated before, they have great sentimental value for me. I’d advise you to keep your eyes open on eBay!

Q: As you confirmed earlier, both you and Nathan wrote the lyrics. When I listen to “Black and Blue,” which, in all honesty, is an awesome song (even though it has a major lack of screaming)… but the lyrics... “Black and blue I bled for you?!” I mean... even MY lyrics are better, and that's just... strange...
A: Yeah I find it strange as well!? The national Swedish flag color is yellow and blue, as we all know, I guess it somewhere got lost in translation. However I didn’t write the lyrics for Black & Blue. I would write “black and black I bled for you,” obviously cause I’m cool like that!

Q: Did the exclusive maxi single for “Heart of Eve” reserve special artwork like all the singles as well? Could you post it on your blog, like you've done with pictures of “Tunes of Silence” and “Fallen Angels?”
A: Your wish is my command!

HoE
Sweden Rock Magazine #74 CD

Q: The artwork you posted on your blog for the Extinction demo is different from the one I’ve found on the Internet... Is that the right one? And the one with the child with tattoos and knives fake?
A: That was a little scheme from my side to test your state of awareness! You passed the test, GOOD JOB! I wouldn’t want you to mindlessly drone through my blog so sometimes I find it necessary to set boogie traps. The real artwork is the one with Abbadon embracing him with an impressive kitchen tool, yes. The artwork was created by the very talented, J. A. Aranguren, who also did the Eden Fire artwork. Somehow Mr. Aranguren strangely disappeared shortly after pre-production of Only Inhuman. He did, however, put out an Only Inhuman early artwork suggestion sketch which was never used (or completed because he literally vanished from the face of the earth). If someone could solve this mystery please contact me! It’s such a perfect Jack Bauer case. “The Extinction” artwork I posted on my blog was an early suggestion made from another artist from the same concept, which we never used.

Only Inhuman
Only Inhuman!?

Q: It's said on the Internet that the track “Mæstitia...” (From the Fallen Angels demo tape Black Lotus) is used as an introduction on some rare printings of Eden Fire, true or false?
A: False, as far as I know.

Q: Have any of the bands you’re close with, such as In Flames and Dark Tranquility (I assume), said anything about the band’s recent changes? Did they like, or not? Because I remember one of the reasons why I bought Only Inhuman was because it stood on a big yellow sticker that Anders Fridén, from In Flames, personally thought it could be the album of the year... and man was he right.
A: I’ve received a lot comments from many different friendly bands around the globe but not DT or IF, no.

Q: Some people on YouTube are wildly claiming things like: Nuclear Blast FORCED you to get long hair, WTF?
A: I grew out my hair of own free will. No one had anything to do with it. Well, except my girlfriend, who possibly told me to cut it once or twice, hehe. I had short hair for a couple of years so I figured I wanted to try something new, and I just let I grow. However, I went back to short hair since I shaved it off after I announced to the band that I would leave as an act of freedom! ;)

Long hair
My own choice :o

Q: What band influenced Sonic Syndicate's sound the most? In Flames, Soilwork, Killswitch Engage, or Dark Tranquility? And why?
A: For me personally: Dark Tranquility, In Flames, Soilwork,  and Killswitch Engage (in that order actually), all influenced me vocally or lyrically. Everyone else in the band has listened to the bands pretty actively as far as I recall. I also think Atreyu had their fair share of impact for the band as well. In our early days, if someone found a cool album or band, it ended up spreading like an epidemic to the other members. However, most recently our personal musical preferences, and tastes are very different from each other.

Q: Can you point out some of the highlights about that band?
A: Ehm, somehow when I think back on things like this I always tend to remember the most negative stuff, while the positive and fun parts are left out in the shadow. But the US tour with Nightwish, and the European tours with In Flames and Deathstars were big highlights for me. The live show, in general, is what I remember being the most joyful part.

Live
Joyful!

Q: You said that it was a must for the bonus tracks by Sonic Syndicate to be killers... but what happened with “Heart of Eve” and “Perfect Alibi?” HoE, I know the answer to, though... I mean PA is a nice song as well... it’s just... not really Sonic Syndicate material at all, at least not bonus Sonic, ‘cause those always used to kill my mind!
A:
I was hitting you with a big hammer of irony stating that all the Sonic bonus tracks MUST necessarily be the album’s best tracks. It was NEVER intentional. It’s just the reaction we got afterwards that the bonus tracks on the album was the most likable in a lot of situations. I think after an album is recorded, it’s really hard to be objective, and know what songs are good. And what is not so good. It comes into perspective a lot later.

Q: Will The Unguided follow the bonus track thingy?
A: No, all tracks will be equally awesome ;)

Awesome
"You're awesome!"

Q: THE NAME! The Unguided... Won’t it bother you knowing that the entire band name is dedicated to your old band in a way? Like the band, We Are the Fallen (former Evanescence members), which was ‘forged’ after the release of Evanescence, the major debut album Fallen...
A: Since I came up with the names for both Sonic Syndicate, and The Unguided, I will have little problem with walking down that very same road. I’m proud of what we archived in Sonic, and this is just a continuation of all the things I enjoyed in the band.

Q: How did you manage to keep on top of WoW, tour, and record albums?
A: It’s all about prioritizing. Every sane man knows EPICS > ALL ;) hehe. Nah, I mean being on tour there’s a lot of time to be killed, and Wi-Fi in combination with games is a good tool to literally annihilate any spare time. For example, I’ve probably seen Roger online on REAL ID more now when they are on tour than any other occasion since SC2 was released, coincidence? I THINK NOT! Most of the venues backstage areas around the world are equipped with Wi-Fi, and whenever there was a direct connection I made sure to sport that instantly, hehe. While recording albums, it’s even easier! Just sinister strike between the vocal takes, it’s really not that hard to make your way through with a two button class as rogue. 

Q: Were you guys playing those cellos and fiddles in My Escape, or just faking?
A: I thought the fact that we look like a bunch of retards trying to molest these instruments gave it all away BUT just to make it clear: We were faking the shit out of those scenes! If anyone that actually had talent on these instruments would see that footage, I’m pretty sure their very eyes would bleed heavily. And fact is, the people who walked by when we did that shot instantly bled from their ears…

Fiddler
Fake!?

Q: I recall seeing you with In Flames, and you only played Jack of Diamonds from the LAOD record. I found that odd.
A:
We released LOAD during the In Flames tour. First off, we probably didn’t know how to play that stuff because it was not rehearsed. And the LOAD album was written on tour. Secondly, we saw little meaning in playing songs from a record that people had hardly heard anyway. Let’s face it; people were there to see In Flames, not us. We wanted to gain fans, and that would not happen with playing songs we hardly knew how to play. So we played safe!

Q: Will you do a remake of the songs from Fall From Heaven? I would really love it, and I'm sure other fans, too.
A: I’d like to do it at some point. But I don’t think that time is right now.

Q: Will there be keyboards be like in EF on The Unguided?
A: Sure hope so Roger! *hint* *hint*

Q: How old were you when you started writing lyrics/poems/whatever?
A: I wrote my first lyrics to a song in 2000, 16 years old. I never wrote a poem. I guess lyrics are a sort of poetry, though. I did write a lot of fictional stories during my school years. My teachers thought I was mentally unstable because they were often pretty gory and detailed… in the wrong way, hehe. I did my first whatever… whatever.

Q: I feel that I am very talented in writing poems, but I know that it can’t be my future job because I can't earn money with that. I don’t want to be in a band just to let the world know my poems because a band is far more complicated than lyrics. However, I want to show my talent to others but I don't know how. Maybe you’re not the best person to answer my question well, but you are a big ideal to me even in lyrics, so I would like to hear your suggestion.
A:  WRONG! I’m the best person to answer your question ;) I would suggest writing a book, or to expose your poetry to people through a website of some sort. If it’s good enough, with proper promotion, you will be recognized. And even if it doesn’t, still do what makes you feel happy. That’s all that matters in end, not the quantity of people attracted to your work. If you do something that makes you feel happy, and you love it to bits, that’s all that matters. Who cares if not a single person likes it really?

Q: Do you think that it is Nathan’s fault that Sonic Syndicate is where they are today?
A: That they are in Southend-on-Sea in England today? I think it’s more the booking agents fault to be fair.
Southend-on-Sea
Southend-on-Sea

Q: You have a couple tattoos, right? So, do any of them have a significant meaning? Like different parts of your life, etc.? If so, which ones, and what do they mean? (Pictures too if possible.)
A: So exactly where on my body are these tattoos located? I haven’t seen any the past 26 years in my life. And that’s probably because I don’t have any. Do you have any idea how unique it feels to walk around completely tattoo-less in the metal community?

Blank
Blank body

Q: If you could go to any point in time, be it the future portrayed in a movie, or something from our past, where would you go, and why?
A: I was always very fascinated by dinosaurs when I was little, and I do want to see those kinds of massive creatures. So, 65 million years ago would be an optimal time to travel to. I’d be sure to have meteor protection!

Q: What do you think of newer metal bands? I read you like the Irons, Metallica, and of course heavier stuff, but from older bands. Any new hopes?
A:
New hopes? They are all just copies of these bands anyways ;) No I listen to all sorts of metal actually! Steaming fresh, ancient, and everything in between. I have a hard time to select bands because there are so many. My all time favorite band is Blind Guardian, through. I don’t think today’s bands can outgrow or be equally as big as Iron Maiden, or Metallica, but I sure think there’s hope all right in the new generation of bands!

Q: When can we hear The Unguided?
A:
Hopefully January!

Q: I’d like to know what “Soulstone Splinter” means. I’ve been wondering what it was for a loooong long time :D
A: I tend to write the meanings of the soul, mind, and heart, and how they are all connected. “Soulstone splinters in my heart,” was a subjective take on this. I mean, get the image in your head that shards from your very soul are piercing your pounding heart. Now that’s pain! And that was what I wanted to portray with the lyrics, and title of that song.

Splinter
Master Splinter

Q: I’m very bad at English, and I sometimes have a hard time understanding your blog. Where did you learn all these complicated words?
A: No worries! You’re not the only one, most of the time I don’t know what the fuck I’m talking about either. But I guess watching movies and series without subtitles when I was growing up had a big part in my English vocabulary. Also, reading English books and being involved in my gaming helped a lot, too.

Q:
What record setup do you have?
A: For vocals I use a Shure SM7 through a Golden Age Pre73 preamp, and then into a Digidesign Mbox2 and Protools 8.0LE. AKG K-240 STUDIO headset, and a pair of YAMAHA HS50M monitors.

Shure sm7
Shure SM7

Q: How in the world do you find time for everything? Everything with the band and blog, whilst you raid in WoW, and on top of that have a relationship? I raided myself 3-4 days a week and my girlfriend wasn’t all too happy about that.
Any tip?
A: I don’t :(  I did solve the raiding issue neatly through! I got her into the game and started to raid with her, hehe. I think WoW is surprisingly female friendly, especially basic classes like… ehm, mages for example? (Says the rogue woopsie). A simple class in combination together with the blood elf character creation is like poison to them! You know where they can fix their characters hair and such, you insist on that its bit like Sims but only better of course. You can also lie and say they get to select colour of their nail polisher once they reach lvl 80, and I’m pretty sure you’ll have a solid case! I told my girlfriend she’ll get a magical horse when she reaches 80, and so she did…TRH as a matter of fact. Then she wondered why everyone did /spit on here in Dalaran :( Bless her <3

TRH
That Retarded Horse

Q: Your favorite band?
A: B to the LIND to the G to the UARDIAN. Does it echo in here?

Q: What happened to the song Breaking Benjamin’s Leg?? And also I heard on sonic TV where you announced Nathan as the new singer during 1:44 , and during the making of we rule the night during at 10:31, and why weren’t these songs included on any albums or anything?
A: Breaking Benjamins leg = Contradiction. It kind of got an extreme makeover in the studio through. 1:44 is early middle eight of Rebellion in Nightmareland. 10:31 is Sevendust – Home, Produced / mixed by Toby Wright. He used something he was familiar to sound wise as reference to examine the monitor sound.

Q: I love the song "Enclave" a lot. It is in my top 5 Sonic songs, so my question is that I've seen live footage of you doing back up screams for the song. Is there a reason why you never put screaming vocals in the studio version?
A: It was intended for radio usage. Screaming vocals is not from what I’ve heard.

Q: Sorry if this is a question you get a lot,  but I’ve found a good technique in my screaming practice. However, my scream is kind of fading. I don’t feel like I’ve got the full control over it, you know? So my question is, is there anything drinkable you’re using for your throat, or just a common drink to keep your screams steady?
A: Live, I think warm water or water with room temperature is optimal. I think any other fluids just pass your vocal chords, while water actually hits them full on. Cold water is nothing I would recommend because, to me, it seems like I lose a bit of control over my voice when my cords are cold, while warmer water does the exact opposite. In the studio I try to coat my throat with chocolate or bananas, however weird that may sound. The amount of Reisen I ate during recording of WRTN is ridiculous, haha.

Q: I know it doesn't matter at all, but have you ever heard of a band called “Bleeding Through?” Sorry but I'm curious ;)
A: I’ve heard about them but can’t say that I listen to them frequently.

Q: Why are all your band names made up of some people's character?! There are members of a Sonic Syndicate, some Fallen Angels, and now The Unguided. Why don’t you call that band kind of like, “The Ultra-Brutal Llamas?” Waaah, sounds creepy, I'm sorry.
A:It makes perfect sense to me now why I´m coming up with the band names and you are not. :(

Llama
An ultra-brutal Llama

Q: I’ve found an acoustic version of Denied with both Roland and yourself on vocals?
A: Sounds about right. It was for a Swedish TV show back in 2007. Don’t remember channel or name of the show, through.

Q. I want to play guitar in your new band. Is it possible to make some kind of audition or something? Or do you already have a full band for the new project?
A: That’s nothing we are looking for at the moment, sorry. There will be three core members, and the rest will be more like hired guns for studio recordings, or live setup. We’ll think twice about letting people into this band. When I make a mistake, I learn from it, you know?

Q: I’m wondering how it’s possible that your English is so good.  Are you sure you’re Swedish?
A: If my mother didn’t have any affair with the postman or chimney-sweeper, I’m afraid I am :E

sotare
Dad?

Q: And I would really like to know how Sonic Syndicate uses the synthesized sound live? I’ve seen them twice and I didn’t see a keyboard player or anything?
A: That’s probably because it’s play backed from a computer. The band is playing in synch with a click track aligned with the keyboards / vocal harmonies on a backtrack.

Keyboard
"Keyboard player"

Q:
I've got just one question, and I got tired these last two years, because of asking more than 100 people and there’s still no result: The question is how to learn growling, screaming etc.... I searched for any growl lessons in Berlin, no result :(
A: I started with normal singing and then picked up screaming vocals as I discovered it. I learned it at home through trying to mimic singers I thought were good. Sounded horrible in the beginning but kind of improved rapidly day by day.

Q. I just saw this video on YouTube of you singing Jack of Diamonds while the rest of the band was playing Denied here. At what point did you realize you were singing to JoD? I must say, your ability to cover up your fail impresses me.
A: OH, Jack of Denied, that farce was clearly intentional ;) Ehm, what I think happened was that I introduced Jack of Diamonds when we were supposed to play Denied. So that, in combination with heavy LSD (lead singer disease), made me so confident that it was Jack of Diamonds and nothing else. In the end, I kind of pulled Nathan with me down that hole. I mean most of the time I was in my in-ears-monitor-Richard-world anyway, so if the band played another song, who cares? Haha. Not so professional, maybe.

Unpro
UnPRO!

Q: If I want to buy another album of “old SS,” like OI, will any profit go to you at all even though you are not in the band anymore? ‘Cause it is something that you made, and some profit should go to you even though you’re not in the band anymore. Is it so, or not?
A: Nah, not really. The band is not earning any money from album sales either because it’s recoupable money that goes into covering tour support we received from the label. So, it’s not until we break even that the band would actually make anything on album sales. I do, however, earn a small percentage of money every time a song is played live, on the radio, or on Spotify, etc. 

Q: Sun, 21 Nov 2010 16:11:23 Why the F*ck was your blog down? :,(
A: Blogg.se sucks. I´ll migrate soon enough.

Q: Please don’t let the negative experience you’ve had with the outside forces influencing you towards softer music to push you away from it entirely, or make you ignore something that you do have a talent for, which is making great music, even if sometimes it appeals to a more general audience.
A:
I’ve taken your words into consideration, but keep in mind on this project we will write what we feel like. If we feel for a soft song, we’ll write a soft song. But no one is going to be able to go in and say to us WRITE US A SOFT SONG SO WE CAN PUSH IT ON RADIO! Very much like what happened in Sonic. It will come naturally. I don’t hate soft music; I love all kinds of music. And I sure like Enclave, Contradiction, and My Escape, for instance. Time will tell :)

Q. How did use go from masterpiece albums such as Only Inhuman to… (I shall not mention its name; it makes me sick)?
A: It’s beyond me as well. :(

Q.
There is one main question I haven’t bothered to ask Sonic about, but would prefer to ask you now. Why was it stated on the website before We Rule the Night was released, that Sonic Syndicate was planning to tour in Australia during 2010 but never seemed to do so? Just wondering if you knew anything about it.
A: From what I know there is nothing planned yet for Australia. Seeing that we were playing in Japan this year, we were looking into booking something in Australia as well. But in the end we set focus only on Japan. It would be smart to do it together with a Japan tour of some sort, though, so I guess that is what will happen. Whenever it DOES happen, I have no idea.

Spiders
Land Down Under

Q: I found acoustic versions of Enclave and Denied on Youtube! Are they real? I already know there are acoustic versions for Contradiction and Jack of Diamonds, but are there more from OI or LAOD?
A: That’s real, yes. But that should be all acoustic versions for the songs from OI / LOAD, as far as I know.

Q. Is it right, Robin and Roger want to leave Sonic too?
A: Not as far as I know.

Q: Have you had any contact with Sonic members recently? Or do you not talk to them anymore?
A: No contact with anyone, save for Roger.

Q: They are many Profiles from Sonic syndicate and members on MySpace and Facebook, you know? Are they real, or is it all a fake? Managers normally create Profiles on Communities, but I don’t know if I can believe something like this, and if the real person reads the comments, or something like that.
A: Every single one of them has their own MySpace and Facebook (save for John on FB), and should be operating them themselves. But I’m sure there are a lot of fake profiles as well, through.

Q: I really wanted to join you in WoW but the realm you are on is full
!! Now how are fans able to play with you?
A: Start to level! ;)
Level
Sorry this one was bad :(

Q: Anyways I was wondering what your opinion was on that “Turn it up” video because from where I'm standing (no offense) it was a disgrace, and I wanted to know how anyone in the actual band could have said, “Yeah, that’s good, let’s go with it.”

A:
I think it was awkward, and we weren’t told anything about what we where supposed to do in the video, or how it would project us until the actual recording day. Guess the intention was to do a Rammstein--do something really controversial, so to speak, for newspaper headlines. Which was weird because WRTN was aimed at such a young audience. The fact that the video counteracted that audience with something that was clearly out of their age was hard to defend from an ethical standpoint.



That’s that!
Till next time…

/Richard

Here on this road of no release

Kategori: Allmänt

Greetings!

(Be well rested because this is really text-heavy hehe)

I was supposedly going to give you the name you all are so impatiently waiting for, but unfortunately I have to delay it somewhat. I want to release it in an exclusive video clip, but hence of a series of events, I’ve not yet been able to obtain the required footage. (I’m probably just an hour away in filming from having a complete set of scenes, though. So I’m not a landslide away.) As you do understand, this is as of now, just something I do in my spare time (apparently all I do in my spare time, according to my girlfriend, hehe.) It is also a pretty big hit to my private economy with a lot of necessary investment. I put a lot of time into it, but I can’t put ALL woken time into it. However, the web team is very helpful and a big asset to me. They unload me in both the stress and money department. (Seeing they are doing expensive and tedious work for little to nothing back in financial benefits.) You are my heroes! Thank you again for being so kind and professional.

Just recently the very young, and talented web designer, Emil Larsson, has been occupied designing temporary sites for all the currently registered communities until we get the final art and official website up. You can check his work out at www.the-unguided.com, and follow the links to the other communities.

I’ve received all your mails and input concerning favorite songs, and more is coming in. Now I’m just trying to collect all this information in one place. The idea is to use it as a cross-reference, something to lean on and extract valuable information from during the writing process. It’s A LOT of data. Some of you did write looong texts, which is all right, of course! It’s just going to take a slightly longer time to compile it. Others executed the task with remarkable and impeccable results! With album separation, short, interesting comments to every song, and an overall well-arranged interface—good job! I know that this is not easy, and it’s really hard to sum up something you are very emotionally attached to in a few words. Anyways, I’m grateful for each and everyone’s participation, and your time spent on this. It’s your chance to influence, and you certainly took good care of that opportunity! Every little piece of the opinions from fans matters to me, and are vital for my further progress in the project.

I have yet to figure out how I’m going to accumulate all these variables in a simple and lucid way. But I’m positive that I can find a way to break it down and examine the results. Also I’m going to share your joint opinion here once I’ve decrypted what that actually is! ;) Things like this make me want to send a mosquito with a few drops of my blood enclosed in amber to Johan Hammond over at inGen, and order a handful of clone slaves of myself. As long as he doesn’t complete lacking genes with frog DNA, and they start to swap sexes, the project would most likely come out pretty decent! Not that I wouldn’t mind more sisters, but the one I already have is plenty of work as it is. OOH the amount of male hostilities an older brother has to eliminate during his lifetime. It’s a full time job I’ll tell you that. She says love, I hear DANGER!

Jurassic park
CTRL+C, CTRL+V, CTRL+V, CTRL+V...

Anyways, as much as I like getting down and dirty with you guys. I recently found myself spending more and more time answering mails rather than being productive and creative in the writing process. I never intended for this to steal so much focus from the actual writing. I’ve encouraged you to write me with your questions, concerns, opinions and whatnot, and please continue to do so, BUT structure your messages wisely and intelligently. (Not that you didn’t in the first place, but if you got your answer and don’t have any further significant questions, please don’t treat my private mail as an msn chat. Please remember, there are hundreds of other people waiting for their reply down the line. For example, what kind of underwear I have on me at the moment is highly irrelevant, no matter how interesting it may be). I probably can’t answer all the questions instantly in a mail format, but if it’s a legitimate question I will address it in the FAQs. The reason why you sometimes get short replies is not because I want to be rude, or I didn’t find your e-mail interesting, but rather because I want to spend equal amount of time on all of you. The fact stands that I do read EVERYTHING you write to me. I provided you with my private e-mail address; please treat it for what it is.

Also, something that I find myself doing a lot is repeating myself because you send me questions that you already can find an answer to in the current FAQs. This is a waste of time for both of us, so please examine the current FAQs before you send in your questions.

You who are following my Twitter saw the other day that I obtained a Raven Lord, which I have been grinding the last couple of weeks now as they opened Anzu for all players, and not just druids to access. Looks sweet! Unfortunately half of the servers have it now, and is kind of suffering from the TRH syndrome. Next stop Invincible!? Also someone caught me with the hand in the cookie jar while raiding ICC10 HC with friends. Yes, your assumption that I have more important things to do is correct. But my addiction to the game told me otherwise, hehe. Especially now when the rogue rotation is changed from evisc-only bullshit, to something a bit more interesting (Oh and I got new gloves!). Also, since I’m a sucker for retro gear and got my Thunderfury not too long ago next stop legendaries will be Warglaives. If someone is interested in running Black Temple on a weekly basis with me feel free to add me on real id: (scorpion_rulez@hotmail.com) and write in the comment that you are willing to help with just that. You’ll bring the DPS and I’ll bring punch and pie! (I wonder if it’s possible to five men it at 85?).

Raven lord
Ravenous

What I’ve also noticed is that a lot of Swedes write English mails to me, this is a very interesting phenomena! I don’t know how many times I found myself spending time on a reply in English, and then I see the name “Erik Andersson” or “Lars Johansson,” which calls for a loud SIGH, haha. You guys never stop to amaze me! :D 

The highlight of this week will be this evening’s Gothenburg gig at Brewhouse with Heaven Shall Burn, As I Lay Dying and Adept. Going to be killer!!! I was just recently there, visiting Raubtier´s headline tour featuring Renegade Five and My Dear Addiction as support. All of them pulled off awesome shows! \m/

HSB
"We are the final resistance"


MEDIA:

Hyves.nl
Fansite
Dutch


Tribute Video
YouTube clip:
Video

Ssanibo:

Blog:
Swedish



FAQ MARK III:
Couldn’t hand you the secret person this time around, but what I can give you is another boring FAQ! ;)

Q: Who wrote the song,“The Gilded Dagger,” from “Nuclear Blast Allstars”?
A: Peter Wichers from Soilwork wrote the music, and I wrote the lyrics.

Q: What age did you began to practice singing, and what was the inspiration behind it?
A: Almost 11 years ago, so that would make me 15 years old. We started a band in the class I was studying. We had three guitarists! (Much like Iron Maiden) ;) I guess I ended up behind the mic because all the others knew how to play instruments (well they kind of did, hehe), and I was good with words.

Q: What were your favorite bands when you were younger? ;)
A: I think the bands that started my journey into metal were: Iron Maiden, Metallica, Helloween, Gamma Ray and Manowar. Then it got progressively heavier from there, I assume.

Manowar
The Kings of Metal

Q: I guess you are not coloring your hair, so it's natural black?
A: Wrong! I do dye my hair black, or as of now I actually have my natural hair color back which is very dark brown. However, if I have any products in it at all, it looks as black as a raven’s wing! I’m thinking about coloring it black again through—at least until I find something darker, hehe.

Q: Have you had any singing lessons?
A: Does it sound like I did? Christ…

Q: How do you keep in shape on tours?
A: I bought a fitness mat, a skipping rope, and dumbbells. And then went mayhem on them! If we were headlining, I tried to do it during the day–preferably after the sound check and before doors because the time before sound check is always pretty hectic. It’s also pretty inspiring to work out to live music when support acts sound check. If we were supporting, though, I always had the gig as a “warm-up” and then tried to work out after the show seeing the body was already warm. I guess the energetic gig worked as a sort of training as well on tour.

Q: W
hat's up Richard? My name is Paul. I’m from Lithuania. Do you remember Rock Nights 2010 in Lithuania? If you do, I have a question. Will you come in 2011? We are waiting for your group. Best rock is Sonic Syndicate rock, dude ;)
A: Paul, you are a very special person! Please let me study you under a microscope in my lab. I’m confident that if you give me free hands we can make the human centipede look like something from Disney channel, dude ;)

Evil
"I hate human beings."

Q: Honestly, what has been weighing on my mind most is: why is it that in WRTN with Nathan you were fighting so hard for your harsh vocals, but in songs with Roland, like “Contradiction” and “My Escape,” you had no vocals, and seemed completely content? Did you ever clash over vocal parts with Roland?
A:
I’ve been going over this in my head a couple of times myself, and I think what happened was that Toby Wright boosted my confidence in myself to the degree where I wasn’t OK anymore with being excluded in songs. How he put it to me was that everyone in this band has his or her different instruments and unique abilities, mine being harsh vocals. That’s how I express myself musically. It’s when we combine all these elements; we made a band effort, which generated songs. Excluding a band member’s instrument from a song is not a band effort to me in any sense. It’s more of a statement that the band itself is ashamed of an aspect in the band. This utterly made me question why I would even want to expose myself to such treatment. So I started to question it. Toby was very encouraging, and pushed me to do vocals on every single song on the album. (There’s even recorded screams on My Own Life). Ultimately, individuals cried so badly about it, so the decision to take them away was unavoidable. Guess all fights can’t be won. Then again, I never have to put myself in such fights ever again.

Fun facts about this is that I fought hard to have my vocals included on all album versions of the tracks, and then they could remove any screams they wanted on radio edits and single versions. I couldn’t care less as long as the album versions were proper. The answer I got to this was that there was not any time and/or too expensive to do different versions of songs. But somehow, they managed to find time and money to do plenty of different versions for Turn it Up and Revolution, Baby! Because they included the words, “fuck,” “hoe” etc. I find that very interesting.

Roland and I never clashed over vocal parts. It was never something that actually could happen in the way we wrote songs. We had very similar tastes, and immense respect for each other’s work. As far as Enclave, My Escape and Contradiction go; the reason why I felt I had a much more significant role in these songs than ballads on WRTN, is because I did write the lyrics to them. And that obviously made me feel more attached to the creation, even if none of those songs contained my vocals. We did them together as a band, so to speak.

Q: Sounds like the communication in the band couldn’t have been very good if they wrote songs to exclude you behind your back. I thought in this kind of constellation you were bound to work very close to each other and speak freely about almost everything?

A:
I won’t deny that we were suffering from severe communication problems in the band. Communication was already a big problem a few years ago, and it did expand even more as time passed. I guess the mentality we had was instead of dealing with conflict head on when it occurred; we did nothing, and let it grow out of proportion. This was a vicious circle, which backfired many times.

Communication
Communication problem

Q: I find it very interesting to be able to follow pre-production, signing, creation of a record e.g. I would love if we could follow this in your blog!
A: And so you will ;)

Q: I have no doubts that this is really you man but just to make sure... How do I know it’s really you?
A: My first water gecko’s name was Felix, call my parents and confirm!

Q: Do you think Sonic Syndicate will reflect on the genre style, or follow the same course?
A: Guess we just have to wait and see. Most likely, I don’t think they will play anything considered metal in the future because that would make individuals unhappy. But I really hope they will because it’s such a waste of talent (and a good band name) for a pop/rock band.

Q: And if you wouldn’t mind spending another couple of minutes of your time to tell me more about your new project?
A: Just wait, and you can figure it out yourself.

Q: Any tips on where to start learning Swedish, I really want to learn but don’t have anyone to teach me, nor do I have any idea on where to start? :S

A:
From what I’ve heard Swedish is pretty hard to learn, so I would suggest to start with the curse words because you would probably find them the most useful anyway. Here’s a good selection: Helvete, Jävlar, Skit, Fan, Mona Sahlin.

Sweden
Swedenland

Q: And if you had to tell the band a few words, or any advice, what would it be?
A: The higher you fly; the further you fall.

Q: I have been teaching myself to scream for a while but I'm finding that my tone is incredibly bassy and low. I am not having much luck extending my range to higher screams. Can you, by any chance, give me any tips on getting a better tonal range?
A: From my experience, darker pitched screams are lower in volume than higher pitched ones. I use my tongue, palate, mouth and facial muscles to force around air in the mouth for different resonances. High-pitched screams are back in your mouth with a more open mouth. This is probably is my “natural” screaming state, and dark pitched ones are by the tip of your tongue with a bit more closed mouth to enhance the resonance. I don’t know how to explain this really. It’s something I think every vocalist has to figure out on their own to feel it because the mechanics are really hard to put into words. But pressure from stomach, filter it through your throat/vocal cords for oscillation and grit, then pitch it in your mouth. My technique is pretty throat heavy, so there’s a lot of abusing your vocal cords before your throat gets used to it, I assume. I don’t think screaming vocals is something that the body can accept willingly because it’s not a natural way of using your vocal cords. You progressively have to force the technique upon your body, so give your body and throat time to adapt as well. WARM UP!!!

Q: Will “The Unguided” have samples?
A: Yes, Roger is getting free hands with electronics in “The Unguided” which makes me worried and excited at the same time! ;) I’d love to see him bring back the “EF” / “OI” sound, where electronics had a major role in a lot of songs. To me it gives the songs another level of uniqueness.

Keytar
Keytar!!! \m/

Q:
Do you do clean vocals these days even on a casual/fun level?
A: Yes, when we do pre-production I record clean vocals to showcase melody ideas.

Q: How mentally scarred were you after seeing Roland playing the banjo with his ass hanging out during the making of LAOD?
A: Petrified :S

Q: Do you play any instruments?
A: Does Guitar Hero count? Then guitar, bass, and drums!

Q: Death Cult Armageddon or Abrahadabra? Sad to see a lot of people hating Dimmu post-split with Vortex/Mustis. Their new album was great, in my opinion.
A: Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia! ;) Hehe, well I like both DCA and Abrahadabra. Born Treacherous, Gateways, and Dimmu Borgir were really solid tracks on the latest effort. But I’m somewhat leaning towards DCA as a favorite album out of the two you mentioned. I need to listen a bit more to the new one. I somewhat had a hard time getting under the skin on a few of the tracks on the album.

Q: You said that you wrote all the lyrics on OI and LAOD. Does that mean that Roland didn't write any lyrics while he was in SS?
A: That’s correct, but he was a huge part of writing the melodies in the songs. A lot of times I even wrote lyrics to his melodies. Other times I had the lyrics done, and he figured out melodies from my rough ideas. We worked very well thought out, and smoothly together.

Q: Couldn’t find anything from Tunes of Silence on the Internet, where can I find it?
A: First off, I don’t think you want to find if because it’s really not that interesting. But to answer your question; I think some of it can be salvaged from an old computer lying around collecting dust here in my apartment.

Q: C
orrect me if I'm not right, but I have discovered a WoW reference in your lyrics: The “soulstone” is an item for warlocks.
A: That’s interesting and all, but Soulstone Splinter was the first written track for Eden Fire (or Black Lotus demo) back in 2003. And WoW was released a year after. (No, I didn’t play the beta). Sorry, Sherlock ;). Great minds think alike!

Soulstone
"Attach to target ally"

Q:
What was the magazine number “The Heart of Eve” was sold with? Can the magazine be purchased from their site?
A: Sweden Rock Magazine #74. From how I understand it you just have to send an e-mail to prenumerationer@swedenrock.com and write that you want to order issue #74.

Q:
Who decided that the very best track of WRTN goes on some kind of magazine?
A: Apparently a very clueless being.

Q: I noticed there is already a band named, “The Unguided”... on MySpace, I saw two... Are they registered or what?
A: First I tried The Beatles but it was taken as well, can’t get everything.

The Beatles
Beat me to it...

Q: Who's the girl with you in the video clip of, My Own Life? Is she your girlfriend? :) She's very pretty. :)
A: That’s my better half, yes :) <3 Here's her blog.

Q: Do you already have merchandise for your new band???
A: Working on it.

Q: Is there any possibility of getting an autograph of you sent to me? Not as an ex member of Sonic Syndicate but as the person who you really are, someone standing up for his beliefs!
A: Write an email to info@the-unguided.com and I’m sure we can figure something out.

Q: Why was the song Freeman never officially released, and are there other hidden jewels like this!?

A:
Freeman was recorded during LAOD, and was saved intentionally for future exclusive usage. Then Roland decided to leave, which made the song somewhat useless for us since there was no point to promote songs with the former singer. However, there was talk to re-record the vocals with Nathan on the track. But we decided to skip it, and put time into recording the new songs on the BTC EP instead. 

If you already heard Freelancer, My Soul in #000000, Mission: Undertaker, Heart of Eve and pre-production of Only Inhuman (Psychic Suicide, Blue Eyed Fiend and Callous), there’s nothing more to it in terms of classic Sonic.

Q: Is the "The Unguided" page on facebook official? I prefer joining official band pages if they exist, but I can always join that one if you have no interest in facebook.
A: Yes it is. However, nothing much is being made to them as of now, except a few graphical changes. But feel free to LIKE away ;)

Q: Do lyrics of this song mean anything at all? I mean, it seems like different parts of JoD are not connected, like it's just a collection of sentences.
A: From the recent mail storm of people describing their favorites songs/lyrics a lot of people have been able to decipher the Jack of Diamonds lyrics with really accurate results. So I guess you just have to dig deeper. In rough terms, it’s about being careful of what you already have because tomorrow it might not even be there. Sorry for the metaphor abuse, hehe.

Q:  Will the new project be heavy, like Eden Fire, or classic Sonic Syndicate, like OI and LOAD?
A: The best from the above.

anvil
Heavy

Q: Do you play Xbox? Because I saw that one video on YouTube with you and Roland where you guys were drunk, and tried playing ghost recon, and I thought it would be awesome to play with you?
A: Don’t drink and game! I think it’s highly inappropriate to be drunk while trying to master games. It’s very unlikely that Roland and I put ourselves in that kind of situation. Obviously we are dealing with heavy video manipulation of some sort, if footage like you described is flourishing on the interwebs. I own an Xbox but haven’t played it for a long time. Kinect kind of got me interested through.

Q: I read in your blog, there's also a pre-production of 'Callous'? I couldn’t find it on YouTube :(
A:
:(

sad panda
Sad Panda

Q:
Why did Karin quit singing after Eden Fire? In my opinion she was quite good.
A: “Working as intended”

Q. Do you also play PvP? I mean, you’re a High Warlord and stuff, but did you play arena the last seasons and will play it/rated BGs with Cata?
A: Didn’t play arena the final season of WOTLK. Only played arena back in TBC at ~2000 rating, and played some the first season of WOTLK. But since DK´s was so horribly untuned in the initial of WOTLK they kind of broke my little rogue’s morale, and he started to PvE instead. He´s been stuck with that ever since. I think it’s PvE I will mainly be interested in during Cata, but I guess you never know what will happen. No one says you can’t do both J I play a lot of PvP for fun through.

Q: I believe you and SS have played in every single part of Sweden except for Gotland, the community where I so happen to live in, so why not????
A:
On the wild, wild, west coast of Sweden, we believe Gotland is Sweden’s answer to the LOST island. Therefore, we try to keep away from it in pure fear of not being able to return to the mainland, or being digested by Dharma Polar Bears. We did play Kalmar, though. Surely it’s not that far of a swim?!

Lost
Gotland

Q: I suppose you support Falkenberg’s FF as you are a local, but are you at all interested in sports such as football / ice hockey otherwise????
A: The music saved me from sports :S

Q: Since you are a talented artist, why don’t you open a tattoo shop instead of being an electrician??? (An entertaining thought, huh?)
A: Because tradesmen professions rock! We make the society go around ;) Maybe now when I get more time at hand, I’ll take more interest in developing as a graphic artist.

Q: Are you a CoD person or a Bad Company person?
A: Neither, I’m afraid :E Or well I can be bad company in theroy but I don´t play the game.

jack the ripper
Bad company

Q: Any release date for the album? Summer next year-ish???
A: That´s nothing I can answer at this point.

Q
: Do you sing in the "Betrayer of the Code"? If yes - I LOVE IT! And I wonder if there is a chance we will hear such low-pitched growls from you again soon?
A: Yes, that’s a young Richard limping his way through that song, hehe. Guess you just have to wait and see.

Q: Have you done any clean vocals for Sonic Syndicate songs, and if yes, on which?
A: In Double Agent 616, at 01:23, is probably the closest to clean/talky vocals I’ve done in Sonic that’s audible ;) In Jack of Diamonds, the first verse, “A fugitive,” and “Lost in these barren lands.” Those are also my clean vocals, but they are very low in the mix. There’s also a lot of talky bits, like in Jailbreak at 2:47, Lament of Innocence at 2:55, Prelude to Extinction at 0:47 and 2:27, Where the Black Lotus Grows at 1.27 and Psychic Suicide at 2:16. E.g. featuring me actually “singing” (in Swedish actually, hehe), could be found in the pre-chorus of Light from The Abandoned Croft at 0:55, back from the Fallen Angels demo, Fall from heaven 2003.

Q: Are we going to hear your clean vocals in future work?
A: Maybe, hehe.

Q: OK, “J” may stand for so many other things too. It might be John Bengtsson, it might be Jesper Strömblad, and it might be Jack Sparrow...
A: OK, I’ve been outsmarted. It is indeed Jack Sparrow, yarr!! Good job figuring it out! On a serious note, the J stands for Johnny Cage, and nothing else.

jack sparrow
NOT a member of The Unguided

Q: With all the technology at our disposal, do you tend to write your lyrics and songs on a computer (whenever one is available), or are you more of a notepad and pencil kind of guy? With that in mind, do you have any previous works that you've written that have never made it onto a Sonic album that you plan to use for The Unguided?
A: I use my laptop, stationary computer, and iPhone to write/record lyric ideas. If none of that is available, I write on whatever format that is within my arm’s reach. Sometimes that would be my hands.

Q: Are you planning to sing some Sonic Syndicate songs with your band, or just new ones? :)
A: Most likely when we get to a live setup there will be Sonic Syndicate covers, yes.

Q: It feels kind of funny when I already know my next favorite band, even if it hasn't released even one song
.
A: You are too kind, Sir J.

Q: What inspired the song, “Enclave”?
A: A relationship, or rather the transition between one to another.

Q: I really wish to share some lyrics I've written with you. May I send you lyrics?
A: Yes, but I will steal them! Hehe.

Theif
Word theft

Q: The Name “Sonic Syndicate,” I thought the same thing that you said on your blog, but I had this conspiracy theory, that it actually refers to your last name’s (all ending with "...son" -> SONic Syndicate, hm? xD)
A: I’ve never realized such an obvious thing in my six years of being in Sonic Syndicate. Your mind is very capable! Haha, it does make a lot of sense, but it was never intended.

Q: And the last thing (I'm sure I’m not the only one asking, haha) but could you design a tattoo for me? XD
A: Once again please mail info@the-unguided.com for that matter. I’m sure we can sort something out. Please give me some guidelines, though. I hate drawing with no ideas for others. And if you aren’t going to get the tattoo, don’t bother.

Q: Love to know if there will be any clean vocals on The Unguided first album?
A: Yes.

Q:  I noticed that the official Sonic Twitter uploaded a link to your blog, and to the unguided logo. Was that you? ;P I figured you probably still have the password. I wondered because it was taken down only a few hours later...
A: Sounds like an undercover job from Double Agent 616. That sneaky bastard!

agent
Agent 616

Q: Is there any chance to hear some pre-production tracks from your new record (or pre-pre-production :P)? Because I'm really quite excited. :)
A: Be patient someday… Mitt bajs känns ok!

poo
"He loves me and he loves you.."

Q: Will some of the songs from your new record be songs you originally wrote for Sonic, which weren't accepted? I'm just curious... :P
A: Nope, only new stuff.

Q: Kind of silly question, but do you have Facebook? I added someone with your name recently, but I'm not sure if the profile is real. XD
A: I removed my Facebook account a couple of weeks ago, so whoever it is you are adding; it’s not me.

Identity theft
It did happen...



That’s all folks! See you on the flipside. 

Yours sincerely
/Richard 

PS.
My underwear at the moment is a black pair of Salming boxers. If you now MUST know!!! ;) .DS

What bridge to cross and what bridge to burn...

Kategori: Allmänt

(If you’re here to find out about the current development in Sonic Syndicate, I recommend you to read the original before you read on)

Hey!

So, I’m going to make it official as of now, the new band name will be *drum roll*:
“The Unguided”
It just went through all legal necessities over at the patent and registration office, and I have a letter in my hand stating that we own the name from now on.

We also have a logo made in vector graphics by the very talented and upcoming artist, Leah Eropkin. Which I played around with in Photoshop to give you this:

The Unguided
You can´t blind the blind 

For whoever has been following this blog, it’s not hard to understand that the name can easily be applied and attached to the current situation. So, I do think the name itself is very self-explanatory. I made it very clear in an interview that in this project we will spend less time staking out a path of where we/external opinions want to take this, and spend more time on writing what we feel. Even with that said we are still very interested in hearing what kind of favorite songs/lyrics you have been having in Sonic throughout the years. I’d love to work more closely with you, and of course I’m very open minded when it comes to suggestions from the fans, as you all can see from all the replied e-mails.

So, please send in your favorite Sonic Syndicate song/titles/lyrics to richard@the-unguided.com and write a couple of lines as to why, and what elements in the song/title/lyrics made you like it in the first place. Chop it up in album sections to make it easier to overview as well. Please don’t write essays! It’s very time consuming to review everything. Just try to make everyone happy and write a short comment to every song.

Other trivia about the band name is that “The Unguided” is also the religious fanatic faction in the real-time tactics game, “Syndicate Wars,” back from 1996. How awesome (and nerdy) am I!?

There has been a 100% positive response in all e-mails/comments! I might just have to exit my defensive stance and file down my thorns because there has been NO negative response whatsoever--I mean, come on, not even one single negative e-mail!? Only huge support and care so far from your side towards the current development. Couldn’t be happier! I love reading your daily mails. I got a very good view of where a lot of the fans stand, and what you want to experience regarding an upcoming project. Also, the blog has been up for more than a week, and every single day reaches a new record in viewers. Makes me a happy pony!

Surfing around on some YouTube clips from the current live shows (sounds really good, good job Christoffer and S-Team!) I was still able to hear some backtracked vocals from me, which ironically put a big smile on my face. I wonder if that means there will be a percentage of money in the bank for my participation when the tour is over. I’ll let you know!

I’ve also received reports from fans that are unable to comment on the latest clip from the SonicSyndicateTV YouTube channel. Very disturbing! I took matters into my own hands and investigated this myself. Unfortunately it seems like my browser is bugged as well; the comment field simply doesn’t show up? If anyone knows how to fix this problem, please advise the official Sonic MySpace for technical support! And yes, I’m being sarcastic. I’m such a jerk… sorry.

Anyways! The web team I’ve tried to assemble the past week is now 25 people strong and growing (!!!). People with different areas of expertise and skills have rushed to my aid in order to help out with whatever necessities I’ll be unable to focus on myself during the creative process. I’m still looking for qualified resources; so don’t be afraid to mail! I am looking for someone in particular with experience in Flash. A website is also being developed as we speak, which will be up in a couple of weeks. Progress!

A couple of days ago I started to shoot a new “SonicTV” type of video episode for an upcoming blog entry. This video will reveal the secret person involved in the project. So stop all your speculations and just have patience. The answers will come! And yes, Rocco will be a star actor in the cast once again, hehe.

Oh, and if you want to subscribe to the blog, from what I understand, this will help you:

Some love from the fans:

fanz
I´ll miss you :,(

MEDIA:
Here are some links tied to the current development:

Calon FM/ Metalheadz
Skype Interview:
Part I
Part II 

Backstage Forum

Written interview:

English version
Portuguese version

Zoofie

Blog:
Swedish

Nimphidia
Blog:
Swedish 

Blabbermouth

News
English 


FAQ Mark II:

All answered questions on the last FAQ seamed to generate even more questions. I’ll try to address them here:

Q: Official band statement removed?
A:
Well, some people deny the holocaust. Doesn’t change the fact that it still happened.

Q: Do you have a twitter account?
A:
Yes! Find it here. Follow away!

Q: When do you think the name of your secret project will be revealed, and when will this old friend of yours be mentioned with a name?
A: Band name in this blog, secret entity in the next one IF the video is ready by then.

The Riddler
Yoygasm!

Q: Will you play live/tour with this new project?
A:
The focus for now is on recording an album. We’ll take stand on a possible live setup later in time.

Q: Do you like touring?
A: I love it! When a lot of people go out on a tour, all they see is the inside of a tour bus. But when I go out on tour I really try to experience the new cities and countries. I guess there are a lot of “third world country” problems on tour. For example, that guaranteed shower at home is not always going to be guaranteed on tour. But you have to be extra clever and invent new ways of hygienic thinking. Like the water bottle shower, or the fearsome sink shower!

Q: Are you open for guest vocals?
A:
I guess I am if I can record them at home. At the moment, I have no time in the world to travel anywhere for a guest appearance.

Q: How much do you workout, and how do you plan your gym time?
A:
In a perfect world I try to do biceps, back, stomach first day. Triceps, shoulders second day, and cardio/running third day (~10km). And then repeat the cycle. No resting day, I try to get a good night’s sleep and as many hours I can get for recovery, using soya gainer (protein/carbs) after every session. I try to stick to this when I’m in my prime. But as of now, I don’t have any time for this schedule. Also, I’m not too fond of any workout theories, (I believe there are as many theories as there are people working out.) I just go to the gym because I think it’s fun, and it makes me stay healthy. Also, I’m not saying what I do is optimal in any way but it makes me feel good about myself and keeps me motivated to proceed with it.

Mastermuscles
Healthy workout

Q: Thank you for yesterday’s performance! I have pictures if you want me to send?

A: Clue up?

Q: Why WoW?
A: First of, I was attracted by the charm and magic of it, like in every Blizzard game. Lately, I’ve become very fond of the number hunt behind it--the math and mechanics really interest me. I spend almost more time in spreadsheets and optimizing gear, thinking out new rotations, than actually playing the game (Reforging was ACE! I spent so much gold on it). And when it comes to Warcraft, I’m a bit of a lorewhore as well, playing the classics, and a big fan of Blizzard games in general. When Roger and I were growing up we played the original Starcraft and Diablo A LOT living at our parent’s house, driving them insane at nights! The day I downed Arthas, a tiny piece of my soul died through :,(

Q:  Did you grind High Warlord by yourself, if so how much of an insomniac were you?
A: It was a personal challenge for me (and quite a challenge indeed!). No, I didn’t sleep very much during the time, and put a lot of effort into it gaining more than 1 million honor/week just to get standing 1 the last 7 weeks in a row for the final push. This was necessary because the competition on Bladefist was ridiculously INSANE! It was hardcore and STUPID at the same time, and nothing I would consider doing again (yes I know rated battleground coming up…). But I’m proud of it and don’t regret it! After all, two shooting Paladins before the melee mechanics nerf with the HWL daggers was good fun, hehe. Couldn’t have done it without my fellow hardcore people in <Callous> though, HAIL and KILL!

High Warlord Harbinger
"High Nerdlord"

Q: Who is “Ikkiku” on Youtube? They seem to be on a crusade about you?
A: Unknown vigilante it seems to me. I do value his work though, and would love to work more closely to him.

Q: Have you ever listened to Disarmonia Mundi? If so, what is your favorite song?
A: Yes! “Oceangrave,” by far! I’m a proud owner of, “Fragments of D-Generation,” and “Mind Tricks,” which are in my LP collection.

Q: *Insert Turn it Up lyrics* WHO?!? WHAT?! WHY?!?!?! /head explosion
A: /corpse explosion

Q: Tips on how to write good lyrics?
A: I’d love to do an in-depth tutorial, but I simply don’t have the time at hand as of now. In rough lines of how I work: I listen to the song; try to get a feeling for it and what emotions it provokes in me. Set up a fixed theme/story out from that emotion. I have a very clear theme before I write anything about what I want to deliver with my words so it doesn’t come out too random and straggly. I start with the chorus, and then I get a rough melody and rhythm down. Then I write the words for the chorus pretty straightforward so the message is clear, and it doesn’t encrypt itself with too many metaphors, or between the lines kind of writing. If the chorus is bad or shabby, the song is bad/shabby in my book. The chorus should carry the song--this is where you want to blow your load ;).  Continue with verses, middle eight etc. and carry on your story. Play around with rhythm and melodies! I write a lot of verses using many metaphors, and encrypt the hell out of them. This is simply just my way of writing.

I spend bigger parts of the day trying to figure out shit, dreaming and look into hiding meanings and unlikely connection in my life and the world. That’s what I usually write about and what inspire me. To be fair a lot of my lyrics is just a more sophisticated way of writing a dairy for me cause even if it’s fictional I can always tie it to something going on in my life and are highly topical in my whole existence. If I go back on our records it’s like a timeline of what I´ve been through the last seven years. I also get a lot of inspiration from movies, series, games and books. If I hear / see anything cool that really speaks to me I write it down or record a rough melody / rhythm of it and can lean back on that once I go into myself and start to write lyrics / vocal arrangements.

Q: What are your hobbies besides music?
A: Movies, Series, Games, Art, Electronics, Media, Books, Girlfriend, Friends, and Gym.

Q: What are your favorite bands to listen to?
A: My all time favorite band is Blind Guardian. They have always been there for me when I was growing up. I’ve yet to see a band touch me in the same way as Blind Guardian’s music/ lyrics have. Hansi Kürsch is hands down the best singer/lyricist in the world with his unique voice and lyrics. Dark Tranquillity is also huge for me. But keep in mind I listen to almost everything. I’m very open-minded when it comes to good music. Going hot in my iPod at the moment is: Parkway Drive – Deep Blue, Dimmu Borgir – Abrahadabra, Blind Guardian – At the Edge of Time, Amorphis – Tales from the early years.

Guardian of the blind
Guardian of the Blind

Q: What kind of movies do you watch? And what is your favorite movie?
A: I watch everything! My favorite movie of all time is probably Terminator II through. But LOTR trilogy, Matrix trilogy, Alien quadrilgoy, StarWars and Underworld trilogy is in the top bracket for me.

Q: First, how is Rocco (the destroyer of worlds :P) doing? And, how old is Rocco? Were you the one who started to call Rocco, “destroyer of worlds,” or was it someone else??
A: He’s doing fine! Not liking the cold weather in Sweden at the moment but he’s putting a lot of effort into growing more fur to deflect it! Rocco is 3,5 (human) years old. “Rocco: The destroyer of worlds,” was written in an alien language on the space capsule we found when he crash-landed on planet earth.

Q: On the Internet there’s some talk about this so-called band, “Tunes of Silence,” which was a so-called pre-band to Fallen Angels/Sonic Syndicate, any truth?
A:
“Tunes of Silence,” was the band Roger, Robin, and I had before Fallen Angels (formed 2000). It was more heavy metal oriented, mostly doing covers, and featured myself on glass shattering clean vocals WOOPIE?!

Tunes of Silence
Tunes of Silence

Q: Fallen Angels was quite different from most Sonic, especially the “Fall From Heaven” demo, why change?
A:
Listen to the “Fall From Heaven” demo again and you will answer your own question!

Q: On the Internet, it’s stated several places that your former drummer, Kristoffer Bäcklund, did the clean vocals on Eden Fire alongside Roland, but I wonder if it only was Roland?
A:
Kristoffer Bäcklund did not do any clean vocals on “Eden Fire.” It was only Roland/Karin, which was stated in my previous blog. However, he did perform them a couple of times live. Kristoffer Bäcklund currently sings in a band called, “What Tomorrow Brings.”

Q: What were your first thoughts about Nathan, and the departure of Roland?
A:
Listening to Nathan’s vocals in his former band’s album a lot made a big impression on me and seems to me he had a great personality as well. First impression on Roland’s departure was: EDEN FIRE TIME, BABY! Haha no, I love the guy and it was sad to see him go. But he had his reasons, and I’m totally fine with that.

Q: Are there any “Fallen Angels” CDs left? (Just curious.)
A: I own a very limited few, which have a big sentimental value for me, which I’m guarding with my life! I’ve heard people have been able to obtain it on eBay, though. I’m not sure how many we did print, but a couple of hundreds should be out there.

Fallen Angels
Medium-Rare!

Q: And you said in this video on YouTube these words “I never heard the songs that good to be fair,” was that the truth? Or, was that promote Nathan to the fans?
A:
I Lied :(

Q: Are you and the members of Sonic Syndicate still friends? Or, are you, like, fighting now?
A:
MORTAL COMBAT! Nah, we’re not fighting. We are just ignoring each other to death at the moment. Ignorance is strength! But yes, there’s friction. My brother and I are obviously on good terms.

Q:
When “We Rule the Night” came out, I rushed and bought the special edition of the album. I was a bit disappointed as you guys already had confirmed a second bonus track for the special edition, but it was dropped for a damn music magazine... why? “Heart of Eve” simply killed most of the “We Rule the Night” songs. It reminded me of old Sonic Syndicate.
A: What can I say? Music biz sucks big donkey balls. A big percentage of the band was not happy with this but it was too late to do anything about it. In a perfect world (my world), “Heart of Eve” would have opened the entire album! HELL YEAH!

Q: Are/were you the only one in the band disappointed with the album?
A: Nope

Q: I really liked the contrasts between your harsh and heavy growls and screams, and Roland’s clean vocals (when balanced properly, like in “Love and Other Disasters” and “Eden Fire.” Not like it is now in WRTN). Will there be clean vocals in the future? 
A: Yes

Q: How do you make a living these days?
A: Luckily, I have an education to fall back on. I was educated as an electrician. Something I love doing as well! That is my current occupation.

Electricians
Sweden got them!

Q: What hopes do you have for your new band?
A: Making good music from the heart with no limitations is all I’m after.

Q: Will the album be named, “Only Love and Other Inhuman Eden Fire-Disasters?”
A: Clever ;)

Q: What does the name Sonic Syndicate mean?
A: A syndicate: “is a self-organizing group of individuals, companies or criminals formed to transact some specific business, or to promote a common interest, or in the case of criminals, to engage in organized crime.” Sonic is just a more sophisticated name for audible sound waves (and not a squirrel… hedgehog type of rodent). So, Sonic Syndicate!? The original idea of the unique name was that it suggested an inner circle of people working with sound in their own direction with no influence from external forces. IRONIC, HUH?!

Q: Will this third member of the project you are wishing to start possibly have the name that also starts with an R?
A: J!?

Q: Do you play any other online games besides WoW and SC2? Would be fun to play with you!
A:
Not at the moment, no.

Q: The tips on learning to scream are working so well, been eating hand grenades 3 times a day!
A:
Good boy! Add napalm and see what abyssal screams that will generate ;)

Grenades
Fire in the throat!

Q: Have you thought about doing a tour in South America? Is there any chance now this new band?
A:
You again! Record album first, live setup after!

Q: Why was the album delayed almost half a year?
A:
It was remixed, which is a huge process.

Q: It might be a bit of an early thing to ask, but are you going to release your new album by a label?A: We already have a few labels interested, but I’ll be very careful with signing onto anything. It’s something we have to discuss.

Q:
What happened between Robin and you? As family, and band mates, I can’t see a reason why you two wouldn’t still be tight, but I read in your blog that you hope to "bury the hatchet" with him. So my question is, what exactly happened to your relationship with Robin?
A: It’s as silly as musical preferences.

Q: Who did the vocals on Miles Apart? It doesn't sound like Nathan on some parts. My girlfriend and I were debating whether it was you or Robin. Could you clarify?
A: It was Nathan, such a chameleon!

chameleon
English origin

Q: A rogue? Seriously? You guys are tough...even on plate. But nevertheless! I want a duel. You. Me. Outside Orgrimmar!
A:
BRING IT ON! /forfeit

Q: Do you already know when the first songs of your new project will be recorded?
A:
Pre-production has started.

Q: Could you instruct me on how to scream like you, and not damage my throat?
A:
Once again, I’d love to make an in-depth tutorial. But that’s simply something I will have to save for the future, seeing that my time is very limited as of now. Some guidelines, however: Do your warm-ups. I can’t stress that enough! Take care of your pipes; vocal care is your best friend. Never force anything. Do what feels comfortable and natural for you. Sleep is very important for recovery. When on tour, get at LEAST 6 hours sleep per night. I try to stay away from hard liquor the night before a show. Simply because I saw a significant change in performance from heavy drinking/ yelling four-letter words the night before show day. It takes away a lot of the grit. Other than that, my technique is pretty persistent, not very high in volume, and therefore not too exhausting for the vocal chords. Don’t force yourself, and add pressure carefully. Good monitor sound, or in ear, is vital for live performance. Utterly find your own technique! DON’T HURT YOURSELF!!! If you see blood, you are doing something extremely wrong ;)

scream
Edvard Munch

Q: How long have you been doing screaming vocals?
A: Eight years, I believe.



Righty!
I’ll get back to working on that video. And come, on so many people surprised I was into gaming? Haha.

Peace

/Richard