Richard Sjunnesson

Official blog of Richard Sjunnesson (The Unguided)

Something expendable was all I craved

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Hey Folks!

As you surely have not missed, there are two 20-second sound previews up from the two new songs included on the highly anticipated EP, NIGHTMARELAND. They can be injected right into your earpussies by clickelyclicking here:

The Unguided TV Nightmareland Preview

We ran into little to non problems recording the two songs at The Abyss together with our old friend, Jonas Kjellgren! I was traveling from the east coast on the first studio day to get myself to Pärlby. My two brothers in arms, Roger and Roland, and our uncle Robert headed out from the west coast a day early to get a good night sleep before the first day of recording. However, when I woke up in Stockholm on the 11th of February, a violent blizzard defiled our lands. I saw this as a very definite sign. A gaze out from the window could have very well been the same motive as the Nightmareland cover artwork, excluding the bluish ghouls. I fired up the engines on my trusty war vehicle, Volvo S40, and made my way to Pärlby with the impressive speed of 10km/h in the snowstorm. Let me sum up the whole weekend for you!

The Unguided - Nightmareland or Stockholm? YOU DECIDE!

Studio Day I:
I woke up at my girlfriend’s place in Stockholm, and realized by a look out from the window this drive would very much be a suicide ride. But there was nothing getting in my way and Pärlby that day. Not even a thousand miles of snow. I was supposed to be in the studio around midday. This was not going to happen, so I called Roger to report my slight time delay. He was a little surprised by the fact, and revealed to me they were already done with the drums, and he has started full on with rhythm guitars.


I shoveled out my vehicle buried in the snow, packed all necessary supplies together along with my woman into the vessel. Without doubt I needed a co-pilot, and an extra pair of eyes for this mission since the road visibility was nonexistent. Our journey to the heart of Sweden began.


Many hours later, and even more spins on the Faithful Darkness album In Shadows Lies Utopia, we reached our destination in Pärlby. Now there was just one path between the studio and us. I kind of misjudged the whole snow depth issue on this particular path and accelerated right into huge pile of loose snow, burying the car without any chance of getting it unstuck. Roland offered his helping hand, and made his way out to the vehicle with a shovel. We all soon realized that we were probably better off waiting for spring than the chance to get this vehicle out from the vicious, wintry death grip.


This demoralization only lasted for so long because I soon happily found out the guys were almost finished with the rhythm guitars, and were going to head right into the leads. At this point, we could already see that we were to finish all string bending on the first day, including the bass, excluding solos—which we wanted to save for after we were done with the vocals. Jonas was also an hour early the first day, which is a bit surprising; this however took a time toll on the other two days where he showed up two hours late. So it all was equalized in the end! By the end of the day we were indeed finished with all guitars and bass, and could begin with vocals the next day in good consciousness.

First Day success calls for devil horns!

Dinner this evening was made up by Swedish homely fare in the form of pasta and meatballs cooked by the A-(food)Team, consisting of my girlfriend and myself. We also celebrated the first day with some fine Springbank CV whiskey brought from Roland’s own collection at home. He’s housing 106 bottles (!!!) of single malt whiskeys in this very impressive collection. We also signed a couple of items sent to us by fans.

Evening Delight

After dinner, Roger installed his Playstation 3 on Jonas’s studio equipment, where everyone sat around the screen to get a huge portion of after midnight fear in the shape of Dead Space II.


Studio Day II:
When Jonas eventually showed up we started the day with reamping guitars to get a meatier sound to track vocals to. After that was done, I commenced vocal tracking for the songs in my usual fashion—the same way Roland, Jonas, and I have worked during throughout the years. No need to change a winning concept! Also, since guitarists get to choose their favorite guitars and amp head when they record, I saw the same window of opportunity as a vocalist. I chose my own Shure SM7B to record my vocals along with an Emperical Lab Distressor, which is the same setup I used for Eden Fire and We Rule The Night.

Distressor action

I also took a great deal of notes of how Jonas configured the sound, Eqs, and certain plug-ins in order to try out his craftsmanship back home in my own studio. It was a very educational experience! I nailed the two songs pretty effective, and gave way to Roland, so he could start with the clean vocals.


Roland used the same RØDE condenser microphone as he used for Love and other Disasters. We finished all the clean vocals with harmonies, along with the vocals for Green Eyed Demon during day two. I like the idea of having different microphones on our voices since that will result in a more different clang and vibe on the vocal mix. Also, separate microphones work in different ways for different vocalists. Roland’s voice sure is beneficial going through the clear sound of a condenser microphone, while I feel my voice (and screaming vocals overall) benefits from a dynamic microphone, especially the SM7, which picks up a lot of detailed mouth action seeing its biggest using area is a radio spokes microphone.

Roland, the human synthesizer

After the vocal recording experience on the first song, Jonas could foresee everything was not quite set in stone when it came to the vocals. We had a lot of rough ideas that had yet to be tested. This, he thought, was awfully time consuming and suggested that we sit down with the other song the next night to make everything more definitive. This was a good idea obviously, since we didn’t end up wasting valuable recording time.

We also got to hear bits and pieces of PAIN’s new record, which Peter Tägtgren was busy mixing during our stay. It sounds BRUTAL as hell! It’s very varied and dynamic. I’m really looking forward to that release after what I’ve heard in the studio. I have always been a PAIN and Hypocrisy fan.

PAINfull month

Also, our good friend Peter Johansson honored us with his visit on the evening of the second recording day. He brought supplies in terms of booze, and other necessities. A 20-year matured Lagavulin whiskey kept the minus 20-degree weather outside at bay. Dinner was once again pasta. This time around we also were spoiled with the luxury of an oven-baked chicken. Peter Tägtgren took the dinner opportunity to speak about the ghostly inhabitants of Pärlby before he wandered off to his house nearby the studio.

Welcomed guest and ghosts

Drunk on whiskey Roland and I sat down in a creative environment to stake out the melodies on Pathfinder. We used my iPhone to record the ideas, and by the time we were off to bed we were very satisfied with the result. Hearing the recording the morning after gave us a good laugh but the fact stood fixed. The ideas were really good! Thank you Lagavulin ;)

Studio Day III:
I celebrated pretty hard the second day, seeing my work in the studio was done. Little did I know that we were to change a lot of parts in Pathfinder during the night, so I had to revisit a lot of screaming parts. I also had to fit everything together with the new composed melodies. While my headache was wearing off, Roland and Jonas tracked the clean vocal melodies we came up with the night before. And after that I made the necessary adjustments to the screams.


I left some holes for Roland’s clean vocals in the verses on Pathfinder. But we all felt it was a bit unwarranted to slap in clean vocals in the verses just for the sake of getting clean vocals in there. So, we left the job to Peter Tägtgren, where he filled the vocal holes with his Hypocrisy death metal screams as a guest appearance. It sounded mighty brutal! Also, seeing that I’ve been a huge fan of Peter’s work as far as I can remember, that was a little dream of my own coming true. I got to have a scream race with that legendary man, and the result is face melting!

Jonas was so thrilled he showed us his cameltoe

Roger was spending most of the day doing the final adjustments to the keyboards. And after vocal recording, Roland was busy nailing the solos. There’s an extensive solo in Pathfinder, while in Green Eyed Demon there’s a more compressed short one.


The last note of the solo was finished the third and final day of the recording. The only thing left for us to do was to look forward to the seven-hour drive back to Falkenberg. And that concludes this very successful weekend!


We all did a lot of filming in the studio, which will be released shortly after the songs are available for you! Release day with a pre-order option will be up and running soon. Let all of us try to get pressure on that first week and blow that chart a new one! And show everyone that good metal music is where it’s at! If someone managed to miss out on THE UNGUIDED TV Tattoo & Pre-production Special, you can find it right here:

The Unguided TV Tattoo & Pre-production Special

THE UNGUIDED have also signed a deal with the Swedish record label DESPOTZ RECORDS. The plans are that the NIGHTMARELAND EP will be released worldwide in a very exclusive physical edition, including some extra goodies, as well as digitally through iTunes. We have been very picky when it comes to signing onto anything, and Despotz managed to win our trust without any penalty points what so ever. We are heading into this alliance with great eagerness. We are strongly looking forward to seeing what they can do with this particular release, and a possible future collaboration. Read more here.

The premiere gig for THE UNGUIDED at Getaway Rock Festival in Gävle / Sweden has been set to 7th July. Be sure to join the event on Facebook if you are attending here.
Also, the event of my own stage premiere in Helsingborg / Sweden on the 25th  of February with Faithful Darkness can be found here, an event that is closing in swiftly. 

Leah Eropkin has been generous once again in providing the fans and us with some brilliant art. Here are some THE UNGUIDED treats and wallpapers (1920x1080, 1152x864 and 1280x960) for you guys: (262kb)

Some new stuff I bought:
New shizzle

1. Compressor: A dbx Professional product 266XL Compressor/Gate bought from Jonas Kjellgren.
2. Plug-in: Massey CT4 software compressor, Jonas used this in the studio and it impressed me. It was also cheap!
3. New CDs: Bought the best of Iced Earth two CD album “The Blessed and the Damned” also I bought the Blind Guardian Live album, which somehow strangely was missing in my collection.

I’m also heading into my friend’s studio, Mikael Sällström (who often worked as a sound engineer for Sonic during my time in the band), Sällström Audio to record my vocals on a Faithful Darkness song called Hate injection. The mixing date, however, is not decided at this point.

Also, as a side note, if you have questions for the FAQ please DON’T mail me on my Facebook Fan page. Mail me at, so I get a systematic structure on it.

It’s not really a FAQ is it? It’s more of a IAAQ (I answer all questions) type of deal.. But whatever!

Q: Seeing you are an electrician and all, I thought maybe you can fix my lamp? I live in Värmland so it’s not really that far of a drive. If you have time of course?
A: Sure! I’ll do that; I can also fix your mom at the same time seeing it was a while now.


Q: Since you guys won't be doing any far away or extensive touring, what'll you be doing? I know promoting and stuff. But will that mean you'll be releasing a lot music more often or are you still going to do one every year or so?
A: I guess THE UNGUIDED will be more of a studio project with a few live shows here and there. When we’re done with the recording of NIGHTMARELAND EP we will immediately start the pre-production for the LP. We are aiming to record that after the summer and we already have songs for an entire album. Also, Roger just recently got the same recording interface as me. We are sorting that out for Roland as well. That will make everything very efficient, in terms of file sharing and transfers over internet. Basically, we never have to move and see each other at all! Hehe. I think releasing more than two albums a year is pretty unrealistic, but an EP with unique songs and then an LP once per year is certainly doable!

Q: Will you be with Faithful Darkness as a fulltime vocalist, or is it just temporary till they find someone else?
A: I’m their fulltime vocalist, and I’m very permanent. Much like a parasite! Even if they find someone else, I will still show up to rehearsals and stand on stage for live gigs and stuff. We also have started pre-production for our upcoming album.


Q: Has Spinefarm given you any offers? Then all my favorite bands would be signed to them :)
A: No offers from Spinefarm, where’s the Finnish love?!

Q: I noticed on your blog that you wrote that you never made a side band because in sonic it was forbiden. Well, how come roger can be part of your band, and he is still in sonic too?
A: A vague memory tells me that I did answer this question before. And seeing that I’m such a nice guy, I’ll walk you through this again. The policy towards side projects in Sonic has been revised, that’s why Roger can multitask in such an awesome manner as he does.

Roger style

what was your workout routine that you did to get a six pack like in the Fallen Angels picture with your shirt off? It looks so awesome! Also, what supplement did you take (if any) and what kind of food did you eat and not eat in your diet?
A: MAN! That’s nothing; look at the picture under! Hehe. Nah, I think during those years I had a very strict pasta and meat diet. Not much protein as far as I remember, so it was clearly not optimal. Once again, I’ve changed my diet. I now have a very strict cottage cheese, egg, tuna & pasta diet. No supplements what so ever. I didn’t dig the soya protein that much but it was a good try. Now I try to skip supplements and just eat food with a lot of protein, and carbs before gym/cardio.

Abbs action!

In your last blog entry you said The Unguided is playing at Getaway Rock Festival. You have plans on recording that gig for, maybe, a DVD or something like that?
A: Loving the idea! If that will make people too lazy to show up for the gig I won’t confirm that just yet, though, hehe.

Q: Can you give me a serious answer of screaming vocals since in your FAQ you didn't really answer me. ;)
A: Seriously, I don’t know what type of scream I do, and I don’t care. I just do it. And if there’s scientific research to label screaming vocals from someone with way too much spare time, I’m sure there must be some kind of meaningless, in-depth Wikipedia description to it as well. And surely it’s not that hard to figure it out from there? Fry, Growl, Braveheart yells, cup of care!? Does it have any significant function in the world at all to label a scream? NO! Let’s focus on what’s important on this planet, like if there will be a Starwars VII, for example. NOW THAT’S LIFE DEPENDING!

A New Generation

Q: Last year with sonic @ download '10 did you actually get round to watching any performances? Because I know the bands have some sort of back stage thing going on, just curious as to what it is back there?
A: I watched FFDP, HIM, Volbeat, 30 Seconds To Mars, Megadeth, Rise against the machine, and god knows all. 30 Seconds To Mars had the most impact on me! I’ve heard so much stuff about how they sound like rubbish live but seriously that show blew me away ten times over. Jared is such a one-man show, and it was not hard to understand why that man is both a rock star and a movie star. Backstage of at Donington? I found nothing special as far as I remember. Miles and miles of naked woman, and unlimited supplies of booze—nothing out of the ordinary. Met Tony Iommi, which was cool if something!

Richmeister & Toni Iommi

Q: For the misunderstanding about the lyrical purpose of "RiNL": I don't play WoW, or I did like until I was lvl 50, then I got way too bored of it. Then I read on YouTube that it had connections to WoW and asked a friend of me too look at the lyrics and tell me it was correct. He thought so because of the words you pointed out in an earlier blog as well as "dots", as I understand it that's like.. Something you can use if you are mage (I think) to spot (or more exactly DOT) your enemies.
A: Lvl 50? Tell me, why am I even wasting my time on a n00b!? ;) I now understand where you are coming from with the DOT thingy, should have made that connection firsthand, I guess. Hehe. DOT = Damage over time. My fearsome class has a DOT called rupture. It makes people bleed till death. I like it!


Q: The video for "Contradiction," almost every Sonic Syndicate video has been highly promoted and stuff, but not "Contradiction," why? BlankTV is in fact the only one who has posted it (besides other users ripping it) on YouTube. There was never an announcement from the band nor Nuclear Blast about its release.. please clarify!
A: “Contradiction” was never officially released, and I don’t know if that BlankTV release is legitimate, or if that’s some kind of sneaky piracy. Contradiction was supposed to be released after Power Shift. However, seeing that Roland gave his verdict to the band that he was leaving shortly after Power Shift was released, neither the label nor the band thought were would be much sense in pushing a song with the old singer. Certainly not when that particular song was very much Roland-oriented. Excuse me, JUST Roland, more correctly.

Q: The video for "Soulstone Splinter," could you tell me the story behind it? Producer etc.
A: The video for “Soulstone Splinter” from the Black Lotus demo was shot in Falkenberg by Niklas Henrikczon, who Robin’s half-brother. The performance shots where done in a corridor next to our old rehearsal room. The girl scenes were shot in my old apartment. The plot in the video, from how I remember, is something in the lines of this: The sister of the dude in the video goes into a downward spiral, and kills herself from an overdose. He mourns for her, and decides to commit suicide to meet her again in the afterlife. Happy ending!

Q: As I've understood it was "Jailbreak" the one and only single from Eden Fire (if that's even true). How come you made a video for "Soulstone Splinter," which spawned from a demo, and not from "Jailbreak," which is the lead single for your full-length album?
A: The video for “Soulstone Splinter” was done two years before Eden Fire was even released. If it didn’t occur to you the “Soulstone Splinter” video song is not exactly the recording you will find on Eden Fire. It was the demo version of the song.

Q: I've found on the internet artwork covers of the singles "Jack of Diamonds", "My Escape", "Burn This City", "Revolution, Baby!", "Turn It Up!" and "My Own Life". Was there ever made artwork for the singles "Denied", "Jailbreak", "Enclave", "Power Shift" and "Contradiction"? If so, I'd really love take a look on them.
A: Not as far as I remember.

Q: Nathan keeps saying that We Rule the Night is the THIRD Sonic Syndicate album, why does he exclude Eden Fire? Could it have something to do with the fact that Internet rumors has it that Eden Fire is more or less considered an compilation album as it only almost features re-recorded tracks from the Fallen Angels-Era, which makes Only Inhuman the debut. What do you have to say about this?
A: For some reason there was an ongoing hatred for Eden Fire in the band. I would go as far as to say that certain individuals who were ashamed of the effort actually. Some joined the band after Eden Fire which explains their lack of emotional attachment to the effort. I don’t see Eden Fire as a compilation album, seeing that the first three tracks were exclusively written and recorded for the album. Even if it did go a bit under the radar for obvious reasons in terms of availability and was an underground concept, I see it as the debut. I’m also very proud of Eden Fire. I think it’s a great piece of history.

Eden fire

Q: In Psychic suicide during the last chorus it sounds like Roland is saying “alone again in broken dreams of my”, but when I looked at the lyrics in the booklet it stayed the same, so can you clear this up with me?
A: Correct, that was something we came up with in the studio to give the last chorus a bit of variation. Lyrically, it was never registered I assume. Trust your instincts, son!

Q: I didn’t like the video for Jack of Diamonds, it changed so much from your previous videos with all the girls dancing, how do you feel about it?
A: Really? The first video for “Soulstone Splinter” had dancing girls in it as well. So, it was more like we were going back to our roots in a way, hehe. I guess it is a bit random but I like it. Got good energy to it, and there’s a good message connected to the lyrics even if it’s not that obvious.

Q: You should try to record your album release show for a special edition CD like you did with only inhuman.
A: If there is to be an album release show that’s something we will consider for all you cheap asses that can’t get yourself on a plane to Sweden! Hehe

Q: I'll ask a little more serious question. How do you start songs, like do you start with the instruments then go to vocals or vice versa or what?
A: Usually Roger have a full song that I can write lyrics and vocals out from.

Q: Could the titles from your blogs, maybe..... And just maybe, form the lyrics of an upcoming single?
A: No, they are quotes from various bands I listen to at the time I write the blogs.

Q: Have you ever heard of the game Heroes of Newerth (HoN)? and would you ever consider playing it?
A: Never heard of it. Is it as fun as Tetris? Then I’ll give it a go!


Q: I wanted to ask if you had any tips for high screaming? I’ve recently started trying to scream and I can kind of get low death metallic growls to low-medium screams but I can’t sustain them for more than 5 seconds or so. Would really appreciate it!
A: Unfortunately I have to direct you to this blog entry where I touched the subject of screaming here.
There’s no time for me to do a deep dive in my technique as of now.

Q: I’ve always been interested in women feet and I wonder have you seen Karin’s feet. Does she have nice feet?
A: Psychiatric ward that way ->

Approaching Women

Q: Will you be attending Metaltown this year? As a band or as a visitor, either is fine!
A: Not with THE UNGUIDED, seeing the Getaway summer show is exclusive. I didn’t get any offers for Faithful Darkness, yet but that would not be impossible. I’ll definitely be there as a visitor if I can find that in my schedule.

Q: In situations where brute force is necessary, have you ever used your growling skills as a tool to intimidate your enemies?
A: Yes, plenty of times. It have the same effect as Medusa’s gaze. You really think chiselers made those perfectly shaped human sculptures in your safe little village? THINK AGAIN!

Lets Go Get Stoned

Q: I’m loving the old Soulstone Splinter, Zion must fall -has incredible intro- and all the ones never heard :D like betrayer of the code :-D any reason why they never made it to Eden fire? Spent all day listening too them an I prefer them over the Eden fire versions that maybe due too much over play though ;-) so two days till the studio :D I wish you guys the best of luck
A: That’s interesting. I think the Extinction demo songs have a bit more of a warm feel to them compared to the Eden Fire versions, which have a bit more of a surgical style to the sound spectrum. I feel that a lot of the times with demo versions. They always have a certain warmth and atmosphere to them, even if it’s a shitty recording. Fall From Heaven songs were never recorded since we thought we developed a lot as song writers by the time we did Eden Fire. We didn’t think they were really up there with the rest of the songs, in terms of quality. I’d love to revisit them, and make a re-recording of the songs now, though. I’ll see what I can do.

Q: This may be a stupid question, but I looked around the all-knowing interwebz, but it seems that its wisdom isn't as endless as we all may think. I was wondering what your (and the other member's of SS') middle names are. Though I thought about it, and since Nathan is English, and he's the only one that has his full name on Wikipedia and Sonic Syndicate's site, it led me to think that maybe the Swedish don't use middle names? Anyway, that would be a fun little piece of information to know!
A: Richard Andreas Sjunnesson, Roger Hans Sjunnesson, Karin Margareta Axelsson, John Per Emil Bengtsson, and Robin Jörgen Sjunnesson.

Q: Now about "Westcostian-glass-shard-gargle-fry-growl". How much have your screaming skills have influenced your voice. Like speaking and else? It's like I would love to learn scream like that but yeah don't want to mess my voice really:)
A: Nothing, as far as I can hear, or have experienced. I’ve tried to be observant, and even tried to find artifacts from that in other vocalist’s voices that I’ve come across throughout the years. Vocalists that I knew have used their screaming vocals heavily in long periods of time. But I’ve never heard anything odd that would indicate damaged vocal chords, or such. If any, the screaming voice seam to change over the years as the chords get more used to the technique. Also, screaming vocalists develop more stable vestibular folds to handle the abuse, which is in my theory, the reason. I mean when I first started with screaming vocals it took a lot of effort to summon the noise. Nowadays it’s not any harder for me to do that than to use my normal spoken voice. That fact points out that something has changed in my throat, and it’s really apparent if you listen to the old Fallen Angels demos compared to, let’s say, the recent Nightmareland clips, which are the latest recording I’ve done.


Q:  Also: Do you have any tips for a newbie-vocalist? What did you do when you first started singing/screaming/growling?
A: Once again, I have to direct you to this blog entry. There are more bits and pieces you can find in the FAQs about the matter, just read on.

Q: I just wanted to ask is The Unguided still your "main band" or something like that? I mean are you focusing mostly on The Unguided or is Faithful Darkness going to slow down plans of The Unguided? I'd love to hear The Unguided as soon as possible, but still I want that you guys do everything as well as possible. I love old SS tracks like Jack of Diamonds, Power Shift, Jailbreak etc. etc. and I'd like to hear something like that or maybe even better masterpieces. ;) I support you and whole The Unguided with all my heart!
A: I don’t consider any my “main band.” I will spend equal amounts of time on both. That goes for everything I work on. One will not undermine the other. Whichever one requires my attention the most at the time is what I will dedicate my time to. Also, keep in mind that the THE UNGUIDED revolves around Roger, Roland, and me working together. They certainly don’t have all the time available in the world, and I can’t work more on it other than with the material I’m provided with. So, having another band is not the only problem in terms of stealing the focus from THE UNGUIDED project. TU is indeed a hobby project, and we want to keep it at a fun, motivating level for everyone in it. 


Q: I'm a new singer of a rock/metal band from France. For the moment, I do clean vocals but I would like learn how to scream.. The indications from YouTube guys don't work (and my english is bad..) So I would like know if you can teach me some advice about the screaming vocals. I know that you can be busy, but I really need some help, you're the best scream of this fuckin' world. *-*
A: I’m sorry to say I have to direct you to this blog entry. That’s all I can do at this point.

Q: What kind of computer do you have?
A: Motherboard: ABIT IN9 32X-MAX WiFi, nForce-680i SLI, Socket-775,ATX,2xGbLAN,DDR2,2xPCI-Ex16
Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700 2.67GHz Socket LGA775, 8MB, BOXED m/fan
Memory: Corsair TWIN2X 6400 DDR2, 4096MB CL5, Kit w/two matched CM2X2048-6400 Dimm's and Crucial DDR2 PC6400 4096MB CL5, Kit m/two DDR2 PC6400 2048MB CL5
Graphic card: EVGA GeForce 8800Ultra 768MB GDDR3, PCI-Express, 2xDVI/Tv-Out/HDCP, 384bit
HDD: Western Digital Raptor 150GB SATA 16MB 10000RPM and 331024 Western Digital Caviar SE16 500GB SATA2 16MB 7200RPM

Q: What has happened Robin ESP guitar has the famous logo?

A: After he got Gibson sponsorship I guess he placed the blue LTD guitar at home or something. The Famous logo is a giant sticker by the way so it’s not “FAMOUS STARS AND STRAPS” custom made or something if that’s what you believed.

Q: Will THE unguided someday visit the Americas? Wait for the answers?
A: It’s unlikely. But let’s not close that door entirely. The right offer would uproot us, of course.

...In America

Q: Will you do gigs with THE UNGUIDED in Sörmland / Eskilstuna / Örebro?
A: Offer? We are not booking anything ourselves. Your best chance is to contact someone that actually book bands and make them contact us with an offer.

I Wonder if there is any chance that you can play in a little town in Norway, with around 11,000 in population. It's a rare opportunity for us to see stars like you. Please, take this under consideration!
A: Same answer as above.

Q: When will the new songs come out? Maybe you can send something? I promise it will stay here!
A: Yeah sure! If you tell me what makes you so extraordinarily unique from the other thousands and thousands of patiently awaiting fans.

No excuse

Q: I've been reading your blog for the past 2 months and I've noted that whenever someone asks you a question about screaming vocals you answered seriously a few times, but besides that you tended to just joke around and such (not saying that's a bad thing lol). But I have a question to ask you, how do you perform the long high screams without your voice faltering. I've been screaming/singing clean vocals for about a year and a half now, but I can only do the long high screams that last about 6-10 seconds 2-3 times before they don't really have the same crisp clean sound anymore. I can still high scream verses perfectly fine, but for some reason the long ones I can't pull off after this point. Do you think it's just I need to practice a bit more? Or change my technique? Any kind of input would help and thank you.
A: The blog entry over here is all I can offer as of now. I joke around when I get asked questions that I’ve already answered countless amounts of times. And for obvious reasons, it bothers me a great deal. The simple fact as to why I get the same questions over and over again is because people probably haven’t even bothered to read this blog through. In turn, that gives me no debenture at all to answer the question in a serious manner.

Q: Please tell me you are going to be the lyricist for Faithful Darkness.
A: Some of the pre-production songs we have for the upcoming FD album already have vocal arrangements and lyrics. I will, however, clean those up in my own manner but keep them close to the original idea, of course. There are also other members that are writing some lyrics for songs currently. But the majority of songs don’t have lyrics, or vocal arrangements as of now. I will see to this myself when I get available time. In order to not infiltrate too much on my vision for The Unguided, I will take help from Leah Eropkin with the lyric writing for Faithful Darkness. She has a huge archive of lyrical ideas/poems that she wrote over the years, which she provided me with. And from that, I will start to compile them into the Faithful Darkness songs. I love her style of writing, and I’m positive her dark content will be a perfect match with the vibe of our songs. To answer your question, I will not write everything, no. But I will overlook everything. The lyrics will have to go through me before they end up on anything. And that’s one hell of a delicate word filter. I can assure you that.


Q: If you have joined a new band, how will that affect the Unguided? Cause surely you’re going to have to put in the Unguided gigs, album creation etc around your work with darkness falls? And if so how does Roland feel about this?
A: My work with “Darkness Falls” will NOT undermine my work with THE UNGUIDED, as said before. Rather, I don’t get handed enough work in THE UNGUIDED. So, I have to put my creativity elsewhere, or I will literally explode. What you are missing here is that Roger is occupied in Sonic Syndicate. And Roland has a huge amount of responsibility at work and with his family. I miss the concept of having a rehearsing band, and I get just that in Faithful Darkness. And yeah, our ONE gig in THE UNGUIDED will obviously be very affected by the fact I’ve joined another band as well. As to what Roland feels about this? Well, you’d have to ask because I can’t speak for him, To be fair, how is that particular question even legitimate at ALL? It’s like having me question his family. Ridiculous.

Q: Also when it comes to song writing, is it you or Roland that takes charge of it? Or both? Is it you writing it with Roland adding in the odd verse or so?
A: Roger writes the song. From there, I write the lyrics and vocal arrangements. Then Roland and I sit down, process, and finalize it, especially vocal melodies. That’s how it usually works.

Q: Do you really write all the lyrics? I love them!
A: No, I lied. Dorothy Fields writes them. Can you ever forgive me?


Q: Is it coincidence that they barely show you on the making of we rule the night or is it all part of this cool conspiracy? :P
A: Definitely! Or, the simple fact that most of the time I’m standing behind the camera and filming shit because
everyone else is too lazy to pick up a camera. That could be one bearing ground as well. I also do the editing of the videos. Why would I want to expose myself doing idiotic stuff when I can make others look bad instead?

Anyway, (if) and when are you and The Unguided coming to Boston, MA cuz I wanna go to that show!
A: Yeah... about that.. What was the question again?

Q: I noticed I reached the rank of grunt on the Army of the Unguided forum. Can you tell me the criteria for reaching each rank.
A: Let me see. AHH! A sticky announcement here on the forum called very cunningly “forum ranks”… Grunt, you say? Meaning, you have successfully done 250 posts on the forum? Congratulations! Next rank is Sergeant, 250 posts to go. Let the spam begin!

Covenant Grunt

Q: I'd also like to know why someone with no posts is a Lt. General.
A: Possibly because he did something highly honorable. I assume tattooing THE UNGUIDED crest would up you a couple of ranks, for example.

Lieutenant General
Lieutenant General

Q: I know you've said you would be open to doing guest vocals (through internet, email, etc) in past Q&A's, but would Roland be available to do the same? What about him doing guest guitar solos?
A: -> 

Q: I have a question about the way you title songs, I notice that in a huge portion of your lyrics from 'Only Inhuman' and 'L&OD' contain the titles for other songs, is that like your gimmick? Old skool Synidcate had the best lyrics I’ve ever seen or heard ever, it inspired me to learn how to scream and growl, and syndicate inspired me to learn guitar and bass, so thanks a lot!!
A: I always loved to maintain an ongoing red thread throughout everything I do. So you could say that’s something that is a trademark you’ll find in my songs. Remember, whether it’s Sonic Syndicate or The Unguided, it is still the same lyrical vision I have. The same red thread running through Sonic Syndicate will indeed highlight the The Unguided’s material as well.

Q: Is there a limited edition or Tour edition of the Eden Fire album?
A: No.

Q: When will you release Nightmareland?
A: I don’t know. We will release NIGHTMARELAND when it’s time, however.

Q: Are you going to play at any festivals beside the getaway? If yes, do you already know at which? XD
A: I don’t think we will this summer.

Q: How do you paint your hair?
A: I dye my hair at a local hairdresser.

Q: I just wanted to ask you a weird question and hopefully it'll go on your blog =p whats up? =D
A: I want my few seconds of reading your meaningless question back... Send me an invoice with the time spilled!

Stolen time

Q: Just wondering... what could you tell me of the band Inhale? (One of Roland’s former bands). As he isn't as quick in the answering part as you, I decided to see if you knew anything before I asked him. :)
A: I have very limited information of the band Inhale. We talked about it briefly in the studio when he mentioned old songs had found their way to YouTube. From how I understand it, it’s the band that evolved to be Dodge. The also sang in Swedish.

Q: Where do you buy your accessories? Necklaces, rings, bracelets etc.?
A: Most of the stuff I bought at Klockmaster in Sweden. The rings got handed down from my uncle as a gift; he was the ring bearer before me.

Q: I was wondering if you listen to the bands called "Mygrain" and "Cradle of Filth" and was just wondering now that use plan on having guest vocals would it be possible for either of these singers appearing on your new album?
A: Never heard of Mygrain but I’m a huge Cradle of Filth fan. Actually Dani was a big source of inspiration for me in my years as a screaming vocalist padowan. I often practiced to the song Cthulhu Dawn. The album Midian had a huge impact on my musical journey. I’d love to have a guest vocal song with Dani. That would be an honor, as a matter of fact!


Q: Wow, since you left the Sonic the web has been really fucked up. First, you guys removed the discography-section (why), then the merchandise (now you get thrown to nuclear blast) and now finally the whole site is down, wtf.. When THE UNGUIDED homepage is up and running, which goodies will it feature? Discography with detailed information would be REALLY nice.
A: I think the same things would have happened even if I stayed in the band, so it has little to do with me leaving. Discography on THE UNGUIDED site, including what? One EP? Of course we’ll try to keep stuff as detailed as possible. As you have grown to know, I’m not really the guy who tries to cut the information short. The website, however. is still on the horizon. We’ll see what happens with that. I’d love to launch one together with the EP release, however.  

Q: Any news for us concerning the music video with Patric?
A: Not yet, but I have other news about an upcoming music video, which I want to share in an upcoming blog! The plan is to do videos for both songs.

Q: Not too long before February is coming to its closing, will you guys delay the single again until March/April?
A: Yes ;)

Sowwy... :,(

Q: Do you have anything at all to tell us about the new album? Any titles, lyrics... something? Will both Pathfinder and Green Eyed Demon be on it, or will the Nightmareland EP become the same as Burn This City were one comes to the album, and the other is never heard of (besides live performance) again?
A: There’s not much I can give away about the album at this point. I guess you have to get your opinion about what will happen on the album from the two songs on NIGHTMARELAND. Whether the EP songs will be included on the album, or not, is not determined at this point. How I view it, however, is that the songs that have been recorded now are very much finished in every way. So, I rather spend time on recording brand new songs for the LP. That will make the EP a bit more exclusive and desirable as well for hardcore fans since it includes exclusive content. And we care a lot for our hardcore fans. Whatever is good for them, is good for us!

Q: If SS were to release another single (and music video), what do you think they'll do? Mimic your screamed parts with Nathan or Christoffer? Cause as you've already made one for My Own Life, there's no song that you can't be heard on left on WRtN! Hah, will laugh my ass of if they actually mimic you.. Eyes Set to Kill did that once as the one who recorded the album was only meant to record the album, then leave again.. haha, it was really bad because I knew it, video was cool though.
A: I doubt there will be more videos than the existing three for WRTN. If any, they will probably do Miles Apart, though. In that song my voice is hardly audible anyway, so Christoffer could sit back and eat pie, or something.

Enjoy Christoffer!

Q: Why did you chose Jailbreak, Denied, Jack of Diamonds, Burn This City and Revolution, Baby as the lead singles for each their respective album? Any particular reason you chose THOSE songs?
A: Jailbreak is self self-explanatory isn’t it? For me it stands out a lot on the album, and is clearly the single. It was never THE SINGLE in legitimate terms but it was treated as that for sure. The same deal happened with Denied. It stands out a lot, and is very accessible. It has a flawless vibe to it. It was picked by the band, label, and management to work as the single. The same story happened with Jack of Diamonds. Everyone in the band did not favor it, though. I think some people thought Fallout would have worked better as the first single to a certain extent, seeing that it didn’t open with screaming. However, I’m glad we didn’t do that since I think JoD is perfect, and the chorus is way better. BTC—I don’t know, this is where I started to lose my interest. I guess, however, RIN wasn’t really single material seeing that it was the heaviest song we ever wrote basically. The single somewhat had to be accessible and that’s what BTC was. Don’t even ask about Revolution, Baby!, aids songs with zero single potential. Heart of Eve or We Rule the Night are where it’s at! As a matter of fact, I think if We Rule the Night would have been the first single people wouldn’t have been as upset as they were because that song bridges the gap between old sonic and new sonic more tastefully.

Q: My friend and I were wondering if The Unguided maybe would consider going to CopenHell in Copenhagen. That would be awesome!
A: Offer? Bacon rinds and cheap beer will only take you so far through! Actually, I’m playing Denmark with Faithful Darkness the 25th February, or, well, Helsingborg. It’s still basically Denmark though, since everything under Falkenberg is considered spare-Danes!

Q: I noticed that with each album you guys added 1 more ballad. Eden fire: 0, Only inhuman: 1, Love and other disasters: 2, We rule the night: 3. Was this done on purpose or just a strange coincidence???
A: Never thought of that but that’s one strange coincidence. It pretty much sums the whole story up doesn’t it? We’ll do 4 ballads on THE UNGUIDED LP just to follow the pattern, and we’ll prove the fact that ballads involving screaming are where it’s at!


Q: How have things been going lately for you? Any stress? Or are you having fun with your new band? Have any shows with them yet? If so, how does it feel to be back on stage and with a different band?
A: I eat stress to breakfast, and shit fun in the afternoon! Stress only motivated me more, though. There’s no such thing as harmful stress in my world. Love the dudes in the new band, and the music touches the metal monster in me in a pleasant way. The first show is this month, so ask me again in March! But I know already at this point it will be fun as hell. I don’t think standing on stage with a different band will affect me at all. I feel much appreciated in their midst, and that alone makes me more motivated than anything done with Sonic as of late.

Q: Can addition to play guitar in THE UNGUIDED?
A: We already have two guitarists. Roger & Roland. They will play guitars live as well. We are not looking to do an Iron Maiden, and add a third member just for the sake of it.

Now I breath as every day is my last

Kategori: Allmänt


While I was busy getting in shape for the swift approaching studio recording, and moving objects in my apartment solely with the force of my voice, an awaited mail dropped down like a nuclear air strike in my inbox. It stated that the exclusive summer show, and premiere gig for THE UNGUIDED, is now confirmed and announced! So the honor to take this vessel on its virgin live voyage will entirely be in Getaway Rock Festival (Gävle, Sweden) hands! We couldn’t be happier than to just place this prestigious task in their very trustful cradle. Clear your schedule the second week of July, buy yourself a ticket, and attend this magical event with us. Let’s make this premiere a day to remember. Let this premier stand for a new beginning, and a symbol of what has joined every one of us together during all these years. Besides, GRF is one of the leading festivals in Sweden, and has advanced to that in the impressive duration of only a year in existence. I expect an attendance from fans around the world the size of the pilgrimage to Mecca (hehe). The army of The Unguided, that’s your que. Now, deploy!

Get on your way to Getaway!

Speaking of premieres, I will have my own little live premier with my other (and new) band Faithful Darkness, where I’m officially now a permanent and proud member! We will celebrate this unholy alliance in a fearsome sea campaign and sink the boat Rockbåten M/S Harmony Battleship style. This particular craft is anchored in the harbor of Helsingborg, Sweden. And the piracy will take place on the 25th of February. We’ll be the sinking ship’s band and play the following songs: Fast I sink, Afterlife, Alive?, Stay awake (and abandon ship), among other appropriate songs before we swim to safety. Of course, we would very much like YOU to attend on this very “safe” intimate, and before all, wet evening! Read more here and here.

I had my first rehearsal with the guys in Faithful Darkness just recently. The chemistry was awesome, and I’m not even talking about how it sounded! Both parties agreed that we want nothing else than to take the opportunity presented before us, and see exactly where it leads. We will immediately continue the work on the follow up album to the debut In Shadows Lies Utopia. We will also immediately start the vocal recording of three already finished songs, and get them mixed just to showcase the sound of the band with me behind the mic. I feel strongly for their music, and this will undoubtedly be a very interesting collaboration, which I’m eagerly looking forward to! Here you find our Website, Facebook and Myspace.

Somewhere in Denmark...  

As requested, I launched my own Official Facebook Fan page a couple of days ago. You can find it here. Feel free to add, and abuse me with whatever messages you see fit! The morning after I created the page I woke up to this:

And you ask me about my ego?

Same phenomena I ran into logging onto my World of Warcraft account the other day where I’ve been absent since The Shattering:


My Troll elf rogue Harbinger is as of now level 83 and is hacking his way through all the monstrosities housed at the trembling grounds of Deepholm. He does not like the fact that he has to replace the awesome purples with horrid blues to reach significant item level, but he’ll survive.

I’ve received a lot of requests if I could better showcase what accessories and gear I ornament myself with, so I’m going to expand on that right here for you:


1. POLICE clock: Glory
2. POLICE clock: Axis
3. POLICE ring: Sonic
4. POLICE necklace: Razor
5. POLICE necklace: Megalodon
6. POLICE bracelet: Legend
7. Personal silver ring: "Mind"
8. Personal silver ring: "Soul"
9. Personal silver ring: "Heart"
10. POLICE bracelet: Riot
11. POLICE bracelet: Element X 
12. POLICE bnecklace: Venom
13. POLICE necklace: Rebel
14. Oakley sunglasses: Oil Rig 

And once again, I had fat fingers and emptied my spam inbox by mistake… And once again I’m certain there were valid e-mails in there, so please excuse the mistake, and resend any e-mail that you did not receive reply from around 26/1. Also Nathan, you got virus…NOW, HANDLE IT!

And they said Mac was safe...


Metal Trails
Written Interview:

FAQ Mark X:
I forgot the roman letters in my last FAQ, my apologies.

Q: I just wanted to know what the song 'Psychic Suicide' is about?? Was it based on a past relationship of yours?? Why do you attribute Love to Suicide?? Well it is one of my all time favourites.....

A: Let’s just call her blue eyed fiend from now on, shall we? Since it has been on the table quite a few times now, it’s about time we define it. I also did not realize how many songs I’ve based on that particular story and girl until you guys started to ask questions about it. Anyways! I broke up with her, not for any particular reason other than for the fact we grew apart, and were not compatible anymore. I was, however, deeply entangled emotionally to this individual, and to disconnect was not as easy as I thought it to be. We got involved in a sort of limbo, where we went back and forth into that relationship, wounding each other severely while doing so. Eventually, I met someone else. She was like a carbon copy of the blue eyed fiend visually (this was not the red eyed friend however, hehe). She came from the same sort of drama as me too; so, just replace the blue eyed fiend with some random dude and me with her basically. So, it was natural for us to seek comfort and support in each other. But my feelings did not root in her as they were supposed to, so I hammered a nail in the coffin as well. My reference to love and suicide is not that I wanted to take my life in angst, hence some love story; it was just that the whole situation was extremely mind exhausting and felt like a psychic suicide. Suicide, because of the simple fact it was no one but myself who propelled my mind into unfavourable thinking cycles. And the whole “I don’t care for you anymore, so why don’t you fuck yourself” deal was intended to be a fun twist in it. I didn’t mean to be rude, I merely suggested why don’t you fuck yourself, cause I sure as hell I isn’t going to do it anymore.

Teddy Suicide

Q: Also If you were to record songs From WRTN with Roland again which songs would you do??

A: Clearly the songs Roger and I wrote together. Plans are for People, Break of Day, Dead and Gone, Heart of Eve, and We Rule the Night.

Q: I was listening to my recommended radio on and 'All About Us' started to play.  It got me thinking, what prompted Sonic to re-do a song by t.A.T.u and whose idea was it?
It was Rogers’s idea and he was very persistent in his will to record this. I was not too fond of the cover and I know I was very upset in the studio when we got to this particular song because I thought it was a horrible idea. I even called him up and angrily implied in a yelling language I wasn’t going to do it in a million years. But he somehow convinced me, and the word was that it was supposed to be treated as a Japanese bonus of some sort. As if? Never trust anyone… It ended up on the retail version while awesome tracks like My Soul in Black and Freelancer got to be bonus tracks. I would have picked another cover, and still would hearing the result of All about Us.

Fake lesbians

Q: The names of the songs on the EP. Is the 'Green Eyed demon' like the third part to the other two Eyed songs 'Red eyed Friend' and 'Blue eyed Fiend' ? Just Curious cause it would be cool :)
Blue Eyed Fiend and Red Eyed Friend were never connected lyrically just joined by the titles. Same fact applies on Green Eyed Demon. It will handle a very troublesome emotion called jealousy.

Green Eyed Monster = Jealousy / Envy

Q: You posted in an earlier blog an early suggestion of the Only Inhuman artwork cover. Did any of the other releases also have an alternate version/suggestion you could show of?
Yes, there were quite a few for Only Inhuman but I don’t own the rights to that art in anyway. So, unfortunately, I cannot show you. LOAD didn’t have any alternative art.

Q: You said "Waiting for You to Wake" was basically a heavier version of "Burn This City", how so? Where was it the same and where was it different? Lyrics/structure/tempo etc... ?

A: I did not say it was a heavier version of Burn This City. I said it was; “heavily rearranged vocally”. Look alive, soldier! The transformation from WfYtW to BTC was pretty extensive. Drums, and guitars were rearranged. The “breakdowns” in the chorus were put there instead of open chords, also some guitar harmonies were introduced. Roger also wrote keyboards to it (Except the techno synth in the pre-chorus, which Peter Tätgren wrote). The lyrics and vocal arrangement were revisited in the chorus / pre-chorus. I found that odd because the lyrics for the verses remained unchanged. The old lyrics had total different content than the update, so it occurred to me as a straggly cut and paste job and no significant meaning, but what do I know? That’s about it!

Q: Why did Magnus Svensson, Andreas Mårtensson and Kristoffer Bäcklund leave? And do you know what they're doing now?
Magnus was asked to leave because was not exactly what we were looking for as far as style and musical preference was concerned. Andreas Mårtensson and Kristoffer Bäcklund were asked to leave due to their lack of interest in the band, and abusing our trust in terms of not showing up to rehearsals among other things. They are all admirable people, and there is no bad blood whatsoever now days. We are all on very good terms! Magnus Svensson is a PLC-programmer from what I understand. He even helps me out occasionally with Internet-related technical issues, which is really his area of expertise. Andreas Mårtensson will be graduating soon to become an art teacher. Other than that, I’m not quite updated on his personal life. Kristoffer Bäcklund is the singer of a local band called What Tomorrow Brings, and also a colleague of mine at work.

See what tomorrow brings

Q: Is there a way I could get "The Unguided" logo's font?
The Unguided logo was custom made by Leah Eropkin, and it was never crafted out from any font reference but from an illustration sketch she drew herself. If you want the logo in vector graphics you can download it here.

Q: In the making of WRTN clip. What's the name of the song at 11:25?
A: Aftermath, the verse.

Q: As I re-watched the initial video you made to reveal Roland as the secret entity, I noticed something I previously missed.  Roland crossed out a can of Kronan (can't blame him though, snus should not remind me of pickles) and showed his lovely can of General.  Do you happen to use it as well or is it just him?  If so, what are your favourite brands?  Anything specific you would recommend me trying out?
I don’t take snus, smoke cigarettes, or anything else that is directly harmful to my body really. My standing exception would be alcohol (which I don’t utilize that much now days either, and really strong liquor is healthy!...). If you want to involve yourself in an in-depth discussion about snus I guess you are better off mailing Roland at

A NO go!

Q: My question is about the music videos by Patric Ullaeus. I have seen all of the ones he had worked on with Sonic Syndicate, and I enjoyed them all, but there were detrimental sound effects in Burn This City and Jack of Diamonds, specifically in Burn This City, when the news reporter interjects. Were those added in as an afterthought? And will you be including sound effects in your Unguided music videos?
A: Bravo on thinking out the most random question ever! Haha. Mr. Ullaeus added the sound effects in JoD and BTC, yes. They have their function in the videos, and I kind of like them. If the next person wants to add sound effects to a video for The Unguided, we wouldn’t mind, of course.

Q: I wanted to know if you think songs need to rhyme. I noticed that a lot of the EF lyrics did but the other albums don't. I have always felt that rhyming constricts my creativity as a poet. What about you?
I’ve spent a significant amount of time thinking about this very subject throughout the years as well. I’m pretty confident in my lyric writing and vocal arrangements as of now, so I don’t find it necessary for them to rhyme in order to give the songs a flow and structure. In the past I put a lot of effort into making lyrics rhyme and therefore cornered myself many times with stupid words instead of meaningful words that would add substance to the content. I try to do it occasionally now as well, but if I feel the rhymes are just a batch of stupid words, I simply don’t go with it. The most optimal, I guess, would be to both house the rhymes while keeping the deep meaning of the lyrics. Maybe I’m just getting lazy over the years, who knows?


Q: What’s your standpoint on downloading of copyrighted material? Both in terms of you doing it yourself and when others download your material?
My view of the matter is that Sonic Syndicate would have been nowhere near where they are today without downloading, and illegal file sharing over the Internet. I have a very optimistic view of it, seeing that money from a band often doesn’t even come from record sales. I never really had anything against it either. Downloading is a inexhaustible well of exposure for up and coming bands, and I think it’s really up to the record label to work with the “problem” instead of working against it by raising the CD cost, or what other absurd action they choose to enforce. In the end, the labels will lose the most money, not the bands. I mean the kids will still show up at the live gigs, and they will buy the merchandise because you can’t download that particular experience. So by all means, download away! If you like the song / album, and it’s digitally available for a small fee lets say on iTunes, or whatever format you prefer, I strongly encourage purchasing it. In the end, that will make life easier and more convenient for everyone. Also, not overpricing digital formats of the music is surely a step in the right direction for labels. Support it if you support music.

I download myself. You steal my music, so rest assured, I will return the favor! Hehe. What I do though, which is a bit unique to a lot of other people, is that I download and listen to the album, and then I will also buy it (physical or digital) if I like the particular effort. Most likely it will be a psychical copy because I like to have it in my car. I mean, ask yourself why should you buy a bad product? It’s like selecting a tomato in the grocery store and then you realize it’s rotten. Would you even consider buying it? Hell no! Why should you do that with music then? There’s an infinite amount of crappy music out there. I don’t want it anywhere near my life, so I find it necessary to make quality spot tests so I know I invest my money into good products and nothing else.


Q: Do you think Spotify is a good way to promote oneself? Did it pull more people to Sonic?
A: When I first heard about Spotify, I thought it was too good to be true really. It was so simple and convenient. Clearly, it was everything the market screamed for. A legal software taking advantage of every law loophole there was to bring free music to the masses. Very clever! I think it’s an awesome way to promote a band, and I wish it was around when we first started to record demos. Whether or not it pulled more people to Sonic is hard to define, seeing that we were already quite big when it launched. But everything adds up, doesn’t it?

Q: Pre-Only Inhuman. Did you ever expect in the band that it would actually go as good as it did back then? I remember a discussion on the old Sonic forum where you hoped to be support for In Flames because they were “big in Sweden.”
A: Not really. We were just making music, and having fun with no expectations at all. I was more of a dreamer, taking interest in the artistic side of the aspect. I was never after anything else than to feed my own inspirational hunger by being creative. Travelling around in Sweden with friends, playing heavy music live, and having a good time—a very unproblematic state of well being. As we grew, along came the administrative bullshit, which spoiled a lot.

Q: I was surprised it was a heart the cyborg-vampire-angel (That was what you called her right? ^^) on the Eden Fire cover was holding. I always thought it was the forbidden apple of Eden!
Interesting, I never thought of it that way. Maybe José did, I’m not quite sure. It makes a lot of sense, though! It probably could go both ways, seeing that it’s art, which has limitless interpretations. I don’t think a heart would be quite as good to chew as the apple of knowledge, however. Or, well, if you were a cyborg-VAMPIRE-angel you would probably prefer the heart.

Apple of knowledge

Q: What is (was) your relationship with Nathan? I read your blog and it look like you don't like the guy and didn't like him from the start.
Incorrect, I did like him. As a matter of fact, he did have a big impact on my life as a friend initially. I think with time in the band he grew pretty confused and insecure which made up for a few distasteful choices from his side. But I don’t blame him for everything that happened at all. Somewhere, I guess I can even find in myself to have acceptance for him again, despite whatever I have written here previously. Even if I’m a hater, I just remain a hater for short bursts and periods of time. In the end, I just want everyone to be happy and have a colourful time in Teletubbyland!

Kinky-winky with friends

Q: Second, since I'm a bass player, is Karin good on the bass?? I mean if she can really play some hard stuff like slap or something because I never seen her without pick....From my experience, pick style on bass is the easiest way of playing.....
I wouldn’t know. I’m a singer. What the fuck is a bass anyway, some kind of fish?

Largemouth Bass!

Q: Last question, will The Unguided have some good bass lines?? Because (sorry if this is insult, it was not meant to be) I think the bass in Sonic was kind of easy, straightforward and it didn't even shown in the music so much....I think you did great music back then!! But I really missed some bass parts.....but what the hell, maybe there's a problem with my ears!!!! :)
I’m sure there will be extremely-technical-super-advanced-macro-quantum-physic bass lines in The Unguided. We are just not sure who will nail them down yet. We are evaluating different alien life forms from random planets that suggestively could handle this kind of precise procedure with supreme accuracy without having ones brain explode (brains in some cases, since a selected few of them have two heads). I’ll keep you updated, Mr. Basslover guy!

Q: I’m just curious when will the first single/album be released? I literarily can’t wait!

A: Single, ASAP! As for the album we aim to record after the summer. So that would be anything from August 2011 to like, well December 2012? Actually, now that I think of it, 2012 won’t work since that’s the end of the world. So let’s try to keep it 2011, shall we?


Q: How will you make it without a drummer?
A: Did Elvis Presley need a drummer? No! Did he make it? YES! I rest my case.

Q: Do you have any other upcoming collaborations coming up? I think it'd be awesome if you did some guest vocals for Disarmonia Mundi's upcoming album?
I have a few, yes. Nothing I can speak of at this point. I’d love to be a part of the upcoming Disarmonia Mundi album. I didn’t even know they were recording anything new? I doubt it will happen but my door is always open.

Q: I noticed you missed a few songs from the "What do you think of the songs from WRTN" question from a few blogs ago. Specifically: 'Beauty and the Freak' and 'Leave Me Alone'. What do you think of those 2 songs?
A: I left those songs out because I didn’t like or dislike them, which was what the question asked for. I prefer LMA over BatF. But I don’t think there’s anything special about either. You could say album filler songs from my perspective. Sometimes you have to slap something “meh” in there so the “wow” material will penetrate more.


Q: What do you honestly think of Nathan as a vocalist?
Trying to be really objective here… I think he has superior pressure to his clean vocals. They are really loud in volume, which is a big advantage for him. He has a good, touching feeling to his voice with an undeniable beautiful clang. Certainly by far the best option we had in terms of trials for Roland’s spot.

Q. First of all, I want to tell you that I'm glad that all The Unguided project is going smooth! As you can imagine, we can't wait to hear how it sounds! You might want to release a few seconds clip just for us to get a taste of what is coming? Hype us all! :P
A: Sure! Listen to Eden Fire, Only Inhuman, and Love and other disasters and you get all the clips you could wish for ;) Hope I got you all hyped up now!


Q: Another question -something I'm just curious about. When you said that by listening to Sonic through Spotify you get a tiny amount of money I wondered (wonder, the most misspelled word in the questions of your last FAQ lol) if this is applied to the members of any band, or is something that happens in a certain situations like yours.
That’s really dependent on how their contract looks in terms of song writing, and how it’s shared among the band, label or management. Usually it’s 50% to the song writer and 50% to the text writer. But in Sonic we did split it equally among everyone in the band.

Q: I was wondering since you're not planning on touring, it would be nice if you could get to Graspop in June (24-25-26)
A: Tell them to mail us an offer then. We are not by any means going to actively shop around for festivals and gigs. If they are interested in having us, they do best in voicing that fact in a mail to us, and we’ll see what we can do!

Q: I've got a question about touring. I heard from a friend and even learned it the hard way that some pretty famous bands even HIRE people to pick up some delicious female groupies for their after show parties. So you as kind of a boy band, did you ever come to enjoy that "phenomenon?" What do you think of this groupie-thingy?
I think it’s pathetic. If you need to assign people to pick up girls for you, then that’s one butt ugly band indeed. But yes, I’m aware of the “phenomenon.” I can’t relate much though since I can’t say I ever had much of a problem with the opposite sex. Not even before the band, as a matter of fact, hehe. Besides, during most of the time in the band, I’ve been in steady relationships, so never took much interest in the whole groupie-thingy. And I don’t even think I could ever find it in myself to sleep with a fan, and never did. So if you now want to score points with me, the wisest thing to not do on the first date would be to rattle off lyrics flawlessly from random songs in my career. As a matter of fact, I’m in on of the best relationships in my life to date, and I doubt that will change anytime soon. So points scored would be nullified anyway, sorry!


Q: Just found
this video on YouTube. It looks like it was on TV. Didn't you feel a bit weird when you stood there just waiting for the chorus to scream about four words? Watching people might have thought you are some kind of background singer.
A: YEAH STUPID CLEAN VOCALS, HUH?! Actually I didn’t really care or mind it. I wish I would have brought my PSP for the jobless parts, though.

Q: Do you know Nova Rock Festival in Austria? Are there any hopes you will play there? ;)
Same answer as the Graspop question. I know what Nova Rock is yes, I’ve played there twice.

Q: Have you ever heard of the (maybe pretty unknown) groups "The Sorrow" and "Haste the day"? If yes what is your favourite song by them?
A: I love The Sorrow and we have played various festivals together, and also had a brief X-mas tour with them. Good guys and good band! Didn’t check their most recent release out, but Origin of the Storm and Blessings from a Blackened Sky stayed the in my iPod for the longest time. The Daggers Thrust and Where is the Sun? are my favorite songs. I’ve stumbled upon Haste the Day, but never actively listened to them.

the sorrow
The Sorrow

Q: Would just like to say first of all, I'm glad you left you Sonic Syndicate to pursue your own musical interests, not that of the label and going radio friend some say, but I just found this photo.
on whilst listening to Pre-WRTN Sonic and wondered if you could explain this photo-shoot. I love the expressions on all of your faces, especially yours and Robins. I was just wondering about the story behind it.
A: If I remember it right, we had a two-day photo shoot for LOAD, and we tried everything from serious to unserious at many different locations to get a wide variety of photos. This particular shot was done at a junkyard in Stockholm, and there isn’t much of a story behind it. We probably took hundreds of photos at that junkyard, and that one happened to come out pretty funny and good.

Q: It's pretty obvious that you kind of hate the WRTN night material, so did that make it harder to be more energetic live and in videos like turn it up?
Not really. One of my terms for staying in the band for as long as I did was to play the majority of the songs from WRTN that I actually liked, and that was what happened. So, the final set list for me in Sonic was limited to two songs I couldn’t stand, which were Turn it up and My Own Life. In My Own Life I simply walked off stage, and on Turn It up I admittedly died a bit on the inside every time. But seeing that I got to sing Heart of Eve, Rebellion in Nightmareland, Plans are for People, We Rule the Night, and Break of Day, and it wasn’t too bad. I actually considered it a pretty good trade. I never think it had any influence of my stage presence. It was more like I felt like these was the last gigs I had with the band, so I should give it my all anyways. But if you look at the performance shots of the Turn it up video I would say I look really uncomfortable with that, so it does shine through. But performing it live was not a problem.

Q: Could you show us the lyrics to Green Eyed Demon & Pathfinder?
Sure! When the songs are out…

Q: Is your scream a "fry scream" or a death metal growl, or possibly a hybrid of the two? Is it something else? I'd like to know how it’s classified so I can learn it.

A: It’s a “Westcostian-glass-shard-gargle-fry-growl” type of scream. Rumors say when Conan the Barbarian speaks he use the technique without even using the technique(!!!!)


Q: just wanted to ask you something about copyrights and stuff. Is there any problem if I use The Unguided pictures, as profile pictures, for example for MSN, Facebook, ICQ etc.? Because my main goal is to spread the word about The Unguided, the last thing I want to do is get into fights with you, hehe.
A: Spread the word by all means necessary, son! You will never get in trouble from our side. We will just appreciate the effort you put into it.

Q: In an earlier FAQ someone complained about Roland being "lazy" because he needed a bit to answer the e-mails, which of course is a bit bold, as he has a family now. But seeing that Roland is really busy with his family, Roger with touring for SS, most of the work is left for you I guess, and even if you said Roger sends some ideas for lyrics and stuff, I’m pretty sure that you’re doing most of the works concerning lyrics. So, correct me if I’m wrong, but you’re the one who’s doing most of the work, so I guess you should change your name to Richard "Workhorse" Sjunnesson! :P I’m actually really glad to see you working on this project with such an enthusiasm and ambition, I’m sure it will pay out!
A: Roger sends ideas for lyrics? Never heard such an absurd thing in my entire life. Roger hates lyrics! He thinks it’s wasted space between guitar parts. The lyrics are entirely my creation in The Unguided. However, we will all invest the time we feel we have into The Unguided to keep it at a fun and motivating level. At the moment, I probably have the most time available to spend on it, so your assumption does have some credibility.

I speak fluent shyriiwook

Q: Will there be a launch concert for the album you will be releasing with The Unguided? I assume it will be in Sweden and I would love to travel there (I’m from the Netherlands) for it!

A: I think we all would love to do something exclusive and special for the album release in terms of a live appearance when it comes to that. And, yes, it will most likely be in Sweden so get your rain jacket and elk shotgun ready.

Q: I was wondering how I can get a physical copy of the CD and where I can order one with out them selling out and been as rare as the fallen angels demo's?

A: As said before, I will provide you guys with where you can purchase the physical as well as digital copies when the time comes.


Q: How's the unguided been doing coming along with the new debut album? I know the Nightmareland EP is coming out soon, but just wanted to know if you’re doing any other stuff recording wise now or just focusing on the EP. Can’t wait, it'll be worth it :)

A: Before we decided what two tracks we were going to record for Nightmareland, we did pre-production of several other songs that will end up on the album eventually. But now we mainly focus on the two songs selected for the EP. I’m currently also busy with recording vocals for Faithful Darkness.

Q: Roland sometimes had a hard time to get up to the high notes in for example Jack of Diamonds when he performed live. Did he try to train his voice to reach the notes?

A: I think lot of times and he would be perfectly fine reaching for the notes but he simply just didn’t risk it. Seeing he’s a very skilled musician, and has a huge sense of pitch, I guess it was a case of self-preservation. If he felt he had a bad day, he would rather be safe than sorry, so to speak. I guess, according to musicians, going down an octave and staying on pitch is more forgiving than trying to reach the note and fail. As far as I know, he did not have any professional training behind his voice and was all self taught. In the middle and by the end of extensive tours, without proper vocal care your cords tend to get to be a bit worn out. And at the time, I can’t say Roland or myself put a lot of time and effort into vocal care. Clean vocals are way more sensitive, and easier to damage compared to screaming vocals (lacerated cords obviously sound better in terms of screaming vocals, hehe). However, when we were tracking vocals at home, he sounds amazing now. I can tell there are no traces of heavy touring left in his voice.

Q: I have a serious question to ask. Why are you and Roland, Roger, and anyone else in The Unguided so badass? Is it genetic or did you guys earn it?
It’s just as self-explanatory as to why Chuck Norris is badass, why there’s cheese in a cheeseburger, and as to why the sun circles around the planet… wait a minute :S


Q: I would like to do the hairstyle you do that's pretty much a fauxhawk, but part of your hair is down. You know the one in the Denied video for example. I was just wondering if you have any good pictures of it and if there is anything you would recommend when going for that hairstyle. Thanks!
A: It was not really hard to archive that result. I washed and dried it, and used American Crew Fiber to shape it. PROFFS Super Strong HAIRSPRAY to stabilize. 10 minute job! Here’s some picture from the time:

2007 Only Inhuman Rich

Q: I have a little question for you. Is it possible that the song The Gilded Dagger can make a live appearance in The Unguided? I've been hooked on the song for some time now and it would be great to hear it live!
A: Because of legal reasons, that’s unfortunately not possible. I actually thought you were on to something here that I never thought off. But I read up on it, and it’s not doable.

Au revoir