Richard Sjunnesson

Official blog of Richard Sjunnesson (The Unguided)

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Greetings infidels!

The furnaces at THE UNGUIDED headquarters are spewing out thick, productive black smoke as we speak! Pre-production of the two songs, GREEN EYED DEMON and PATHFINDER, for the upcoming EP NIGHTMARELAND are getting closer to the final stages. The songs are in a fully listenable format and I’m even carrying them around in my iPhone 4. (Don’t get any ideas of stealing that one. I have a Taser application that would zap you to yesterday. I took out a male T-Rex with the discharge the other day, so be very afraid!). As of now, we are just doing vocal and arrangement tweaks, replacing my reference clean vocals with Roland’s vocals. Then we are adding sprinklers to the production, getting ourselves ready for the studio, which we will enter on the 10th of February. It’s not determined just yet when in February the release will be unleashed upon the world, but I’m sure there will be digital previews up right after the studio.

As promised, here’s the picture of a very euphoric Alexander, who is the number ONE winner of the tattoo competition with his stunning take on THE UNGUIDED crest. As you can see for yourself, he’s overjoyed with his awarded threads used in Jack of Diamonds, autographs from us in the band, the rare Fallen Angels demo, Extinction, and the exclusive, super-rare, old Eden Fire shirt. As the picture reveals, he’s certainly carrying THE UNGUIDED symbol with pride. What he did is a huge honor for us.

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Alex, general of the unguided army

Award number TWO goes to the humble castle owner, Robin Piosek, from the west coast of Sweden. He made sure to lay his knightly hands on the tattoo! He inked out the crest on his left lower leg calf. Also, decorating his right leg, is the Sonic Syndicate symbol (I prefer his left leg personally). Robin decided to use the special offer over at nZANE clothing & tattoos in Gothenburg. They are providing customers with an generous discount if they tattoo THE UNGUIDED crest. Robin also received a Crusty Demons shirt during the investment. Since Gothenburg is like a stone’s throw away from Falkenberg, Roger and I, in addition to our entourage, decided to visit the whole event. Also, to give Robin his award personally, which was the autographed Denied shirts among other exclusive awards. We made sure to video document the day and get ourselves some new threads from Mr.nZANE. There’s a Swedish blog entry about it here (if you are foreign, you can enjoy the pictures taken during the day!) nZANE clothing & tattoos have also launched a web shop. You can find it here. As far as the video footage goes, I will try to chop that up and throw it on the tube soon!

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Robin, Lieutenant of the unguided army

Award number THREE in the tattoo competition is still intact, so there’s still time for whoever is going in body decorating thoughts, and wants to get the POWER SHIFT/ENCLAVE shirts along with other cool stuff. Other competitions won’t take place until this one has been finished. Send your tattoo contribution to info@the-unguided.com (FAKE TATTOOED INDIVIDUALS WILL BE SHOT AT SIGHT!)

Over at the official fan site, ARMY OF THE UNGUIDED, (www.armyoftheunguided.com) my little servant, Emil, has established a donation page. This is something that has been requested from a lot of you people, and your donation is of course very much voluntary but still greatly appreciated. Your donations will go straight into the project and hasten up a lot of the processes that are in the works at the moment. Frankly, any investments will be to your own advantage in the end, so too speak. As you understand, I can only spend so much of my private money into this while still being able to maintain a functional life. Also, be sure to check out the forums while you’re there spending big!

Recently I received this very cryptic mail from my old friend, the graphic artist of the Eden Fire album and Extinction demo, who has vanished from the face of the earth for over six years:


Hi Richard,
 
Really? Did I never explain you the meaning of the Solar Symbols?
 
Your old friend,
J.A.Aranguren

I literary dropped my jaw to the ground when I received this. José has been greatly missed in my life, and I can’t describe how happy I am to have him back! We have been exchanging a lot of emails recently. I’m very happy to announce that we are once again in league of plotting plans. We will have an objective to work towards common goals for THE UNGUIDED. He is eagerly helping me out with all kinds of stuff that I need to see too. Here’s a mail to follow up the solar symbol conversation:


Hi Richard,

How are you doing? I’m very happy to return to speak with you, my friend. I never forgot you and Sonic Syndicate, into the shadows I visited your webpage often to know about you...

Sadly I don’t keep any artwork I have made at that time. All, the artworks I made for you and others that I made for another people got lost. All this time I didn’t make anything into art either until last autumn when I began to make little pieces that still are into process to finish, for myself and with the purpose to check my skills actually (when I will have something decently to show I will send you if you want).

And about the Solar Symbols... Only one of them I created to have a sense: the Main Symbol in Eden Fire with the flame inside. Perhaps I never explained you its meaning,... perhaps you never saw how it was something only for you. Well, the flame inside is your heart Richard: I knew by your comments in your webpage that you were passing a bad love moment then. I thought in the flame like a symbol of your pain inside you. And the sun around it’s yourself, brilliant, brutal energy... So really, the Main Solar Symbol wasn’t a logo neither for the band nor for the "Eden Fire" work, but it was you I was thinking of. It’s a nice story, isn’t it?

Regards my friend.

J.A.Aranguren


So what José is stating is that the symbol used by Sonic Syndicate is a symbol for none other than ME! This certainly makes me wonder if they will keep using that in the future, hehe. Hope that all the Sonic fans that ever have tattooed the symbol are satisfied with the fact you are carrying around an emblem of Richard Sjunnesson for life! Didn’t see that coming did you? Hehe. At least I’m relieved to finally know the meaning of the mysterious solar symbol. And I’m even more relieved and happy about the fact José is back into action, and above all healthy! Welcome back bro, you’ve been greatly missed! I’m going to setup an interview with José since I know a lot of people are interested in his art. If you have any questions to him please e-mail:  richard@the-unguided.com and subject the e-mail JAAranguren.

I will perform my first live gig since Sonic Syndicate in Helsingborg at Rockbåten (25/2). It won’t be with The Unguided, however. Instead, it will be with the brutal death metal band, Faithful Darkness (website/myspace). Their singer did his last gig today with the band at Arena 305 in Malmö, and is now leaving for personal reasons (which will be more specified on their website at a future time). I’ve been blasting their songs nonstop for a while now, and I absolutely love it! I first bumped into Faithful Darkness during a Sonic gig in Helsingborg, where they supported us. I involved myself in some joking around with the guys, and we had a good time. Also, their gig was wicked of course! Some weeks ago I got a mail from them asking if I could stand in for their current singer. With the huge amount of available time I have (!!!) I agreed to this instantly. My voice is very different from Erik’s, but I’ll be sure to give the songs justice with my own personal take. I hope the fans will be satisfied. I literary can’t wait to stand on stage again, and rock out with likeminded death metal soldiers! They have a guy called Jimmy “Judas” in there ranks, so from here forth I call myself Richard “Jesus” Sjunnesson. This calls for biblical and theatrical drama on stage! Here’s a link to a song called Bound to Illusions which is one of my favorites by them.

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Unfaithful darkness, could very well be a girlfriend near you!

The up and coming band, HOLLOWCALL, from Stockholm, Sweden has now released their EP Snowstorm, which I recently provided guest vocals for. Their MySpace can be found at this link. Here’s also a direct YouTube stream to the title song, Snowstorm, which I’m featured in. If you an interested in downloading the tune this link is your friend. Good luck with the EP guys. It sounds wicked! I enjoyed helping you out.

While we are talking about bands, my friend from overseas, Joana, got me into one called Cypher Seer (http://www.cypherseer.com/) the other day. This band is not Swedish, however. They hail from New Jersey in the US. Joana is also managing them. Keep up the good work I’d say! I always like checking out upcoming bands, and this particular constellation made a big impression indeed. Thank you, Joana! The song Bloodline is awesome! Check it out at their MySpace.

Didn’t do a lot of new purchases this time around. However, I got myself new leather gloves for live purposes, seeing I will hit the stage again next month. My old ones got heavily torn during my last couple of Sonic shows. Decided to try some new after gym/cardio protein as well, and I bought myself soyprotein from Naturell (13g protein, 2g carbohydrate per 20g.). I used to have Bulk from Naturell (8g protein, 7g carbohydrates per 20g) but wanted to see what happens with some extra protein since I already eat more carbs than protein in my daily living. I also got myself a new Sullen shirt at nZANE.

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New merchendise

1. Leather gloves: Bought at Shock in Stockholm.
2. Soyprotein from Naturell: After gym/cardio necessaritie.
3. T-Shirt: Sullen DEATH ANGEL shirt bought at nZANE clothing & tattoos

I’m happy to announce that I will journey to the other side of the WORLD in March, Christofer Columbus style! I’m going to have a couple of days of vacation in NEW YORK with my uncle, Robert Sjunnesson (The fearsome shredder of the Soulstone splinter solo!). I’m really, really looking forward to this. I haven’t been to the stateside since 2008 during Nightwish tour. To be fair, I’ve missed McDonalds ever since(???). We will live at Chelsea hotel in Manhattan. Famous guests’ history in that hotel includes but is not limited to: Jimmi Henrix, Bob Dylan, Sid Vicious. And in March, Rich and Rob. Now that will be beyond sweet! Speaking about the subject... starfucked I mean, I recently got a mail stating that Angela Gossow is reading my blog. If that is accurate, and you are in fact reading this I just want write some words of tribulation about how much Wages of Sin defined my life and song writing. Hats off, you’re extremely talented and striking! If I could sound half as manly as you performing vocals, I would be in a good position, hehe. Anyways, if any American fan wants to swing by Manhattan in March, give me a beer, and tell me how awesome I am—I’m all ears, of course.

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Chelsea hotel

I attended a company party last week. I don’t remember much but looking at the pictures it seems like I had a good time! What do you think?

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Company party, dangerous stuff

By an act of a clumsy miss-click, I emptied my spam inbox the other day, and I think there were several valid mails in there from you guys. So if you sent me e-mails during the days 18-19/1 and didn’t yet get any response, please resend your e-mail.


FAQ:
FAQing time! Some of you have asked on Twitter and Facebook where you can send your questions for the FAQs. The answer is richard@the-unguided.com.

Q: I’m curious if you will do “making of” videos in the studio as before with LOAD and WRTN?
A
: Of corpse we will! Seeing that I was the one doing most of the filming and editing everything myself on them, I see no reason why we wouldn’t. For the single to be released in February we will do an episode on the official YouTube channel but for the album there will most likely be a DVD.

Q: A while back when recording the album, Nathan put up a twitter post saying how there had been some 'brutal gang vocals' recorded. My question, where can I find them? Were they filtered out during the remix of the album, or what?
A: HEY BACK OFF! I was one of the gang members in these gang vocals and I consider them very brutal as a matter of fact, hehe. To be fair, they are pretty low in the mix as far as I recall but you can find them in the songs, “We Rule the Night,” “Dead and Gone,” and “Turn it up.” On the official WRTN DVD you can watch us record them as well.

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Gang of vocals

Q: Considering the title of your last blog post is 'there is a hell, believe me, I've seen it', will your next one be 'there is a heaven, let's keep it secret’???
A: You spoiled the surprise! Now I have to think of something else, back to the sketching table.

Q:  I was wandering if you have heard or listen to these bands. These are my favorites: Trivium, Bullet for My Valentine, All That Remains, Threat Signal, Slipknot and Scar Symmetry. If you have heard of them, do you like them? If yes/no how come?
A: I suppose I have both listened and liked all these bands during different periods of my life. My favorites from the bunch at the time being are All That Remains and Scar Symmetry. I like ATR because Philip Labonte is an ace singer, and it’s a rocking band in general. My favorite albums are This Darkened Heart and The Fall of Ideals. And the song This Calling was the soundtrack of a wicked summer I had a couple of years ago. Just saw them in Gothenburg actually, and got the opportunity to involve myself in some chitchat in their midst. Scar Symmetry blows my mind as well, and are brutally talented musicians! Pitch Black Progress and Holographic Universe were solid as fuck. The song Morphogenesis touches me in a sexy way, always!

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Me and Jeanne from ATR

Q: How did you become an electrician and what motivates you to go to work?
A: I studied the Electrical Engineering Programme for three years in high school with electronic direction. After that, I instantly got job as a shift going electrician at a company here in Falkenberg. Then I had a brief absence from that due to some kind of metal band that involved a lot of touring but now I’m back at the same company, hehe. What motivates me to go to work is that I get to exercise what I’m good at really. I always was a huge tech freak, and always loved to disassemble things to see how they worked since as far as I remember—mostly to my caring parent’s incomprehensible frustration. Now I can earn a living while doing just that! Great colleagues also surround me and that certainly makes it more stimulating to go to work.

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Smited by the allmighty eletrician

Q: Are you a Soul Reaver and Legacy of Kain fan?
A: Correct.

Q: Don't know if you have seen it, but on the official Sonic Syndicate site, your part of the header has been removed! I think they'll keep Christoffer for as long as they tour WRtN, but I think their next album will go all Nathan on them with almost only clean vocals... What do you think?
A: Thank fuck! Seriously, what took them so long? While they are at it can, they not sort their twitter and MySpace out as well? Geeeez… As for vocal setup, I have no idea to be fair. Probably use Christoffer as long as it’s necessary, and then dispose of him once it calls for a new album recording, I really don’t know. My speculations are pretty hollow as of now, however. I don’t have any significant insight at all if that’s what you want to believe, and I don’t really take interest in the development. To be fair, I doubt they even know who they are, or what direction they want to pursue anymore. Headless chicken syndrome is the feeling I get. But I’d love to hear an album with Christoffer, though, so I’ll keep hoping for that. I usually get what I want, so I’m determined that that is exactly what’s going to happen. Maybe even Roger can write the whole album as well. That, in addition with a higher percentage of Christoffer’s vocals, instead of that other dude would most definitely call for a really interesting recording! No, I’m being mean; I’m tired and hungry—a combination that brings out the worst of me, my apologies.

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Sort it out!

Q: Hey, I think it would be great for generating interest in the fansite if you and the guys were on the forum. It would really excite people to be able to interact with you?
A: Bad idea! I’m a horrible forum person and cynical to the bone, you wouldn’t last one minute. I make people cry, and on top of that I’m rude! And, WolfieboyMachi, I HAVE been looking over the discussions, and NO I don’t hate you even though you broke my heart, you Norwegian backstabbing son of a bitch! ;) Just kidding… Point proven though, NEXT!

Q: How was Nathan as a person? Did you like him?
A: He’s a lovely and very caring person… I do like sides of him, yes. Other sides, I don’t like as much. Even if Nathan rhymes with Satan, I don’t particularly think he’s an evil incarnate, as a few of you have come to think. We had our moments, lots of them, to be fair. We have been sending love e-mails to each other recently. He didn’t respond to my last one though, so if you read this (which I know you do) GET ON IT!

Q: My boyfriend and I are HUGE fans of yours!! We follow your blog, and just want to know, when do we hear anything from un-guided.. concerts, singles and so on?? This project are very interesting. What kind of music are you planning to record?? Will it be a lot og death metal or still melodic like Sonic S (last album)??
A: What’s an un-guided?…

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Can you look up the word "un-guided" for me?

Q: I was just about to say that the hellions on the cover art for Nightmareland look an awful lot like Raziel from the Legacy Of Kain series - but I was obviously beat to the punch on that one haha.
Though the title for the cd gets me... The Unguided - Nightmareland < Sonic Syndicate - Rebellion In Nightmareland. Knowing you from what I've gathered from the blogs, I doubt that is just mere coincidence?
A: Your questions will be answered in the lyrics of Pathfinder. Nothing is ever coincidence, EVER!

Q: When can we see a new episode of The Unguided TV?
A: When people stop asking hundreds of meaningless questions (which I most likely already answered anyway) about un-guided ;) Nah I think the studio episode will be next one! It’s all about writing, tweaking, and pre-prod songs now.

Q: I recently found this video. I must admit its fun to see how much you guys have developed in music. What made you do that kind of video? How do you feel about your performance as young?
A: We did it with the same ideology as the “Turn it up” video of course; Sex sells hello!? My performance as young Richard is hideous; I just want to shove a bowl of “shut the fuck up” down young Richards’s throat.

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"SHUT THE FUCK UP!"

Q: Hi! This is Hampus! I have a little question to you. First off I’ve read and wondering about your statement: A new musical project featuring Roger, myself and an “OLD FRIEND” who most of you are pretty familiar with… Can this be Roland? Another question! When is Roger leaving Sonic Syndicate? And last! My friends tell me I’m a good growler, but do you have any tips for me to improve even more?
A: O_o *facepalm*

Q:
Since you’re doing a studio recording, are you releasing it to iTunes in the U.S.?
A: I would expect that, yes.

Q: What’s right, ”Red Eyed Friend” or ”Red Eyed Fiend”?
A: Red Eyed Friend, Blue Eyed Fiend and Green Eyed Demon ;)

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Red Eyed Friend?

Q: Two months ago I sent you an e-mail about wanting an autograph from you; you’ve asked of my address and still nothing?
A: Use the request function at www.armyoftheunguided.com to make sure you are registered in the database, and you will all get your autographs eventually.

Q: Is February 9th the official release date of Nightmareland. If not when is it?
A: We expect to enter the studio at 10th of February, so that would be quite a paradox in a “Back to the future” kind of way. No release date is set at this time.

Q: I’ve just read your new blog and found out that you’ve recorded a true version of Miles apart a.k.a. Lake of Fire. Noooow, even though your offer of having a coffee in your apartment sounds very tempting, I think that a coffee with my hero (:P kidding, don’t grow your ego too much… ;)) would be in no proportion with buying a flight ticket from Switzerland to Sweden and stuff… :-/ Do you think it is not-so-much-illegal if you’d send me the mp3 via email? I’d really like to get a feel of how WRTN could have been…
A: The price of bribing me into mailing you that particular recording would probably buy you are flight ticket from Switzerland to Indonesia (there and back), hehe. Sorry, but it’s not going too happen! Also, just to make something clear; my ego reached its outer limits a long time ago. As a matter of fact I’m having difficulties fitting it in this very room. A coffee with your superhero in Falkenberg is still your best shot. Don’t bring kryptonite!

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Leave this at home, bring cream!

Q: What’s your opinion on Blowsight? I saw them live at the Sonic Syndicate gig an they were awesome!
A: I liked the album Destination Terrorville a lot; I had a significant amount of gym time to that sucker actually. I have not heard the latest effort more than once, though. Sounded like they had a bit of a genre change, but I still liked what I heard. However, I need to give it more spins to give an objective opinion. They are good guys and cool live. We were good friends, and one of the guitarist tech worked two US tours for us. The singer/guitarist wrote the majority of Unknown Entity and also a couple of keyboards on LAOD. So, the history with Blowsight and Sonic Syndicate goes way back. I’m not sure where we stand now days since there has been some friction, but from my side I’m holding no grudge with either of them.

Q: I was wondering if your two songs Enclave and Fallout have anything to do with the video game Fallout 3. You have probably been asked this before but I just wasn’t sure just wondering!
A: The lyrical content does not revolve around the game, no. And the songs Enclave and Fallout do not have any connection with Fallout 3 what so ever. I haven’t even played the game but I do own a copy of it, shame on me! I had a major crush on the original Fallout games back from 1997 and 1998, though; I’ll give you that! Always thought the story was really captivating and clever. The games are cult to me and it’s possible that the titles flirted a bit with that fact. The same goes for Flashback actually, which was a Delphine Software game from 1992, which I adored.

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Fallout Enclave Soldier

Q: I was reading some earlier posts about your favorite bands/musical genres and so on... And also, your "friendly" comments about the present SS situation and now this question passed through my head, I don't know if someone asked before, but... Do you listen to any pop artist? HAHA
A:
You mean like Lady Gag ball and such? To be fair I’ve had my fair share of pop in my life, and I’m not against it in anyway. As a matter of fact I’m very open minded when it comes to music, and I think it more comes down to a good song than a good genre. Any genre can generate a good song even if the genre is considered garbage. But as far as the pop format goes, I just don’t think it’s as intellectual and giving to listen to as I think metal music is. And, it is certainly nothing I want to be involved in creatively. It’s so in line with our stupid throwaway society. Songs that is only developed to claw itself into your brain and fall away as fast as they came. In contrast, a good metal song can be listened to many times before you even comprehend the depth, meaning, and brilliance of it. And once you do that, it will stick for life. The Cardigans, The Killers, and Kent are bands I consider pop that I’ve listened to, and still listen to occasionally, to answer your question.

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Pop?

Q: Blind Guardian is your favorite band, was it the first one that you got really into or are there some bands that you used to love before them?
A: Before Guardian I was down with Iron Maiden, Manowar, and Halloween a lot.

Q: What bands do you recommend to see live before 2012? Lol
A: The Unguided obviously!

Q: Despite the heavy and the power metal bands, do you like softer bands (like The Cure, or HIM, and so on)? Can you tell some?
A: I’ve listened to HIM a lot during my days. I enjoy Entwine, Beseech, Dredg, Poets of Fall, Fair to Midland, Shinedown, Muse, The Fray, and Audioslave as well, to name a few.

Q: Do you think you Nightmareland will press it onto a cd or just itunes?
A: Both

Q: I'll visit the SummerBreeze festival. So I just realized that Sonic will also be there. I saw you already live at the RockHarz in 2010, where you also played Jailbreak (:
So my question, do you think, they will play some Eden Fire at the SummerBreeze?
A: Highly doubt it. I think it’s more likely that pigs will start to fly, and hell will freeze before that would happen now that I’m out of the band, unfortunately. Say hi from me, though!

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Just delightful summer breezes no scorching eden fires

Q: When you left Sonic, did you already have your mind set on a new project?
A: Actually, I had plans for a project already around 2008. Roger and I even talked about it on many occasions. But the policy against side projects in the band made that impossible.

Q: I'd like to apologize for disclosing info that you've told me. I hope you can find it in your hearts to trust me somewhat again.
A: Already apologized! I simply don’t trust people at all, so if I happen to tell you
something with the instructions of treating it with caution, I’m never really too naive to think that that is what actually will happen. So I guess the trick is to stay one step ahead, and simply not tell people what you don’t want to be revealed. Good way to test people’s loyalty, by the way.

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Circle of Trust

Q: I'm kind of tired of my long metal hair, so I'm going to cut it a bit. But the problem is, I'm not really sure how.. Thing is, I really fancy the haircut you had in the video for Revolution baby (your hair was btw probably the most awesome shit in the whole video). So I wonder, could you give me some pictures or links to pictures where I can take a good look at how your hair was back then? Cuz I didn't really find any good pictures when I googled for it...
A:
Here are some pictures:

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Pics taken between winter 09 - summer 10

Tutorial of Revolution, Baby! Rich hair:
#1 Wash your hair with L'Oréal Vitamino Color Shampoo and L'oreal Vitamino Color Conditioner.
#2 Dry the hair with a towel.
#3 Apply plenty of heat protection, I prefer Lee Stafford Poker Straight Flat Iron Protection Shine Mist.
#4 Dry the hair with a blow dryer (cold air if you want to damage your hair less).
#5 Use a hair flattener (I use Ga.Ma Italy Ceramic) to iron out any natural waves, and make the hair more even. Spray with heat protection before every stroke.
#6 Use Schwarzkopf OSIS+ Dust It. Apply with swirling strokes to work up volume.
#7 Stabilize with hairspray when you reached a satisfying result. I prefer PROFFS Super Strong HAIRSPRAY.
#8 ROCK OUT!!!

Q: How did you and Roland become friends?
A: Well… he joined the same band as me, and we got along well.

Q: Hey dude I was wondering if any of the Sonic albums had themes behind them in terms of lyrics and song names. For example trivium – shogun album had mythology (greek) as its main theme.
A: The most extensive and tied together lyrical theme I ever done is the “Extinction – A Sinwar Quadrilogy” chapter of Eden Fire. The four songs, Zion Must Fall, Misanthropic coil, Lament of Innocence, and Prelude to Extinction is a fictional take on the Book of Revelation in the Bible. It deals full on with the sin war concept (Heaven Vs Hell) and was based around a short story I wrote during the time after “Black Lotus” demo 2003. Besides that, there’s not really anything fictional themed except for the fact some things are handling the same situations or people. Or, well, my life in general, I suppose, is a standing theme. Most of the Only Inhuman lyrics are a follow up on the songs from the Eden Fire chapter “Helix Reign – Chronicles of a broken covenant” (Jailbreak, Enhance my Nightmare and History repeat itself) for example.

Q: Will The Unguided use themes… i.e for the new album?
A: Seeing I have totally free hands now to do what I want, that might very well happen.

Q: Will 'The Unguided' be coming over to the UK to play for the fans you'll no doubt have over here?  I know you've said you'll be playing at festivals and random gigs, but it would be great to see you guys over here.
A: Give us Donington, and we’ll be there in a jiffy!

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Can I come too?

Q. I was wondering, I think we can help each other out! I'm currently with my band gigging and recording. But we're trying like hell but there isn’t getting any motion of movement with it. Maybe that we can like support you on a small tour and make a big word out for you here in the Netherlands. But that we are already doing to check you out! To all our fans :) Well I hope you take this a bit seriously because I am.
A: It’s kind of hard to take this serious when you haven’t really even been reading up on what kind of band THE UNGUIDED is. Our current mentality is that we won’t do any tours, namely. And if you had been following this blog, you would know that. With that simple fact, it will be kind of hard to help each other out in the suggested way. If you do want to help out, however, try to solve why there are just 24 hours in a day, and if there’s a possible way to extend it. That would be super! I’m in dire need of the extra time. To simply avoid answering unnecessary questions would probably shave a lot of loading out of my life.

Q: today I went to Sonic official Website and they remove you from the band promo pic! :( , I mean even though you are not longer part of the band, you were part of We Rule The Night album era, which I think you don’t like anyways, how does that feel? Why don’t they make an official announcement about you quitting the band?
A:
The fact I was a part of the We Rule the Night era disgusted me, and any removal of evidence of that is an act of good intensions in my book. There’s not even any need of an official announcement because the situation is ridiculous, and I don’t see a reason why it should be handled in a “normal” way. Any message from them would just result in a counter comment from me and on we go. Ignorance is strength. Let’s keep it this way.

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All evidence must be destroyed!

Q: How well thought through was it to sing: ”Mitt bajs känns okej” (My poo feels allright) in the chorus of Aftermath? Where Roland a bit funny when you did the song? I´ve been woundering alot!
A: Yeah it was very intentional and clever… If you, on a serious note, don’t have anything better to think about in your existence, your life must be highly adventurous and fun. Be patient someday…

Q: The Unguided will be awesome! When you did the first episode of The Unguided TV what games did you and Roland play?
A: It was staged! No game was even on. Ace actors both of us indeed! In the original SonicTV clip, which that particular clip was honored to, we were playing Ghost Recon, however.

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Boo!

Q: Who will be the other members? Are you looking for drummer and bassist? Becouse Roger and Roland will be on guitar.
A: The cast from the movie, ”The Expendables,” will supplement the line-up if needed.

Q: I read the Q&A on your blog and I had a question of my own, I know a while back when Roland first left Sonic Syndicate, I read an interview on I think metalunderground.com where Roland mentioned working on a possible side project with Jesper Stromblad from In Flames. So I was wondering if there is any possibility of The Unguided doing any work with Jesper now that You, Roland and Rodger are together.
A: Apparently you haven’t examined the Q&As that extensively if you missed that little detail, dig deeper!

Q: Random question, do you know if the Web Team will be addressed to do any more tasks soon? I'm eager to help you guys out in any way that I can.
A: Once the songs are recorded there will be plenty of work for the web team! Fear not, I will keep you extra-dedicated guys busy, indeed. You are like the Foot Clan soldiers and I’m Shredder!

foot clan
Shredder recruiting

Q: I was wondering if you'd ever consider buying back the rights to Rebellion in nightmareland and re-recording it with roland? I think that would instantly become my favorite song and I know a lot of others have been wondering what if? I think if you paired it with Pathfinder (since it is a follow-up) it would be epic.
A: Nope, what's done is done. No one can stop you from burning it on a CD with Pathfinder once it’s out, though. Or playback both the songs on iTunes back to back! That would be sneaky.

Q: Will the unguided also play songs from love and other disasters and only inhuman live or will you only play songs that were made by the unguided??
A: That is not determined at this point.

Q. I recently came across a Swedish metal band that (as far as I can tell) is not too well known yet, but seems to have a great deal of potential in my opinion. A number of their songs somewhat reminded me of Sonic Syndicate (pre WRTN of course!). I figured that you might enjoy them if you hadn’t already heard of them. The bands name is “My Dear Addiction,” and their album is titled “New Blood.” I had a bit of trouble finding too much about them on the internet, as their MySpace didn’t have any of their latest or better songs, but here is a YouTube sample if you ever get the chance:
A: That’s cool that you mentioned it! My Dear Addiction were actually one of the support acts when I was up in Gothenburg hanging out with Raubtier. I’m a friend with the singer Kim, who is a good guy, and a very talented vocalist. He sent me a shirt and their album a few weeks after that event, and the effort have been stuck in my car ever since. Really enjoy it, and I see only good coming their way in the future! I liked his previous work as well.

Kim
My dear Kim!

Q: How long could this autograph request take?
A: Once we collected enough in the database we will take care of them all and send them your way!

Q: Will The Unguided be interested in guest vocals by Christian Alvestam? And do The Unguided plan to have any guests?
A: I talked about this in the last FAQ. And yes, we will be open for guest appearances on the album. My main objective, however, will be to get Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian) to participate in a guest appearance. Once that is established I can die happily without any regrets in my life at all, hehe. Christian is a stunning vocalist, and I’d love to see a song featuring him as well. And I’m certain neither Roland nor Roger would mind.

Hansi
Main objective!

Q: Would you ever take a poem and turn it into a song. I know you said you'd do a guest recording. If I sent you a poem would you be willing to turn it into a song? That would be awesome!
A: Sorry, that is just too time consuming. A guest vocal recording is like a 30-minute job in my home studio if I have been provided with an instrumental track, lyrics, and a reference voice. While sitting down and structuring up vocal arrangements and wording out from a poem is a lot of effort and time, which I simply don’t have.

Q: Hey what's your secret to screaming so awesome? I would love to be able to do that.
A: Yeah me too…

Q: Well first off I totally agree with why you left SS. but I wanted to see if I understood right. Only you left the band not Roger? Or did you both leave? And does the unguided have a bassist and drummer?
A
: There’s no fooling you! Roger is still in Sonicland (Nightmareland!?) while I’m far away from that. Bassist as of now is Sylvester Stallone while Jet Li is featured on the drums.

Q: So I listen to Sonic pretty much every day now. The first day I listened to Sonic I loved the music, as I used to listen to Iron Maiden and Metallica, (you know that type of old school Metal)
Then finally a friend of mine showed me what is now by far my favorite song. Jailbreak which has amazing lyrics, don't know if I interpret them right, but this is how I seem them as...The two rivers in the chorus being two hearts which can never be away from each other again? And this is when I thought to myself.. Why no video for such a great song? Anyway that aside I'm glad I got showed Sonic and will now follow you wherever you go to next. :)
A: That’s accurate interpretation of the Jailbreak lyrics. It’s handling the fact that once you get involved with someone, let’s say in an emotional relationship, you simply cannot disconnect by flicking a switch. Same deal with two rivers running into each other, there’s nothing that can separate them, and make them distinct ever again. I think the only reason why we never did a video for that song was because there was no economic coverage to do so. But it was the single of Eden Fire, and if there would be a video from that album it would have certainly been for that very song.

river
"And when two rivers run togheter..."

Q: Do you like any animes/mangas? If yes which are they?
A: I like it but I’m not spending too much time on it. I guess most contact I have with it is games and such. I love Ghost in the Shell and Hellsing, to name two, though. I was a fan of Silverfang when I was little. Also, games like Final Fantasy and Secret of Mana kept me really busy.

Q: Can you tell me why do Swedish people have –sson at the end of their names?
A: -Sson is translated like Son of basically. Like Sjunnesson is Son of Sjunne. Or, son of a bitch, which is translated to Slynsson.

Q: just wondering, what is the meaning behind one of the most epic tracks ever, Break of Day?. Also, if or when the unguided play live, any chance that you will do a cover? Id love to see you and Roland belt that out :D
A: Break of Day is about paranoia, and how powerful fate is, and that it doesn’t matter how fast or far you run from things. They will eventually catch up. Somehow it felt very current in the situation of what happened to the band and me. It explained how I wanted to follow my own path after a long time of straying from that. I think a lot of the lyrics I wrote for We Rule the Night were decked out with what was to come of the whole deal. “I try not to make plans, plans are for people in control of their own life,” for example, is pretty obvious from where that came from. I doubt Roland and I will ever play it live.

fate
Owned by fate

Q: Is it possible to put a high resolution version of the Nightmareland graphic on the website so we can use it for Facebook profile pictures, desktop wallpaper, etc
A: Not at this time, no. Once the single is released I’ll be sure to put out a high-res picture of it for that purpose. Maybe even a poster print.

Best Regards
/Rich

You scrambled my world and you shivered my spine

Kategori: Allmänt

Hey Ho!

In the dawn of February THE UNGUIDED is leaving the refuge of home on the wild, wild, west coast to travel to the north of Sweden. The final destination of this journey will be the haunted town of Pärlby, located in the very dark woods of Dalarna. We will plunge into The Abyss recording studio once again, and regroup with producer and friend Jonas Kjellgren (Only Inhuman LP, Love and other disasters LP and Burn This City EP) to immortalize the two tracks we have chosen for the purpose. Jonas has been kind enough to contribute his valuable time into the project despite his very busy schedule, and we are eternally grateful for his generosity! (Told you… good news!)

We will, of course, be sure to bring a film crew to get this whole event on tape to later be released on The Unguided TV YouTube channel. We will also try to capture any paranormal activity and ghostly fugitives, who have not yet been banished from the abandoned, yet haunted asylum ward nearby the studio.

asylum
Studio neighbors, an asylum of mentally retarded ghosts

I have been busy finalizing the lyrics for the upcoming release, and I’m very pleased with the result. The project names on the two songs from the Nightmareland EP are the following: 

GREEN EYED DEMON and PATHFINDER

This, however, is subject to change as we get closer to the end of production. But as of now I’m pretty confident it’s final. Pathfinder will be a lyrical follow up to Rebellion in Nightmareland, to straighten out any questions revolving around the EP title.

The Army of the Unguided is growing in numbers, and the forum over at the official fan site, www.armyoftheunguided.com, has been firing up nicely. I’ve overlooked some of the discussions, and they are very interesting indeed.

Some claim the creatures on the Nightmareland EP have similarities with the character Raziel from Soul Reaver, and the Leagacy of Kain series. As I don’t play games, I wouldn’t know, obviously. Of course the members of Blue Man Group were used as reference for the cover artwork. The same characters were also found starring in Eiffel 65 - Blue (Da Ba Dee), Avatar and Zoolander.

blue
Same mom?

Raziel, however, seems to be a nice guy and hope we won’t run into any complications with him. As long as vampires don’t shine I’m totally fine with them! As a matter of fact Anne Rice heavily inspired the song, We Rule The Night.

We have also been in contact with Patric Ulleaus (Denied, Enclave, Jack of Diamonds, My Escape, Burn This City and My Own Life) to have a professional photo session soon. Also, there is small talk about a possible video once the songs are recorded.

As of last week, I’ve received my iPhone 4 after being robbed of my iPhone 3GS. I didn’t get the micro-SIM at the same time as I received the phone, however, so I tried to manufacture one myself out from my standard SIM card MacGyver style. This failed fatally, obviously, and I was standing with a worthless phone and a battered SIM for the jurrassic Samsung SGH-X200 I borrowed. Broken, I went to McDonalds instead to order a McGyver & Co, to make up for the defeat.

iPhone 4
"Everybody makes mistakes once in a while. The trick is learning to live with it."

As for my long distance relationship, it is not really much of a long distance relationship anymore since we have been stuck together every day for almost a month now. It has been a bit of ping-pong between Stockholm and Falkenberg, and whoever moves first is on the table. I’m confident the west coast will win flawlessly against the east coast! ;) I mean, the east coast clearly is the backside of Sweden anyway :S There are a lot of you who showed concern and care for what has been going on in my life as of late, and I think it’s really beautiful of you to care so much for my well-being. I really appreciate your empathy! As a matter of fact, I’m very happy with my current life situation. The only problem is really that I think I write better lyrics when I’m in emotional valleys. But I’ll be very sure to visit dark places when I write. I can assure you there’s plenty of that, so no panic! Hehe.

We rocked out Stockholm last weekend, and honored the rock club Medusa in old town with our presence. I had an awesome evening and met a lot of new friends. The taxi drive who took us back home, however, was not among the bunch. I was very persistent in my will of wanting to hear Iron Maiden on the way back—something that he refused to comply with. To channel my dissatisfaction, I puked in his backseat. This was of course very unnecessary but denying a man in need of listening to, “Can I Play with Madness,” in his drunken hours is simply nothing I can take lightly. Well deserved pizza delivery, I’d say!

Medusa
"Your soul's going to burn in the lake of fire"

I’m also going to do my first appearance on stage since Sonic next month (Not with THE UNGUIDED, however.) More about that in an upcoming blog entry.

In my third blog entry I asked you to mail me your favorite albums / titles and lyrics etc. by Sonic Syndicate. Thousands of you have participated in this, and I would like to finish this off to show you the final results of that. No surprises here really:

ALBUMS:
1. Only Inhuman
2. Love and Other Disasters
3. Eden Fire
4. We Rule the Night

ONLY INHUMAN:
1. Denied
2. Psychic Suicide
3. Aftermath
4. Blue Eyed Fiend
5. Double Agent 616
6. Flashback
7. Freelancer
8. Only Inhuman
9. Enclave
10. My Soul in #0000000
11. Unknown Entity
12. Callous
13. All About Us

LOVE AND OTHER DISASTERS:
1. Jack of Diamonds
2. Power Shift
3. Red Eyed Fiend
4. Dead Planet
5. Damage Control
6. Encaged
7. Mission: Undertaker
8. Ruin
9. Affliction
10. Freeman
11. Contradiction
12. Fallout
13. My Escape
14. Hellgate Worcester

EDEN FIRE:

1. Jailbreak
2. Soulstone Splinter
3. Crowned in Despair
4. Prelude to Extinction
5. Enhance My Nightmare
6. Lament of Innocence
7. Misanthropic Coil
8. Where the Black Lotus Grows
9. History Repeats Itself
10. Zion must fall

WE RULE THE NIGHT:
1. Heart of Eve
2. Rebellion in Nightmareland
3. Dead and Gone
4. Break of Day
5. Beauty and the freak
6. Burn This City
7. We Rule the Night
8. Plans are for People
9. Revolution, Baby!
10. Leave me Alone
11. Black and Blue
12. Miles Apart
13. My Own Life
14. Turn it Up
15. Perfect Alibi


FAQ Mark VIII:
Thrilling...

Q: I'm from a country where almost every band sings in our mother tongue. I have never understood why could a Swedish band write lyrics in English, it has been in my opinion for fame, and maybe, for money. Then I see a lot of musicians like you who don't like to change one's music or lyrics for fame or money, and of course I believe you. So, why do you write lyrics in a foreign language?
A:
I write English lyrics because it’s a universal language, and most people on the planet are familiar with it. I want everyone to be able to understand what I write. Don’t get me wrong, I do think Swedish is powerful language in its own ways but what does that matter if just a small fraction of the earth’s civilization would understand what I’m saying? Also, I think I can express myself better in English, and feel more limited in the way I write using Swedish. If a band can be a worldwide success using their mother tongue, which is not English, I would suggest that’s a freak of nature—Rammstein, for example.

Q: Some people suggest that if you want to be really professional in something, for example Hockey, Music, Soccer etc. etc. you need to invest 10000 hours, do you think this is accurate?
A: That’s an interesting formula. But I wouldn’t bet money on an equation like that. I guess it’s true that the more time you invest into something, the more you improve at it. But there are always prodigies that defy the logic. You can be a natural at something, and practice it with perfect results in the duration of months that would otherwise take a lifetime for someone else to master. The question is way too inconstant and relative to answer.

Q: Very bad question but... Why did you quit Sonic?
A: Why is the earth round? Because the code says so! Same reason why I quit; because the code told me to!

matrix
"The Future Will Not Be User Friendly"

Q: The question is, what does the half-mechanic creatures on all 3 REAL Sonic albums mean? And what do the covers individually mean?
A: I can only answer for Eden Fire, which is tied together with the lyrical content. Frankly, for the other two, I have no clue because it was not in my hand. They were handled by entities, which were not band members, and whatever plan (if there even was one) they had for the band, I know little about. They also were certainly not entwined with the lyrical content. The mechanical female creature on Eden Fire was, however. She was supposed to resemble the organic and mechanic elements of the music. She was fashioned into a cyborg kind of way because that’s how the music occurred to me. The story does not unravel the mystery of whether she pulled out her own heart, or someone else’s. I suppose that was a direct reference to “Helix Reign” and the “Black Lotus” chapters of the album, which handle heartache and losing people to either death or circumstances in life. J.A.Aranguren, who illustrated the artwork, always put a lot of time into research, reading my lyrics and listening to my concept ideas before he started sketching. And he always surprised me with the amount of details he actually managed to get into his art.

So, to sum things up, the cyborg, vampire angel on Eden Fire, to me, is the same person whom I refer to as the “Blue Eyed Fiend,” which also is the same entity and situation which I based all the three songs in “Helix Reign” on. So, to me, it would be my heart she is grasping onto. The fact that she has organic and mechanic features is my view of how our music was structured. If you took a peek of the inlay artwork of the booklet it illustrates a burned down wasteland. That was to portray my personal paradise burned down. The whole Eden Fire concept art and illustration is extremely well thought through, and executed with cunning accuracy by J.A.Aranguren—not to mention of how clever they are tied to the lyrics.

Eden Fire
"I see the smoke from the Eden fire"

Q: I will also be working on an online metal project, would you be interested in doing guest vocals? In the meaning that I would send you the instrumental track so that you could record at home your verses?
A:
I just recently finished my first guest appearance session post-sonic in my home studio for a band with a pleasing result for both parties. So, as long as you have an instrumental track, lyrics and some reference vocals send them to richard@the-unguided.com and I’ll get on it.

Q: You say that your inspiration from lyrics comes from life, right? Well, what made you change from the emotional/suicidal/heartache based lyrics from Eden Fire and Only Inhuman, to introduce (if I’m not wrong) politic/apocalyptic lyrics in Love and Other Disasters. I haven't really gotten around to looking that much into the lyrics on We Rule the Night after listening to tracks like My Own Life and Turn It Up, I just turned my head and shouted “WHAT THE FUCK!”
A: Valid observation! I had soaked all my lyrics up to that date with my private life, which called for a lot of interviews about it. I wanted to move away from that, and wanted more direct band related questions, which were not about the lyrics I wrote. This called for a turning point in the way I wrote. Even if I had a hard time straying away from writing personal things (because really my lyrics are a kind of diary for me) I wanted to do it in a way where I did not expose myself, and my private life to the same extent. I brought the use of metaphors to another level and tied my original meanings into the lyrics between the lines instead of voicing them straight out. Also, instead of not trying to talk about my private life too much, I intentionally wrote about more meaningful things in general like the world situations, which were general issues for all people, whether we liked it or not. This resulted in Power Shift, Dead Planet, Dead & Gone, and Affliction, among others.

Q: Are the lyrics for “Rebellion in Nightmareland,” are they based on World of Warcraft? “The dots connected and now I see!” ehhaea, me and my friend had a good laugh when we realized it...
A: First off, I don’t see how “The dots connected and now I see” have anything to do with WoW? Please advise me, what did I miss? But to answer your question I can assure you that the lyrics for RIN have nothing to do with WoW, whatsoever. (I don’t even think I played during the time I wrote them.) I guess there would be other similarities, which would be more questionable like: “Sleigh of hand,”and “Killing spree,” which were both rogue talents (the class I happen to play). Also, the lyrics where incorrectly written on the official site. The word “agility” was confused with “ability,” which is what I initially wrote. That also calls for suspicion, since agility is the rogues primary stat. The middle eight has a part that goes “You made the swing with your unstoppable force and I parried with my immovable object.” People also connected that with WoW (A two-handed mace and a shield from Alterac Valley to be more exact). That was NEVER intentional, so if there ever was any premeditation (see what I did there?), it was subconscious. And, “What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object,” has been a philosophic question for ages. It was a reference to that. The song is really about a girl. I wrote this song when I recently had some friction with a particular girl, yet still desired her more than anything in the world. At the time being, it was impossible for us to fuse our worlds together, but we still used the same strategies to keep our lives together. This story has a happy ending, however, because it is about the girl I’m currently with. There will be a follow up to RIN on the Nightmareland single. So no games, save from the game of life in this song! And yes, I now know what happens when an unstoppable force meets the immovable object. It’s a beautiful thing, hehe.

TUF Vs TIO
TUF Vs TIO = <3

Q: "Rebellion in Nightmareland" is probably one of the most intense songs I've heard from you guys. It's brutal, fast and everything... Why just one brutal song? Don't get me wrong, you've got heavy stuff on the older records for sure, but RiN separated itself for me... and why wasn't it included on We Rule the Night as a bonus track or something?
A: I think RIN is without doubt the heaviest song we ever made. And that’s probably how WRTN would have sounded if Roger and I would had free license with it. But as we all know, we didn’t. I think “Heart of Eve” was the next stop in terms of being a fast, brutal song on WRTN. Except from that there’s little of that stuff (the right stuff?) on the effort. It wasn’t included because people working with the band didn’t care about it and the band itself didn’t struggle enough to get it on there either. While somehow BTC ended up on there (In a worse tapping than the original through unfortunately, but still).

Q: Why did you in Sonic Syndicate decide to leave the artwork theme that you had on Only Inhuman and Love and Other Disasters? Was it the same reason as for the logo, to leave all the "old and bad" stuff behind?
A:
I don’t think there was any thought behind this really, and it just happened. It was convenient to use Gustavo Sazes over at ABSTRATA.net because we worked with him on many occasions ever since 2007, and he always got the job done. He started off with web design, later on merchandise and than on BTC EP and WRTN LP full album artwork. I like his work, and he’s indeed skilled! But I’m a sucker for things connected to each other and I would love to see the same concept as OI and LAOD on WRTN as well but at that point I didn’t really care either.

Q: I read Metal Hammer every month, but this time I got pissed beyond redemption... On their new free give away CD that was included in the January issue "Revolution, Baby" was included, and what it says about Sonic Syndicate is: "From also-ran metalcore (what does that even mean?!) to modern metal conquerors, and all in the hiring of Brit singe Nathan Biggs." Seriously... that's gotta be the biggest piece of crap I've ever read in this magazine! What do you think about this statement? I think you should contact the magazine and put the record straight once and for all.
A:
Couldn’t care less about what magazines write. I’ve learned not to attach any significant value or emotions anything printed. It’s all about sucking up to the bands they like and pushing down the bands they don’t like now days. It’s not like any opinion is neutral, or even reflects what they really think. They just go for what will benefit them the best in the long run. Same with reviews, really, it’s just one person’s opinion. One guy could hate it, and the next guy at the same office could love it. Still, it’s the review that reflects the opinion of the magazine. I mean, who cares really? Everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion.

pinocchio
All these media lies...

Q: I'm kind of new to Blind Guardian. I really love melodic heavy metal/power metal like Avantasia, Edguy, Sonata Artica and stuff... and I've only REALLY (like through the whole record sometimes) listened to At the Edge of Time. Do you have any suggestions for which album I might like? Eventually which album you like the most, and why?
A:
That’s cool! Roger and I used to be HUGE power metal fans when we grew up. We often went to see Edguy, Sonata Arctica, Helloween, Gamma ray and Blind Guardian in Gothenburg with friends. Avantasia was also huge for us, and I have to admit I bought the latest efforts as well, hehe. I absolutely love all Blind Guardian albums, and they are all special to me in their own ways. I’m such a fan boy. I own every album and every single ever released by them. “Tales from the twilight world” and “Somewhere far beyond” are probably the ones closest to my heart because they were the first albums I bought from BG. “Imaginations from the other side” and “Nightfall in middle-earth” are two masterpieces as well and “A Night at the opera” is an awesome experimental album, which had a lot of impact on my lyrical journey. “A Twist in the myth” and “At the Edge of Time” are not my favorites but I still think that they are really good albums. The both prove that the band is still going strong.

Q: Talking about At the Edge of Time... what do you think of that record? I personally think its really enjoyable, not the best heavy metal/power metal album I've heard for sure, but the best in a long time actually. My favorite tracks are "Curse My Name" and "Into Obsession". What's your opinion?
A:
I think “At the Edge of Time” kind of slaughtered “A Twist in the Myth,” and I recognize a lot of old vibes in it blended with their more current sound, which was a nice surprise. I think I like it more as a whole album, rather than track by track. Hansi Kürsch, to me, is the best vocalist in the world with his unique voice (I’ve yet to see anyone that sounds like him, and have a voice that appeals and touches me the same way as his does). He certainly proves it on “At the Edge of Time,” where he sounds more refined than ever. If I had to select songs, it would be “Sacred worlds,” “Road of no Release,” “A voice in the dark,” and “Wheel of time.” Thos are my favorites. “Sacred worlds” is a masterpiece. The chorus got stuck in my head for weeks.

BG
At the Edge of Time

Q: Karin did the female vocals on “Enhance My Nightmare,” right? Now... why the hell didn't she do it more often? Not that she should be the lead singer or anything, God forbid... but why only one track? I mean it turned out so damn awesome and stood out on the whole records... why didn't she sing on any other tracks?
A:
She actually had her parts in “Crowned in Despair,” as well in the chorus, so it’s two occasions really. However, once Roland boarded the ship, we saw no use for it because there was plenty of melody already with the setup. Also, it was not really functional live. We didn’t want to fall under the same category as Evanescence, or similar bands. In general, all of us agreed that female vocals were not what we wanted, so it simply never happened.

Davy Jones
"Bad luck to have a woman on board"

Q: Will The Unguided feature guest singers? That would be too cool... Especially if you would get a female to sing along.
A:
I have not touched the subject with the others yet but I would love to see a guest appearance by different vocalists in every song. I think it is interesting and fun, especially people that we have been connected with in the past somehow. And it might very well be a female guest of course. We’ll see!

Q: The material you guys recorded in the Burn This City session like “Phoenix Down” and “Waiting for You to Wake,” how were they? Were they already pop-ish like Burn This City, or even worse like Turn It Up or My Own Life? Or were they old school Sonic Syndicate? Just trying to figure were you guys REALLY started to go down town...
A:
Phoenix Down was a downright old Sonic bitch slap. Assassination of a martyr was a bit midtempo but still really heavy, especially the intro. Actually, I think the intro of that song is the outro of We Rule the Night song nowadays. Waiting for you to wake is really Burn This City but heavily rearranged vocally. WFYTW was a bit more pop.

Q: My question is, when you were making "Turn It Up," did it sound, idk, hip-hopish to you at first?
A: Yes, even worse! There was rap in it. It was always an abomination, no extenuating circumstances!

Yo
Sup!? Turn it up bro!

Q: Do you have any contact with record companies so the album will be released in stores? Or will I still be able to purchase it even if you don’t have a record deal?
A: We have contact with a record label for the single release. We will evaluate our options when that time comes for the album. Either way, I can guarantee you that you will be able to buy it.

Q: When can we see you on tour?
A: When the planets align!

planets
Alignment

Q: If there’s any merchandise for The Unguided id love to support you!
A:
Working on it, evaluating our printing options as we speak. We have a shirt design already.

Q: I saw Sonic Syndicate live in Gothenburg in October, back then you had to pause the song Turn it up because of technical difficulties (the playback was messing up). How much of that song is played back?
A:
First of it wasn’t the playback that messed up, it was the band. The playback can never play wrong if it’s not programmed to do just that, it is always how the band performs to the playback that can go wrong. In this case, it was a singer’s fault (NOT ME! hehe) and it was very ugly. I think it was the first time we ever had to abort an already initiated performance and start over on a song. What’s played back in that song is all samples, drum loops (disco, disco kick drum…), vocal harmonies and gang vocals. Save from that whatever’s left is real! Weee… Just to make something clear, I have nothing against play backing stuff because frankly every band you ever liked which is on a professional level how true and real they seam to be most likely does it.

milly
"..."

Q: Why does Nathan do all the talking in English to a Swedish crowd?
A:
I don’t know, maybe it could be because he is ENGLISH!? He doesn’t speak Swedish because.. yeah he doesn’t speak Swedish literally.

Q: I’ve seen pictures where Robin and Roger have a rack mounted between the guitar heads and the 4x12, what is it for?
A:
Wireless system, or tuning apparatus, I believe.

is
"I'll get you next time, Gadget. Next time!"

Q: I have a thousand questions but just one that is interesting. Your sister, is she avalible?! Haha!
A:
You have a death wish, son? She’s off limits for anyone that doesn’t go through my interrogation and exhaustive examination first. Just to warn you; So far, no one has passed… alive… *evil scientist laugh*

sister
Off limits

Q:
I was wondering if you play Runescape and if so what is your name on there?
A:
Never played Runescape, and never will, I believe.

Q: Do you guys think you will have any songs that will sound like the Eden Fire album? That’s by far, your best album created in my opinion.
A:
I guess we just have to wait and see where we are after these two tracks are recorded. I can’t be objective anymore. I’m to deeply tangled in the writing process to know what the hell we’re doing here. I wrote some lyrics yesterday that felt a bit Eden Fire, though. Let me know what you think it sounds like when it is released, will you?

Q:
Well something I liked about SS was that three of you were brothers, you clearly had a close(r) bond because of that. I know you still speak with Roger but was wondering why you don’t speak with Robin. Well, maybe it’s not my place to say at all, but I don’t think you should let what happened because of Nathan / the label (if that is what caused it) affect your relationship with your brother. It's more of a friendly hint than a question, actually... You guys are too awesome to fall apart :( but I’m probably not getting something, which is not my place.
A:
I can agree to that you are not getting something right indeed. For example, Robin and I are NOT brothers? We are cousins. But fact stands, we’re kin and there is no reason whatsoever for us to hold any grudge against each other. I’ve stated it before, and I do it again. I don’t have anything against him ,and in time I’m sure (or I hope) there’s a way back for us as well.

Q: Do you have any idea where i can get the Jack of Diamonds T-Shirt from? ;D 
Here is a picture of it
A: If it’s not in the official web shop, or they don’t bring it on tour, your best shot is eBay, I’m afraid. Maybe there’s a limited few collecting dust in the rehearsal room. I really don’t know.

Q: If it won't be a waste of your time could I ask you for a little tip - rogue, hunter or mage on WOTLK? ;> I've got all of them at 70 and I'm moving to WOTLK with them so I thought I'll ask you as some-kind-of-an-idol for help in choosing ;)
A:
WOTKL, Aren’t you like two years behind? Anyways the answer is simple: ROGUE!!!

Ninja
Rogue

Q:
You wrote in the blog about the songs you didn’t play live, and Affliction wasn’t in there? Or you just forgot to add it to this list?
A:
We did play Affliction live with Roland a couple of times. There’s even a YouTube clip with it as far as I remember with us playing the song in Kiev.

Q: And about the Freelancer: can you tell, where (in which city) or when it was performed? I couldn't find it on YouTube just by "Sonic Syndicate Freelancer Live", but don't believe that no one have recorded it.
A:
I don’t remember where it was. I have to ask Roger. If we just played it once though, theoretically there’s a big chance that no one video recorded it. There is a chance that it didn’t even end up on YouTube if someone did record it, actually.

Freelancer
Lost in cyberspace

Q: I've read somewhere on the internet that Dead Planet was not actually your song, that it wasn't written by you. True or false?
A:
False! That’s our song, all right. Not to be mistaken with the “Mondo Generator” album with the same name.

Q. What are the songs off WRTN that you would say you like, and which are the ones (besides Turn It Up) that you really hate?
A:
I love Heart of Eve, Plans are for People, We Rule the Night, Dead and Gone, and Break of Day. In that order! I hate Turn it up, My own life, Perfect alibi, Miles apart, Black and Blue, in that order probably as well. I can’t stand the album version of Burn This City but I like Jonas Kjellgren’s mix of it (the music video mix). Revolution, baby was a borderline case but I enjoyed it live, so it will pass.

hate
Hater

Q: Do you also listen to punk? (like Blink 182, New Found Glory, Rancid, Crass or The Casualties)
A:
Can’t say I do, no. Of course I’m familiar with Blink 182 but I have never actively listened to them.

Q: And do you also listen to Amaranthe? (One of the three singers played in Dead By April's old band)
A:
I’ve ran into Jake on various occasions, and he’s a great guy. Saw them live last summer at Getaway rock festival in Sweden, and it was a good performance!

Q: Someone mentioned that Hungarian Denied cover in the latest FAQs. It was the first time I've heard it and that was a positive disappointment for me. As I am Hungarian and a keen fan of The Unguided, I'd like to write down the Hungarian lyrics (Just to pronounce it if you want, however, people say that Hungarian language is amongst the most difficult so I hardly think you could) and also an English translation to it (Unfortunately I don't speak Swedish).

So here it is:

: WHILE FALLING APART ::

Verse 1: 
There is nothing left for me
Nothing left for me after you
The storm overwhelms everything
the storm tears up everything
I wish you could see it, too
I wish you could know it, too
Step across me and watch
I can see in your eyes that you still fear
Don’t lie to me again
Get out of my life, go!
Why don’t you understand it?
Together we would kill each other
sometimes the desire disappears
Just to see that nothing lasts forever
maybe one day you will feel again
when two bodies about in heat

Chorus:

It’s even good while falling apart
Now I need another word
You bore me, why doesn’t he(/she?) come?
I see the fire in the Garden of Eden
we burn there in every minute

Verse 2: 
I lived amongst dreams, enough
Bad hands are stretching for me
Now I don’t have enough power
you broke my bulb
my dreams in it
my desires
But my existence denies you
A: Now that is some funny shit right there! I guess it was easy to understand that words and sentences had to be adjusted and rearranged, to fit a foreign language and still keep the same rhythm and flow into the song. But that’s like a totally new song, and I don’t even think it’s legal in terms of publishing, hehe. Not that I mind, though. Sure gave me a good laugh! Thanks for taking your time and translating it for us!

Q: Why did you leave the band during a tour? I didn’t understand this until today :O
A: Because I’m evil like that... No, seriously, it feels like I’ve answered this particular question over and over again in FAQs. Don’t you take my answers for what they are or can’t you just be bothered to read them through? ;) I suspect the latter, hehe. Anyways! I wanted to leave straight after summer festivals. Band wanted time to work in a replacement. I gave them just that, end of story.

road
Cya!

Q:
Also why did Sonic have Solos in their songs?? Only two songs had distinct solos...
A: Because none of our guitarists were very fond of solos. And the general opinion we had in the band was that we didn’t want to slap a solo into the song just for the sake of it. I’m sure Roland is cooking together face melting solos for THE UNGUIDED songs, however, so hold tight.

Q: Can you highlight the BEST characters of your previous band mates??
A: Ehm, how in hell am I supposed answer this question objectively? ROGER OF COURSE! He’s the best brother and friend a… brother can have. Whatever happened, we always had each other’s backs, and still continue to do so. Roland is a very peculiar and funny character as well, always cracks me up. John was always very down to earth, unpredictable, and was someone always cool to be around. I always had a good time with Robin when we were drunk together.

roger
Rogeo

Q. I just yesterday realized that somebody in some kind of community, told that he has been in touch with you, and tells that Miles Apart were supposed to be Crowned In Despair -like song? True? If so, then what happened? Sad that I can barely hear your scream in that song :(
A: True story. “Miles apart” was called “Lake of Fire,” initially. And as far as vocal structure went, it kind of reminded me of “Crowned in Despair”. “Lake of Fire” was more keyboard oriented, and didn’t have all the acoustic elements, which I think is overused in it now, or at least too high in the mix. It certainly had more oomph to it in terms of usage of screaming vocals and lyric theme. What happened was that it apparently didn’t fit the commercial format of WRTN, so people who do just that rewrote it. I’ve recorded it for myself at home just for shits and giggles because I was curious as to how it would turn out. And when all is said and done, it certainly would have more impact than “Miles Apart” ever had. Too bad I can’t ever release it because of legal purposes. But you are welcome to have a coffee in my apartment and listen to it if you like! Hehe.

lakeoffire
Coffee & Lava

Q. Why did Hollywood Undead pick you as support? Hollywood Undead is a total different genre than Sonic Syndicate.
A: Good observation! I’m not really sure how we got onto that tour but somehow they must have picked us because that’s what usually happens. I mean it’s good for a band to play in front of different crowds, so I guess that was the idea. And it certainly was a dynamic evening every show night. That tour was ace, as a matter of fact! I like Hollywood Undead a lot as well. They are cool dudes, sup?

richundead
Rich Undead

Q. First I was wondering whether The Unguided planned on having any songs written in Swedish? I understand that it might be hard for you to write in Swedish (seeing I am Norwegian myself, and very often prefer to write in English). Anyway, that would be smooth, especially since the dialect in Gothenburg is indeed very cool.
A: I’ve thought about adding minor Swedish parts here and there. Whether this is something that will make it to the final mix or not, is hard to tell at this point.

Q: What do you feel about having Caroline in the My Own Life-video (I think I remember you saying that was "your other half", or maybe I'm imagining things)?
A: I don’t mind at all. We had a great year and a half together, and I think that video is a symbolic token of that. I’m also very grateful that she volunteered to be in it. It felt very natural to me. If it was because she wanted to be nice to me or couldn’t stand having someone else do it, I’m not sure. The script was already set, so whether it was Caroline or someone else, it would have been the same concept. To be fair, she certainly was my other half—my better half as a matter of fact—but things didn’t work out in the end. I will miss her as a friend because right now she’s everything but that.

Q: And do you have any pictures of young Roger and Richard?
A: Yes! Here you go:

richroger
Happy times!

Q: Would you care to explain who all the people on this picture are? Like, names and maybe if their having other bands now, that stuff..
A:
Sure! From the left to the right: Andreas Mårtensson, A childhood friend that I still bump into every now and then. Not spending as much time as I want to with him but we still talk occasionally. He was our keyboardist. He recently finished a degree in art school and is pursuing a job as an art teacher. He still sends me electronic songs randomly but is not in any band as far as I know. Next one is Me, naked… or just about. Third person is Kristoffer Bäcklund who was our former drummer. He sings in a Falkenberg based band called, What Tomorrow Brings now with Christoffer Andersson (my replacement in Sonic Syndicate) also plays guitar and does screaming vocals. Mr.Bäcklund also works at my current job, and we play WoW together occasionally. The three last ones you’ll surely recognize. Roger Sjunnesson, Karin Axelsson and Robin Sjunnesson.

Q: I must know what brand is it on the t-shirt you use in the Power Shift video? I must have it, it’s awesome!
A: Once again it’s NoFear, or SoCal. No surprises there!

Q. I was impressed by the single artwork for Nightmareland. Is it symbolic of something? Someone on the forum said it represented your nightmare during the “We Rule the night” time and Sonic syndicate… ;)
A: Could very well be that! It’s also because it will contain a follow up song to “Rebellion in Nightmareland,” as far as lyrical content goes. I think a lot of pieces will fall into place in time. I can already say that the artwork for Nightmareland is just a piece of a bigger illustration. The complete illustration will answer a lot of questions. For example, it will answer why the iron banners from EDEN FIRE are in the picture, while THE UNGUIDED crest is left out. It will explain why there is a winter theme. It will also explain the story behind the artwork, meaning what is happening in the background with the creatures and so forth.  All these questions will be answered in time. The artist did a tremendous job with the whole artwork. The piece that has been revealed as the Nightmareland single is not close to where he put most of his time, effort, and gun power. His full potential will be displayed on a different piece of the illustration. The best has yet to be seen! 

ironbanner
Eden Fire iron banner

There is a Hell, believe me I've seen it

Kategori: Allmänt

Hey!

Long time no see! Can’t blame me for not blogging though I guess, seeing that I’ve been busy cross checking Santa Claus at Xmas and launching rocket devices at the moon during New Years Eve and everything in the boarder lines of that in between. At least I managed to edit an Xmas special for you guys during Christmas Eve being slightly tipsy from the holiday schnapps. If you missed it you can find it here:


The Unguided X-mas Special

Just to warn you, this wall of text will make any other wall of text from me look like a carpet edging, have fun! :S

As promised here is the SINGLE artwork for the upcoming two track release from THE UNGUIDED made by the very talented graphic artist Kuang Hong from China, Beijing (You can find his website here). Hong is an artist that I’ve utterly adored for nearly seven years and feel I have a lot in common with him on a personal level. As a matter of fact, I’ve tried to use his services for Sonic Syndicate back when J.A.Aranguren disappeared but sadly things got out of my hands. So, unwillingly, it got revised. There was nothing stopping me this time around though, so it feels good to finally follow that path.  And, I’m strongly looking forward to a long lasting work relationship with Mr.Hong:

Nightmareland
The Unguided – Nightmareland

The first award in the tattoo contest has been sent out and received. I’m currently waiting for a picture from the winner, Alex, where he is in complete ecstasy and abusing his new inventory and wardrobe. The clothes from Denied as well as Power Shift/Enclave (Yes Enclave... since Roger and Roland have mislaid thier Power Shift threads, sigh… hehe) is still intact as the second and third award, so there’s still time for you to harbor any available awards. We are also trying to figure out a new award for when this one is complete. It will be a bit more under 18 friendly for the younger fans out there. (If you are new to this blog and don’t have a clue what I’m talking about look back two blog entries and you can find the competition instructions.)

tatto awards
Tattoo competition

Also, there has been a lot of questions for where I bought Rogers Xmas gifts (A Crusty demons and a Throwdown shirt) and the answer is over at nZANE clothing & tattoos in Gothenburg, Sweden. If you live nearby Gothenburg, please show your support for awesome clothing and a good friend of mine and check Kristians store out! Among others, he is housing the brands: Sullen, TapouT, Dethrone, Xtreme Couture, Wax, Affliction, Sinful, Throwdown, Hustler, Crusty Demons, Black Market Art, Lowbrow. He will also have heavily reduced tattoo prices and something extra for people who will tattoo THE UNGUIDED crest for the competition which is extremely generous of him.  If you are from Sweden and want to read about my visit to the shop, there’s a Swedish blog entry on his site here.

nzane
Mr.nZANE himself

My right hand and web wiz, Emil, has once again made a little something for you guys and there’s now an official fan site up and running called, THE ARMY OF THE UNGUIDED over at: www.armyoftheunguided.com
There you can digest exclusive news and progress about the project. Also, be sure to plunge right into the discussions at the forum and find likeminded friends and foes. Also, the whole request for me to draw tattoos and get autographs from us in THE UNGUIDED deal will be handled from there at the REQUEST section of the page. Any mails sent to info@the-unguided.com have been entered into the database, so you have not been forgotten if you did it that way.

I’ve hit the days in between Xmas and New Years Eve sale hard, and it certainly hit my wallet even harder back but here are some items  that I’ve purchased lately:

inventory
New inventory

1. nüvi® 1490T Garmin GPS : I feel a little less unguided!
2. New CDs : So far the new ENGEL have made the biggest impact on me.
3. Schwarzkopf OSIS+ Dust It: Mattifying powder, optimal for hair volume. I always start with this doing my hair. Too work some volume up after showered and dried hair.
4. American Crew Fiber: A product I’ve used for over five years. To get some more textures, shape and spikes into the hair.
5. PROFFS Super Strong HAIRSPRAY:  The only hairspray I’ve ever used. It’s cheap and gets the job done. After I have applied the fiber product, I use this for hold and some finish shine.
6. New shoes: For the New Years Eve party in Stockholm. Stockholm were apparently too good for skate shoes (Didn’t matter if I had a million pairs) so I had to buy myself something a bit classier...
7. Jacket: Bought a cheap jacket too for the same purpose. They couldn’t stop me from wearing a Sullen shirt with skulls under it through together with black jeans hehe.
8. T-Shirt: Sullen LOST SOUL shirt bought on nZANE clothing & tattoos

I’m also back on Facebook, and my profile is here. That’s the real deal! If you did add this one. It’s a fake one unfortunately. I would love to get some help reporting and shutting his/her ass down. Even if I’m back on Facebook, it doesn’t mean you can add me. I only add people I’ve met/or have some kind of real life connection with, sorry. If you feel you are in that category please be sure to write down a few lines about whom you are. If you send mails via Facebook to me, I will read them BUT for now I will NOT reply there. Best way to get in touch with me and be sure to get an answer is still: richard@the-unguided.com.

During the day after Christmas Day, DEAD BY APRIL played in Falkenberg. My entourage and I obviously attended this event too.  It was a good show! I’ve seen them a couple of times now during various festivals, and I must say the new singer is growing into the role. A huge improvement from when I saw them last summer, stage and vocal wise. Good to see Pontus back on the guitar, and Jimmie’s screams never cease to amaze me.

DBA
TBA.. DBA

The New Year’s Eve party was wild! First off, I thought it would be a boring dinner-and-I-have-to-be-polite-in-the-royal-capital-of-Sweden kind of deal but after a few hours, even the stiffest people managed to lose their ties and mount it around their heads as Rambo bandanas. To provoke, I even wore make-up, which called for a lot of eyeballing in the beginning but didn’t at all have the violent effect I was looking for. It’s not like I’m the kind of person that would back out from a good argument, but there was none of that. Later on though there was some friction when a guest (not me) voiced the fact there was bad music there, (which very much sounded like something I would do under influence and was also a true observation but still... it wasn’t me). This called for a very unnecessary male testosterone pumped fistfight hosted by an English hooligan, some blood and ultimately woman’s tears. I was not a part of either since I was busy feeding guests with chocolate cake however…

newyears
New Years Eve Madness

As for the January release, there has been a convenient development, which calls for a slight delay (February). I hate to bring bad news, and I’m very sorry for that but it is indeed a convenient development, and in the end it will be better for everyone. The production will be a proper studio recording instead of a half-assed homemade recording just to showcase the sound. More information about this in the next blog but I do think even if you have to wait a bit longer you will be more pleased of the outcome which is what is most important. The producer/mixer is a familiar face, I can guarantee that. You guys also managed to crash the rymdraket.net server due to too much traffic on THE UNGUIDED site. (That’s why the site was down a couple of days.) Good job troops!

FAQ Mark VII:
To every question there is always an answer.

Q: But Roger won’t do concerts with you, will he?
A: Yes he will, if it’s fine with you of course? Hehe. Sonic gigs will have priority over the THE UNGUIDED gigs, however.

Las Vegas
Just a random TU in
Las Vegas pic to showcase
how inseparable we are!

Q: I was wondering if you were ever going to be coming to the US with THE UNGUIDED? It would be great to see you live!
A: We have talked about a premiere gig during the summer. This will take place most likely in Sweden for the convenience of the logistics. For now, however, this is just that… talk, I mean. Going to the US feels quite far on the horizon as of now, but it’s not totally ruled out in the future if the offer is to our liking.

Q. Do you still play WoW?
A: As of now you could call me a sober game addict. I have not played WoW since The Shattering. And it’s simply because it is impossible to fit time into my schedule. Even if the days could house 48 hours I would still not have time for everything that I’ve planned lately. Sooo… Expansion any fun?

Q: I’m a huge fan and want to get a mail forward @the-unguided.com. However, I can’t get a tattoo because I’m 14. Could you make it possible to sign up on the website or your blog?
A: I want the @the-unguided.com forward mail to be somewhat exclusive, and something not all people can easily obtain. We will host future competitions which will be more friendly to those under the age of 18, as I stated earlier in the blog.

14
Goes for TV1000 past
midnight as well

 Q: I have a question or two. Is the new band going to be similar to Sonic in most aspects?
A: Probably old Sonic, not new Sonic in any sense. Of course there will be elements you couldn’t find in the old Sonic music too. Roland, for example, will get more space to be the brilliant guitarist he is, which will call for more solos and tasteful shredding. All the people I showed early samples of the new music stated that they clearly recognized Sonic in it.

Q:
Just curious, what does the rest of the Sonic band think of you leaving?
A: Most of them are probably just as happy too see me go as I was leaving them.

Q: Do you already know this Hungarian ‘Denied’ cover?! It’s amazing ;-)
A: Now that’s brilliant, haha. And I didn’t see it before! Thanks for the heads up. I have to Google translate the lyrics! Or wait…

Q: First of all I want to say that I truly admire you work, vocal talent and that you've given up Sonic for your own ideals, plus I'm FUCKING GLAD(!) that Roland joined The Unguided! The question I want to ask is if there is any possibility to buy T-Shirts you had in Jack of Diamonds, Denied and the one with Manipulate and that skull (I'm not exactly sure if it's Affliction T-Shirt). To be more accurate, I don't want to buy your T-Shirts, just the same as you have. If hope to hear from you.
A:  The shirts in JoD were purchased at NoFear in Stockholm. The collection they are from will probably be hard to find now, since they’re a few years old but the brand is NoFear. The shirt in Denied was purchased at the same place, and is also a NoFear shirt. The shirt with the “Manipulate” wording and the skull is actually Roger’s shirt, even if I borrowed it during some photo sessions. (Yes, we are the same size in clothing, hehe.) It was purchased at Carlings in Sweden, and the brand is, “Just A Fucking T-shirt.”

NoFear
NoFear Stockholm

Q: Also will there be more songs like Enclave and My Escape? I liked hearing those in between all the brutal songs :P
A:
I would suggest examining the FAQs more closely because I’ve talked about this before… but here we go again: If we feel it will add anything to the dynamic of album we will welcome a ballad. If we think the material will be varied enough, and stand on it’s own we don’t think it will be necessary. We are not going to do a ballad just for the sake of doing a ballad and compulsory name it, “The Ballad,” or something.

Q: How will these new 'the unguided' tracks be distributed? Through a MySpace, your blog, iTunes, or what?
A: We are working close with Umbrella Corporation to infuse a virus with the sonic waves of the songs very much like the T-Virus and let the plague spread throughout the world… The two song release in February will be handled both digitally (read: MySpace, iTunes etc.) and physically. The physical release will be a little extra for the hardcore fans, and a digital copy will be the way to go if you want a cheap option.

T-virus
Brains....

Q: Roland is very lazy, or very busy, 'cause he's not really answering any mails?
A:
He’s extremely busy with his work and family. It’s generous of him too even provide you with an e-mail address seeing how limited time he has at hand. But I can assure you he read everything and eventually you will get your answers. Patience is your friend.

Q: Anyways, CLOSET!?? You were recording vocals in a closet? ;) haha !
A: Well I believe it’s better to stay in the closet than to get out of it :S Roger helped me track vocals a couple of days ago for a guest appearance for an upcoming band, and it works fine. The acoustic of old clothes is apparently very appealing.

closet
It starts with a friendship

Q: Can you post pictures of the other Fallen Angels demos artworks?
A: Your wish is my command!

Demos
Fallen Angels - Extinction,
Black Lotus & Fall from Heaven

Q: Question popped up on my mind; which song you haven't performed live on your way with SS? Or which you have? Whatever is the shorter list
A:
I had to ask Roger about this because I was not entirely sure but here you go:

Love and other Disasters:
Hellgate: Worcester
Damage Control
Dead Planet
Freeman
Mission: Undertaker
My Escape (Once in Stockholm)

We Rule the Night:
Black & Blue
Miles Apart
Leave me Alone
Dead and Gone
Perfect Alibi

Only Inhuman:
Freelancer (Just once)

Eden Fire:
Every track from Eden Fire has been played during Fallen Angels days and pre-Only Inhuman days.

Q: How many hours have you spent on music?
A: That question is as abstract as a painting by Picasso, and I don’t know how it ever would be possible to measure that by a long shot.

Rodent
Oh Look, a squirrel!

Q:
Second, (since you might not read this until after Christmas (?)), did you get the PS3 and in that case what’s your PSN name?
A: Seeing that I broke up with the one that would most likely give it to me; hell no… I’m looking into buying one myself, though. Mostly for the Blu-ray.

Q: Third, just to get a bearing what the first album will sound like, which of the SS albums will it relate to the most (music/lyric-wise)?
A: Hard to tell since the album is not anywhere near finished. Spontaneously speaking, I would think Only Inhuman. But that’s not based on any fact, only speculations.

Q: What WoW server do you play on?
A: Once again, this is found in an earlier FAQ. Even a link to my armory should be there. As of now, I’m very inactive, though.

Q: It seems that Sonic Syndicate did the exact same thing as Linkin Park did, what is it exactly that is happening? In case you don’t know what I’m talking about: Linking Park went from underground to mainstream and now they are making very VERY shitty music. I would like an honest reply, if it’s possible.
A: I wouldn’t remember when Linking Park was anywhere near underground, really. Seeing when I got in contact with them they were already huge. I guess the answer you are looking for is spelled: Money in both cases.

greed
Still dies.

Q: MORE SOLOS PLEASE! You guys are capable of solos! I’m sure it'll make your songs better!
A: I hear you bro! And Roland certainly hears you ;)

Q: In your blog you wrote this: “Q: Are/were you the only one in the band disappointed with the album? A: Nope.” My question is (although I’m quite sure I know the answer): who else was disappointed, too?
A: I take no interest in name-dropping as of now. The backtrack and I were probably most upset since my vocals were underplayed. I had to do a lot of track skipping to even be able to listen to the effort. And the backtrack because he got overworked. He was never in any trade union, poor fellow.

Q: Where do you buy your awesome necklaces?
A:
In Sweden I order/buy POLICE accessories at Klockmaster.
police
Buy @ Klockmaster

Q: When Roland quit Sonic why did you even get yourself a new singer? Couldn’t you go back to the original line-up with just you? I believe Sonic Syndicate’s future would have ended differently.
A: Yeah me too… total spontaneous disaster comes into mind? ;) Hehe, nah, it did cross my mind. Somehow, I thought maybe Robin (with some help from the backtrack) would be able to shoulder the clean singing, and both of us could invest in singing lessons. Bringing new people into the band is both weird for chemistry and economy (since another one has to lift a salary from the band.) The general opinion was to get a new one or disband. I guess all of us were too economically dependent on the band to take that risk which is kind of ironic now, I assume. I know for fact it wouldn’t have ended like this if we did that, though.

Q:
here's something I’m dying to know! Do you or anyone in the band love football? And if the answer is yes, what is your favorite team? XD
A: The music saved us from sports! Roger used to play soccer for a long time. He actually gave it up for the band. I only watch soccer and hockey world cups, and mostly because it’s such a public ceremony. To be fair, I think it’s pretty meaningless to see 22 people chase a stupid ball.

handegg
Football = Handegg!?

Q: I just realized you guys don’t have a record label. Are you looking for one or are you going to keep the unguided “low key?”
A: A familiar label from our past will handle the release in February. What position we get ourselves into after that only time can tell. I do think there will be hard for a lot of labels to meet our demands through and we have no problems with keeping it underground taking help from old friends in that case. 

Q: What I think is that Turn It Up was a weak attempt to create another Pussy by Rammstein but the German guys I think were completely sarcastic about making a video popular yet superficial with such a simple tools and they were partly parodying bands like the ones who create Turn It Up sort of videos. And the Turn It Up video with these fake artistic "shocking" thoughts is pretty lame.  What do you think?
A: That’s quite accurate that the controversial theme of the Rammstein video was a driving force in that production. It was a promotional coup obviously, but what is not now days? The band had little to do with the administration behind it, and we did have very limited information about the plot or what we were to do in it before filming. Looking back on it. I didn’t really find it that bad. I hate the song with all my guts. And that’s why a lot of negativity is tied into to the whole scenario. I had no problems with filming it though, and quite enjoyed the whole production since it was a very educational day for me with my growing interest in the subject (video production that is, not nudity… which is something I don’t mind either ehm.. yeah you get the point.) The paradox that I thought was peculiar in it was that WRTN was aimed at a young audience and that music video is clearly not. I do think the director and crew did a good job with it, and it was a fun and entertaining day. I even got a bit tipsy, shame on me. And it looks like I can play acoustic guitar, which is as absurd as me playing that fiddle in My Escape.

Q: Also what do you think when you look back on pics like this
Is it lame? Were you thinking of it as a sign of vanity or coolness, as a promotional tool, or that’s nothing? Whatever is your answer I'm not trying to be offensive or anything, I like you anyway :)
A: Whatever gets on internet tends to stain it forever, eh? Hehe. That would be from 2003. We had a whole day of shooting pictures, and of course what we used was the one shot when the photographer asked me to show some skin. No thoughts were wasted into this ,and I don’t mind or care about it really. I just wish I would have had used different underwear since the ones I had were bought at the (in)famous, hideous department store Gekås in Ullared.

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Underwear bought in Ullared...

Q.
From reading your blogs, you’ve seemed pretty harsh (but fair) about your previous band. I’ve also read that you doubt Sonic Syndicate will go back to its original sound, but would you have any regrets about leaving the band if Sonic Syndicate went back to being heavy again?
A: Not one split second. Even with the original sound, that band would still not be what I’m pursuing in my life, since it’s too controlled by external sources and hardly any likeminded people. I would, however, not hesitate to appear live with them to help out if they ask, or want. Playing live with them was never a problem. I don’t think, nor see, them to need me as a steady member in the band ever again. And, I guess a lot of the things I’ve said sound harsh, but really, they’re not. It’s just the truth from my point of view.

Q: I would be very grateful if you wrote down your diet from the last few weeks.
A: Whole wheat pasta, egg, mulled wine, and love. Lots of the last!

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Mouth watering? Thought so!

Q: I'm really looking forward to The Unguided! I can't wait for the songs to come out. So PLEASE, won't you tell me what genre it will be exactly?
A: Polka metal with a twist of jazzcore.

Q: Syndicate: who sings the clean vocals on Jailbreak? From what I read on your blog, it's not you. There are rumors on the Internet that is was Roger or Robin, or even Roland, and that leads me to my second question: the Eden Fire Booklet lists Roland as a guest performer, what does he do on the album? Jailbreak doesn't sound like him singing...
A: Once again… Go back and read the other FAQs, most of the answers you seek are already there. And, how I love interweb rumors! Roland does the clean vocals on Jailbreak, that is correct. He did clean vocals on Jailbreak, Enhance My Nightmare, History Repeats Itself, and Lament of Innocence.

Q:
If you had to attempt it, would you have attempted the clean vocals in some of your songs with Roland, especially Enclave?
A: Why would I when he is as awesome as he is at what he does?

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Wasn't me...

Q: Also, what was the meaning behind Hellgate: Worcester? My friend and I have been wondering this for a while. One rumor we heard is it was about the people at one of the band's concerts a few years ago at the Palladium in Worcester, MA and how much they did not like the band.
A: True! It was the December 1st of 2007, to be more exact. Second bigger tour we ever did was with Amon Amarth in the US. Our hit-“metal” didn’t yield very well with their br00tal Viking death metal, nor their fans. Briefly after our set begun that day the entire pit sat down flipping us off, which was kind of entertaining. We just played on, and couldn’t really care less. We would get paid anyway, and saw it as a bad day at work, I guess. When we wrote LOAD later on, I wrote a text about it as a satire to the event. It’s utterly absurd if you take it serious, so don’t. F.Y.I I love Amon Amarth, and they handpicked us to support them. Maybe they should have asked there fans first, hehe.

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Amon Amarth tour pic

Q: When I saw the THE UNGUIDED X-Mas Special, I was wondering where you did get the Crusty Demons shirt... I've been looking for a long time now on the interwebs but was never able to find where to buy it, seems like they are all sold out... Could you tell me, where you got it? (:
A:
I got it first hand from Crusty Demons as an endorsement shirt. Try www.fuckyeah.se.

Q: "Enhance my Nightmare" on Eden Fire, one of my favorites I must admit, like the lyrics a lot and the combination of vocals it has by also having Karin’s vocals as well as Roland’s and yours. My question here is what do the lyrics refer to, or what meaning to they have. I would assume a relationship might be wrong though. Ps: Also noticed some reference to the bible in the song or at least towards the story of Adam and Eve, shown in the first verse and pre chorus such as: "Walking the Elysian fields From the tree the snake watches you or "We both ate from the serpent's tree". I liked that a lot about the song as well.
A: It is about unfaithful drama in an old relationship, and the process of letting go of two people that were deeply entwined into one another. Actually, the same person is used as reference in, Blue Eyed Fiend, and many other Eden Fire and Only Inhuman songs. I would consider that relationship my first confrontation with the topic, and view it as some sense of real love, including the backsides of it. This period in my life was very inspiring and enlightening for me.

Q: Well, my question is, could you give me your thoughts and opinion on, “The Gilded Dagger,” and is it possible that The Unguided will sound similar to it?
A: I think Peter Whichers did a good piece of art with that song. I love the intro. I like the lyrics I wrote to it as well, and it could easily have suited the Only Inhuman formula of lyrics. I do think the vocal arrangement in the chorus could have been slightly more hard hitting and creative but then again the musical melody was structured kind of tricky so it was hard to work around. I love the vocals of the outro. As far as similarities with The Unguided, the music was not written by any of us. But the lyrics and vocal arrangement is typical Roland and I.

Q: So, I watched the video for "Turn It Up" (more like "Turn It Down" or "Turn It Off", lolz). I assume you were still with Caroline when the video was released; what was her initial reaction to the video and how did she handle it?
A: I was a bit nervous over this myself because I know she wouldn’t look at it light minded, and called her right after production to explain the situation. She was upset but later on she understood it was something the profession called for, and if I would have been a movie star she would have to confront that feeling more or less everyday. There was a scene featuring me making out with one of the girls, which she had insight on as well but it was never featured in the actual video. That was the hardest part for her, I believe. I think she took it better since I called straight after the production and explained the situation to her, rather than just if she would have tubing around coming across the video.

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Turn it Down

Q: can u give me a tip/how to scream proper? I’ve been dying to scream on my favorite sonic syndicate song: Red eyed friend, which reminds me of my lil sis who passed away a couple years ago, anyways.
A: I’m deeply sorry for your loss. In regards to your question, I’ve made some simple instructions in an earlier FAQ posting, and that is all I can provide until some pressure is revealed of me.

Q: Been reading every single word on your blog, and I have to say I’ve really enjoyed it. I would be sad if you quit blogging as the puzzle falls into place. Are you thinking about keeping the blog up, even though it was intentionally created to clarify unanswered questions from the fans?
A: To be fair, I started the blog initially just to voice my opinion about what happened with the band and me. But I’ve grown pretty found of it, and will keep on blogging for sure. According to the hits I get, it seems to be mutual.

Kissie
Swedish bloggers

Q: I know you like a lot of types of metal. But do you also like female voices (screams)? Like “The Agonist,” “Arch Enemy,” or “Otep?”
A:
Yes, I like screaming females, but I dislike female clean singing very much. Well, there are a few exceptions, of course. The gritty voice of a man appeals more to me. Now that sounded mighty gay but it’s the truth. 

Q: W
ill you inform us about your procedure with concerts, because I didn't really understand what you're going to do. Just festivals? I’m confused a little bit ._.
A: You will be kept updated be very certain of that! THE UNGUIDED will as planned be a festival / random gig kind of band and not do any extensive touring. That’s our view of the matter now.



Thanks once again for your time, and I will update a bit more frequently now since the holidays are over! 

 

All the best
/Rich