Richard Sjunnesson

Official blog of Richard Sjunnesson (The Unguided)

Spreads his black wings as he lusts for more blood

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The release of THE UNGUIDED – NIGHTMARELAND EP is just around the corner. In fact, the limited edition sold out before it was even released, which is quite a paradox. Rest assured, The Unguided and Despotz records are currently hammering out evil plans to address this convenient issue. We have not forgotten about the fans that didn’t have money available, or missed out otherwise due to various circumstances. There are also new people that found out about the project as time passed, in which we want to welcome with open hearts into the world of The Unguided. However, we want the limited edition to be what it is, really exclusive and unique! The highly dedicated 616 fans that obtained this one time offer should feel extra special. That is of great importance to us. However, we are talking about doing a basic retail jewel case version for anyone who still wants a physical copy. We’ll make sure to do a lot of variations to separate it from the unique limited copy, in terms of layout. Also, it will be different enough so possible fans out there who enjoy collecting each design will see a point in buying the retail version, even if they already own the original limited one, if that is something that would be interesting to them. 

Selling out

The "Nightmareland" EP, limited "JakeBox" edition

As a little sneak pre-release, and to celebrate all the beautiful ongoing things, I’ve decided to put the lyrics up for “Green Eyed Demon” here for you: 


Another angel falls from the skies, smashes to the ground
in a whirlwind of white feathers
another demon claws his way to the surface
spreads his black wings as he lusts for more blood

Something expendable was all I craved
to fill a hole in my soul, and I found that in you
You where up against a Russian roulette
With all chambers loaded


A misplaced step got me in debt, It´s a debt I can´t repay
even with all the money in this world
Caught in an impending doom, too late to repent
I´ll run and hide in my castle of cards

I don´t fear to go slow, Just to stand still
Shun the sniper marks and barricade the gate
My only protection is other people's silence


Every word you said was ammunition to me
I emptied a clip into your face to discover your identity
behind the mask
behind the ragged mask
a green eye demon
behind the mask
behind the ragged mask
a green eyed demon

"Another demon claws his way to the surface"

The tattoo competition is finally settled and finished! The third crest tattoo was once again inked over at nZANE Tattoo & Clothing in Gothenburg, taking advantage of their very generous offer for fans of The Unguided. The 3rd and conclusive winner of the tattoo competition is a son of Gothenburg himself, and answers to the name of Jens Billing! He decided to mirror Lieutenant General Robin’s tattoo idea and put it not on the left leg BUT the right leg, very cunning indeed.

Jens, Champion of the Unguided Army

Roland and I paid a visit to Gothenburg to take advantage of this glorious opportunity. It was not a coincidence that in honor of the day it was also “Fettisdag” (a day in Sweden when everyone eats cream buns with almond paste for a random stupid reason). Mr.nZANE is not only a shop owner; he’s also a very kind-hearted soul, who made sure that these very special buns were available at our arrival. Roland and I had our “thank you” ceremony with Jens, and he could, of course, claim his awards for doing this honorable thing. nZANE blog (In Swedish) about the event here.

The Champion and 66,6% of The Unguided

"Semla" gluttony

Here's a share of Jens loot

Signed in blood

The Unguided "Thank you ceremony"!

That concluded The Unguided Tattoo competition! From the bottom of our unguided hearts; thank you Alexander, Robin and Jens!!! You guys are the most dedicated fans a band can have. You all should be proud of yourselves! 

All hail the unguided A-Team! General Alexander, Lieutenant General Robin and Champion Jens

I also have to figure out a new competition now. This time around it will be something a little bit more friendly to those who are under the age of 18, so everyone can participate. I would like the people who are still tattooing The Unguided crest, or anything related to The Unguided, to send pictures to me so they can still be awarded with their very own forward mail address.

Almost immediately after my return from the US, I drove up to Stockholm with 1,000 posters. Roland and Roger signed 616 of them. The posters arrived from Germany during my vacation time in New York, and Roger was leaving for his Russian tour. So, there was no time for all three of us to sit down and sign. When I got back home, they had already done their hours of autograph labor. I did mine at the record label, seeing that the posters needed to get up to Stockholm anyway. That task took me about two hours of effective time, paid its dues in shoulder aches, and a locked up car. I hope you are happy now! Hehe.

Headache worth of 1k posters...

Heavy autograph labor

-“Locked up car?”

YES! I drove to Despotz headquarters with the posters. While I was there, I didn’t find any parking space, so I had to improvise! I took the liberty to park in a customer parking spot at Alcro. Alcro is a paint shop on the same street as the record label. I kind of misjudged my swiftness in writing my name on 616 items. When I got out again, Alcro had closed for the day and locked up their garage (e.g customer parking) where my car was located. I was foreseeing a meaty fine for this violation but the morning after I received a PM on Facebook(?) from a member of the Alcro staff asking me to move my car in a nice manner because it was taking up customer space. I took the subway there, walked into the shop and yelled:
-“Thank you, this is probably the safest overnight parking I ever had in Stockholm!” and then drove away as fast as I had came.

Before signing

After signing... :(

Just recently on March 19th, I had a gig with Faithful Darkness, opening for Marionette at “The Rock” in Copenhagen. I worked a few hours of my early shift before I drove to Denmark. My body’s only reason to stay functional was because it was animated by caffeine. There had to be an endless flow of coffee and Redbull that day. That was for sure. My precious Ella and I drove immediately after work. We met up with Jimmy in Höganäs, where our rehearsal room is located before we journeyed on to Malmö to pick up the rest of the goons in the band.

Once over the Oresund Bridge going from Malmö to Copenhagen, everything was relayed to one-way traffic. This, in combination with my lousy driving, called for a few Danish bicycle casualties unfortunately. Something I’m ready to be held responsible for, and I’ll be sure to send a couple of “The Unguided” shirts to the mourning families that were left behind.

The gig was cool! As said before it was the very same stage, which I did my last Sonic Syndicate gig on, so it felt meaningful in every way. Thanks to everyone that came to rock out!

Marionette soundcheck

The green eyed demon and her retarded minion!?

Faithful Darkness @ The Rock - CPH/DK 19/3-11. Picutre: 1-2,4-5 (C) Simon Brorson

I’ve also bought a new beanie, I figured it would be suitable now on the verge of spring when the weather is getting warmer outside.

Hart and Huntington beanie bought at nZANE

Questions to this section -> , NOT my Facebook mail :(


Q. Will the whole new Faithful Darkness album be like this - almost only you on vocals? (Either way it'll sound great! Can't wait for it! :)
A: I assume so. Yes. They have clean vocals as well in some songs, which are provided by Jimmy “Judas” Persson in the band.

Q: Are you familiar with stuff like this?
A: That video made me cry from laughter. Can’t say I was very familiar with the band, although I did hear about the name and came across them live at Metal Hammer - Golden Gods Award in London last year. After that video I consider myself a fan ;) Hilarious!

"Fuck the Goo Goo Dolls..."

Q: Was just wondering, first you said that the EP would be released in the end of January.. But it didn’t. Then you said that they would be released at the end of February but it didn’t... When will it get released?...
A: 1 April Oo

Q: I love the instrumental outro “Maestitia” from “Fallen Angels – Black lotus” demo. Do you have any plans to write lyrics / music to the song.
A: I’ve asked Roger to make a song out it, and I will provide it with proper lyrics. Good idea!

Q: The “Sullen” shirt you have in “Burn This City” video, do you know where I can buy one of those? I have looked everywhere but no success.
A: The shirt is called “SULLEN FAMILY,” I did a Google search and found it here. But it was mainly given out to the people supporting the brand and being in the Sullen Family.

Sullen Daniel's

Q: ARE you God?
A: No, I’m the father of God. As a matter of fact, that would make Jesus my grandchild. 

Q: Where can I get information about your education?
A: The only education I ever had besides my Playstation was nine-year compulsory school and three years of comprehensive upper secondary school, studying as an electrician towards an electronics direction.

I mean really?

Q: How long have you been singing?
A: 11 years

Can you teach me to do harsh vocals? :D
A: Yes, but I can only show you the door. You're the one that has to walk through it…

Q: Can you teach me to sing? :/
A: Hellz no, what’s that?

Q: Do you think having a family of your own will run into problems with your career? (Can apply to any musician and I'm a guitarist so I want to know.)
A: No, I think it can be combined; Roland is a standing example of this. I guess it takes a great deal of patience and understanding from the family though, especially if it’s a touring musician. I mean you can only have a “normal” relationship to a certain extent being away that much. That’s a bit up to the band as well, I guess. There’s a lot of, “You don’t bring cake to the party,” mentality in touring bands, which causes problems if there’s an ethical divide in the band. In The Unguided, everyone in terms of friends and family are more than encouraged to chip in, and are welcomed with open hearts to whatever we involve ourselves in.


Q: Which bands were you inspired by as a teenager?
A: I’m pretty sure I’ve already answered this but a lot of power metal and heavy metal was on the table during these years. Manowar, Iron Maiden, Blind Guardian, Helloween, Gamma Ray, Iced Earth and Edguy to name a few.

Q: Do you think I ask too many questions?
A: Yes

Q: Have you always been able to speak English?
A: Yeah, or since I got a Nintendo 8-bits from my uncle Robert pretty much.

English teacher

Q: What other language(s) can you speak?
Swedish, und ich spreche ein bisschen Deutsch! But my German vocabulary is very limited. I understand a lot of it when I read it or I hear it in a slow manner of spoken language.

Q: Can you fight?
A: I’ve seen my fair share of martial art oriented movies and video games, and picked up a great deal of mortal combat indeed, I give you that. But I’m a very peaceful man who mainly just wants to retire to my books and fiction studies. However, in case of fire, and if someone is abusive to friendly people in my surroundings, I have no problem performing a “Buddhist Palm,” “Falcon punch,” or even a “Kiss of the dragon,” on the hostile forces.

Falcon Punch!

Do you have any weapons?
A: Pencil & tongue.

Do you think that your fans are weird, mindless sheep when we scream our lungs out when we see you? (I've never seen you in real :( )
A: I always think my fans are weird, mindless sheep, and I love them for just that :P I wouldn’t want to have normal people as fans. Normal sucks 1000 miles of cock.

Do NOT manhandle your fans

Q: Do you smoke?
A: I would like to return the question for asking just such an absurd question. Do you smoke crack, sir?

Q: How can I look like you? :O
A: Drink from the fountain of eternal beauty hidden in my wardrobe.

Q: What's your favorite brand of guitars, amps, and shoes?
A: Why the fuck would I care about guitars, amps, and shoes? I tend to throw shoes out on gigs. Actually, in terms of shoes, I do like Etnies, DC and Vans when I think about it.

Shoes & tourbus brand

Q: Do you like Cradle of Filth?
A: I don’t like Cradle of Filth, I LOVE Cradle of Filth.

Q: And finally, do you love me?
A: Yes, that too. Receive my lovechild! Resistance is futile… And it’s not rape, son! Just surprise sex.

One question to the Nightmareland EP... You said it'll be available in stores, so if I bought it in a store will it also be a limited edition with autographs, poster etc. ?
A: I lied! Actually, back when that statement was established we couldn’t tell for certain since we hadn’t signed any contract. So it was just speculations. The Unguided – Nightmareland EP won’t be available in stores. It will only be available from the Despotz web shop.


Q: So my question is will the EP be region friendly? Since the company is in Sweden and I'm in the US I just want to make sure the EP will play on my radio and computer.
A: I haven’t heard about such a thing as regions for Cds go but it should work just as well in your American computer as it would on one in the North Pole, especially on a Swedish computer, since it was MADE IN SWEDEN. 

Q: I cant wait to hear you back with Roland best band news in years cant wait to hear the efforts from the unguided  and I heard your efforts in faithful darkness it blew me away cant wait to here all the new material from both the unguided and faithful darkness out of losing sonic syndicate we gained two bands great job
A: Yeah. Some butt fucking quitters left the band and all of the sudden we stand there with three good acts. How awesome is not that? (I still consider Sonic and whatever future endeavors they have, good. It’s just that it’s nothing I’d like to perform myself.)

Q: I actually have another question to ask you. When you were in sonic syndicate did you ever consider about putting some of the songs by the band in the game Rock Band? If so how does the process work? Would The Unguided put anything out for Rock Band? Also, not related, but have you heard of the band Kalmah?
A: Putting songs as a band in games like Rock Band and Guitar Hero is hard! As a matter of fact, it can be compared with mafia business really. The labels pay to get their bands on there, and in return they get extremely good promotion. Look at Dragonforce for instance, they were not THAT big until they got that “Hyper-Sonic-Speed-Fast-Fast-Super-whatever-ultra-name” song on there and after that their business blossomed. I remember when they still were called “Dragonheart,” and I bought their demo out of internet because the demo version of “Valley of the damned” was wicked stuff! Also, I sure enjoy Kalmah!


I just pre-ordered two copies of NIGHTMARELAND, and April 1st is the release date, now since I'm in Australia, will there be here or will you send an empty package with a note saying April Fools. Or will I expect to see them a few days after that. (Basically is it being sent out on the 1st or distributed earlier).
A: Yes! But no worries, the note is hand written and signed by us in The Unguided! So, it’s still worth your while, I’d say~36 euro well spent! Anyways, you SHOULD receive the note on the release day to answer your question. It would have less of an impact if you got it like the 2nd of April.

Q: Also, I really liked Hate Injection, it really emphasized your ability to growl fast, without compromising your style, B-E-A-UTIFUL.
A: NAAWW how sweet are not you? Adorable! Thank you very much. The song is a mouthful live though.


Q: Why did you remake Burn This City for the album? I don’t like the keyboard sound, and the guitars are more “rock”. To be fair you shouldn’t have remade it!
A: It was remixed to yield with the rest of the album, if that made it under any circumstances to sound…Lacking? Do I really even have to say more? I MEAN REALLY?!

Q: I paid 38 euros for it and I just wanted to ensure I’m getting it when it comes out? I’m not quite sure of how it works u know?
A: You paid 38 Euros for two songs? Now that’s one dedicated hero (or moron)! For the next release can’t we all just move to Sweden so we don’t need to charge ridiculous shipping costs? You should receive it on the release day. Yes. Where do you live anyway with those shipping costs, Mars?

Water & bad shipping costs on Mars

Q: So in terms that I paid for it, I am one of the 616 right? :)
That’s correct agent-friend!

Q: You have the most awesome screams ever according to me! I just would like to ask how and when did you get into the music business? :P
A: First band rehearsal 2000, started with screaming vocals 2002, released first demo 2003, signed by a label 2004, released first album 2005, first “real” tour 2007, quit the band 2010, GAME OVER! Something in the lines of that.

Q: Are you going to go on tour with Faithful Darkness?
A: If they can out pay my current job! To be honest, I’ve not yet made up my mind about this. I’m not going to lose my job or quit my job over touring again. I’m not going to sign a shit contract to be exploited and abused and live like a rat just to be on the road. It’s not THAT glamorous on that level, and seeing that I did it for several years; I have no intensions of starting from scratch with extensive touring. I have no problems with doing random crap gigs in underground nuclear shelters, or whatever. But that fact is not having a major hit to my personal life and private economy either.

Q: What made you want to do a cover for T.A.T.U's All About Us? I’m not saying its bad, but why that song specifically?
A: Pay attention to the FAQ of this blog.

Q: How shall I know if I'm one of the 616? Should I wait till the Release?
A: You receive a confirmation by e-mail saying something like “Hi you are one of the 616 and that makes you a cool cat!” In some cases, the spam filter has detected this e-mail. The plot thickens!

Cool cat

Q: You know, there was always one thing that kept me wonder - where do you guys take your inspiration from to write all these lyrics? I know of troubles and sour stuff going on, but writing such different songs and improve them each time - it keeps on circling in my head. It’s a bright part of a question. The dark part is - have you ever thought of this inspiration to wither? Most of the bands came down to the moment when there's nothing else to add so they just simply started to degrade. They never knew what hit them...
A: I write out from what I feel in life, and what happens in my life. Like a diary, and as you can tell so far, my life have been pretty, well… interesting! I’m not complaining at all though. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to get any form of writer's block or depleting inspiration. My life alone has set the foundation of thousands of thousands of lyrical ideas to come, and more are coming in as I continue to live. If my life would all of the sudden not be so interesting anymore, I just would start to write about other cool people really. Like Darth Vader or Alec Baldwin! So, I’m not foreseeing a future of writer’s block, ever.

Alec Baldwin..

Q: First of all, Nathan, I've read on your blog that you two actually seemed to get along quite well, apart from the fact of the musical change of direction etc. Which brings me to my question, what do you think of the people who keep calling Nathan an asshole, fag, etc? Personally I think it's prejudge mental, since they don't know Nathan, and judge because of the music which was released.
So tell me, do YOU know Nathan? ;) Couldn’t really care less what people write. People write clueless bullshit about everyone all the time (Hi Chris Harris!). I don’t care shit about one individual’s opinion when I can have my own opinion about the matter. As far as I know he’s straight—Nathan, that is. I’m having my doubts about Mr. Harris though.

Q: Then the second question, I've been wondering about what you think about the people claiming The Unguided is actually Sonic Syndicate, but under a new 'banner', so, what do you think?
A: Sounds quite accurate. Or, roughly, it’s Sonic Syndicate in terms of what Sonic Syndicate was on the three first albums. If we were all in Sonic Syndicate today, the album we are currently writing for The Unguided would be the exact same album we theoretically would write for Sonic Syndicate, if you see what I mean.

Exact same

Q: What is the meaning behind the lyrics of Encaged? It's clear it's about a relationship between someone and a singer/band member of a band, but was it also inspired by personal experience?
Yeah. It’s about an old relationship I had during the time we started touring. We broke up shortly before Roland and I went into the studio to record “Love and Other Disasters.” So, that song was written while we still were together.
Q: I noticed that Faithful Darkness's album isn't on ITunes, do you guys have any plans to put it up there in the future?
A: I blame a lazy record label. We have plans to bring whatever we do in the future on both Spotify and iTunes, yes. I just need to get rid of their current label, which shouldn’t be that much of an effort.

Q. I recently started listening to Faithful Darkness now since you joined and I really like the song "Alive". I was wondering are any other songs by them that have a clean vocals chorus such as "Alive"? What other songs would you suggest by them as well?
A: Pure Silence and Stay Awake. Not sure if there’s more on the album. There are two new tracks we play live called “Blessing of Ignorance” and “Stand as One” that features clean vocals.

Q: Random, but the girl on the "In Shadows Lies Utopia" looks like Nicole from Dead Space 2 with the shiny eyes and mouth. 
A: “Isaac, it's me. I wish I could talk to you.” That’s true, actually! The artwork was done four years before the game came out though. How much is there in gain from suing “Visceral Games” you think? Then again it’s not a good idea since “Edos” would probably counter-sue for the Raziel thingy. Let’s make love, not war!

Same mom?

Q: So if you're re making some Fallen Angels songs will your vocals be more of a growl like Eden fire?
A: They will sound like… Whatever I do now days! I care little of the “style” of vocals I had back then because my technique was not nearly as refined as it is today. We will do our new take of the “Fall from heaven” songs and make them The Unguided songs. Be very certain about the fact that we’ll imbue them with the experience we have gained throughout the seven years between the releases, it’s not just going to be a re-record. They are going to be equals to the other songs on the album.

So, I got the Nightmareland Package 1 from Despotz Record's online shop, and I'm wondering if everything will be shipped on the day of the release, meaning I'll have to wait an extra 5 days for shipping after the album is released, while everyone else is getting it the first day from iTunes?
A: First off, it’s not even determined if the tracks will be available on iTunes. If you pre-ordered a week before the release you will most likely get it on the release day.

Q: Will there be t-shirts bigger than XL ?
A: So far, there are only about 3 requests for XXL shirts. That’s nothing that’s economical defensible unfortunately to make it’s own batch of shirts out from. The only solution I see is that whatever person wants a XXL should contact me, and we’ll try to sort it with the t-shirt printing company. The templates are already there, but the individual himself/herself will have to pay for print / expenses and that will probably be quite expensive in the end. 

XXL T-shirt

Q: According to your previous blogs, EF and OI was about yourself, suicidal and stuff like that, LAOD was concerning about world and so, but how about Nightmareland? Will it bee a blend of all these exciting, incredible elements?
A: LOAD was about me as well. There were just a few songs about global events like Power Shift and Dead Planet. I just didn’t write the lyrics as straight forward (except for Encaged, probably) so it wouldn’t need to be a bearing in every single interview, and I needed to discuss the deeper meanings of my private life with random reporters.

Q: Do you think you improved as a lyricist since Fallen angels?
A: Fuck yeah. I think I have improved with every album. I even see improvements from Sonic Syndicate to The Unguided.

Q: So are there surely only 616 pieces of this package? I mean aren't there any extra ones for Roger, Roland, you or your relatives? If you pick one for your own uses, there are in reality 616 fans, who have ordered one, plus the one you have took for your own uses. Also, does this package have a certification of its uniqueness, like LOAD limited edition had one?
A: There will be a quantity of 1000 printed of the jakebox EP. 616 of them will be numbered from 1-616. Those are the ones we are selling on the Despotz web shop. The remaining 384 will not be numbered and will be treated as blank promo copies, and sent to magazines and what not for promotional purposes. Everyone in the band will receive a few of these to start a bonfire ceremony, and then spread the ashes over the fans attending the Getaway rock gig for good show fortune!

300 Spartans, NOT 301

Q: W
hat are your favourite books?
A: The World Without Us - Alan Weisman, Interview with the Vampire – Anne Rice, The Vampire Lestat – Anne Rice, The Queen of the Damned – Anne Rice and Memnoch the Devil – Anne Rice.

Q: In the shadow of your mighty ego, I believe there's no perfection, so reveal your darkened sins, unmask your vices and take us to the dungeon of inner Richard!
A: Gandalf, is that you? Seriously, I sold the ring at the fish market, no biggie! Regarding this dungeon of my most inner me, rest assured that the demons I have locked up there would make your Balrog friend look like Fizzy in “My Little Pony.


Q: Do you have any information about the sizes of the t-shirts for the limited edition?
A: A fan found this site, thank you, fan! (it's near the middle of the page.)

YAY, the font on the back of the T-shirt and the title for the EP is the same as the one being used on Eden fire~ You guys just make me smile. I loved that font the moment I set eyes on it.
A: Not many realized that fact, very observant! My super clever mega mind figured this would be symbolic and make people smile.


Q: Anyways, I wonder if you consider the genre of the Sonic Syndicate nowadays is deserving of the heat it's getting. I think every band should experiment with new things to progress with their music, to some degree at least. I read you supported Dead By April in one of their shows, and I'm thinking their kind of style is concededly more pop-metal than SS in probably many ways, at least just the same (that could just be my opinion though). Music is something that should be enjoyed by taste, if you hear something you like then like it, awesome, don't judge and hate it just because the vocalist is gay for example, like most internet fuckers do, but it's everyone's right to speak their mind. I do know you respect fans decision to like and support the WRTN album, as well as the band. Now, I'm wondering if you would say people are to some degree correct to state that the Sonic Syndicate of today, are not as passionate as they were before maybe, or that people that does spray bullshit around the band should go screw themselves (I found no other way to write my last sentence there).
Seriously, Nathan is NOT gay! Where are you getting this from? Geeez ... Anyways, it occurs to me that they are more passionate now since that yelling dude left. He was clearly holding them back from their passion! I, however, don’t think people that spray bullshit around the internet should go “screw themselves.” It’s not functional, and it isn’t deadly either. It only hurts, trust me! What we want to do is to send them to the jungle planet of Amazonia. In the very terror grip of the fearsome Amazonians they will face death by “snu-snu”!


Q: are you Christian?
A: Does it echo in here? This FAQ. But actually since I saw the trailer of “Priest,” I’m considering converting.

Q. Are you familiar with Brazilian metal bands? Here are some, if you already don't know:
Angra - Winds of Destination (Hansi sings as guest in this song, thought you'd like it)

Hangar - The Reason Of Your Conviction (This band has a insane drummer, Aquiles Priester)

Shadowside - Highlight
I know about Angra. Yeah. Mostly during their time with André Martos though. He is a great singer with a very unique voice. And to be fair, I haven’t followed up on them since they changed their vocalist. I do own the albums “Fireworks” and “Rebirth.” I didn’t hear that song with Hansi. Sounds cool! The other two bands sound neat as well. Need to listen to some more! Viva La Brazil ;)

Q: I’ve got a question about the limited edition package (this is a stupid question imo) Do we get it at the 1e april or is the sending going to start at the 1e of april?
A: You should receive it on 1 April!

Q: I would literally die just to see THE UNGUIDED live in Belgium, so is the unguided coming in the near future to Belgium? In return to make sure Roland doesn’t feel so homesick ill try to learn some Swedish. So ill start first then (even though I’m 17 years old u guys 'ss' made me learn Swedish just in case I would ever see u guys, just like I did with the band 'Adept') 
“Alla Belgien väntar på er när ni anländer till Graspop största Metal Festival i Europa!” (Roland ill even buy a Swedish flag so u wont miss Sweden so much ;D!)
A: That’s very caring of you! Even if you’re young at heart, it houses a lot of sympathy, doesn’t it? We’d love to come over to Belgium. I have a lot of friends there that I would like to spend time with as well. We’ll just have to wait and see what the future has in store for us.

Q: Where do you buy your accessories? I’ve been looking for rings with skulls but I’m not finding any metal-looking rings. I only find pink girly pearled encrusted rings which is kind of un-metal.
A: Read the FAQ here. I got my skull ring from my uncle. I don’t know where he bought it; I just know I love it. 

Q: I can say with very much pride i'm one of the 616.. The only thing I’m curious of is why is it 616 and not 1000? (I believe you said something about it in an earlier blog but that is quite a time ago?)
A: Funny! We printed 1000 but only 616 are numbered. Find the answer to the mysterious number in this FAQ  (Soon I’ll be able to do a whole FAQ with only linking you around to other blog entries. Yay!)

Q: I've been just wondering, either its the way I’m reading answers you post but when you love something (as a band or chick) sometimes you want it back , do you ever feel that you miss being in Sonic? Not saying regretting it, but miss the band at times, past the hate and everything?
A: No. Leaving Sonic was the best decision I’ve made in my life up to this day. I feel alive again! There’s nothing wrong with being undead. But it’s awfully exhausting to be dependent on human blood every night.


Q: So, when somebody asked about your blog titles, that if they were possibly lyrics of upcoming EP songs, you replied that they were just lyrics of random songs you happen to listen to… What's my point? My point is, I've noticed that at least the two latest blog posts titles are parts of the lyrics from the EP. Are there other titles from the lyrics?
A: This one is as well. So, that makes three blog posts which are based on lyric lines from the EP.

I was just wondering.... we all know how epic your scream is, the best out there! Any chance we could hear what your clean vocals sound like? It might be just as awesome as your screams!
A: Yeah, about that… LOOK A SQUIRREL! 


Q: Do you have any idea what the effect in the song used in Pure Silence is composed of? It starts right after the intro when all the instruments come in. It sounds like a mix between a choir and an organ. I'm assuming it's just some type of keyboard effect. I am trying to get an effect like this in our music. I have been trying to figure out what it is because I love the sound of it.
No clue, to me it sounds like a choir of angels. Where they were hired or contracted from I do not know. I would assume heaven because that’s where angels mingle. If I had saved God’s cell phone number, I’d send it to you but I lost it during a BBQ in the restless fires of HELL!!!! 

"Pure Silence" intro

Q: I want to buy your new album when it comes out, but looking at the link you posted the shipping fees to the UK are way too high. Will this album be available elsewhere on release such as Amazon or
No, we want to cut all middle men out for this release to not be exploited. It will only be available through Despotz web shop. Get money on return bottles, friend! That’s what I did when I bought all my Manowar records.

Paid for Manowar records

Q: Do you have a drummer in THE UNGUIDED? Does he count like a band member or does he just play with you live?
We have sorted a drummer for the upcoming live show and video recording. He does not really count as a band member. The band is Roger, Roland, and me. 

Q: Any full length songs available for streaming before the ep-release? Really would like to check it out before 1 April. (If not , can you send some low quality mp3 to my e-mail?)
A: Yeah man, I’m uploading them to Piratebay right now. Download away!....

Do you happen to know if you guys are coming out with more unguided shirts in the future?
A: Of course we will!

Q: How do you get a band started I have a few friends we started but we don't really know what to do. I wrote a few songs and we have a name but what else could we do? Plus when I watched the music video Denied back in 2008 you inspired me to start a band and to start screaming
A: There are limitless things to do in order to have a band. Take every gig opportunity you get offered. Sign up on every community there is on the internet. Record a demo. Spread it like wildfire, etc. It’s mostly about spreading the word, really. It doesn’t even have to sound good to be successful!

The sleeping giant is asleep no longer

Kategori: Allmänt

Hey fellow blog readers!

In this entry I will basically only focus on my recent US trip, while I have it fresh in my mind and to combine everything would just be endless reading. So no FAQ or very much band related stuff at all here! That will take place in next entry; in next blog I will also release the lyrics of “Green Eyed Demon.” Consider it a little sneak premiere before the EP release!  I guess this is entry is mainly for me to file memories, since my ability to remember things is horrible, and I need to write stuff down fast to even remember them at all (I’m surprised I even remember my own birthday). If that doesn’t sound interesting, stop reading now! This trip and its outplay is of great value and importance to me and consist of memories I’d like to keep close to my heart until the day I perish. Fortunately, I took over a thousand pictures that I can lean back on as well, in terms of memory accumulation, hehe.

All right! My uncle Robert and I decided some time ago to take a trip somewhere to spend some well deserved quality time together, and turn a random city upside down. After some thoroughly thinking we decided that New York City seemed to be an appropriate place for some Swedish mayhem! We booked the trip for 9th – 15th of March.

America, Fuck yeah!

Day 1:
Slightly after midnight, I plunged towards the inland of Sweden with my trusty Volvo S40 to collect Robert. I’ve been working the early shift, so I was feeling kind of drowsy from closing in on the “24 hours without sleep” mark. His hearth is located in the deep, deep woods of the west, so I had to travel through these elk filled main roads to get him before the airport. Driving on wild beast heavy roads and being sleepy was a deadly combination indeed, and I did my best to sharpen my senses. Once successfully getting Robert onboard, we also made two additional picks ups. Two friends of Robert’s were going on the journey as well.

Miles outside Gothenburg I had to surrender to my sleepiness, and let someone else drive to even be able to make it to the airport “Landvetter.” When I woke up again, we were to unload the car and make for the airport check-in. When we were done with the check-in and security control, we settled in for some airport breakfast. I had a cheese and ham sandwich along with morning coffee, while Roberts’s friends, Sundin and Janne, only had a liquid breakfast—impressively enough, and earned my respect right away.


Mr. Richardan

We were flying with Air France and going to NYC with a connecting flight through Paris. So far so good! Once we got to Paris, we were picked up by pre-ordered transportation, which took us to the valid gate since the relay time of the arrival and departure was insanely trimmed. This transportation, however, never showed up. We threaded our way through the immense airport but this only made us more lost and we found ourselves located in the wrong terminal. We desperately tried to communicate with the original inhabitants and staff of the airport. This was futile since everything basically got lost in translation. And somewhere down the road I think they spoke French to us while we answered back in Swedish. This would NOT give us the route to the proper gate what so ever. We demanded to speak with the manager. And while working our way through an impressive amount of managers (even the manager of the manager etc.), we realized we were going to miss the flight to the US anyways. This madness had to stop! Finally, we flexed our Swedish muscles hard in front of the French aviation staff. Apparently, that was all that was needed to kick some dust up! They instantly put us on another plane departing a couple of hours after the original flight, upgraded our seats, and ultimately gave us a voucher. A voucher worth a sandwich and a beer (YAY!), very generous!

"Electronic devices prohibited of use during flight!" Luckily my cam is analog...
The voucher paid for ALL this

More importantly it ESPECIALLY paid for this



Once on the plane to JFK airport in New York, we had to find a way to kill eight hours while also traveling six hours back in time. Between the airplane food intervals—which actually were surprisingly pretty delicious—I watched “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.” That was a waste of 113 minutes that I’ll never get back, unfortunately. But since we were going back in time, I consider it something that never happened.  For the rest of the duration I focused on my iPod, red wine, and cognac. It was enough wine to put me to rest for a significant time of the flight actually. The others in our company played “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” without pauses against each other for the whole flight. Very persistent.

Time traveling

Xbox controller in seat, CHECK!

Interesting single-serve food

Let the FEAST begin!


Hydrating dessert


Late afternoon we arrived at the JFK airport. We took a taxi to the hotel Milford Plaza (Yeah the Chelsea Hotel booking got lost in the logistic unfortunately). This 1,300-roomed hotel was awesome as well though! The Milford Plaza was the largest hotel in NYC on its opening in 1928 and has a great deal of history to it. The location is also priceless, seeing you take a step outside and you’re basically standing on Broadway and Times Square.

A safe flight calls for an "snus" ceremony 

The Milford Plaza

In the belly of the beast

Robert and I shared room, and I did my best to get the room 616 but eventually we ended up at 549, which was close enough! Not much more was done in terms of effort during the first day, other than immediate jetlag mending.

The Sjunnesson lair

Close but no cigar!

Day 2:
Robert and I both fired up at 4 a.m. and found it utterly impossible to sleep more because of the Swedish time difference. We got dressed and headed out on the streets. This early hour on a weekday morning is probably the most hibernated state you will ever experience NYC. The sun was slowly going up but it was still somewhat dark outside, and there were only a handful of people outside stressing out to get to their place of work in time. We found a Starbucks just a block from the hotel, and by experience Starbucks is probably the closest to Swedish coffee you can enjoy in the US. I mean, if you put a coin in a cup of coffee you should NOT be able to still see it. However, this is not the case for most of the US coffee, unfortunately. In Sweden we call that tea, as a matter of fact! Hehe.

NYC 4 a.m. or Falkenberg 8 p.m. !?

Tea time

We successfully consumed the coffee, and also abused the free WiFi to find something nearby to eat. A classic American breakfast was on the schedule! We found ourselves at a place called “Westway” a few blocks away. We both ordered the breakfast deal called the “Lumberjack.” Coffee, orange juice, pancakes, and two eggs with bacon. The pancakes with syrup and butter were probably the most blood clogging stuff I have eaten in months but it was delicious indeed! Since we were over here on vacation, I thought we might as well super size everything anyways. So, I had no intentions of holding back.

Never taken for granted!

What does this have to do with trees?

After breakfast, we headed back to the hotel to rendezvous with the rest of our company, who just woke up, and begun to stake out the rest of our day. The first objective was to head out to an Apple store and buy a birthday gift for Roger. We selected the one closest to Central Park, which is rumored to be one, if not the biggest, Apple stores in the world and took a cab there. This apple store was immense indeed, and made its equivalence over in Sweden look like dollhouses. The place was crowded, seeing it was the day before the iPad 2 release. But still, Robert managed to obtain a “Magic Mouse” as a birthday gift to Roger.

"Four in a row" with cars, anyone?

Fruit store

On the way back to the hotel we had another coffee pit stop and also saluted a statue of “Dante.” He looked awfully well, considering he had been through the nine circles of hell. Good job friend!  We also checked out “Time Warner Center” by the Columbus circle. I found myself at a Borders shop, and bought two books. Stephen King “The Gunslinger,” which is the first book of “The Dark Tower” series (I’m really looking forward to follow the main character Roland(!) on his quest to find the Dark Tower hehe). I also bought Anne Rice “Pandora / Vittorio, The Vampire” which is two standalone books tied to “The Vampire Chronicles” books, which was strangely enough insanely hard to get my hands on here in Sweden. It made me happy they were available here!

Nice HELL-tan you got going there Mr.Dante!

The Columbus Circle

Time Warner Center

After this, Robert went back to the hotel for a well-deserved siesta. While Janne, Sundin, and I struck Times Square full on to inhale this spectacular circus of illuminated madness. It’s magnificent, indeed, and the only neighborhood in New York with a zoning ordinance requiring tenants to display bright signs, hehe.

Times Square

I felt safe

Epileptic much?

What's up with the strange parking spots!?

To moisten our throats and soothe our hunger, we found an eating-house called “Heartland Brewery.” We combined lunch with their freshly brewed beer. I had an Indiana Pale Ale and an HB Burger. The burger was pretty uninteresting but the Ale was really good! After lunch we took another walk around the Times Square area until we eventually found our way to an Irish pub in the Hell’s kitchen neighborhood. I drank (ate?) some Guinness as we lingered here for quite a while. Free WiFi, so I took the opportunity to call home as well.

Heartland Brewery

I stole this

Heart(land) Attack on a plate

Amen to that bro!

Irish Pub

Can I have a knife and fork please?

Went back to the hotel to rest with some quality American TV, and continued to mend my jet lagged soul. Robert and I decided that after some rest we’d head out for a Pizza slice and go to the cinema. It was the same day as the midnight premiere for “Battle: LA,” so that worked out smoothly.

When I woke up, we threaded down to a nearby Pizzeria, got ourselves a couple of slices of Pepperoni pizza, which we devoured instantly. It was still a bit early for the midnight premiere, so we decided we’d just counter that with another movie before “Battle: LA,” and made our way to the AMC Empire 25 theatre. This was a huge cinema complex! We browsed whatever was available for us, in terms of movies, and selected the movie “True Grit” as a starter on this rainy evening. I ordered a medium coke as well. I received a bucket full of coke the size of my head(?). I don’t even want to know how many oz it contained, and I certainly don’t want to come across the large version.

Food, food, food and more food

For a crap film they sure spent money on the promotion

"Medium" Size Coke

“True Grit” was pretty cool! Guess I enjoyed “No country for Old Men” better but Hailee Steinfeld surely did an awesome role as “Mattie Ross.” I was still suffering a bit from jet lag, so I kind of feel asleep at times, which is a common feature trend when I go to the cinema—expensive sleep some would say, I assume. Right when the movie was over we went back into the reception to buy two tickets for “Battle: LA.”

New Pirates coming up, early sign!

Eletricians, NYC don't have them

During “Battle: LA” (or should I say Independence Day II) I slept for the longest durations. But I still managed to maintain full understanding of the plot. I’d say if you only watched the trailer of the movie you would probably do just that as well, and see all the “best” parts of the film. This movie was beyond redemption, and earned its bad reviews ten times over. The best part of the movie was probably when they dimmed the lights in the auditorium and someone screamed, “Quite now, I’m filming!” and that was not even a part of the movie, Now that’s bad!

Disappointed, we headed out in the rain and back to the hotel for some sleep.

Swedish weather

Day 3:
I woke up a bit later this morning. I found out by the morning news that Hobgoblin from the new Broadway musical “Spider-man: Turn off the dark” got injured from a safety-wire related accident. This forced them cancel all upcoming shows. Unfortunate for me! I was a bit interested in seeing that musical, actually. My well wishes to Hobgoblin and his recovery!

/soothe Hobgoblin

We were in for some breakfast hunting again! The luck had descended upon “Chevys Fresh Mex” this time around. This was a restaurant chain of Mexican-style casual dining. Too bad the food there was outrageously horrible. But my hunger still made me sink a whole plate of… whatever it was when I ordered.

Not SWE approved


After the traumatic Mexican experience, we were on our way to the Fifth Avenue Apple store to point and laugh at the endless iPad 2 queues. Release day was today and apple enthusiasts had camped out at the store the whole night, according to some. This kept us entertained for a couple of minutes, and then we decided to head to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which is also located on the Fifth Avenue.

Metrosexual people with dogs

The sun honored us with its presence

Central park! It looks "greener" in the movies

We started to walk along Central Park but then came to understand that it was quite a walk, so we hired a taxi service. Not a cab, but a cyclist with a “chariot” gladiator style! This was as much a near death experience as the old Romans arena games but it was still good fun. We reached the museum eventually, scared to pieces but alive.

Spartacus mounting his chariot


Metropolitan Museum of Art

The museum was magnificent! We started our visit with some “New Greek & Roman” galleries (Found the same chariot the cyclist had, slightly older manufacturing year though) and then right into the gallery for “Oceanic Art,” and some “Native North America art” on top of that. Actually, we spent awfully a lot of time here reviewing almost every exhibition available. My favorites were the Egyptian one and of course the Arms and Armor collection. Sickest thing was probably in the Sackler Wing in shape of “The Temple of Dendur.” Hear this out: They fucking moved a two thousand year old temple from Nubia, Egypt in Africa to a museum in America!? I mean it’s not a fucking LEGO they were dealing with. That must have been one HELL of a project. Impressive!

Spartacus found his old helm!

Greek Cujo

Ceasars living room

Gollums forefather

What's your game?

Bought a new classy weapon safe for my elk hunting dad

The original concept model of "Statue of Liberty"

Ancient nerdrage

Gilded angel

The New American Wing

A sphinx

"The Temple of Dendur", Do it yourself IKEA edition 


If I ever die, I'd like one of these! Take note close ones.

Anubis and some hot egyptian chick

(Put random Pharaohnic rulers name here)

Tier 1

Welcome to the gun show!


Tier 2

Tier 3

Tier 4

Properties of "The last Samurai"

Upper right facemask used by Tom Cruise in TLS


Nice selection of Hillebards

Teir 5

Teir 6

Tier 7

Not sure about you but the item level of these looks pretty shit


"The Angel of Death and the Sculptor"

Jesus, The UFC fighter

Jesus, The bum...

She should feed her boyfriend more often

After the museum, we took a cab back to the hotel. I also made a fast visit to the Chruch of Scientology nearby the hotel to purchase their “bible,” “Dianetics,” for my girlfriend. They wanted me to buy a whole starter kit, including all sorts of suspicious items, in addition to signing over my apartment (and soul) in Sweden to their order, but I declined and said I was only in it for the book. I figured it’s about time she found herself a decent religion featuring aliens! Don’t ask me why but she has been acting all weird lately, and has been marathon watching Tom Cruise movies.

"All are welcome!"

We teamed up with Janne and Johan for dinner this evening. We craved for a classic American stake house. We found one nearby the hotel and spent some hours there. I ate my own body weight in meat!  The only mistake was the duck liver starter, which was disgusting. I also had a Budweiser with the meal to follow the American theme of the evening.

In accordance with the custom of those times

Rate my poo?

Weapon of choice

"For those who are about to be devoured, we salute you!"

"Spike Rake"!?

Safely back at the hotel, my mind shut down instantly to digest all the food. 

Day 4:
A beautiful spring morning! I woke up a little bit earlier than Robert and pursued breakfast on my own. I actually went back to “Westway” to get myself some “Lumberjack” action on this day as well. Those pancakes were indeed awesome! Back at the hotel, Robert was awake, and we decided to take a cab to the GE Building at the Rockfeller Center to get an all-over view of Manhattan from the observation deck at “Top of the Rock.”

GE Building

Once at the foot of the building, we waited for Janne and Johan to arrive, and killed time in the NBC merchandise store. This 259m tall construction housed the NBC studios as well. We we’re both very entertained by “The Office” merchandise in the store.

Foot of the building

We successfully met up with J&J and made our way to the top of this gigantic skyscraper. Up there we we’re in for a majestic view! I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. After a while, the dizziness up there was too great to master. So we descended down to the very basement and found a neat Ben & Jerry’s. Robert and I had a little coffee and ice cream break here. I was not brave enough to try the massive “Vermonster” deal infused with 8430 calories. But I had something along the lines of that.

Top of the rock

NYC north side

NYC south side

Obligatory tourist picture!

They forgott a number, fuckers

Ben & Jerry's

Lactose grenade

Next up was some SoHo shopping! I googled a store there featuring Affliction clothing. I wanted to buy something for my brother’s birthday, and figured this would be suiting. Robert and I took a cab there, and to my disappointment their selection of Affliction clothing was very limited. All of the sizes were XL or XXL. Fail! We regrouped at a Starbucks to use the free WiFi, and to get an overview of our location. We found the original Adidas store, and another Apple store nearby and headed towards them. On our way there, we walked by a trusty Volvo 240. What a paradox it was to see this Swedish classic vehicle with an American number plate.

Define "Unnecessary Noise"? Can I NOT sing here!?

Swedish pride in NYC

In the Adidas store, we both were admiring their new Starwars + Adidas collection. One of their staff members walked up to us and asked if we liked Starwars… In response to that, we just stared at her in a moronic fashion. I mean, who the fuck doesn’t like Starwars!? I bought myself two shirts, and a leather shoulder bag with the text “The force is strong in this one” and a big silhouette of the “Death Star” on the other side. Robert bought a hoddie and new Starwars shoes.

We headed on towards the Apple store, and found this one as crowded as the one by Central Park. I spotted an Oakly store right next to it and bought myself new shades.

We took a cab back to the hotel for some rest, and enjoyed some beef jerky that Robert purchased before we headed to Times Square again. This time it was to pay a visit to Toys R Us! A humongous store with three levels smacked with toys. I was looking to give my lonely Vincent Valentine action figure (which I bought in Japan) some company. Browsing this store made me 7 years old again. I took a picture with a “real size” Optimus Prime,  and mingled with Spider-man and Ironman.  I also said hello to the huge T-Rex, and drooled over the endless of shelves of Starwars toys. I, however, found something very disturbing! A corner with not only Twilight merchandise featuring all kinds of their FAGpires, but also a whole shelf filled with Justin Beiber dolls. I sensed a disturbance in the force and hurried from this area with swift steps. This was probably the best thing to do before the pyromaniac in me took control of the situation. I bought a WoW ghoul miniature called “Rottingham” as well as a Berserker Predator featured in the latest movie “Predators.”

Thank you!


My eyes cought AIDS and ran out from my skull 

Welcome to Jurassic Park!

Say "Hi" From me to Hobgoblin!

Me and Prime

War of Stars

Go Go Power Rangers!

"I think I'm a clone now"


Spider-man and Ironman had underaged groupies

We headed out to find ourselves another bookstore. But we found an HBO store instead! I considered these vampires a bit more tolerable in my mind. I bought a “Fangbanger” slip for my girlfriend. Solely for the purpose that I knew it would piss off “True Blood” fans back at home. We also saluted “Sponge boob Square Pants,” who was giving out hugs outside the store. We returned safely to the hotel to take the rest of the day off.

Giving strangers great big hugs

End of the day beef jerky

Day 5:
Today we headed over to Staten Island because I wanted to do a drive by of the Statue of Liberty, since I haven’t been out there during my touring years. On the way back from the ferry, we got a good view of the south point of Manhattan. It looked majestic! We also got a good look at One World Trade Center (called Freedom Tower, initially), which was being raised where the previous two towers were standing. This skyscraper is going to be 541m tall, and will be the highest building in the US when it’s done 2013.


Manhattan south side

We took the subway back to Times Square to eat pizza breakfast. After breakfast, we took a cab to the American Museum of Natural History. This is where the movie “The Night at the Museum” was partly shot. I was such a huge Dinosaur enthusiast when I was little, and the thought of this place having something called “Fossil Halls” made me greatly excited.

More food!

The American Museum of Natural History

Can I tempt you with a throat lozenge?

I paid admission to this guy

While inside, we headed right into the dioramas, which is the most renowned and beloved exhibition at the museum. The most fascinating fact of the dioramas is that it is stuffed with wild animals in staged setups of their natural inhabitance. From this, I’ve come to realize that many of the environments and animals represented here no longer exist, or have been extinct by the doing of man. So, I guess this exhibition was not only a travel across continents but also through time. It was a sad fact indeed, and mind-blowing in every way at the same time.

Surrounded by lions


My sister had her own dedicated cage

Ostrich Omelet

When the eagle cries

We also attended the IMAX Theater inside the Museum. It was showing “Sea Rex: Journey to a Prehistoric World.” Aside from the huge screen, I was not very impressed at all. The CGI was pretty dire, and the only thing cool about it was that it featured a Prognathodon, which is a 30 ft. long aquatic murder machine weighing in at 1 ton. A creature that is pretty rare by the coastline of Falkenberg.

In Rose Center for Earth and Space, there was an exhibit called “Journey of the Stars,” which was a space show where the visitors seats were placed in circles with a huge circular 360* screen over their heads. This movie exhibition featured extraordinary images from telescopes on the ground and in space. It launched us into space and time to experience the life and death of stars in our night sky (including our own Sun). This experience alone could have done the Museum trip worth its while, very stunning!

Space, the final fronteir

After this, Robert felt a bit tired and headed back to the hotel. I only saw a fragment of the museum so far, so I decided to stay behind and check the rest of it out. I mean, I didn’t even see the T-Rex yet! I shot through the different floors and all the exhibitions until I reached the fourth floor and the “Fossil Halls”. These halls reached me in a very emotional way. I’ve spent a significant time of my childhood drawing dinosaurs, reading all about them, collecting toys, and learning each and every name of these ancient creatures. Something was weird though. I’ve looked everywhere for the T-Rex and Raptors but they were nowhere to be found. I mean I could understand how the sneaky raptors could evade my falcon vision. But how the fuck does one hide a T-Rex from me? I examined the museum map further and finally found a wing I had missed. The center attraction of this hall; a T-Rex fossil specimen, breathtaking stuff indeed!

Not amused!

Hi Easter Island Moai!

A little warning to people with no sense of direction, this museum is HUGE! 

Greenscreen CGI


Can be yours for 400$ !

Sorry dad, someone beat you to it!

"Hello Kitty's" ancestor

Dead Alliance Mount

"No, I'm not a dentist..."

A mobile garden umbrella

Fossilised tank

Brain much?


Ahhh! There we go, Mr.Rex

Fan picture with the T-Rex


After an extensive time viewing of all prehistoric fossils, the museum was coming to a closing, and I felt my life goal was coming to just that as well after I’ve been able to rest my eyes on the T-Rex. I promised my girlfriend I was going to buy her a book and seeing on my way back to the hotel I was going through the Columbus circle. I decided to pay a visit to the same Borders bookstore. I also tried to find Frank Herberts’ “Dune,” but it wasn’t available, sadly enough. I bought “The Catcher in the Rye” for Ella though.

Back at the hotel, Robert and I decided to get some NYC Sushi! We took a cab to a place called “Damo” nearby. The sushi was really good here! I liked how the pieces were a bit smaller than average, it doesn’t make it as overwhelming like the average Joe sushi place. After the sushi, we headed back to the hotel for some sleep.

Prognathodon Sushi apparently

Day 6-7:
This day was the last one of the trip. We decided to celebrate a successful trip with breakfast at the Hard Rock café on Times Square. I had a legendary 10 oz burger clocking in at 1551 calories. I was pleased! We also made a custom I.D. tag necklace for Roger’s birthday. I also bought a Billabong t-shirt for Roger at Times Square. After that, I hit “Toys “R” Us” once again to get a “Sauron” bobblehead for myself, which I had my eye on the first time around but never got around to buy. Since I’ve been a good chap, I also wrote not one BUT four(!!!) post cards. This was a first time ever event coming from me, so I figured it would be decent to actually get some stamps to send them out at home to family and friends. We took a cab back to the Rockfeller Center where we saw a post office. Also, Robert wanted to buy some “The Office” merchandise from the NBC store. And I found a GameStop, where I bought another gift for Roger in the shape of “Final Fantasy XIII” for PS3. We also headed into the Apple store to buy an iPad 2 for a friend. They were sold out, of course. The Apple staff confidently promised the past Friday there was no chance in HELL they would sell out. Fruit business going well these days, apparently!

Hard Rock Café TS

Cymbal lamps! Why did I never think of that?!

Another heart attack going down

Wall of Guitars

Scott Ians Simpsons custom guitar

Hell bent for leather

Steve Vai leather, Roland was impressed

Custom dog tag machine!

The Unguided som satan!

Church of St. Nicholaus near Rockefeller Center

I bid you farewell Times Square!

After this, we checked out from the hotel, took a cab to the JFK airport, and boarded the flight home. Since Air France fucked up the trip, we also got our seats upgraded on the way home. In addition, we got access to their extremely pleasant lounge, and its buffet. Luxury is an understatement! I slept nearly the whole duration on the flight home, except for the connection in Paris, which was smooth this time. We landed safely at “Landvetter,” close to Gothenburg at Swedish afternoon the day after.

My life in a Jean-Claude Van Damme bag

Airfrance longue

Food buffet


Villians at the Paris connection

Right before Swedish touchdown

When I set foot on Swedish soil it was hard to grasp the surreal feeling of what we had experienced. Nevertheless, it felt good to be home with a great deal of new impressions. Shortly after returning home, I repacked my bags and heading to Stockholm to spend time with Ella.

Here is a list of the items I managed to get my hands on in the US:
New shizzle

1. PS3 Game: Final Fantasy XII, b-day gift for Roger bought at GameStop at Rockfeller Center.
2. Dog tag: Manufactured at Hard Rock Café on Times Square, a b-day gift for Roger from me and Robert.
3. Book: J. D. Salinger’s “The Catcher in the Rye” bought for Ella in a Borders store at “Time Warner Center”
4. Book: L. Ron Hubbard’s “Dianetics” bought for Ella in the Church of Scientology nearby Times Square.
5. Book: Anne Rice’s “New tales of the vampires” compilation book featuring “Pandora” and “Vittorio, The Vampire” bought at Boarders at “Time Warner Center”

6. Book: Stephen King’s “The Gunslinger” first book in “The Dark Tower” series, bought at Boarders at “Time Warner Center”
7. Action figure: A “Berserker Predator” from the “Predators” movie bought at “Toys “R” Us” at Times Square.
8. Action figure: A “Sauron” bobblehead found at “Toys “R” Us” at Times Square.
9. Action Figure: A “Ghoul” featured in WoW called “Rottingham” bought at “Toys “R” Us” at Times Square.
10. T-shirt: An Adidas shirt from their Starwars collection.
11. T-shirt: Another Adidas shirt from their Starwars collection.
12. T-shirt: Billabong T-shirt from the Billabong shop at Times Square.
13. Slip: A “True Blood” based slip purchased at the HBO store for Ella.
14. Shoulder bag: A leather shoulder bag from Adidas Starwars collection.
15. Shades: Oakly “Plaintiff” series shades, frames: “Polished Chrome” and lens: “Chrome Iridium”
16. Souvenir: A Statue of Liberty souvenir.
17. Coffee Cup: Times Square coffee cup for Mom, since she doesn’t drink coffee.

Sincerely Yours,

Another demon claws his way to the surface

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The release date of the highly anticipated THE UNGUIDED - NIGHTMARELAND has been set to 1 April 2011! As of now you can pre-order the release over at Despotz records web shop.


Nightmarepackage I
"Nightmarepackage I" : Strictly limited edition, including CD, t-shirt & signed poster

Nightmarepackage I -
Will include The Unguided – Nightmareland featuring the songs Green Eyed Demon and Pathfinder wrapped up in a very exclusive “Jakebox” packaging concept (if you are not familiar to the design, check this site out.) The cover artwork features the extremely talented Chinese artist, Kuang Hong, and the layout design was done by the well-established and skilled Brazilian artist, Gustavo Sazes. This first edition is numbered and is strictly limited to 616 copies. This package also comes with a The Unguided t-shirt designed by Gustavo Sazes (that particular t-shirt design will ONLY be printed exclusively for this 616 limited release and NEVER go to print ever again after this is sold out. If you see anyone wear it, you know for sure he/she was one of the 616.) In addition, it comes with a Nightmareland poster signed by the three of us (manually of course). You can order from anywhere in the world and be sure to get it on the release day! Link to pre-order of Nightmarepackage I here.

Exclusive The Unguided - Nightmareland t-shirt

Nightmarepackage II – Same as above excluding the T-shirt, which makes it 13€ cheaper. Link to pre-order of Nightmarepackage II here.

Nightmarepackage II
Nightmarepackage II

So go ahead, be one of the dedicated 616 lucky ones, and be sure to get your very own copy at the release date, wherever you may live in the world!

Let me share some thoughts that have been weighting my mind concerning this particular release. You’ve grown to know that whatever I do, and whatever project I involve myself in, I want to stay closely connected and down with my fans. I’m pretty sure this came across in plenty of occasions. For example, when I’m posting numerous events about my private life, as well as answering most (if not all) your thoughts, questions, and concerns via the blog FAQ, or directly on my Facebook fan page. I do all this, and invest bigger parts of my life doing just that because you guys are extremely important to me! You are crucial, if not fundamental in my very existence. The fact is you are the single only reason why I’m in the position I am today. If I had the chance and opportunity to get down and dirty with my idols, or role models, back when I was younger I would literally give my arm for just that. I’m in that position now! I can give something back to you. Hear me out when I say I will continue to do so until there’s no breath or heartbeat left in this body.

The Unguided – Nightmareland
is not only a two song EP, it’s a statement! It embodies the essence of free minds and free music. A being not tied down to anything at all but the creativity of three likeminded souls. No middle hands, no commercial procedure, or plan of action, and no one but the musicians themselves calling all the shots. This is how the art of music was originally intended; this is how it all started and how it all should end one day. But to stay true to oneself comes at a price. That very price manifests itself in the way I that I have to do the job of 10 men myself, and spend almost every conscious hour of the day involved in my vision, and put priority on that over sleep, loved ones, and other very functional thing in my life. I’m extremely sorry we had to push the release. But I can guarantee you that the time lost was well spent, and it will be beneficial for you in every way possible in the end. I mean I could have uploaded the songs myself at a random torrent site right after the studio. But it wouldn’t favor the project and its long-term survivability, as you understand. I also wanted so much to give you something special, something in return for everything you have given me throughout the years and also something exclusive for the hardcore fans. The Unguided and myself are not getting anything, or very little, in personal gains for this release. I’m just looking to get around (just about will do!) in life financially and put food on my table. If I can satisfy our mutual interest by delivering awesome and limitless music to you, and not in any way living the high life but to just actually live, that’s a sacrifice I would make any day in the week.

With that said, I want to encourage each and every one of you, if you support this mentality and if you support free music. Place your pre-order and show just that! It will be worth your while. Your money will set the fundamental ground and hasten the pace in which we can record the full-length album, and deliver it back to you. It’s an investment not only for us but for you. We are not in any way strong in capital; we are as dependent on you as you are dependent on us. So let us feed off each other and make this together. If you managed to be one of the 616, that (together with the unique t-shirt) is an honorable symbol of knowing you’re one of the 616 that laid the foundation of future endeavors and albums of The Unguided. You are as much part in this as we are as members in the band. Thank you for your support! You make me proud each and every day, and you are certainly the one and only reason why I care about doing this to the extent I do it. You put the HARD in hardcore ;)

Pride, Honor and Glory!

The Unguided is not the only band I’m involved in at maximum speed. No no no! My fellow men in Faithful Darkness and I just recently released our first song featuring my vocals. This utter madness can be found here:

Consider this song another “FUCK YOU!” Chris Harris, you clueless piece of shit!

Download “Faithful Darkness – Hate Injection” MP3 (256kbit/s) here and Guitar Tabs here
(You can also find the lyrics in the YouTube info text attached to the song!)

I recorded the vocals in a friend’s studio called “Sällström Audio” in Halmstad – Sweden. My vocals were recorded through an Amek 9098 pre/EQ, UA 1176N compressor and Shure SM7 mic. Jonas Kjellgren mixed the song at The Abyss. If you like what you hear be sure to spread the word!


I also had my premiere gig with Faithful Darkness in Helsingborg – Sweden 25th February! I would like to thank everyone who took their precious time to come out and show us their support! It was a magical evening, and very nostalgic for me. When the gig was over I realized what I’ve been missing out in my life the past couple of years. In fact, it made my mind wander off to places where I haven’t been in a long time, and it felt thoroughly good.

Rockbåten M/S Harmony - Helsingborg - 25/2 - 2011

Photos © Frida Warnerbring, Rockbåten M/S Harmony - Helsingborg - 25/2 - 2011 

Faithful Darkness just recently booked a show in Copenhagen supporting Marionette (19th March) at the venue “The Rock”. I’ve played at “The Rock” on many occasions with Sonic and even Fallen Angels further back in time, and it’s a place I’m eager to go back to. In fact, I did my first Danish show with Fallen Angels there and I did my last Sonic Syndicate gig on that very stage. It’s not hard to understand that I’ve invested a great deal of sentimental value into that particular venue. Rest assured, I will destroy that stage once again with the weapons of Faithful Darkness! If you are planning on coming, join the Facebook event here.  

Roger and I have decided to go back and revisit the old songs from 2003 “Fallen Angels – Fall From Heaven” demo. Meaning: “Betrayer of the Code,” “Inherit the Earth,” and possibly, “A Curse of a Gift,” and make them into The Unguided songs! These songs will be included on the upcoming LP. And they will possibly have their very own chapter “Eden Fire” style to separate them a bit from the new material on the album. Something fun for the oldschool fans, I hope! I’ve heard an instrumental version of the new “Betrayer of the Code,” and it’s insane!

Betrayer of the Code 

If you are an active forum user over at Army of the Unguided fan site, maybe you’ve seen it has recently implemented a new feature that you will gain ranks depending on how many posts you do. This is a feature that has been asked for, so my slave Emil generously made that happen. Thank you Emil! The winners of the tattoo contest, Alex and Robin, have been granted their proper rank, something that will be unobtainable for other people. I’ve seen to myself that the ranks are based on the honor system of horde; if anyone has any objections and problems with that, I would just like to say this… FUCK YOU! Hehe. I know all of you are not gamers but hell you need to wake up from that ignorant and boring state of yours and see what’s really important in this life, the “real” world, my ass! Emil is also now busy with doing the website for The Unguided which most likely will be launched in synch with the 1 April release of Nightmareland.

For the Hor..Unguided 

I’ve recently found pictures from a couple of very crafty fans that have done clever acts of tribute to honor The Unguided! This one fan wrecked his car by putting The Unguided logo on the back windshield. Very dedicated! Thank you for sending in those pictures to me. Also, a fan has been busy manufacturing a The Unguided mug. Seriously, I would die to drink my morning coffee out from such badass porcelain! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

Crafty little creatures

Also a truce has been declared between me and Karin! About time! Don't you think? She was actually over at my apartment briefly on a coffee and we talked everything through and decided to put all grudge behind us.

Friendship, Friendship again

I’m leaving for the US in a couple of days, and will be away for about a week, so don’t expect too much activity during that time. But everything is set in motion now and should be run smoothly!... Still here? Pre-order that bitch right away! Don’t risk being left without that awesome limited edition package when all the other kids are playing with theirs ;) If you run into any problems at all regarding the release or pre-order don't hesitate to mail me directly at


I did this FAQ before the release day was established, to confuse you, I kept it as it was originally written. Enjoy! 

Q: Do you have an Xbox 360? If you don't, you should get one (and add me)!
A: I do own a 360, I use it very rarely nowadays though simply because I don’t have time. And whenever I have time for games I tend to spend it on WoW, hehe. I bought the 360 back in 2005, and we had our fair share of precious moments together indeed! Guitar Hero : Metallica was probably the latest game that tied me to it. My live user name is “lestatharbinger,” and I still pay for that monthly but I’m never really online. I guess Gears of War 3 will change my view of this matter though, hehe.  

Chainsaw-bayonet engage!

Q: Why did my teacher yell at me for drawing The Unguided symbol? Doesn't she know it’s more important than anything she's teaching!?
A: Your sense of priority is correct. Obviously, that symbol is more crucial than her aimless teachings. The fact that there was probably more thought going into that very symbol, than thought spent on her entire education underlines it even more. Proceed with your doodling!

symbol doodle

Q: Can't wait for the next songs being released from the unguided, any ideas when? :D
A: It just recently went to print, anytime now we’ll get a fixed release date!

Q: I'm not really much informed about what led to Sonic Syndicate's change, so I'm guessing the other members we're aiming to a different music direction. If so, what did you do to prevent of that mistake happening again?
A: Quit the band? In The Unguided it will never be a problem because we are three people that are totally in the same line with everything we do.

Three Wise Men

Q: I heard about some band formers making the new members sign a contract that they'll always follow the formers music direction, and if they refuse to... they most probably get kicked out? What do you think about that?
A: Really? Why did I never think of that… hehe. To be fair, I think a band should be more organic than that. There should be room for debauchery of course, and no sneaky contracts should ever counteract that. Music is a living essence, and so are the members in a band. Neither external people nor contracts should ever influence that.

Q: I also have another question.. About the autograph&tattoo design requests on your fan site. I submitted an autograph request but I didn't really get any confirmation that it was sent, just a blank page with numbers and all the information I’ve put in. Does that mean that it was submitted, or there was some kind of mistake?
A: Blank page you say? Sounds like a confirmation to me ;) I think the whole request function has been a bit buggy because I’ve received a lot of upset mails about it. But I also think everything has been stored in the database because I’ve been keeping somewhat track on that and it’s still stacking up requests. It’s just at this time I’m not able to sit down with it and work everything off. The fact that the EP just went to print will buy me some time though, so we’ll see what happens the coming weeks.

Q: Well, first of all, I can u tell how I can improve my guttural ;) 
A: No

A situation like this...

Q: you should make Nightmareland cover posters.
A: The limited edition version of Nightmareland will come with a poster. 


Q: I'm trying to growl some songs from Heaven Shall Burn. This pretty good I think, but every time when I finish one song, I have to cough allot. Is that normal? To defend myself: I just can’t scream, so I'm just growling, and I think growling doesn’t fit to Sonic songs, otherwise I would of course practise growling on them. Their just made too perfectly to spoil them ;)
A: I know my technique was straining for the throat when I first started with it as well, and I did my fair share of blood coughing before my throat grew to understand I won’t really stop abusing it. So my throat built other defenses for the vocal misuse other than just making me cough more. Somewhere I think it realized it would kill the body if it were to lose more blood. And yes, I’m exaggerating… I did cough in the beginning though… Once or twice.

I have a question for you. How the hell did you get so ripped? I tried with gym but it wasn’t very effective. Do I need some special diet or I should stick to normal?
A: I don’t get it... How the fuck do one get ripped by not spending a significant amount of time on gym / cardio? And how is it NOT effective!? What diet you should go for is very much dependent on what you goals are really. If you should stick with your normal diet is dependent how a “normal” diet is viewed in your life? I mean in some cases eating at McDonalds three times a day is a normal diet? I’ve restricted my diet to tuna, cottage cheese, pasta, eggs, and chicken. I’m not trying to get big, I’m trying to outline my contours and push my condition. If you want to get big, you have to eat a lot, and right! It’s like building a house, without material, there won’t be much house building will there now?

McDonalds Diet

Q. In a former blog you mentioned that you want to get some THE UNGUIDED t-shirts printed. Is this plan still alive? If yes, have you already got any ideas where and when they'll be available?
A: One merch design done by Gustavo Sazes is coming in the coming days. I think J.A.Aranguren is working on one as well. Anne Kathrin Schöner (who did the painting in my living room) has also supplied us with a t-shirt design. If Leah Eropkin finds time in her schedule, she will probably do one as well. Everything will most likely go to print! So there’s a development there, yes. 

Q: I scream in a band called Monolog
. Everything we ever recorded is made in my little home “studio”. What software and synth do you use for the synthtracks in your songs? I also became very interested in the vocal trix Jonas Kjellgren used in his studio. Is this a secret or would you be able to share? Also how much better does the SM7 work on screaming vocals compared to what I use a SM57.
Fire Roger a mail about the synth question: For my vocals on Nightmareland Jonas used SM7 -> Pre-amp (Focusrite I think) (HW) -> Distressor (HW) -> Massey CT4 (SW) -> Bomb Factory BF76 (SW). There was probably some SW EQ, De-Esser and reverb involved as well but I don’t remember what we used and where in the chain it appears. I have no experience of screaming vocals into a SM57 so I can’t really be objective there. But from what I’ve heard it works smoothly, especially live. For the studio I would however prefer the SM7.

If Kilmister use it, You don't question it!

Q: Have you ever thought about buying a ps3? I mean, it would be AWESOME to play ps3 with you.
I expected to get one from Santa last X-mas but I kind of fucked that up by being an evil callous man, so it didn’t happen. I’ll try to get it down for my wish list for the coming X-mas, though. I won’t buy one I think. It would just collect dust anyway! Well, I’d use the blu-ray every now and then.

Q: I was wondering, will Sonic Syndicate and/or The Unguided merch, like t-shirts, ever come to the North America (prefer California)? I have been wanting a shirt for two years now :)
A: Why the hell would I care if Sonic Syndicate merch reach Cali or not? As for The Unguided merch, I think you will be able to order it worldwide once we get that up and running. 

Q: The grey hoodie you have in the pictures from the studio and also in episode 1 of The Unguided TV. What brand is that? Where did you buy it? Do you have any link to an online-shop where I can get it?
A: The grey hoddie is called “Liberty Etch” and is from the brand Zoo York. I bought it back in 2007 when we toured with Amon Amarth in the US. I did some Google search on it but only found this page where it’s sold out.  I mean it’s as old as the trees really so I guess it will be hard to find. You can buy mine for the right price ;)

Statue of Incarceration

Q: I know you write almost everything yourself but did you write the Dead Planet lyrics? They show a real deep concern about the planet and I was just where you stood on the subject.
A: I wrote the lyrics for Dead Planet, yes. I wrote them after I’ve watched Al Gores, “An Inconvenient Truth,” actually. I like the idea how he’s actively raising awareness of the massive environmental problem, and wanted to apply just that on my own lyrics. If every single individual would try to pitch in and help with whatever method is available to him/her. I think the destruction of this planet would yet be reversible. But rest assure that is subjected to change if mankind’s mentality towards the planet won’t deviate from its current route pretty fucking soon. Whatever we want it or not it affects us all and if I can write lyrics about just that and make people wake up from their chronic and ignorant brain disease that’s exactly what I’m going to do. Earth Hour coming up, SORT IT OUT!

Q: I know you've said that the band won't be doing any extensive touring due to Roland not enjoying it. Is it safe to say that you won't be making a trip to Australia? 
A: As I’ve said in every blog since we revealed The Unguided, if the offer is right we’ll do anything since we’re sluts like that! After all you have cute Kangaroos! But then again you also have the box jellyfish, which is really concerning; in fact it, could kill a touring band and its crew in matter of three minutes.

I kill tour, steal earnings!

Q: T
he other Richard Sjunnesson Facebook page is just for family and friends, isn't it?
A: There’s nothing fooling you is it? 

Q: Are you capable of screaming in Swedish? I know Roland did it in an old band he had called Inhale.
A: Nope! My screaming vocals are limited to English… and Latin… !? Why would I not be able to sing in my mother tongue? Actually I think Swedish is a very powerful language, and I’d like to try some stuff with just that in coming The Unguided songs.

How did the classic Sonic line-up (Only Inhuman and Love and Other Disasters) meet? I know you and Robin are cousins, so that's relatively easy to figure out, Roger's your brother, even more easier to figure out seeing as you've been around him long enough to know he is and isn't a long lost brother. So how did you meet Roland, Karin, and John.
A: Karin I first met when she did an interview with Fallen Angels for the local newspaper. Then when we were looking for a new bassist (on the pub obviously) me and Roger bumped into her and asked if she wanted to come onboard. John and I went to the same senior level school, and I was also very familiar with his band DØDZ. John did always somewhat show interest in the band and when our drummer left, I called him and he joined the band. Roland I met first time in the studio recording Eden Fire. We wanted a guy to do some clean vocals, especially for Jailbreak. The guy we first had in mind didn’t pick up his phone. So the studio called in a local capacity, meaning Roland. So it was really a coincidence. When we did the pre-production songs for Only Inhuman we called Roland to use his services once again. With the pre-production songs we got a contract with Nuclear blast. This meant touring kind of started as well, and to do justice to the songs it would be convenient to have Roland in the band. Karin called Roland to ask if he was interested to be a fulltime member, which he was.

How did the band originally hear about Nathan before the Burn This City EP? Was it through friends, a show you guys saw in England and The Hollow Earth Theory was playing, or he just showed interest in the band following Roland's departure?
A: He filled the application formula for the open singer spot, which got sent in to our mail, he also mailed our manager direct. He linked us up with the video “Transmission,” and that was really the first time anyone of us saw and heard him. Later on he sent us the entire album from THET. I showed Roland the “Transmission” video and he also considered the vocalist was something worth our while.

Q: How come the band did not decide to get a keyboardist after Eden Fire?
A: More members? Really!? Less effort without one, and less mouths to feed. Especially since we had really bad experience from the one we had pre-Eden Fire as well in terms of professionalism and showing up to rehearsals.

What more evidence do you need?

Q: What do Swedes think of the appeal of gummy candy Swedish Fish?
I love it! You’ll definitely going to find a lot of fish in my candy bag hehe. Now that can be viewed from a couple of angles right? 


Q: I do have a question as I’ve noticed on your Facebook page about a number of limited edition, exclusive copies as you put it, held back to 616. I was wondering, where I could purchase, or place an order for one of those.
A: Anytime now!

You've mentioned your favorite bands and artists a few times, what are some of your guilty pleasures when it comes to music you like listening to?
A: Hmm I’m not really ashamed of any music I listen to. I guess I own a Fall Out Boy album, or two.. Forgive me father, I have sinned…


Q: What inspired you to be a singer, or a screamo person or whatever the hell you are? =p
A: A late night radio show with Dark Tranquillity live from Kåren in Gothenburg, and Mikale Stanne’s vocals inspired me to become a screamo person or whatever the hell I am.

Q: What do you think you would have done if you hadn't become a musician? =o
A: Graphic artist, tattoo artist, or a writer most definitely. I turned my back on art to pursue my musical dreams once upon a time to be fair—something I’m dying to find a way back to whenever my life allows for it.

Q: Do we have a release date for the EP yet? I really really cant wait :D
A: Funny that! You’re not the only one…

Q: I’m listening to Strapping young lad at the moment, what do you make of them? :DA:
Can’t say I’ve listened to their stuff a lot but I respect Devin Townsend very much! I’ve ruined many potential pop oriented parties with the song “Shitstorm.”

Talented & Handsome

Q: When reading the blog I saw the reference to Zebras In America, I love Freddy got fingered / Tom green lmao what would you say was Tom Greens Funniest Sketch? I’m a big fan and would love to know, must be something to do with being 27 I think lol
When I first bought Freddy Got Fingered I watched it constantly over and over for like three days. That man is a genius and that movie is a milestone in humanities history! I can’t pick a scene I love more than any other seeing everything is just brilliant. 

I've got a question for you, out of your years of touring on both headline and support tours, which band/s did you enjoy touring with the most?
A: Dark Tranquillity and Deathstars, by far!

Q: First of all: Delay till March/April... you do want to cause some amok shootings do you? :P When will you be able to give us a final release date?
A: I blame Canada! Please don’t kill innocent people…

Among other things...

Q: Another question which I had in mind for a while now, (hope its not as random as the couple of last ones, hehe) is about the meanings of your lyrics in general. When you write a song, do you have ONE meaning/story/theme shown in this song, and only this one, or do you leave space for speculations? Because I often find myself being very accurate in interpreting your lyrics, and when I try again with the next song I am just completely wrong....
A: Before I write anything at all I always decide a direction for the song and keep the lyrics true to that. Many times I give out subjective content which can be interpreted in different ways, and that’s really up to you to decide what it means to YOU. I don’t want to limit your imagination and speculations in any way so a lot of times I open many doors but I never really close them all. That’s when your own mind should kick in and tie together the lose ends. Paint your own picture, so to speak, out from the received information. Be involved in the creativity, and the living variables of the lyrics. Whatever way that picture is rendered in your head, that’s the meaning of the song! And I would never dream about disappointing or ruining that very picture by giving out MY own accurate meaning of the song. 

Q: I follow your blog daily and I wonder if there’s a releasedate for Nightmareland? I’ve listened to the previews on youtube to destruction and I’m eager for the release!

Q: Beeing a badass metalstar and all with the best screaming vocals in the world. How come you dont have any fucking tatoos man? If I were you my entire body would be coverd
A: I’m too much of a perfectionist to find out what I would be able to wear in terms of art on myself until the day I die, and actually endure it. That’s why I never had anything inked on myself. The Unguided symbol is pretty fucking close on making its mark on me, though.

Stay awake!

Q: I'm aware this is a very trivial question! But are you friends with the band Zonaria? Or have you at least heard of them? Your public facebook account appears as a friend with their guitarist Emil Nyström. If not perhaps he is a fan of your work? Hehe.
I speak with Emil occasionally yeah, and I like their stuff! We used to be on the same American label.

Q: Where do you buy all your Crusty Demons clothing? Do you know any good website which sells Crusty Demons products? And finally is that hoodie, in the following link, also Crusty Demons hoodie and where did you bought that?
 I love the artwork of Crusty Demons. I think you also like 'em, eh? ; ) Do you know any clothing brands which have artwork like Crusty Demons on its clothes? Nothing to do with music, The Unguided etc. sorry about that, but I'm just curious and interested :)
A: I’ve got all my Crusty Demons clothing as an endorsement. Check out and see if you can find what you are looking for! The hoddie I have in the picture is called: Crusty Demons “Smoldering hood.” I do like them very much, yeah, hehe obviously! If you are looking for similar clothing also, check Sullen Clothing which is another brand I love! 

Sullen Clothing

Does one have to be a good lyricist to be a professional vocalist? I've put some serious consideration in heading towards the direction of being a professional vocalist in a metal band. So I’m asking this question, because I’m wondering is it possible to be a vocalist without being able to write lyrics? or is it a necessity? 
A: Not really. I guess it helps but there are a lot of professional vocalist that just sing, and are not involved with any extensive text processing. Roland for one, he’s a professional vocalist but not a lyricist for example.  

Q: Is Roland going to be performing screams along with clean vocals in the Nightmareland or upcoming albums from The Unguided?
A: I’m not really sure. In the songs on Nightmareland he doesn’t do any screaming. But it was not really intentional. I guess that’s because he didn’t do that for a long time. But it was not an intentional formula or something like that. I guess it’s favorable for the voice if you set a direction for it instead of doing all kinds of different techniques. I’ve heard significant changes in many multi-technique vocalists example jumping from clean singing to screaming affecting their clean vocals in the wrong way in the long run. We’ll see what happens. I’m open for whatever, really. If he feels he want to focus on his clean voice and let me handle all the screaming I’m fine with that.

Q: What happened with the old singer of Faithful Darkness? Why did he leave?
A: I’m not extremely updated on that, and to be fair I didn’t really take big interested in it either. My loyalty is with the guys in the band because I saw potential in their music and they are good people. And the word I got is that he left for personal reasons. I don’t know a more specific reason as to that. According to some, I left Sonic for personal reasons. So maybe an angry hate-blog will pop up on the internet anytime soon from nowhere where he throws all kinds of garbage on me, fuck knows? ;) Anyways, I do respect Erik and his work in Faithful Darkness. His voice is beast!