Richard Sjunnesson

Official blog of Richard Sjunnesson (The Unguided)

I am to live to the end of the world

Kategori: Allmänt

I’ve decided to do a little 2012 recap on this fateful day. Some of the top 5 highlights from both the band and my life. 

:: TOP 5 UNGUIDED HIGHLIGHTS OF 2012 ::

1. invaZion EP
To finally release a preview of what will definitely be the best part of 2013 (the new album!) at the rumored doomsday (2012-12-21) was surely something special. The awesome reception by the fans of the two new songs and the fact we archived this release entirely by our own engine. Underlined a huge milestone in our short but focused history. Thanks for making this important release as successful as it showed (and needed) to be. Fueled by unguided nitroglycerin and an iron will, we are belting out those album tracks one by one. The fans; will blatantly not be disappointed. And that’s a promise, I have no intensions of straying from. Listen to the songs here: iTunes, Amazon.com, Spotify


The Unguided - invaZion


Vocal recording


Studio Sällström Audio


invaZion Poster / EP
 

2. Betrayer Of The Code MV
Once again, together with you, the impressive guys over at 11Frames Productions and a hard working band and its associates. We archived the most complex, extensive and beautiful music video in our carrier. Betrayer Of The Code, thematically based on Anne Rice’s; Queen Of The Damned and Vampire Chronicle books, took a lot of time, effort and money from all of us. But the result is as stunning as the original vision! To finally be able to do a music video that was directly tied to the lyrical content, was something special for me personally, since that’s nothing that’s really been on the map before. See the video here.


The Unguided - Betrayer of the code

 


"God damned us"


Mekare and Maharet


Creating vampires on the set


Drum 'N' Bass


The killing of the Queen


Wrapping up after two nights of filming

From the music video / artwork by J.A.Aranguren
 

3. Bringing Hell Frost TOUR
Launching the band on its virgin voyage, across Germany, to support the debut album Hell Frost was definitely nothing we expected when we formed the band late 2010. Due to various reasons, The Unguided was not supposed to be a touring band. But as we didn’t want to disappoint the loyal fans outside of Sweden; we made an exception and decided to go that extra mile and ignore some of our principles. During the spring of 2012 we joined forces with Deadlock and Devastating Enemy and made Germany and its surroundings unsafe for a period of time. A time that was definitely worth every personal sacrifice!


Bringing Hell Frost Tour 2012


Leaving Sweden


Die hard German fans


Deadlock + The Unguided = <3
 

4. Pandora’s Box BOX SET
The ultimate Hell Frost collection featuring a total of 14 CD’s with all sorts of goodies (pre-productions, instrumentals, remixes) you could wish for as a fan. And also with the highly anticipated lost and found song Deathwalker, which unfortunately couldn’t make it to the Hell Frost release, but appeared in its full glory on Pandora’s Box. To make a production as complicated as this, is surely something a lot of labels would back away from. But with the united powers of The Unguided, Jonas Kjellgren and Despotz we prevailed (after some frustration and delays of course hehe)! Get the box set here, listen to Deathwalker here: iTunes, Amazon.com, Spotify.


The Unguided - Pandora's Box


14 CDs!


Deathwalker
 

5. Phoenix Down MV
The premiere and introduction video of The Unguided, directed by our longtime friend; Patric Ullaeus and his Revolver Film Company, struck the beginning of the year with full force. The video visualize one of the favorite songs from Hell Frost and portrays a band reborn in its right element. See the video here.


The Unguided - Phoenix Down

 


Artwork by J.A.Aranguren


Henric on set


Patric Ullaeus
 

:: TOP 5 LIFE HIGHLIGHTS OF 2012 ::

1. Moving to Stockholm
There’s many highlights of 2012, but this one is surely the brightest of them all. To finally be able to eliminate that stupid distance between me and my love and move out from Falkenberg on the west coast of Sweden, to the capital of Scandinavia on the east coast. Definitely made my life a lot happier.


Stockholm


Moving


Fixing
 

2. Gotland vacation
To indulge ourselves, in a well needed week long vacation, at Sweden’s largest island; Gotland. Was also a very special occasion of 2012. Just to relax in the beautiful medieval city of Visby and explore the island and all the mind-blowing scenery was a sensation in itself.

 


Visby


Shieldmaiden


Sea stacks at southern Gotland


At Fårö
 

3. Sandhamn vacation
I haven’t seen much of the Swedish archipelago. And to set that straight, Ella booked a surprise trip to Sandhamn during the summer. Usually these parts of the archipelago are infested by brats (upper class youth), which I don’t go very well together with, seeing my bad to the bone metal background. But during this week, they were busy “washing champagne” elsewhere, so Sandhamn was practically empty. We had a wonderful stay here!

 


Sandhamn


Elven woods


At sunset


Leaving Sandhamn
 

4. 28th Birthday
I hardly remember how old I am anymore since it’s uncomfortably close to that fatal 30 number, but on this day Ella reminded me with a Playstation 3! That definitely made me feel more blissful and younger.


Playstation 3


BEST.BIRTHDAY.EVER!


Strawberry-Honey Ice Cream
 

5. Manowar
At Ella’s birthday and at the annual Getaway Rock festival, I finally got to see Manowar live for the first time. Manowar is my childhood heroes and the band that shaped my only ideology in life, namely: "If you're not into Metal - you are not my friend!" The show was period the best I’ve seen in my entire life. I’m not objective.


Manowar


Manowar at Getaway Rock Festival 2012


Fighting the world
 

So that’s that! As you know I’ve been doing these “Song of the day” posts on my official Facebook every day. And today was the final song of the year! You can check the entire 2012 playlist here, that’s basically your soundtrack for 2012!!!

Happy new year everyone! 2013 will be immense.

Song of the day: The Unguided – Betrayer of the code

/Rich

When the armies of weakness

Kategori: Allmänt

Since I haven’t managed to clone myself yet, it’s still needed that we travel to all sorts of different places in Sweden to celebrate Xmas. So after Christmas day, we traveled to mom's place in the deep spruce woods of Halland. The original idea was to visit mom on Xmas eve, but since we got the Dead By April gig last Friday down on the west coast, at pretty short notice. We sure as hell didn’t want to go pinball all over Sweden twice. We solved the dilemma by spending Xmas eve at Ella’s parent’s house and got our asses down to the west coast after Xmas day instead.

 


We got this cut-glass chandelier from Ella's parents


Our Xmas gift to mom! 2012 was a good year


Roger's gift to me


Mom's Xmas tree
 

Well down at moms place I’ve been busy pillaging the boy rooms of me and Roger. It literally was like time made a sudden stop in these rooms and no one touched them since we moved out around 13 years ago.  Since she’s going to clean them out soon, I made sure to salvage whatever valuable items they could possibly gloat on.

My old comp. You know it's the shizzle when it have a "TURBO" button


Old photo of me with an dinosaur on my shoulder. I'm possibly 14-15 years here.


MUST.SALVAGE.OLD.NINTENDO.STUFF


Roger's wall decoration


We also said "Hi!" to the Betrayer of the code dog

Before we left for the gig, we also made a visit to Robert's grave and obviously gave him an invaZion copy!

 


Hope you like the new songs uncle Robert!
 

The Gothenburg gig with Dead By April and Marissa Burns Trey was great. A bit unrehearsed from our side, I suppose, with some technical problems as well. But overall I had a good time! Find pictures from Accessrock.se photographer Robert Svensson here.

 


Resolute Roland


2K2BRoger


Hankmeister


Dead By April


Photo by: Robert Svensson


Photo by: Robert Svensson


Photo by: Robert Svensson


Photo by: Robert Svensson


Photo by: Robert Svensson
 

Yesterday I had dinner with my celebrity friend Nicklas “Half-tooth” Bjelvén from RACKARTYGARNA. He’s a FMX hero, but since an unfortunate crash some months ago; his right leg was wrecked and need to heal after complicated knee surgery. But check him and his pals out in the video below, some serious daredevilry going on!

 


The half-tooth hero


The Rackarride


Rackarlife S02E07
 

Song of the day: Manimal – Shadows

/Rich

Point me to the sky above

Kategori: Allmänt

So if anyone forgot the fact it’s Xmas, here’s a reminder. So far I’ve had a glorious Xmas. Apparently I’ve been a good boy and to say that I received awesome Xmas gifts is a heavy understatement. My wife to be, is very observant and has followed the vague trail of crumbs, I’ve moderately placed after myself the past year.  For example; she picked up the fact I’m a fearless barbarian in Diablo III and thoughtfully bought me both a new mouse and mouse pad. Just so I can continue slay demonic beasts even more vigorously. Rumors say the clicking efficiency of this new mouse is over 9000(!!!) She also realized the fact that I’ve got a growing urge to get back to drawing again, so she caught me totally off guard with this Wacom – Intuos5 pen tablet. Kuang Hong (Hell Frost, invaZion) have promised to give me private lessons and a tutorial, in how to use it hehe. I also got a calendar, stuffed with photos and highlights of the past year, really sweet. She’s definitely the best! I love her with all of my heart <3. So what did I do, to make up for all this? I got her a Canon EOS 60D. Since she always complains; that she would kick equally much ass behind the camera, as in front of one; if she in fact had a proper camera. Guess what? Now she does!

 

4th fire of the Adventogram was finally lit


My wrapping fail; to the left.

So much WIN in one single pic!


A Canon EOS 60D attached to Ella


I'm not sure about you guys, but I'm thinking; HAMMERTIME!
 

As far as band stuff goes, the invaZion release has been really successful! You can still find the lyrics to the songs in this blog entry. We did a small Xmas special video for you guys. And since Roland promised his family a phone free day, I had to improvise that part! You can view the clip here:


Nokia 3210? FO REAL!?

There’s also a Xmas greeting from me in this video via AccessRock.se, check it out:


Ho-ho-ho-ho

We also had some guests over the other day. Ella made Xmas food like the pro she is, for the occasion. We’ve both been really busy with work, the band and her photo sessions lately, so it was good to finally meet up with friends and chill out a bit. You know, just watch Nyan cat for 10 hours straight and all that sort of fun stuff you do with friends.

 


What is it? What do you smell? MANFLESH!!!


"Bullkött"


Stop! DINNERTIME


Swedish Xmas food


Mikkis trying to hide from being an international blog celebrity


10 hours of Nyan cat


Benji selling his "time traveling" shares, after watching Time Machine


Reaction to 10 hours of Nyan cat; very individual!
 

Anyways, merry Xmas everyone!  

Song of the day: Misfits – Dig up her bones

/Rich