Just a quick update! Some time ago our buddy (and DnB legend; ) Zardonic, asked us if we; in The Unguided, were up for yet another collaboration. As you know we’ve done a couple of those before with our dear South American friend. But this time it wouldn’t be just another remix (even though that work have been highly appreciated and the fact “Phoenix Down (Zardonic Remix)” is highest on our Spotify Top 10, kind of speaks for itself!) This however, was something more special. This would be a song feature were we worked the tune together from early production, rather than taking something that was already recorded. He showed us a track, he recently had composed, and it indeed suited the project very well! Next we knew I arranged lyrics to the song, Roger was nailing guitars and utterly Roland and I was producing and tracking some vocals for it.
Check out the final result here:
Zardonic ft. The Unguided - When All The Seraphim Cry
:: WHEN ALL THE SERAPHIM CRY ::
You just mark him, mark him with a kiss We'll attend, and take care of the rest Thirty pieces of silver you will earn A fair price to save your precious land
There's nothing that can help him now (Beyond all aid) The false king will finally be crowned (Be crowned) With the thorns of his own lies
WHEN ALL THE SERAPHIM CRY (AND) WE FEEL THE SURGE OF FURY IN THE SKY ONE BETRAYAL, IMMEASURABLE DAMAGE THE SON OF GOD IS DEAD BY OUR HANDS
Last supper, flagellation and the crucifixion
The reflection in his eyes they fade to black (To black) And the darkness, the faithful darkness embrace the hill of Calvary (the hill of Calvary) The death, entombment and resurrection
WHEN ALL THE SERAPHIM CRY (AND) WE FEEL THE SURGE OF FURY IN THE SKY ONE BETRAYAL, IMMESURABLE DAMAGE THE SON OF GOD IS DEAD BY OUR HANDS
"We feel the surge of fury in the sky..."
Some fun facts regarding all this. I actually wrote those lyrics back in 2011 when I was still in Faithful Darkness and we worked on their album “Black Mirror’s Reflection”. The song was originally called “Kiss of Iscariot”, which was a pun on; us having a guy called; “Judas” in the band hehe. But since I left Faithful Darkness, the lyrics were never used. They have been sitting and waiting for just this moment, I believe. The “Kiss of Iscariot” track is still featured on “Black Mirror’s Reflection” but with new lyrics, the track is now called; “When Emotions Fall Part II”. On the Zardonic release, we agreed on changing the title to “When All The Seraphim Cry” since that’s what you hear first and remember most in the chorus. Now you know!
Driven' De:st-ructure 3
Keep in mind, this track does not represent how the upcoming The Unguided album will sound. This is just a fun collaboration between friends from different music genres. I can here and now guarantee that the upcoming album is 110% melodic metal and you will absolutely love it hehe. If you are looking to buy the track, you will find the collaboration on the third edition of the "Driven' De:st-ructure" series, for more info look here.
There’s also been some fan footage from last weekend’s gig at Debaser Medis in Stockholm. Where I did some live guest vocals for; Beneath My Feet, during their support show for Machinae Supremacy. Check it out:
Beneath My Feet - Wake Up, Stand up (feat. Richard Sjunnesson)
Our old friend and web wiz; Berran have done a nice little school project featuring “Singularity”, it’s been pretty appreciated by the fans so be sure to watch it!
"We are hanging by a heartstring..."
There’s also this YouTube hero covering “Betrayer of the Code” on guitar, nice work dude!
Swift update this time, didn’t expect that did you? Sad news is that my good old camera has seen better days. Good news is that I’ve got a new one! This would be my third IXUS now. Got my first “Canon IXUS 100IS” 2009. It however got stolen around Xmas 2010, which motivated the purchase of an “IXUS 130IS”. It worked fine now for almost 3 years, but tours and nightlife have taken its toll.
Battered tour camera...
Now I’m rolling with an “IXUS 255HS”. I like those compact ones, even though this is slightly bigger than the 130IS. Really great to just capture the moment! You never know if a T-Rex is going to run by you in this day and age, with all the high-end cloning facilities popping up around the world. Meet my new friend!
Canon IXUS 255HS
As promised in the last entry, you’ll get some cowboy action. I and Ella visited “The Target” shooting range the other day to try out some Glock 17. Since this is a common interest for us, we are thinking about getting a membership. When I was young I had a go at air rifles and was actually in the top bracket in my county. Guess it’s time to kick it up a notch! Anyway this was a really nice experience and I can totally see us doing that a lot more in the near future.
Blam, blam, blam!
I kind of sucked through... Back to Counter-strike!
Yesterday I also swung by Debaser Medis in Stockholm to belt out some guest vocals for my friends in Beneath My Feet and also to check out the headliner band Machinae Supremacy, which I’ve actually been a fan of over 10 years. Obviously those northern Swede’s both did brilliant gigs, and it was cool to wrestle out some vocals on the song “Wake up, Stand up” live for the BMF guys.
Debaser Medis Stockholm. Don't think I've been there since 2007.
Beneath My Feet
I and Marcus dueling some vocals
Wake up, Stand up!
Benjibro was here as well.
At Club Anchor after the show, Twins Crue getting shit done!
Regarding The Unguided we’ve got some interview and articles features lately. Check the interview out in the 1 issue of S.K.O.A Magazine here. It’s a fresh South African metal / alternative magazine. Also got a feature in Hallands Nyheter on the signings with Napalm Records, they called me up when I was eating lunch at the central street “Drottninggatan” in Stockholm. Check it out here. This fan also attacked me during the same day, right before we was to see “The Wolverine” at the cinemas (good film!) Thought he was to rob me but apparently he just wanted a picture, cheers bro! hehe. Our Russian friends in Deathaction also have done a promotion video for our upcoming Russian tour in September, check it out!
The Unguided @ Skogsröjet - Photo by: Kristian Reuter
The fan/robber guy! Congrats on the Diving certification ;)
There’s been a lot of action going on as of lately! Unfortunately there are not much of updates going on here (as usual?) I’d like to bring you up to speed however, for the unfortunate people that aren’t following the daily spam on our Facebook page. The Unguided are as of now signed to the Austrian label; Napalm Records! They will handle our upcoming release and the releases to come after that, if everything goes well, which it surely will. Napalm was actually on the table already before we released Hell Frost. But since we had no idea where we was with the band and what kind of an impact the debut album actually would have; we stayed in our comfort zone over at Despotz. We all know now; that this band, which originally was intended as a project, is proven to be quite successful. Reaching 25K “LIKES” on Facebook during just 3 years of activity, hundreds of thousands of views on our music videos on YouTube and equally big amount of listeners on Spotify and other services and on top of that; already headlining shows both in and outside of Sweden’s boarders. All this gives us a real solid case, when it comes to partner negotiations.
During this long discussion between the band and Napalm Records, I think at this point; we both understand each other well, they know what we are looking for and we know what they want from us. It will certainly be a great home for our band and its legacy. I have no doubt in my mind; that the band will reach new horizons with their support. Especially not, viewing it from the perspective; of what they have to work with when it comes to the upcoming album. Which we all are extremely proud of and can’t wait to put out. They are not looking to change us in any way, which I’ve seen some concerns from the fans, when it comes to signing to bigger labels. They are merely going to share their expertise and experience in the business, giving us a neutral outside the band perspective of matters. The decisions will be ours entirely. Remember; Napalm records are a down to the marrow metal label, and we are a metal band. No one’s going to try to change that. And you will notice that further on the coming album. Read the press news on the signings here.
The Unguided 2013 Photo by: Jonas Eklind
Signing to a bigger label opened a few other doors for us. And we have altered a bit in our organization. Skrikhult Productions will as of now handle our booking in Scandinavia. We are very happy to be in lague with such a legendary booker as Skrikhult and Olof Wikström. Read more about that here. As for the “ROW” booking, it will be handled internally by Napalm Records and our contact Thomas Caser. More information regarding booking at our official website! We’d like to take the opportunity to thank Chris Lemon at Dange Music & Media, for the great co-operation and all the awesome shows we’ve done!
Fan art by: Lukáš Polák
We recently had our last summer show at Skogsröjet 2013,which marks the end of our Spring/Summer campaign and we move swiftly into the Fall/Winter segment, (shows are already popping up, so please keep our channels at high surveillance.) Right in this moment we are sorting everything for the Russian and Belarus shows, and September can’t come fast enough! We really had a great time at Skogsröjet and it was a flawless arrangement with really stunning organization. We were heavily impressed and we’d like to thank everyone involved. As most of you know; Henric have edited a little clip from our experience there and you can also view some pictures here:
Driving to Röjet
Arriving at Grand Hotel Norrköping
Chris Lemon & Gilby Clarke
Hard Rock Hallelujah band
Johanna and Ella monstering it up
Johanna talking to Lita Ford
Ella posing like the model she is!
Kreator, best band of the festival. Period.
Back to the roots!?
The cavalry has arrived, drinking whiskey, as always.
He knows it!
The Unguided @ Skogsröjet, Photo by: Elin Ragnarsson
The 69 Eyes
This is supposed to be Twisted Sister, was too drunk to get good focus :(
The Unguided TV Skogsröjet Special
We’ve also got some great gaming montage features lately, and we would like to thank Celeborn, biBa and especially Rechyyy for putting hard work into our band with those! And congratulations Rechyyy for reaching 100k subs, you are totally worth it. Keep it up!
Congrats Stefan on reachyyying 100k! ;)
RESTRICTED MW3 feat. THE UNGUIDED
Road to Colonel 100 (BF3) feat. THE UNGUIDED
Also if you missed the Frankfurt video special Henric put together some week ago, check it out here:
The Unguided TV Frankfurt Special
So, if you are only here for the band, you can stop reading now since the next part will sorely handle my vacation the last 4 weeks and 90% of the pictures will be of Ella (which I knew some of you are secretly in love with, so you’ll probably continue viewing anyway.) If you however is heavily interested in my doings the last couple of weeks, please follow me on this “strange” journey across Sweden.
Fan art by: René Selzer
My first week of vacation set off in Falkenberg, as mentioned in the last entry. Falkenberg is a city at the west coast of Sweden, where I spent 13 years of my life and also the city where my family resides around. As most of you know; I now live in Stockholm, which is considered the front side of Sweden (if you however would have asked me, little over a year ago, the answer would probably have been reversed.) The first week of the vacation we spent at Hotel Strandbaden at the beach of Falkenberg. Conveniently my sister and her boyfriend work at this place, and she indeed treated us like kings & queens. Unfortunatly; Blondinbella, Prince Carl Philip and women's national soccer team of Sweden stayed at the same hotel, and tried to pull our star power.
Visiting some castle on our way there
Checked in on mom and got a view of her hate-campaign on other dog owners.
Finally at Strandbaden.
There were some of this.
Had dinner with our good friend Niklas and his family
At Harrys in Falkenberg
The duke is back in town!
This everyday made me fat.
The lovley beach and Strandbaden in the background.
Our pet; "Pike" got to come with us.
Operation Desert Storm
On our way into centrum.
My sister, frau ober, serving champagne.
"Lillpacket" swinging by the hotel to give us the latest gossip.
Ella, the cat molester.
Mr.SPARK! being un-sober.
We had tons of this, that didn't make me more thin.
Ella at the bistro in Strandbaden.
Andreas having his annual chocolate cake event by Tullbron
I and our biggest "little" fan participating in the "Wheels & Wings" cruise.
Ella stealing moonlight with her face.
During our stay in Falkenberg we also had a short trip to Halmstad to check out the ongoing Dinosaur exhibition. With us was the ever trusted friend and old keyboardist of Fallen Angels; Andreas.
Bring it on!
This is a giant rat-o-saur.
Flexing by the T-Rex.
Watch your six :S
This was a portal to Jurassic park, only kids allowed :(
All good things comes to an end, we had an awesome stay at hotel Strandbaden. On our way home however; we stayed for a short visit at Kullabo. This is a family estate, on Ella’s father’s side, ranging as far back as the fifteenth century. Apparently Ella’s great, great, great, great, great, great, great, grandpa was some kind of soldier that was granted the ground and it’s property from the King, as a gift for his good service and loyalty. I don’t know about you, but I think those kinds of things are awesome!
Kullabo, in the deep forests of Sweden.
As said, deep, most likely; elvish woods.
In realms where; squirrels are more important than children.
Row, row, row the boat!
The coming days after our homecoming, we decided to visit Kolmården. This is a Zoo on the east coast of Sweden. Fortunately, we survived the wolves.
An entire army of cubs
Wolverine. Told them the new movie was ace! Keep up the good work.
Dhole, an endagered species. Hopefully there will never be an "Eye Of The Dhole" song.
This guy looked kind of stupid.
Some Apple OS evading the sun.
Sent this to mom and said I was in Africa, petting Rhinos. She freaked out.
Tarzan and Jane.
I'm not sure if this fellow was dead, he didn't move at all.
Our last trip on the vacation was back to Sandhamn in the Swedish archipelago. We’d like to do this to an annual tradition of ours and the island; Sandön is majestic.
We're on a boat MF!
Back in the firewood shack.
Starving to death, kind of look.
Some amphibian that Ella tried to take home.
Firewood and tourist storage.
Some dude with "Sandhamns Värdhus" in the background.
Nordheim, local rose wine!
Slugs are not allowed home either.
Nordheim, white wine!
Some Nynäshamn brew, while we're at it!
2-years anniversary on our engagement. I'm sure some of you remember!
Watching the sunset.
<3 <3 <3
They mostly come out at night. Mostly.
Going home, not fun at all.
Other than that we’ve been watching a lot of “Sons of Anarchy”, drinking a lot of wine, which we got from our friends in Nordheim, when we played Sunstorm festival there. And I’ve also participated in some of the model photo sessions Ella have had during the summer. Obviously I’m being more in the way than actually being useful. To compensate of all the buttery content in this blog, next blog you’ll get pictures of me firing a Glock 17 at a shooting range! WOW!!!
Nordheimer Sonntagsberg, we like it!
Overlooking Ella's photo sessions. It sucks to be me ;)
Said "Hi!" to Atlas, the Swedish elkhound. Unfortunatly he got some eczema at the momemt.
More photo sessions.
I got to guard the dog; "Spot"!
And finally at a house-warming party at Ella's friend Angelica.