Richard Sjunnesson

Official blog of Richard Sjunnesson (The Unguided)

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More than two months, since I last wrote anything here. It does not mean I’ve been slacking. It means I’ve been extremely busy; with basically everything. As always; I know you can forgive me, especially with a new The Unguided EP coming out hehe. And certainly that’s one of the biggest time voids, in what have actually kept me busy. Time consuming matters that; recording and planning for a new release. However! There’s still one card, yet to be played from the unguided camp. Something I think you’ll get more information about, this week.

So; “Fallen Angels” EP, featuring two brand new tracks; “Judgment” and “Mercy”. What to expect from this? Quite a lot actually! As for the sound, we’ve tried a brand new studio (for us) in; “Studio Haga”, with producer Christian Svedin at the helm. We’ve been comfort zoning it up with our favorite studios previously, during the recording sessions. But here we wanted to try something entirely new, were we recorded everything at the same place. So that’s what happened. We spent a weekend and a day to put everything down and then Christian went all out on the mix. I think you’ll find it particularly interesting! Another big change is that “Judgment” is a big song writing collaboration between Richard Schill and Roger. Richard provided the song and then they produced it up a bit together, to have it slightly more in line towards our sound, but even with that said; we are definitely in on uncharted ground as far as the unguided sound go. You’ll however find “Mecy” a bit more classic. Very classic, I’d suggest. Both turned out to be great songs and I can’t wait for you to hear them! I even went back to condenser mic for my vocals on this one, unlike “Hell Frost” and “Fragile Immortality” were Shure SM7 were used, so both Roland and I are singing through a Peluso 22 47 LE, which sounded really great! Very adventures move, don’t you think? Hehe.

Lyric-wise it sort of picks up around where I left you at “Fragile Immortality” in “Oblivion”. Don’t want to give away too much, to leave some room for speculations. But what you see on the artwork is The Defector (yes, the character from Defector DCXVI,) sitting in the middle and his two advisors Judgment (under the Horus statue,) and Mercy (respectively under the Anubis statue.) Their different mindsets can possible be understood by just examine their names, but you’ll get to know more about them reading the lyrics. The lyrics will be featured on our “releases” section of our official site (which got a heavy facelift recently, were we added a lot of additional information,) once the songs have been released December 22.

"Inherit The Earth" tattoo at Nelson Rivera

This 7” vinyl release will be strictly limited to a couple of hundred copies. So it’s quite a collectable item. The digital versions will however be available from December 22 and onwards. There will be no CD version of the EP. There’s 3 bundles to choose between at our official web shop (the bundles are exclusive for our own web shop.) We got the GREEN, RED and BLUE release, all of which include the vinyl among other fun items; GREEN bundle being the definitive Rolls-Royce. Keep in mind, we always need your support and we are working tirelessly on the upcoming album, but we too have our limitations. The amount of EPs we manage to sell, will provide the platform for us to stand on, working towards the goal of finishing and releasing the next album 2015. So once again, if you care for what we do, your support is greatly welcome and will be, as always, rewarded.

Showing support and abbs!

Speaking of support. The “Nightmareland” t-shirt auction we had; went super well and we collected a nice budget for that upcoming video endeavor. We’d like to humbly thank the 18 people that entered this auction battle, which was, at times, really intense. We have a surprise coming up for those 18 lucky winners, so have a look out at your mailboxes during this month. Once again, on behalf of the band; thank you!

A few of the unguided supporters!

If you are following The Unguided TV on YouTube, there’s been quite some updates lately as well. We had Metal Frenzy clip up for around a month, and we also updated with Roland’s crazy lunch guitar showdowns. Be sure to check them out!

The Unguided TV - Unguided Frenzy

The Unguided TV - Dream Theater Cover

The Unguided TV - Granted SOLO

I made a collaboration with my old “Faithful Darkness” colleague “Judas”. He’s not in Faithful Darkness anymore either, but is working fiercely on a new project called “Before Dying”. Some cool stuff there! Their EP is out via Spotify / iTunes / Amazon and this bonus track here includes guest vocals from myself, Niklas Isfeldt (Dream Evil,) Lawrence Mackrory (Darkane,) Björn Strid (Soilwork) and Stephen Phlatt (Collibus.) Worth checking out for sure!

I’ve been to two gigs lately in the category old school punk! I’m dragging away my buddy Magnus, to all sorts of weird metal stuff, so he figured he wanted to show me where he came from musically, for a change. So we checked out both legendary GBH and Stiff Little Fingers. Two really cool gigs, which I enjoyed greatly!

GBH @ Debaser Strand

Stiff Little Fingers @ Debaser Medis

Halloween we once again spent in Stockholm at the annual “Nocturnal Halloween Ball”. I think the theme from last year, were I dressed up as another artist worked well. So I gave that a shot this year as well. I tried Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein. Well if you imagine Doyle not being on the gym for a couple of year, I guess we are closer to the result, but you still get the idea! Haha. It was a good evening however!

Doyle and Copycat

My scare buddies

If you see these guys on the metro, run! They will drink your beer.

The fifth Teletubbie; Kinky-Winky

And we thought we looked scary!? Ella killed it!

But just before Halloween celebrations we spent a night at the spa Yasuragi. Which got this Japanese atmosphere going. We went all out on that! Such a nice and relaxing time. Can’t wait to go back!

Welcome to Japan!

So many choices.

Sitting shower.

Hai Sensai!

Meditate over this, I will.

Ready to get all SPAified.

Beer and chicken legs.

When in Rome...

You know that stuff about us getting two horses? Well, scratch that. We now have a total amount of three(!!!) Icelandic horses. Two foals and one 6 years old. Yes that escalated VERY quickly. But I do think they are beautiful and powerful beings. But it’s unfortunate that I soon have to rob a bank to maintain them hehe. When Ella is in the stables, I grasp the opportunity to go out and run, to get that stupid knee of mine, into shape. When I hit my first 10 km after the accident, I will celebrate with champagne! It’s going well.

Here's our new one; "Stolt". 

She's a bit skeptical at times.

But she does follow well, when we dance.

Icelandic powerhouse!

She's even nice when a total mess of a rider, like myself, jump up on her.

This is a ceiling cat, doing ceiling cat things.

We also visited our foal "Gullan" in Hudiksvall. She turned to a goat since last time we saw her! 
Oh yeah, more horses. We went to that Sweden International Horse Show held in Friends Arena. There were a lot of horses and horse people. But there were also beer, which suited me good.

the expectations went through the roof. 

Horse handbrake turn

Flying horse


Icelandic horse

I was not the only rocker in house. Here's Mia from Crucified Barbara!


Garde Républicaine, check it out on YouTube

Man, Horses and Machines!

Now to the most exciting part! GAMING!!! Yes, there’s been some of that as well. As far as World of Warcraft and Warlords of Draenor goes, I’m as of now level 100 and I’ve started to gear up. I think a lot of you will agree on the fact, this have been one of the best expansions (so far,) of World of Warcraft and I absolutely loved the experience from 90 -> 100. I hold my thumbs the endgame will be as exciting! Oh, a week into the expansion I also got a pair of fangs for my rogue. Thank you; Nelli, Gustav and Clemens for helping out with that long endeavour!

Level 100 in Nagrand

Fangs of The Father

Golad and Tiriosh

Ella and I have started to play Diablo III as well. I leveled up a Demon Hunter and Ella is playing a Wizard. We both hit 70 a couple of weeks ago and I went back to my Barbarian again (prefered it over Demon Hunter.) Currently we are taking on; Torment IV, but think we can advance to V soon enough hehe. She got to try all Blizzard games, and Diablo III was the one she enjoyed the best, so that’s what rolled with. I’ve also tried some Hearthstone last on-call week I had, when I was bored at the hotel and it was entertaining enough, sure. A lot of nostalgia since I used to play “Magic: The Gathering” when I was younger. I also got to try that beta of “Heroes of the storm”, I never tried that LOL bullshit or DOTA, so I can’t compare. But I think it was fun! Will try it when it comes out. I have also eyed out that Shoot ‘Em up; Team-Fortress-Blizzard-version, or what it’s called, I’ll definitely try that.  Still haven't tried "Destiny", can you recommend it? Anyway; there's a whole heap of fun things coming up! Guess there won’t be an album 3 after all……! :D Oh, we’ll see Hobbit 3 on Wednesday, and did anyone check that wicked Terminator: Genesys trailer? AND Star Wars 7? AND JURASSIC WORLD? It’s great to be alive at this point in history! Hehe.

Start of an "Iceheart Fragment" tattoo on Mike Whitwell

Here’s some random pictures from my life since we last met! Have fun.

FFA tearing it up in Nynäshamn on my last on-call week.

The first snow...

Look at this happy girl instead!

Spent some time at Roger's place during recording, here's his cat!

Karaoke last weekend...

Song of the day: Mose Giganticus – The left path


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