Biografie The Unguided
The Unguided Biography:
Members: Richard Sjunnesson, Roger Sjunnesson, Roland Johansson, Henric Carlsson, John Bengtsson
The Fallen Angels Era:
To get a better understanding of who The Unguided actually are, how the band came to be, and what
variables were in play behind the project, we have to travel nearly a decade back in time. In the
year 2002 the Sjunnesson brothers formed a melodic metal band called Fallen Angels. This band was
the result of the brothers not being allowed to act out their musical view in a loosely hanging
former project, and therefore, a decision was made to move on. In Fallen Angels the brothers made
sure to surround themselves with likeminded people—people who not only shared their musical
vision, but also whom they trusted.
Fallen Angels persistently worked their way from their hometown in Falkenberg, on the west coast of
Sweden, into the underground of their country with convincingly striking power. During the Fallen
Angels era, they toured the underground diligently and also released three demos, which included
Fall from Heaven 2003, Black Lotus 2003, and ultimately Extinction 2004. The rumors of Fallen Angels
spread outside the boundaries of Sweden quickly. As a result, their effort of Extinction began to
dig its vicious hooks into Scandinavia, Europe, and across the Atlantic Ocean. In 2004 The American
label, Pivotal Rockordings, inked a deal with Fallen Angels to record their debut album.
The debut album of Fallen Angels was entitled Eden Fire. The framework of the LP consisted of
re-recordings of the demos Extinction and Black Lotus. They also introduced three new, steaming
fresh songs to the mix. Since Eden Fire summed up a vast time era of different musical styles, it
was decided to separate the songs on the album into chapters, in order to not confuse the listener.
Eden Fire started off with the three new songs, and progressed faithfully with an accurate time line
denoting when each demo was created.
During the recording of the album, Fallen Angels coincidentally encountered a very peculiar figure,
which came to be an important force later on in their career. His name was Roland Johansson. He was
not only a man with a huge amount of character, and a chronic flow of practical jokes, but also a
man with a spectacularly powerful, melodic voice. On the debut album Fallen Angles wanted to
introduce clean vocals. This was a bearing concept of four out of ten songs on the album. Roland was
called in to shoulder this request.
The Sonic Syndicate Era:
In 2005 Pivotal Rockordings released Eden Fire upon the world. Two weeks before the release of the
album, however, it was decided to rename Fallen Angels to Sonic Syndicate for obvious reasons. The
most objective reason for the name change was to avoid legal issues. Sonic Syndicate got more gigs
than ever before after the debut released, and pierced their way through numerous amounts of shows
In 2006, the globally acknowledged and respected label Nuclear Blast became interested in Sonic
Syndicate after hearing Eden Fire, and three pre-production tracks from the debut follow up. Shortly
thereafter, a deal was signed, and the immediate work of the successor to Eden Fire commenced within
the band. Roland was once again called in to provide the band with his powerful vocal capability.
This time, however, he was made a fulltime member making Sonic Syndicate a vocalist duo. This
dynamic was to be the trademark sound of the band. In 2007 the album Only Inhuman was released via
Shortly after the release of Only Inhuman, the band set off for their first Europe tour, out of
many to come. There, they discovered the world outside Scandinavia and showcased their sonic based
weapons on a much bigger scale. The tours almost overlapped each other during these years. It seemed
as if the world was the band’s very own playground during this time. The sequel to the Only
Inhuman was unleashed into the world in2008 to follow up on the previous success. The band released
the new album, Love and other Disasters, once again through Nuclear Blast.
Love and other Disasters was equally well received. And shortly after the release came further
touring to siege new ground. The concept of home was transferred from a fixed point to wherever the
band had to put down their travel bags. And somewhere in this surrealistic state of constant
touring, the band felt a significant change in Roland. The passion for what we had involved
ourselves in seemed to die out and fade from him, and during the end of the summer of 2009 Roland
left the band.
Roland was a loved man indeed. His own fans, the fans of the band, and the band itself, adored him.
With his departure, Sonic Syndicate was to face a very problematic situation. It was suggested to
either disband or get a replacement singer. Roland was replaced with a new singer who was already
dedicated to his post at the day of his leaving.
In the fall of 2009, two songs were released to showcase the new singer, Burn This City and
Rebellion in Nightmareland. This was a paradox in a way, seeing that Burn This City included the
most pop-influenced chorus and song structure yet in the band. In contrast, Rebellion in
Nightmareland was one of the heaviest tracks the band had ever had created. Nervous fans asked
themselves what direction Sonic Syndicate would take next. This was the very same question answered
for Richard during the writing of the new album.
The band and its fundamental support sources made a decision to walk down the commercial road for
the next album. Richard was not pleased with this outcome, seeing that he started the band with the
intention to create music with a heavy musical style. Because of this, he saw no personal gains in
performing something that he despised. Early in 2010, Richard voiced his concern to his brother
Roger, and also revealed he was going to leave the band when the time was right.
In March 2010, Richard registered the domain WWW.THE-UNGUIDED.COM. Symbolically, The Unguided was
to be the project name for both Richard and Roger’s upcoming musical endeavor. The Unguided formed
because of one main intention—to enforce the classic song writing of Sonic Syndicate. Soon after,
the song writing process commenced in secret, behind closed doors from the rest of the world.
During the fall of 2010, Sonic Syndicate’s fourth album We Rule the Night was released after
numerous delays. It was received with mixed feelings among the fans. Both a singer change and genre
change were a bit too much for the majority. To make matters more complicated, they were completely
unaware of a new challenge they were about to face—the departure of a founding member. Almost
exactly two months after the release of We Rule the Night, Richard announced his exit from Sonic
Strategically, Richard secured ground before his leave. In a newly created blog, he announced
immediately that he was planning to forge a new musical project with his brother Roger, and a
mysterious old friend most people would were quite familiar with. Shortly after, the speculations
flooded in, and some were closer to the truth than others.
The Unguided Era:
In November 2010, Richard announced the name of his new band, The Unguided, along with a new logo
design. He did not reveal the secret familiar individual, however. Roland was not introduced as the
mysterious, secret band member until the end of November. His newly announced presence in the band
was cleverly featured in the format of a nostalgic video, showing Richard and him working together
once again for the first time since Roland parted from Sonic Syndicate.
Early in January 2011, the debut release from The Unguided was announced with a cover artwork
entitled, Nightmareland. This EP included two songs to showcase the sound of the band. In the cover
artwork of Nightmareland, fans could spot the iron banners from the Eden Fire release.
Consequently, this ignited new hope in fans who missed the old days of Sonic Syndicate.
Close to the end of January 2011, news was announced via Richards’s blog that The Unguided would
head into The Abyss recording studio in Pärlby – Sweden to record Nightmareland. Jonas Kjellgren
would record, produce, and mix the EP. Jonas had previously worked on former Sonic Syndicate albums,
such as Only Inhuman, Love and Other Disasters, and Burn This City EP. It was important to work with
Jonas because he was a very big contributor to the classic sound of Sonic Syndicate.
The titles for the two new songs, Green Eyed Demon and Pathfinder, were also introduced in the same
Early in February 2011, The Unguided released a 40 second sound preview of the two songs recorded.
This was the first public studio recording since 2008 of the vocalist duo Richard and Roland. It was
also revealed that they inked a deal with the Swedish label,Despotz Records, to release
Nightmareland. They also announced their premiere gig at Getaway Rock Festival in Gävle – Sweden
to commence on July 7th.
Early in March 2011, The Unguided and Despotz records introduced a strictly limited edition package
for the fans. It consisted of a special jakebox EP edition of Nightmareland limited and numbered to
616 copies. The package also included an exclusive The Unguided shirt and a signed poster. Two weeks
before the release day on April 1st, the package sold out.
Along with the wishes of the fans, The Unguided and Despotz decided to print a standard jewel case
copy of Nightmareland, since there was still such a high demand for the sold out edition. The lost
and found graphic artist, J.A.Aranguren, was used to make the layout design for the jewel case.
Coincidently, Aranguren was also the man behind the cover artwork of Eden Fire.
This brings us to present time! Currently, The Unguided signed a follow up contract with Despotz to
release the debut album. The pre-production of this particular album, along with the new songs are
already ongoing machinery. We do not know what tomorrow brings for us, but we are all eager to get