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posted in August 13th 2020

Photo: Dorien Goetschalckx

Time is a strange thing is it not? Sometimes it feels like there’s a vast ocean of it and sometimes it appears as a drop that rapidly dries out and disappears on the surface its placed. A bit less than 4 years ago we did a fundamental change to our brotherhood. Roland stepped down and Jonathan took his place. It feels like yesterday but if you lift your eyes a bit a lot has actually happened since then. We released And The Battle Royale” (2017) album and the Royalgatory” (2019) EP. Weve played around 50 shows, which is—by our bands measure—over average in said time.  We’ve done support shows for both Soilwork and Arch Enemy included, some great festivals, and even our own headliner tour And The Tour Royale” in 2018 with some great Swedish bands and friends. We broke new ground by making our first live appearances in Japan. Weve also done 4 music videos for you to enjoy and even a live DVD titledEons End,” presenting Rolands emotional farewell show. So even if the years and time move swift, weve been productive. The band has continued to stay healthy making great progress coming out from that uncertainty by the end of 2016 to say the least.

So why are we saying this? Well, as the clocks cogs and gears grind on, things tend to not stay the same. Once again time is changing the bands destiny. And its for the same reason our path changed 4 years ago—namely, the lack of it. Our brother and bass man, Henric Liljesand, is by far the most talented and versatile bass guitar player we know. Hes been on this journey with us for almost as long as its taken. But he is also by far one of the busiest individuals we know, which might have struck you—the fans—as well since he has been sitting out on quite a few shows and tours over the years. Henric’s skills, both socially and musically, is an asset to any band. They have undoubtedly been a great one for us with both writing and co-writing music and recording the bass for our albums, and occasionally slinging it live since we started with the follow-up to Hell Frost” (2011). Theres a lot of material that has Henric’s name written all over it in The Unguided and weve been truly blessed with having his skills, sense of quality, and his great character and friendship in our midst. But sadly part of it will come to an end with this coming album…

Henric has a busy life and multitude of projects. He realized that he will not have the time needed to line up with the ambition level of the remaining four of us regarding the band. And he has come to the conclusion he wont be able to deliver enough time to support The Unguided fully for this upcoming album cycle. This is not a bolt from a clear blue sky, its rather something weve had a dialogue about for quite some time. It’s just that the gap has widened a bit as years passed and now is the time to address it properly. But even if his time has been limited and responsibilities in our band are changing, our friendship with our brother is as strong as ever. We went into the writing and recording process for our upcoming album knowing this fact. Even so, Henric co-wrote a song and recorded all the bass on the upcoming album with the same professionalism and motivation as he always had. And if we got to decide, we would love for it to stay that way in the future as well for coming albums. As stated previously this is not only a band, its a family. And Henric will always be a part of it as both Roland and John are in their own way.

Going forward, we are not looking to replace Henric for this upcoming album. The remaining four of us have grown together too tightly and we dont want to meddle with that dynamic. We will continue as a four piece and we are in no rush to find a replacement. Well figure out the formula as we go and see what will work and try to keep an open mind about it. We are sad to see Henric go but we know we have a friend for life. We are also very grateful that we got to know him and spent this past decade with him. We will always be thankful for the good times we got to experience with him. (Thank you, Roland, for introducing us!) We are also super eager and excited about releasing this coming album where you once again get the opportunity to hear Henrics second-to-none baselines through 14 massive metal tracks together with the four of us beating, screaming, singing and riffing the living crap out of the new songs.

Thank you for everything Henric and good luck with all your involvements!

/Richard, Roger, Richard and Jonathan

Says Henric:

Before the first EP was recorded in 2011, Roland called me to ask if I wanted to be a part of the new band he put together with Richard and Roger. We talked about playing together for years and now it was finally time! A lot has happened since and I cannot thank Richard, Roland, Roger, Richard, Jonathan and John enough for these awesome years of making a lot of cool music and memories that I will bring with me as long as I live. Big thanks to you guys who supported us since day one and made it all possible, for that I cannot say, “Thank you,” enough!

Why am I leaving the band? The reason for this is simple: Time. I dont have enough of it. Being out touring like The Unguided wants to do is hard for me. I have another band called Night Crowned that takes a lot of my spare time. I write songs for Solution .45 as well as some other artists. But the biggest reason for my exit is my family and work situation. So I will be writing and playing music more from home.

But I am sure we’ll see each other sometime in the future as I have not closed the door to this unguided chapter just yet. I co-wrote a song with the guys and recorded the bass on this new, awesome album that will be released soon! You might see me pounding the bass on some selected gigs as well.
Stay safe and thank you!


Crown Prince Syndrome

posted in August 13th 2020

The Unguided announce new album Father Shadow - first single out now!

Swedish Melodic Death Metal formation The Unguided break down barriers with their upcoming long player, Father Shadow, to be released on October 9th via Napalm Records.

Pre-Order here:

Richard Sjunnesson off THE UNGUIDED on the new single “Crown Prince Syndrome”:

“The instrumental basics to “Crown Prince Syndrome” was written already around 2018 but it was not until pre-production late 2019 when the words and the chorus melody came to place we recognized how undeniably catchy this tune was. Possibly our best chorus to date! It was fun to include some industrial elements in the electronic section and also that tasty riff stacking with some rock-vibe going on throughout the song which is a bit different from our previous work. The music video from legendary Patric Ullaeus show the band in a gritty outdoor environment to underline the industrial feel and you might just get a cameo from someone you know in it.”

Watch the brand new music video for "Crown Prince Syndrome" below!

Crown Prince Syndrome

The Unguided Day

posted in June 16th 2020

To celebrate The Unguided day today (20200616) we’ve manufactured two treats for our lovely unguided army! First off, we got the release the prologue to the brand-new Canto III audio drama based on the upcoming album and secondly Jonathan did an awesome acoustic arrangement of “King’s Fall” from “And The Battle Royale” album 2017. We are working hard to get the new album out to you 2020. But for now, enjoy!

The Book of The Unguided, Canto III - Prologue: Gaia

THE UNGUIDED - King's Fall Acoustic

New year, new opportunities!

posted in January 9th 2020

Happy new year everyone! We started ours off with a bang going into Obsidian Recording Studios in Gothenburg with Robert Kukla at the helm to record our upcoming fifth album. We still have some weeks to left but things are moving along really great! That’s all for new. Check the updated and restocked web shop and also don’t forget to buy tickets for our upcoming Norway show in Stavanger and also don’t miss our latest Xmas greeting.

MARCH.28.2020 - Folken - Stavanger - NOR | TICKETS

10-year anniversary of our Xmas greetings

First show 2020 booked!

posted in September 28th 2019

First Gothenburg show in 2 years booked at Bruket Rock and first show for 2020 just released. We are happy to announce that we are coming back to Norway after the great Brynerocken show last month. Also the webshop is finally up and running again after months of absence.

NOVEMBER.1.2019 - Bruket Rock - Gothenburg – SWE
MARCH.28.2020 - Folken - Stavanger - NOR