THE UNGUIDED

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Swedish melodic death metal formation THE UNGUIDED hit hard with their upcoming full-length Father Shadow, to be released on October 9th via Napalm Records. With their new long player, these Nordic heavyweights – who are all former members of SONIC SYNDICATE - prove that they can’t be pigeonholed. Eleven quick-tempered, high-voltage pieces indicate that THE UNGUIDED have liberated themselves from the shadows of the past but are still aware of their manifold roots.The explosive full-length breaks down the barriers between melodic death metal, metalcore and fitting electronic sounds. Clean hooklines explode in classifying screams, leading up to a unique symbiosis of pure harshness. With brutal shouts, an unmistakable catchy chorus and a huge chunk of honest words, “Crown Prince Syndrome'' unveils the burden of an innate identity. The perfect symbiosis of Richard Sjunnesson’s forceful vocal pitch and Jonathan Thorpenberg’s clean vocals convinces to the fullest extent. Tracks like the banger “Never Yield” and “War of Oceans” pierce straight into your eardrums. Let yourself be drawn into the deep, dark underbelly of “Stand Alone Complex”, capturing your mind with ruthlessly harsh drums. “Gaia”, featuring Erik Engstrand, marks a new chapter in the era of THE UNGUIDED: harder, faster but always on point. With heavy handed cover versions of their own classic SONIC SYNDICATE tracks “Jailbreak”, “Denied” and “Jack of Diamonds”, the four piece also thrives in reminiscence - and reveals a new musical entity. Follow THE UNGUIDED into the deep shadows of the past and the abyss of the future!



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How I joined the band:
I was asked to fill in for Roland at a gig in northern Sweden in the summer of 2015. I thought it would only be a one-time gig but I´m glad to say I was wrong. Because of Roland’s busy schedule outside the band, I was given the job of filling in for him on some more shows in Sweden and then on our spring tour in 2016. Later that year I was given the chance to be a permanent member of the band and let´s just say it was an offer I could not refuse. I am really looking forward to what the future has in store!

Other bands (past and present):
Faithful Darkness, Empress 

Gear & endorsements:
Being a producer, I use a lot of different instruments for different styles of music. When playing with The Unguided I use: 
Caparison Angelus TR (w/ EMG 81/60), Axe-Fx Ultra , Behringer FCB 1010, TC Electronic Polytune, Line 6 Relay G30 Wireless, Dunlop Jazz III Ultex picks. 

Guitarists and vocalist whom I’ve been inspired by:
Guitar: Yngwie Malmsteen, Jeff Loomis, Guthrie Govan, Mattias ”IA” Eklund among many others. 
Vocals: Howard Jones, Spencer Sotelo, Bruno Mars (yes, him).

Favorite Quotes:
”If God exists, I hope he has a good excuse.” (Woody Allen) 



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How I joined the band:
After I left “Sonic Syndicate” in 2010 it was finally time for “The Unguided” to spread its crude wings of power! The concept of “The Unguided” was an old vision between me and Roger, originating back as far as 2008. But it was not until the end of 2010 it became definitive, when I and my brother together with Roland materialized the vague idea into solid reality.

Other bands (past and present):
Sonic Syndicate, Faithful Darkness

Gear & endorsements:
Sullen Clothing. A set of razor lounges, pair of spiked balls and coltan alloyed throat. Whatever mics are available at the show! I prefer Shure Beta 58a, Shure SM58 and AKG D5 however. For studio recordings I fancy Shure SM7.

Vocalists and lyricist whom I’ve been inspired by:
Hansi kürsch, Mikael Stanne.

Favorite Quotes:
- "I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones." (Albert Einstein)



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How I joined the band:
Me and Rich talked about forming “The Unguided” back in 2008. We started to write a couple of songs together and two years later in November 2010 we started the band together with Roland Johansson.

Other bands (past and present):
Sonic Syndicate

Gear & endorsements:
Ibanez Guitars (ART’s), EMG 81 85 Pickups, Dunlop Strings, Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier amp, Dunlop pedals (Crybaby Wah wah, EVH90 Phaser, MXR Delay) BOSS pedals, AKG wireless, Korg Tuners.

Guitarists whom I’ve been inspired by:
Alexi Lahio, Jonas Kjellgren.

Favorite Quotes:
- "Save the cheerleader save the world" (Heroes)



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How I joined the band:
Roger asked me to join in as a session member early 2012 and I said yes, of course. We recorded the BOTC video and after that we did 3 summer shows. We wanted to see if we did well together as friends before we could make a decision. We did well as fuck! ;)

Other bands (past and present):
Shining (Depressive Black & Roll), Spawn of Possession (Technical Death Metal), My Collapse (Groovy Death Metal), King Leaf Experience (Stoner Rock), Acacia/Livsnekad (Shoegaze/Black Metal), Level Above Human (Ultra Brutal Death Metal), Vile Scar (Death Metal)

Gear & endorsements:
Premier Artist Maple, Zildjian cymbals, Pearl Demondrive pedals, Wincent drumsticks.

Drummers and Bands whom I´ve been inspired by:
Bobby Jarzombek (since I was a small kid), Benny Greb and my favorite bands right now is Volumes and The Acacia Strain FFS!

Favorite Quotes:
- "Just because you´re breathing, doesn´t mean that you´re alive" (The Acacia Strain)

PAST MEMBERS

Henric Liljesand (2011-2020)
Roland Johansson (2010-2016) 
John Bengtsson (2011-2012)