THE UNGUIDED — the Swedish band featuring former SONIC SYNDICATE members Richard Sjunnesson (vocals) and Roger Sjunnesson (guitar; Richard's brother) — has parted ways with guitarist/singer Roland Johannsson (also ex-SONIC SYNDICATE) and has replaced him with Jonathan Thorpenberg. Thorpenberg previously performed with THE UNGUIDED on the band's last tour.
To mark a new chapter and to introduce Jonathan as well as honor everyone who had been part of the band over the past few years, THE UNGUIDED has decided to release a digital two-track EP titled "Brotherhood". The effort will be made available on December 23.
Commented THE UNUGIDED: "The 'Brotherhood' EP initiates a complete new chapter in THE UNGUIDED universe and paves way for the upcoming trilogy of albums. Not only is it a new beginning of the band with the addition of the very gifted vocalist/guitarists Jonathan Thorpenberg, who will take over the heavy and crucial crown of Roland Johansson, but it also continues the story that's been the pivot of which the lyrics and illustrations have orbited around since formation of the band. The two brand new compositions, 'Nighttaker' and 'Daybreaker', were the first songwriting initiative after the reformation and we'll always try our best to honor our past legacy whilst keeping our minds wide open in regards to all the excellent musicianship that exist within the boundaries of this band.
"We love all our seven brothers that have ever been involved in this band, and everything they brought to the table. It all made THE UNGUIDED as great as it is today. 'Brotherhood' is a huge homage to their hard work which will never be forgotten! You'll always be one of us."
Adds Jonathan: "First of all, I would like to thank the band for allowing me — a person who has never been involved with a major band, been on tours, or recorded in flashy studios — to be a part of this band's new lineup.
"The task of filling Roland's part in THE UNGUIDED will not be an easy one. Not only because I have the utmost respect for him as a musician, and a human being, but also because his style of singing and playing has become a defining factor in the band's overall sound. However, I will do my absolute best to do the old songs justice while, inevitably, bringing my own expression into them.
"I have known the guys in the band for almost two years now and we have developed a sort of musical chemistry that allows us to write songs that we are very proud to present to you all.
"This is an exciting new chapter for me, the band, and hopefully for all of you. I can't wait to see what the future has in store!"
THE UNGUIDED has already unveiled the cover art, track listing of "Brotherhood" and first music video, "Nighttaker". Check it out below:
"Brotherhood" track listing:
A new album from THE UNGUIDED with Jonathan is in the works and is scheduled for a 2017 release.