UNLEASHED's JOHNNY HEDLUND Is Working On Book About Viking Traditions And Values

UNLEASHED's JOHNNY HEDLUND Is Working On Book About Viking Traditions And Values

UNLEASHED frontman Johnny Hedlund has confirmed to France's Loud TV that he is working on a book about Viking traditions and values. "I can't expose a lot more about that right now, because it's a little too early, I'd say," he said (see video below). "But it's coming around. It's going well. Every time I go out, if I'm at an airport or on an aircraft or spend time wherever, I keep working on it. It's good fun."

He continued: "I don't think anybody has done a book like that, which is my understanding of the Viking traditions and values. That's what it is. We'll see what happens when it comes out. I'm really thrilled about doing it. I probably have more fun actually writing it than thinking about what it's gonna be like when it's done. I'm trying to have a good time doing it — creating."

According to Hedlund, his upcoming book won't be fiction "at all." He explained: "Without saying too much, it's about how to survive, in a way. It's about how to look into the future without getting depressed. It's about looking into the future, using the Viking tradition. So I'm combining these two things. So it's a lot of psychology, obviously, but it's a lot of hands-on things as well. It's a lot about how I live, how my family lives and how my friends live. I think it's got its place, and we'll see what people think about it once it's done."

He added: "The conventional view of the Vikings, it gets very commercial, it gets very easy and it gets a bit childish, in a way. And I don't think it was that childish, and I don't think it was that easy — I think it was harder than that, and I think there was more to it than that. So I think that's my task. That's what I do. It's what I try to bring forth. I think I try to do that for 30 years now. We'll see. Somebody else will have to be the judge if I do a good job or not."

UNLEASHED's 13th full-length album, "The Hunt For White Christ", was released in October 2018 via Napalm Records.


To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@)gmail.com with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).