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Sonic Syndicate - Biography
|last update : 04-12-2012 21:18|
Sonic Syndicate was formed in 2002 under the name Fallen Angels, by Richard, Roger, and Robin Sjunnesson. Under the name Fallen Angels, they recorded three demos, Fall From Heaven, Black Lotus, and Extinction before signing with Pivotal Rockordings in 2005. Afterward, the band changed its name to Sonic Syndicate and recorded its debut studio album, Eden Fire.
Eden Fire and touring
The band toured extensively throughout Sweden in support of Eden Fire, alongside such bands as Avatar. In early February 2006, during their tour with Avatar, drummer Kristoffer Bäcklund left the band, and was replaced by John Bengtsson. 2006 also saw the departure of the band's keyboardist, and the addition of a second singer Roland Johansson. The band completed the tour, then began demoing new material in early March.
In late November 2007, the Swedish newcomers embarked on a tour with Himsa and the Swedish Melodic death metal band Amon Amarth. Later in 2008, they toured with the popular Finnish symphonic metal band, Nightwish.
Nuclear Blast and Only Inhuman
In the summer of 2006, the band entered into a contest held by Nuclear Blast. Out of over 1,500 competing bands, Sonic Syndicate was chosen as one of three winners and offered a new recording contract with the major recording label. In November, they entered Black Lounge Studios to record their follow-up to Eden Fire with Jonas Kjellgren of Scar Symmetry. The new album was titled Only Inhuman and was released on May 18, 2007. The band made a video for the lead single, "Denied," with renowned producer Patric Ullaeus.
Sonic Syndicate's singer Richard Sjunnesson and Roland Johansson also sang for a compilation album, much like Roadrunner United, entitled Nuclear Blast All-Stars: Out of the Dark with former Soilwork guitarist Peter Wichers. The band played at the 2007 Wacken Open Air Festival. Sonic Syndicate played several European festivals and, in the winter of 2007, accompanied Amon Amarth as they toured stateside. The band also participated in the "Darkness over X-Mas Tour" with Caliban and Heaven Shall Burn, and toured extensively across Europe with Dark Tranquillity and Soilwork.
Love and Other Disasters
In March 2008 the band began recording their third release in Jonas Kjellgren's Black Lounge Studios in Avesta. In May 2008, Sonic Syndicate returned to North America as the opening act for Nightwish. In the June issue of Revolver Magazine, Karin Axelsson was named one of the "Hottest Chicks in Metal. Love and Other Disasters was released in September 2008. The first single, "Jack of Diamonds," is accompanied by a video again from Patric Ullaeus who has directed all of the bands videos inclunding the second single of Love And Other Disasters, "My Escape". At the end of the year, the band toured Germany and Scandinavia. The band stated on their official website that the next single of the album would be the songs "Power Shift" and "Contradiction" which will debute in early 2009. If it's the album's final singles is still not confirmed. Roger Sjunnesson have posted a blog (Roger Sjunnesson's blog (in Swedish)) with pictures revealing that the videos for "Power Shift" and "Contradiction" are in the making. It has been confirmed that the "Power Shift" video will premiere on February 18th on their Myspace and on their website.
On 30th March 2009 (this was initially believed to be an early april fool) the band confirmed that one of the lead singers in Sonic Syndicate, Roland Johansson would leave the band because of personal reasons. Sonic Syndicate has already began searching for a replacement for Roland, but will continue all confirmed shows until further notice.
The search for the new singer
Sonic Syndicate have started the search for a new singer and got hundreds of mails from people who want to take Rolands place, and they will try some of them out the following weeks. (written 19/4-09)
The band recently released a new video for the song Contradiction. The video was directed by Sebastian Binder.
New music material
According to Sonic Syndicate's Twitter page (http://twitter.com/LoveOrDisaster) they are currently working on some new material for a new album.
New singer and album
On monday the 24th of August [artist=]Sonic Syndicate[/artist] relvealed who the new singer is. His name is Nathan J Biggs (Born 1986. Shrewsbury, UK). They are currently working on a new album that will be released in April/May 2010. The new single Burn this city will be released 25th September 2009. You can follow the progress on their Twitter [url=]http:/