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Sonic Syndicate

Sonic Syndicate

Sonic Syndicate is a melodic death metal/metalcore band from Falkenberg, Sweden. The band was formed in 2002 under the name "Fallen Angels." In 2005, they would change their name to Sonic Syndicate. They are highly influenced by Swedish melodic death metal bands such as In Flames and Soilwork.

Background

Early years

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. After signing with Pivotal Rockordings, the band changed its name to Sonic Syndicate and recorded its debut studio album, Eden Fire.

Debut and touring

The band toured extensively throughout their homeland of 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. His replacement was announced as John Bengtsson. 2006 also saw the departure of the band's keyboardist, and the addition of a second vocalist. 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 new material

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 vocalists 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 installment of the Wacken Open Air Festival. Sonic Syndicate locked up several other slots on European Open Air 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

On March 16th, 2008 the band began the recording process of their third release (second on Nuclear Blast) that will be released through Nuclear Blast on September 19th, 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. On June 6th, 2008 the album title and cover was revealed by Nuclear Blast. The album called "Love and Other Disasters" will be released on September 19, 2008. The first single off the album, entitled "Jack of Diamonds" is accompanied by a video from world renowned metal video director Patric Ullaeus. The band are currently touring Europe openning for In Flames.

Members

Current members

  • Richard Sjunnesson – growling vocals (2002 - )
  • Roland Johansson – clean & growling vocals (2006 - )
  • Roger Sjunnesson – Lead guitar (2002 - )
  • Robin Sjunnesson – Rhythm guitar (2002 - )
  • Karin Axelsson – bass, back-up vocals on Eden Fire (2004 - )
  • John Bengtsson – drums (2006 - )

Former members

  • Andreas Mårtensson – keyboard (2002 - 2006)
  • Kristoffer Bäcklund – drums, vocals (2004 - 2006)
  • Magnus Svensson - bass (2002 - 2004)

Discography

Studio albums

Title Release date Label
Eden Fire September 13, 2005

Only Inhuman May 18, 2007

Love and Other Disasters September 19, 2008

Live albums

Singles

Demos

All three demos were released under their previous moniker of "Fallen Angels".

  • Fall from Heaven (2003)
  • Black Lotus (2004)
  • Extinction (2004)

References

External links

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