SONIC SYNDICATE BAND PAGE
Falkenberg, Hallands Län, Sweden
Death metal; Hardcore
In the spring of 2002, in Falkenberg, a town located on the West Coast
of Sweden, Roger, Robin, and Richard Sjunnesson (3 relatives) found
themselves standing with bare fragments of their former project “Tunes of
Silence” which was a Power Metal band. The loss of their drummer led to
the demise of “Tunes of Silence” but that made the trio that much more
determined to press on with a new project. The summer came around but
some key ingredients were still missing and the motivation was
declining. They ultimately left the sinking ship but new ideas to start a new
project were already afoot.
Slowly thereafter, from the ashes of “Tunes of Silence” the trio spread
their wings and began work on “Fallen Angels” in the fall of 2002.
Utilizing their wide contact web the trio found new musicians to fill the
empty slots. Rehearsing began almost immediately. All along Roger
(guitar, main composer) had been working on new material which he was
anxiously waiting to try out. Immediately during the first rehearsal the band
decided that this was the new direction they wanted to take their
music; Melodic Death Metal with hints of New Age Death Metal. They were
inspired by the rawness of the genres but still kept a melodic aspect to
their music through the use of keyboards to make the songs more unique.
The name “Fallen Angels” came to symbolize their passage from Power
Metal to a tougher and darker Melodic Death Metal band.
With a good number of songs written and rehearsed the band was eager to
show off their new sound. In these early stages of the band they put
together a “garage” demo which was recorded in Richard’s (vocals)
apartment. The result was the “Fall from Heaven” demo which comprised of 4
songs and was made available for download on their website. They thought
people were joking around when they told them that they enjoyed the
music although the recording quality was terrible. Within a few weeks the
traffic counter on the website had reached over 6000 hits and many
emails had been received with positive things to say…people weren’t kidding
around. The group was being comprared Dark Tranquillity and Children of
Bodom…things were finally looking good.
Feeding on the positive reaction to the demo, Roger quickly wrote three
more songs. The structure was balancing out and the material was
slightly more melancholic than before. Richard’s (vocals) best friend lost
her father due to a haemorrhage around the same time. Richard observed as
she cried on his shoulder and he fed off of her emotions to inspire his
new lyrics. These new lyrics worked out perfectly with the new music
Roger had written. The songs were practiced vigorously for months and
around the first anniversary of the band, they entered “Studiomega” to
immortalize the material. Hence the “Black Lotus” EP was released.
Fallen Angels received reviews beyond their wildest dreams from small
web-zines all the way to large and well established magazines. The
interest for the material was so huge that the band had to keep pressing
more and more copies of it to keep up with the demand. The support was
coming in from all over the world, and the band received currencies from
countries they had never heard of before.
Soon the band was getting a lot of gig offers in Gothenburg and
Karlstad among other places. Playing live in front of people who banged their
heads to their music and sang along with the lyrics was a feeling that
they simply couldn’t describe, and it fuelled their passion even more.
The well renowned Niklas Henrikczon (TV4, Expressen) offered his
services to make a music video for the song “Soulstone Splinter.” Without a
budget, Nicklas did a tremendous job with the little he had to work
with. Within the first week the video had already been downloaded 5000
times! Around this time the website had received over 20,000 hits.
Soon came time to begin work on the successor to “Black Lotus.” Before
Roger began work on writing the new material, the band read the reviews
and feedback they had received. They put together a list of what the
critiques and fans felt needed improvement and what they would like to
hear from the band in the future. The band then used these inputs as a
basic guideline to keep in mind when creating the new material. Once the
band was in concordance with which direction the band was going to be
taking, work for the next EP begun. The band didn’t want to limit
themselves to a certain genre, but instead wanted to merge different styles
together in order to bring people a unique sound that wasn’t confined to
what had been tried and proven. While the band can’t exactly categorize
their sound, they like to simply call it Melodic Metal. It’s sometimes
hard to be completely original in the current scenes these days but it
was the band’s highest priority to strive forward and keep deve!
loping their sound.
Richard generally likes to have stories or concrete things in order to
craft his lyrics out of. Since “Black Lotus” was a very down to earth
and emotional concept album, he wanted to try a more fictional approach
for the new EP. He took this opportunity to create an entire story that
would give the band’s name “Fallen Angels” some flesh and bones, and
thus arose the lyrics to the new EP which were based on the “Eternal Sin
War.” He studied interpretations of ancient scripts he could get his
hands as well as the bible (mainly the ‘Book of Revelations’.) He
ultimately created a story which he called “Extinction,” and soon after the
decision was made to name the EP the same as the story. The story renders
the battle between Heaven and Hell in a very fictional way, while still
keeping the events fairly true to the original sources. The EP became a
quadrilogy of songs and even more of a concept album than “Black Lotus”
Once the new EP was fully written, the band basically locked themselves
into rehearsal room (Opening the door only for the Pizza Man upon
hearing the secret knock) and a long journey of endless hard work began.
This journey eventually led to “Studiomega” once again where even more
hard work had to be done. The band spent a week in the studio with the
engineers not only to craft their new “Extinction” EP, but also to shape
and refine the band’s sound for the future. After nearly 2 years, the
band had developed enormously both as a band as well as individuals. This
was indeed a great milestone for Fallen Angels!
What are the results of the new demo? This part of Fallen Angel’s
history has yet to be written, however Richard has used one word to describe
it himself, “flawless.”In early 2005 the band changed their name to Sonic Syndicate.
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