Sonic Syndicate are a melodic death metal band from Falkenberg, Sweden. They are influenced by Swedish melodic death metal bands such as In Flames, Soilwork and metalcore bands like Killswitch Engage.
The band currently consists of British singer Nathan J. Biggs, bass player Karin Axelsson, drummer John Bengtsson and cousin guitarists (who are often mistaken as brothers) Roger and Robin Sjunnesson. Christoffer Andersson is currently filling as the second vocalist in 2010 after the departure of Roger's brother Richard Sjunnesson.
Eden FireBefore Sonic Syndicate the brothers Richard and Roger and their cousin Robin Sjunnesson played in a heavy metal orientated band called Tunes of Silence which was formed in 2000. In 2002 the brothers of eventually decided to break away from the band in order to focus on various other aspects of music. This led to the forming of Fallen in 2002 together with Andreas Mårtensson, Magnus Svensson and Kristoffer Backlund. They recorded three demo albums, Fall From Heaven, Black Lotus, and Extinction before signing with Pivotal Rockordings in 2005. Bassist Karin Axelsson replaced Svensson in 2004 before the band changed its name to Sonic Syndicate and released its debut studio album, Eden Fire.
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 arrival of Roland Johansson as second vocalist. The band completed the tour, then began demoing new material in early March.
Only InhumanIn the summer of 2006, the band entered into a contest held by Nuclear Blast. They sent in their self titled demo Sonic Syndicate, which included early pre-production versions of the songs "Psychic Sucicide", "None" (now known as "Blue Eyed Fiend") and "Callous" (all rerecorded for Only Inhuman). Out of over 1,500 competing bands, Sonic Syndicate was chosen as one of three winners and offered a new recording contract with the label. In November 2006, 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. A video was made for the lead single, "Denied," with renowned producer Patric Ullaeus.
The singers of Sonic Syndicate, Richard Sjunnesson and Roland Johansson, also sang for a compilation album, called Nuclear Blast All-Stars: Out of the Dark with 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. In late November 2007, the Swedish newcomers embarked on a tour with Himsa and Amon Amarth. Later in 2008, they toured with Finnish symphonic metal band, Nightwish.
Love and Other DisastersIn 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. Not long after the second single "My Escape" would follow up, also accompanied by a video from Patric Ullaeus. At the end of the year, the band toured Germany and Scandinavia, and released the singles "Power Shift" and "Contradiction" directed by Marius Böttcher of Quent Film.
On March 30, 2009 it was confirmed that singer Roland Johansson would quit the band because of personal reasons. A search for a replacement immediately went underway, whilst Roland stayed in the band until August 29, the day of his last show with the band at the Geuzenpop Festival in Enschede, The Netherlands.
On October 13 Roland Johansson told on an interview that the reason of leaving Sonic Syndicate was the anxiety he felt and the dislike of the life style having to tour all around the world and being able to spend only very limited time with his loved ones. He also shared that he and Jesper Strömblad from In Flames are currently working on an unnamed project and will start recording an album in the beginning of 2010. He is also back playing with his old band Dodge again.
Burn This CityOn August 24, 2009, British vocalist Nathan James Biggs (formerly of The Hollow Earth Theory) was announced as Roland Johansson's replacement. Sonic Syndicate released an EP called Rebellion featuring two new songs with Nathan on November 6, 2009. The band has also announced that their next studio album will be out in March 2010. On September 25, Sonic Syndicate released their debut single with Nathan entitled "Burn This City" and also began filming a music video for the track on September 10. The music video for "Burn This City" was released on September 25 to coincide with the release of the single. Shortly after the single release, the band began to stream their other new track "Rebellion in Nightmareland", which was released onto the bands Myspace page. As of October 31, the band has begun to tour with Nathan.
We Rule the NightWork on the pre-production of a new album begun as of January 3, 2010 under producer Toby Wright, recorded at Bohus Sound Studios in Kungälv, Sweden. Reports on the recording process where published on the band's RockSpot blog. On March 5, the band announced that the title for the new album will be called We Rule the Night. The album was originally scheduled to be released on May 28, 2010 but was later reset to July 30, 2010. The release date was again pushed back and the album was released on August 28, 2010.
The first single from the album is "Revolution, Baby." It appeared first on May 5 on Bandit Rock Radio and was then released to iTunes on May 7. On April 16, the video shoot for the music video took place. The director for the shoot was again director Patric Ullaeus. The video was released on May 17.
On June 3, Sonic Syndicate traveled to Guthenborg, Sweden and began shooting the music video for the second single "My Own Life" with Patric Ullaeus of Revolver Film Company. The single debuted on Bandit Radio on June 18, 2010 and was released as a digital single.
On June 12, 2010, the band appeared on the Ronnie James Dio stage at UK's Download Festival 2010.
On July 1, 2010, Nuclear Blast and Guthenborg TV released the making of the music video for "My Own Life."
The single "Turn It Up" was released on August 22, 2010, followed by the album We Rule the Night on August 27, 2010. During the filming of "Turn It Up," Karin Axelsson was reportedly "seriously injured." Axelsson was hit over the head with a guitar during an act of staged violence, causing a laceration and a brain concussion. Axelsson later made a "brilliant" recovery. On September 29, the video was released.
On October 26. 2010, it was announced that Richard would take a break from touring for personal reasons and to spend time with his family. His replacement will be Christoffer Andersson. On October 28, Richard stated on his blog that he was leaving permanently because of Nuclear Blast changing the musical direction of the band. He went onto form The Unguided with other former Sonic Syndicate members. Nathan James Biggs stated during a interview with Sonic Chock that he doesn't agree with Richards opinions about the musical change of the band (considering them lies) and that they will tour until 2011 when they probably will start recording their