Love and Other Disasters (album)

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Love and Other Disasters
Sonic Syndicate - Love and Other Disasters.jpg
Studio album by Sonic Syndicate
Released 19 September 2008
Recorded March – April 2008 at Black Lounge Studios in Avesta, Sweden
Genre Melodic death metal
Length 40:18
Label Nuclear Blast
Producer Jonas Kjellgren
Sonic Syndicate chronology
Only Inhuman
(2007)
Love and Other Disasters
(2008)
We Rule the Night
(2010)
Alternative covers
Japanese cover.
The Rebellion Pack cover.
Singles from Love and Other Disasters
  1. "Jack of Diamonds"
    Released: 2008
  2. "My Escape"
    Released: 2008
  3. "Power Shift"
    Released: 2009
  4. "Contradiction"
    Released: 2009
  5. "Burn This City"
    Released: 2009
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
IGN 4/10 stars[1]
ChartAttack 3/5 stars[2]
Lords of Metal 8.5/10 stars[3]

Love and Other Disasters is the third album by Swedish heavy metal band Sonic Syndicate. It was released on September 19, 2008 and on October 14 in North America. In addition to the standard-edition album, a digipack version of the album was made available featuring two bonus tracks and a DVD. Since released in the United States, the album has sold around 800 copies in its first week to land on the Billboard Heatseekers chart at 85. Love and Other Disasters is the last album by the band to feature former singer Roland Johansson, and producer Jonas Kjellgren (although Kjellgren still did some work with the band besides production on their latest release).

On June 27, the lead single of the album called "Jack of Diamonds" was released to radio, the same day it was performed live for the first time on the Metaltown Festival in 2008. It has since spawned three other singles: "My Escape", "Power Shift", and "Contradiction". A 14th track entitled "Freeman" was also made but didn't make it to the album.

Track listing[edit]

All songs credited to Sonic Syndicate, all lyrics written by Richard Sjunnesson (Daniel Zjiwago was un-credited for co-writing 'My Escape'), keys on My Escape, Contradiction and Fallout written by Nick Red (Jonas Kjellgren was un-credited for writing Power Shift)

No. Title Music Length
1. "Encaged" Roger Sjunnesson 4:26
2. "Hellgate: Worcester" Roland Johansson, Robin Sjunnesson 3:23
3. "Jack of Diamonds" Roger Sjunnesson 3:41
4. "My Escape" Roland Johansson, Robin Sjunnesson 4:10
5. "Fallout" Roland Johansson, Robin Sjunnesson 3:51
6. "Power Shift" Jonas Kjellgren, Roger Sjunnesson 3:32
7. "Contradiction" Roland Johansson, Robin Sjunnesson 3:32
8. "Damage Control" Roger Sjunnesson 3:49
9. "Red Eyed Friend" Roger Sjunnesson, Roland Johansson, Robin Sjunnesson 4:43
10. "Affliction" Roger Sjunnesson 5:11

Bonus tracks[edit]

Bonus DVD[edit]

  • "Studio Report" (Making of "Love and Other Disasters")
  • "Jack of Diamonds" (Official video)
  • "My Escape" (Official video)
  • "Denied" (Official video)
  • "Enclave" (Official video)
  • "Psychic Suicide" (live in Cologne)
  • "Blue Eyed Fiend" (live in Cologne)
  • Shopping in Paris

The Rebellion Pack[edit]

The special edition of the album was reissued on November 6, 2009 together with the band's 2009 Rebellion EP, featuring two brand-new songs as well as the debut record with their new singer Nathan Biggs, replacing Roland Johansson.

Demo titles[edit]

  • "Bullet my asshole" (now known as "Encaged")
  • "Finnish" (now known as "Jack of Diamonds")
  • "Kjellgren" ("Stewart" in English, now known as "Power Shift")
  • "Breaking Benjamin's Leg" (now known as "Contradiction")
  • "Export" (now known as "Damage Control")
  • "Blame Canada" (now known as "Affliction")
  • "Bandit" (now known as "Mission: Undertaker")
  • "Panic" (now known as "Freeman")

Chart positions[edit]

Country Position
Sweden 15[4]
Germany 36[5]
Austria 45[6]
Switzerland 65[7]
United States 85 (Billboard Heatseekers)[8]

Personnel[edit]

Sonic Syndicate
  • Roland Johansson – vocals (except "Burn This City" and "Rebellion in Nightmareland")
  • Richard Sjunnesson – harsh vocals
  • Roger Sjunnesson – guitars, electronics
  • Robin Sjunnesson – guitars
  • Karin Axelsson – bass guitars
  • John Bengtsson – drums, percussion
Additional musicians
  • Nick Red – keyboards on "My Escape," "Fallout" and "Contradiction"
  • Roland Johansson – additional guitars on most songs and solo on "Red Eyed Friend" (not credited in booklet, but can be seen recording guitar tracks on the albums 'Making of' DVD)
  • Nathan J. Biggs – clean and harsh vocals on "Burn This City" and "Rebellion in Nightmareland"
Production
  • Jonas Kjellgren – producer/engineer
  • Roberto Laghi – mixer
  • Achim Köhler – masterer
  • Torsten Bürgin – artwork
  • Sabine Hauptmann – artwork
  • Micke Johansson – photography
  • Patric Ullaeus – director ("Jack of Diamonds" and "My Escape")
  • Marius Böttcher – director ("Power Shift" and "Contradiction")

References[edit]

  1. ^ IGN review
  2. ^ ChartAttack review
  3. ^ Lords of Metal review
  4. ^ Steffen Hung. "Sonic Syndicate - Love And Other Disasters". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2012-02-29. 
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ Steffen Hung. "Sonic Syndicate - Love And Other Disasters". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 2012-02-29. 
  7. ^ Steffen Hung (2010-07-22). "Sonic Syndicate - Love And Other Disasters". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2012-02-29. 
  8. ^ "BLABBERMOUTH.NET - SONIC SYNDICATE: 'Love And Other Disasters' First-Week Sales Revealed". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Retrieved 2012-02-29.