UNLEASHED — Across the Open Sea

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Album · 1993

Filed under Death Metal
By UNLEASHED

Tracklist

1. To Asgaard We Fly (3:54)
2. Open Wide (3:11)
3. I Am God (4:32)
4. The One Insane (3:02)
5. Across the Open Sea (2:45)
6. In the Northern Lands (3:53)
7. Forever Goodbye (2045) (2:27)
8. Execute Them All (3:19)
9. Captured (3:47)
10. Breaking the Law (2:13)
11. The General (4:21)

Total Time: 37:28

Line-up/Musicians

- Johnny Hedlund / Vocals, Bass
- Anders Schultz / Drums
- Tomas Olsson / Guitars
- Fredrik Lindgren / Guitars (lead)

About this release

Century Media Records, October 1st, 1993

Catalogue # 7755-2

Recorded at EMI Studios in Stockholm, Sweden in July 1993.
Mastered at Cutting Room in Stockholm.
Produced by Unleashed.
Arranged by Unleashed.
Music by Hedlund, Lindgren and Olsson.

Reissued by Century Media Records in 2001 on a single disc with Shadows in the Deep.

Reissued and remastered by Century Media Records on October 30th 2006 with The One Insane video clip.

Miscellaneous staff:
- Olsson / Lyrics (on track 6)
- Johnny Hedlund / Lyrics (on tracks 1 to 4, 7 to 9)
- Fredrik Andersson / Engineering
- Peter Dahl / Mastering
- Therese Hagman / Photography
- Axel Hermann / Cover art
- George S. Patton / Lyrics (on track 11)

Thanks to UMUR for the updates

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"Across the Open Sea" is the third full-length studio album by Swedish death metal act Unleashed. The album was released through Century Media Records in October 1993. It´s the band´s third album in as many years and the successor to "Shadows in the Deep" from May 1992. Unleashed were riding on a wave of success in those years and took full advantage of the situation by not resting on their laurels.

The music on "Across the Open Sea" pretty much continues where "Shadows in the Deep" left off. Relatively imple, effective, and memorable old school Swedish death metal. The viking/Norse mythology themes that the band had dipped their toes into on the previous releases are even more dominant on "Across the Open Sea", which songtitles like "To Asgaard We Fly" and "In the Northern Lands" also bear witness too (the cover artwork should also reveal this). In addition to the ten originals on the album the band also play a cover version of "Breaking the Law" by Judas Priest. I´m not sure I agree with that choice, but Unleashed are old school in so many ways, and including a heavy metal cover, was something many of their thrash/speed metal influences also did on their albums in the 80s.

Although the band don´t exactly excel in playing anything challenging, the musicianship is on a decent level. The sound production is relatively well sounding too but as the case were on the two predecessors Unleashed don´t favor raw brutality in their sound productions. Therefore everything is fully audible in the mix but as a consequence the production also lacks a bit of bite and power. It´s nothing serious and the album still sounds great, but I just wonder what the early Unleashed releases would have sounded like had they featured more brutal and gritty sound productions. Of course the more polished and clear sounding productions on the early Unleashed releases are one of the things which set them apart from their contemporaries.

If you are a fan of the band´s first two albums "Across the Open Sea" belongs in your collection along with those albums. Don´t expect anything that is much different from what you heard on those two albums though. In the early days Unleashed were about tradition and not innovation (that would change slightly already on the next album though). A 3.5 star (70%) rating is warranted.

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