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Unleashed is a Swedish death metal band formed in 1989 by bassist Johnny Hedlund after he left Nihilist for personal reasons. The band was one of the first death metal groups to write songs about history and Scandinavian culture instead of the violent and negative lyrics that are common in the genre.

In 1991, the band released their debut studio album, Where No Life Dwells, and toured with Morbid Angel in Europe and United States.

In 1992, Unleashed released their second studio album, Shadows in the Deep, including a cover version of Venom's Countess Bathory. Their next studio albums were Across the Open Sea in 1993 and Victory in 1995, the latter being the last album which guitarist Fredrik Lindgren played on. Lindgren focused on playing punk rock, and Unleashed replaced him with Fredrik Folkare, who played guitar on the fifth Unleashed studio album Warrior in 1997.

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UNLEASHED albums / top albums

UNLEASHED Where No Life Dwells album cover 3.58 | 8 ratings
Where No Life Dwells
Death Metal 1991
UNLEASHED Shadows in the Deep album cover 3.71 | 6 ratings
Shadows in the Deep
Death Metal 1992
UNLEASHED Across the Open Sea album cover 3.38 | 4 ratings
Across the Open Sea
Death Metal 1993
UNLEASHED Victory album cover 3.64 | 3 ratings
Death Metal 1995
UNLEASHED Warrior album cover 2.93 | 3 ratings
Death Metal 1997
UNLEASHED Hell's Unleashed album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Hell's Unleashed
Death Metal 2002
UNLEASHED Sworn Allegiance album cover 3.88 | 4 ratings
Sworn Allegiance
Death Metal 2004
UNLEASHED Midvinterblot album cover 4.28 | 7 ratings
Death Metal 2006
UNLEASHED Hammer Battalion album cover 4.17 | 3 ratings
Hammer Battalion
Death Metal 2008
UNLEASHED As Yggdrasil Trembles album cover 4.12 | 4 ratings
As Yggdrasil Trembles
Death Metal 2010
UNLEASHED Odalheim album cover 4.00 | 5 ratings
Death Metal 2012
UNLEASHED Dawn Of The Nine album cover 3.92 | 5 ratings
Dawn Of The Nine
Death Metal 2015
UNLEASHED The Hunt For White Christ album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
The Hunt For White Christ
Death Metal 2018

UNLEASHED EPs & splits

UNLEASHED In the Eyes of Death album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In the Eyes of Death
Death Metal 1991
UNLEASHED And the Laughter Has Died... album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
And the Laughter Has Died...
Death Metal 1991

UNLEASHED live albums

UNLEASHED Live in Vienna '93 album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
Live in Vienna '93
Death Metal 1993
UNLEASHED Eastern Blood Hail to Poland album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Eastern Blood Hail to Poland
Death Metal 1996

UNLEASHED demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

UNLEASHED .....Revenge album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Death Metal 1990
UNLEASHED Century Media promo Tape album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Century Media promo Tape
Death Metal 1990
UNLEASHED The Utter Dark album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Utter Dark
Death Metal 1990
UNLEASHED The Hunt for White Christ (EP & Rarities) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Hunt for White Christ (EP & Rarities)
Death Metal 2018

UNLEASHED re-issues & compilations

UNLEASHED ... And We Shall Triumph In Victory album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
... And We Shall Triumph In Victory
Death Metal 2003
UNLEASHED Viking Raids album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Viking Raids
Death Metal 2008
UNLEASHED Immortal Glory album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Immortal Glory
Death Metal 2008
UNLEASHED The Utter Dark / ...Revenge album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Utter Dark / ...Revenge
Death Metal 2015
UNLEASHED Death Metal Victory! - 30th Anniversary Edition album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Death Metal Victory! - 30th Anniversary Edition
Death Metal 2019

UNLEASHED singles (2)

.. Album Cover
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And The Laughter Has Died...
Death Metal 1991
.. Album Cover
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Where Is Your God Now?
Death Metal 2015

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Album · 1997 · Death Metal
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"Warrior" is the 5th full-length studio album by Swedish death metal act Unleashed. The album was released through Century Media Records in June 1997. It´s the successor to "Victory" from 1995. There´s been one lineup change since the predecessor as guitarist Fredrik Lindgren has been replaced by Fredrik Folkare. It marks the first lineup change since Robert Sennebäck (Necrophobic, Dismember) left Unleashed in their pre-album days.

While "Victory (1995)" introduced a more groove oriented death metal style compared to the first three albums by the band (which were all old school Swedish death metal releases), "Warrior" sees Unleashed entering death´n´roll territory, although still with strong old school death metal ties and a focus on groove. It´s still unmistakably the sound of Unleashed with Johnny Hedlund´s easily recognisable semi-growling vocals in front (here they are often shouts more than growls) and the viking/Norse mythology themed lyrics are intact too (although Unleashed do cover other subjects), but the instrumental part of the music is predominantly pretty different from the early output by the band.

The quality of the tracks is a bit up and down, but there are a couple of highlights featured on the album like "In Hellfire" (the lyrics are ridiculously corny, but somehow they work anti-christian wonders anyway) and the ultra heavy "Ragnarök". Other tracks are completely unremarkable and some feature cringe worthy bad lyrics. Examples of the latter are "Mediawhore", "Down Under Ground", and "Death Metal Victory".

The sound production is decent, but lacks a bit of punch, and especially the guitar tone could have been more well sounding. The musicianship is solid as always, but upon conclusion it´s safe to say that "Warrior" is among the least interesting releases by Unleashed. The songwriting simply isn´t memorable enough, and when the lyrics are often as badly written as they are that´s not exactly a plus either. A 3 star (60%) rating is warranted.

UNLEASHED The Hunt For White Christ

Album · 2018 · Death Metal
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Let’s get straight to the point, The Hunt For White Christ, album number 13 from Swedish death metaller’s Unleashed is fucking awesome! These guys have rarely released a bad album in their almost 30 year career and since Sworn Allegiance back in 2004 all their albums would receive nothing less than 4 stars from me.

If you know Unleashed you’ll know what to expect here – death metal with touches of black and thrash metal thrown in and we’re still in the world of Odalheim as on the last few albums. Yes, don’t expect any surprises in musical growth but that’s fine with me when they keep releasing albums of this quality. If anything these songs are played with added fire and energy though as song after song unleash (no pun intended) great riff after great riff. This is easy to get into death metal and could be a good starting point for the uninitiated with Johnny Hedlund’s clear growl being more accessible than many singers in the genre. There’s also plenty of melody both in the riffs and guitar solos which are rarely less than incendiary. Things are never allowed to get dull as the music is constantly shifting through well thought out parts and tempo shifts and of course great musicianship – after 30 years it’s not surprising this band runs like a well-oiled machine. I won’t cite individual songs for praise as such is the quality here it’s almost impossible to pick favourites.

I’ve added some great death metal albums to my collection this year but The Hunt For White Christ is one of my most played and favourites. Long may this great death metal institution continue to release albums as good as this.

UNLEASHED Midvinterblot

Album · 2006 · Death Metal
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For some reason and I'm not sure why, Unleashed never seem to have got the respect they deserve. Speaking personally, these days at least, I always expect that when they release a new album it will be very good, even excellent, old school death metal and they have been on a roll for years now. There was a time though in the late 90’s/early 00’s that they released a few whilst not dreadful by any means, less than stellar albums. On 2004’s Sworn Allegiance they really upped their game and Midvinterblot which came two years later was even better, perhaps their best album ever in fact.

Midvinterblot is a fantastic album brimming with memorable old school Swedish death metal laced with a healthy dose of thrash. Most of the songs are pretty short, fifteen in total but barely a bad one amongst them. Unleashed are on fire with an arsenal of great riffs and incendiary musicianship. Most of its up tempo but when it’s not like the (relatively) slow grind of the title track it’s just as compelling due to the catchy as hell riff. Despite the shortness of most of the songs they still manage to pack a lot in with plenty of changes and a healthy dose of melody without resorting to becoming a melodic death metal band. It’s difficult to pick favourites down to the overall great consistency but the first four of Blood Of Lies, This Is Our World Now, We Must Join With Him and Midvinterblot are a grand statement of intent. Equally good is The Avenger with its crushing riffing, the frantic short sharp Psycho Killer, The thrashing I Have Sworn Allegiance and Age Of The Warrior with numerous tempo changes from a slow grind to all out blasts.

The musicianship is as expected top notch with a special mention to drummer Anders Schultz who whilst not overly technical drives it all along to perfection with an explosive performance throwing in all the right fills when required. Johnny Hedlund’s vocals are easily recognisable and stand out amongst death metal growlers and more accessible than most which is no bad thing and you can hear clearly what he’s singing even if they may not be the most thought provoking lyrics.

In the years that followed Midvinterblot I’ve enjoyed all of Unleashed’s albums and thinking about it there must be a new one coming along soon as it’s been three years since Dawn Of The Nine. This to my ears however remains their creative highpoint.

UNLEASHED Dawn Of The Nine

Album · 2015 · Death Metal
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"Dawn Of The Nine" is the 12th full-length studio album by Swedish death metal act Unleashed. The album was released through Nuclear Blast Records in April 2015. It´s the successor to "Odalheim" from 2012. Unleashed was formed in 1989 after lead vocalist/bassist Johnny Hedlund was kicked out of Nihilist (who would soon morph into Entombed) and is widely regarded as one of the classic Swedish death metal acts from the early 90s.

The music on the album is old school Swedish death metal done the Unleashed way. Unleashed has always been one of the most distinct sounding artists on the Swedish death metal scene (and internationally) and they continue to be so on "Dawn Of The Nine". They play fairly simple death metal, with both galloping fast tempos, and crushingly heavy mid-paced tempos too. A couple of more doomy sections have sneaked into the music too. Although the tracks are generally to the point and vers/chorus structured, Unleashed successfully incorporate intricate details to keep the material interesting. The very well played and melodic guitar solos are one of the prime examples of that, but the lyrics (which is a combination of anti-Christian and Norse mythology/viking themes), and how they are performed by a fully intelligible growling Johnny Hedlund, are another great asset. These tunes are extremely catchy, almost anthemic in nature, and at times quite epic.

It´s almost unfair to mention specific highlights from the album as all tracks on the 10 track, 44:52 minutes long album, deserve a mention, but the title track, "Land Of The Thousand Lakes", "They Came to Die", and "Welcome The Son Of Thor!" could be mentioned, although I´m reluctant to do so, when "Dawn Of The Nine" is such a consistently high quality release.

12 albums into a music career, and you´ll hear a lot of stagnated artists, who are either a shadow of their former selfs, or just endlessly trying to copy their golden years. That´s definitely not the case with Unleashed though, who started out releasing a couple of Swedish death metal classics, had a minor drop in quality in the mid- to late 90s, but picked it up again, and has since delivered solid death metal releases on a string. "Dawn Of The Nine" continues that trend, and is another solid release by the band. It´s actually one of the better albums they´ve released, featuring memorable and cathy material, a well sounding production, and excellent musicianship. A high quality release on all parameters and a 4 star (80%) rating is fully deserved.

UNLEASHED Dawn Of The Nine

Album · 2015 · Death Metal
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Unleashed are not the most technical death metal band, they’re not the fastest or the most brutal. They are however one of the most consistent with an unbroken run of strong albums going way back to 2004 with Sworn Allegiance when they upped the death metal quotient after their death ‘n’ roll flirtations. Dawn Of The Nine continues that trend and whilst it may not quite be a career peak it’s the equal of most and better than many of their other albums.

Not surprisingly after 25 years Unleashed are an incredibly solid and tight band with strong musicianship from all. By death metal standards they’re one of the more accessible bands in the genre, partly down to what I said above but also like its predecessors, Dawn Of The Nine is full of captivating riffs and inventive songs with some great guitar solos. There’s not really one song that stands out as a highlight but neither is there any weak ones. Most are mid paced, by death metal standards anyway, but there is liberal use of blastbeats and the title tracks goes the other way and slows things right down to funeral march pace and very effective it is too. Those who struggle with death metal growls will find Johnny’s vocals more accessible than most and you can clearly hear his lyrics.

In all another excellent album from Unleashed with a good production and one that I've got on heavy rotation and no doubt will be for quite a while yet. Well worth checking out.

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