UNLEASHED

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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 Discography

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
Victory
Death Metal 1995
UNLEASHED Warrior album cover 2.93 | 3 ratings
Warrior
Death Metal 1997
UNLEASHED Hell's Unleashed album cover 3.50 | 3 ratings
Hell's Unleashed
Death Metal 2002
UNLEASHED Sworn Allegiance album cover 3.67 | 5 ratings
Sworn Allegiance
Death Metal 2004
UNLEASHED Midvinterblot album cover 4.10 | 8 ratings
Midvinterblot
Death Metal 2006
UNLEASHED Hammer Battalion album cover 3.75 | 4 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
Odalheim
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 No sign Of Life album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
No sign Of Life
Death Metal 2021

UNLEASHED EPs & splits

UNLEASHED And the Laughter Has Died... album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
And the Laughter Has Died...
Death Metal 1991
UNLEASHED In the Eyes of Death album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In the Eyes of Death
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
.....Revenge
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 Immortal Glory album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Immortal Glory
Death Metal 2008
UNLEASHED Viking Raids album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Viking Raids
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
0.00 | 0 ratings
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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UNLEASHED Reviews

UNLEASHED Hammer Battalion

Album · 2008 · Death Metal
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"Hammer Battalion" is the 9th full-length studio album by Swedish death metal act Unleashed. The album was released through Steamhammer Records in June 2008. It´s the successor to "Midvinterblot" from 2006.

"Hammer Battalion" is Unleashed through and through, and if you are familiar with the old school Swedish death metal sound of the last couple of releases (or the sound of the early releases by the band), you´ll find very little to surprise you here. As usual the tracks are simple vers/chorus structured death metal tracks which vary in speed from fast- to mid-paced and heavy. Unleashed seldom play blastbeats or go down to a slow doomy crawl. The riffs are powerful, the guitar solos are very well played and melodic, and the rhythm section are skilled and lay down a strong driving foundation, which push the music forward with great energy and conviction. Lead vocalist/bassist Johnny Hedlund has a powerful distinct sounding growl and a commanding delivery...

...again that´s nothing new in the world of Unleashed as they have almost always been a consistent act, both in terms of playing and songwriting (the mid- to late 90s featured a few albums which didn´t fit that description, but other than those missteps...quality all the way).

So as with most consistent quality artists with a signature sound and style (other examples of such artists could be Motörhead and Overkill), it´s the quality and memorability of the tracks on an album, that said album is typically evaluated by, as everything else are pretty much business as usual (the sound production on "Hammer Battalion" is as usual also of high quality). In that regard "Hammer Battalion" does not disappoint but it doesn´t surprise either. Which means that each track on the album is both powerful, well written, and effective death metal, but only few tracks stand out as something out of the ordinary for Unleashed (I personally find the title track to be a killer song, but there are other great tracks on the album too), and it´s hard not to label the music a little formulaic and one-dimensional.

That actually sounds a bit more negative than intended, and although the occasional unconventional songwriting idea/structure could have made the album a little more interesting overall, it´s still yet another quality death metal release in a long line of quality death metal releases by Unleashed. These guys just deliver time and time again. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

UNLEASHED Midvinterblot

Album · 2006 · Death Metal
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"Midvinterblot" is the 8th full-length studio album by Swedish death metal act Unleashed. The album was released through Steamhammer Records in October 2006. It´s the successor to "Sworn Allegiance" from 2004.

Stylistically "Midvinterblot" pretty much continues the death metal style of "Sworn Allegiance (2004)". Unleashed sound inspired and deliver their music with great skill and conviction, and the material on the 15 track, 46:27 minutes long album are generally well written. Unleashed write relatively simple vers/chorus structured death metal tracks, which are all between 2 and 4 minutes long, and there are a couple of infectiously catchy tunes among them like "We Must Join With Him" and "Valhalla Awaits".

Actually most tracks are enjoyable while they play, but when the album is finished the same happens as it did on the predecessor, and I simply don´t remember many tracks off the album. So I must conclude that there are some tracks which aren´t remarkable/memorable beyond their playing time, or that they lean toward being filler material. Some tracks stand out because the lyrics are a bit cringe worthy (badly written), but despite a few reservations, the material are generally enjoyable and powerful Swedish death metal.

Unleashed are a well playing band and Johnny Hedlund has a strong and distinct sounding voice and growling delivery. "Midvinterblot" also features a powerful sounding production and upon conclusion it´s a good quality release by Unleashed, which continues the positive upward quality trend of the last couple of albums. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

UNLEASHED Sworn Allegiance

Album · 2004 · Death Metal
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"Sworn Allegiance" is the 7th full-length studio album by Swedish death metal act Unleashed. The album was released through Century Media Records in July 2004. After a longer hiatus Unleashed returned in 2002 with reissues of their early albums and with their 6th full-length studio album "Hell's Unleashed (2002)". "Hell's Unleashed (2002)" showed a band firing on all cylinders again, after a couple of more mediocre album releases and "Sworn Allegiance" continues the positive trend.

Stylistically "Sworn Allegiance" pretty much continues where "Hell's Unleashed (2002)" left off (although the quality of the material is generally higher on this release), and the listener is treated to powerful and energetic Swedish death metal done the Unleashed way. Unleashed were never the most raw and brutal Swedish death metal band, but typically opted for a more defined and unique sound, which is raw enough, but not quite as bludgeoning and savage as some of the output by their contemporary colleagues. Unleashed focus a lot on simplicity and catchiness, and especially the latter is often neglected in extreme metal, but Unleashed understand the importance of that particular feature. While not all tracks on "Sworn Allegiance" are equally memorable and there are arguably a couple of unremarkable tracks scattered on the album (and a couple where the lyrics are bit cringe worthy), there are also some absolutely killer tracks featured on the album with infectious hooklines and memorable riffs like "Winterland", "The Longships Are Coming", and "Long Live the Beast" ("Attack" is also an absolute scorcher).

"Sworn Allegiance" aslo features a powerful and well sounding production, and the performances are strong on all posts. Lead vocalist/bassist Johnny Hedlund seems to have found his second youth after the 2002 comeback and he sounds commanding while delivering his intelligible growling vocals. Drummer Anders Schultz as always delivers a great percussive attack and guitarists Tomas Olsson and Fredrik Folkare churn out one memorable riff after another. I have to mention the many great guitar solos too (courtesy of Folkare) as they are are delivered with great skill and flair for melody. So upon conclusion "Sworn Allegiance" is a high quality release by Unleashed and although not perfect, a 3.5 star (70%) rating is still well deserved.

UNLEASHED No sign Of Life

Album · 2021 · Death Metal
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"No sign Of Life" is the 14th full-length studio album by Swedish death metal act Unleashed. The album was released through Napalm Records in November 2021. It´s the successor to "The Hunt For White Christ" from 2018.

Stylistically you get exactly what you expect from an Unleashed album. Energetic and relatively simple structured old school death metal with predominantly Scandinavian mythology/viking/anti-christianity lyrical themes. The band are as well playing as ever and the material is catchy, effective, and powerful, but if I have to mention one change from the last couple of releases, it´s Johnny Hedlund´s vocal style, which has changed a little bit from his usual snarling aggresive growling towards a slightly more throaty shouting/semi-growling vocal style. It reminds me of how he sounded on some of the less interesting mid-90s releases by the band, and that´s not a positive in my book. It´s a highly subjective opinion though and despite of how I feel about the vocals, they are arguably both powerful and well performed, and I´m sure most listeners won´t have the slightest problem enjoying them.

As usual I have to give lead guitarist Fredrik Folkare a special mention for his contributions. Once again he proves how important he is for Unleashed adding texture, harmony, melody, and some incredibly well played guitar solos to the music, making what could otherwise have been just pretty simple death metal so much more. Just as an example try and listen to what he does on a track like "You Are the Warrior!". But it´s the same on all tracks. If you removed his playing from the album, it would not be nearly as interesting or varied a listening experience.

"No sign Of Life" features a raw, powerful, and detailed sound production, which suits the material well, and upon conclusion Unleashed have done it again...and have released another high quality death metal album. I won´t let my bias towards the vocal style affect my rating and therefore a 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

UNLEASHED Hell's Unleashed

Album · 2002 · Death Metal
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"Hell's Unleashed" is the 6th full-length studio album by Swedish death metal act Unleashed. The album was released through Century Media Records in April 2002. It´s the successor to "Warrior" from 1997. After touring in support of "Warrior (1997)", the band felt a need for a break and went on a hiatus which ended up lasting 5 years, where they concentrated on other projects. They made a comeback in 2002 with reissues of their early albums and with "Hell's Unleashed".

Stylistically the material on "Hell's Unleashed" is a bit of a melting pot of all the elements from their previous releases. There are both old school death metal elements and viking mythology here, but also more contemporary lyrical subjects and groove metal and death´n´roll elements. Not completely unlike the musical style on the last couple of albums by the band. Thankfully "Hell's Unleashed" features a stronger and more powerful sounding production job than the last couple of albums, and that helps the material shine a bit more.

The 14 tracks on the 43:45 minutes long album are predominantly simple vers/chorus structured songs which are between 2-4 minutes long, so compositionally there are very few surprises, although the band do try a few new compositional ideas. "Hell's Unleashed" is both well performed and as mentioned above well produced, so upon conclusion it´s a good quality release by Unleashed. It´s not their best, nor is it a perfect release (some of the lyrics are for example badly written and honestly a bit cringe worthy), but it´s a solid release and a 3 - 3.5 star (65%) rating is warranted.

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