Unleashed – Dawn of the Nine

Bringing forth their 12th studio album, Sweden’s Unleashed has, with Dawn of the Nine, successfully continued an aggressive, fairly melodic saga. Their previous release, Odalheim, released in 2012, began this journey.

Let’s pretend you’re a new fan, perhaps just introduced to death metal a little while ago, and your virgin ears have never heard Unleashed. IfBringing forth their 12th studio album, Sweden’s Unleashed has, with Dawn of the Nine, successfully continued an aggressive, fairly melodic saga. Their previous release, Odalheim, released in 2012, began this journey. Let’s pretend you’re a new fan, perhaps just introduced to death metal a little while ago, and your virgin ears have never heard Unleashed. If that’s the case, this disc will tear the seat off your pants and drop your jaw to the floor. From the pummeling, constant double-bass drum sonic pressure, to the low-pitched menacing growled vocals, to the blazing fast guitar solos woven into every song, Dawn of the Nine is a high-speed chase – an adventure in sound and prose through past Norse mythological battles. It is mid-tempo to high speed, fairly melodic and yet fairly dissonant, fairly brutal European death metal done right. Unleashed even borrows from rock and pop music’s dirty little secret to “winning listeners over”: adding subtle nods to their peers or influences (with titles like “The Bolt Thrower”, or making allusions to church burnings, or using the phrase “hammer battalions” repeatedly, and so on). As for the old-school, somewhat jaded fans who have been following since Swedish death metal became known […]

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