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Metal - Released September 17, 2001 | Century Media

On Unleashed's 1991 debut, Where No Life Dwells, the Swedish outfit reveals a commitment to two kinds of death metal: fast and faster. Pure and enthusiastic, this disc plays like an audio textbook for those interested in the state and design of early-'90s death metal excess. The riffs are furious and occasionally undefined, but drummer Anders Schultz does an exceptional job leading his bandmates through the Unleashed sonic assault during highlights like "Before the Creation of Time" and the more plodding but totally brutal "...And the Laughter Had Died." The rest of the group keeps pace, as every player hits his mark with precision and just a little flair. As death metal debuts go, this is a very impressive one from the stylistically myopic but musically consistent Unleashed. © Vincent Jeffries /TiVo
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Metal - Released May 1, 1991 | Century Media

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Metal - Released May 1, 1992 | Century Media

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Metal - Released July 13, 2002 | Century Media

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Metal - Released July 13, 2004 | Century Media

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Rock - Released April 24, 2015 | Nuclear Blast

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Rock - Released April 20, 2012 | Nuclear Blast

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Never underestimate the desire for revenge as a motivating factor. Not unlike Dave Mustaine, whose ouster from Metallica gave rise to an improbably long career with Megadeth, most of it stacked against frankly incredible odds, Swedish headbanger Johnny Hedlund turned his ejection from Nihilist (the formative version of death metal legends Entombed) into the driving force behind Unleashed. Also like Megadeth, Unleashed now find themselves in the unexpected position of having out-recorded, if not outsold, their nemesis -- thanks largely, no doubt, to a thirst for vengeance and need to prove themselves that's helped Hedlund and company maintain a much more consistent sonic blueprint through the years, and a raging, burning ambition to boot. How else to explain the astonishing death metal fury displayed by Unleashed's 11th career full-length, Odalheim, which could arguably challenge 1991's Where No Life Dwells debut as the group's most violent creation...ever! (Odalheim also doubles as Unleashed's first concept album, its 11 songs based on the chapters in a Norse saga about the aftermath of Ragnarök written by Hedlund.) Opening number "Fimbulwinter" storms the shores of Valhalla with devastating blastbeats worthy of black metal, and when subsequent bashers like "Gathering the Battalions," "Rise of the Maya Warriors," "By Celtic and British Shores" (which quotes liberally from Winston Churchill), and "Germania" aren't remorselessly slaughtering each other's armies, the bloody screeds of "White Christ," "The Great Battle of Odalheim," and others of their ilk keep the enemy ever on their heels. Not even the frequent acoustic guitar intros scattered across the album linger long enough to forestall the snowballing sonic apocalypse, and neither the central story line nor the wanton savagery that propels it ever tampers with Unleashed's trademarked big choruses and Hedlund's clear enunciations -- still a rarity in death metal. Rarer still are the Swedish death metal warriors of old who remain forces to be reckoned with, and thus, this latest triumph probably deserves a toast: here's to Unleashed...and here's to revenge! © Eduardo Rivadavia /TiVo
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Rock - Released March 19, 2010 | Nuclear Blast

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Swedish "Viking metal" band Unleashed have been plowing their particular groove since the dawn of the 1990s; indeed, they were the first band to marry the downtuned Stockholm sound of Entombed, Dismember, et al., to swords-and-longships lyrical themes. On their tenth studio album, very little has changed. Lyrical references to Yggdrasil (the Norse "tree of life"), Thor, and the Einherjar (dead warriors who live in Valhalla, waiting to fight at the final battle, Ragnarök) abound. On other songs, bassist/vocalist Johnny Hedlund's concerns are more earthbound -- combat, basically. While the songs all fit into a basic mold of downtuned riffing, punk-thrash drums, and hoarsely shouted vocals, there are occasional eruptions of instrumental virtuosity. Lead guitarist Fredrik Folkare offers fluid, coherent solos and even adds some moody, almost psychedelic introductions to a few songs. Perhaps this album's greatest virtue, one common to Unleashed's catalog, is that within the parameters of Swedish death metal, it's pretty catchy. The riffs are a midtempo chug rather than offering the staccato bludgeoning of more technical styles, and the band rarely downshifts into ultra-slow sludge-noise, preferring to keep the music moving forward. Some death metal has moved almost entirely beyond the realm of blues-based rock, mutating into some sort of electrified modern classical music with blastbeats. Unleashed, for all of their distorted guitars and thundering rhythms, retain an essential rock-ness that keeps their music accessible. © Phil Freeman /TiVo
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Metal - Released October 30, 2006 | Century Media

Generally considered their best effort, Unleashed's 1995 Century Media release, Victory, is the culmination of a prolific early career for one of Sweden's leading '90s metal outfits. To the uninitiated, this record won't sound much different than its three studio predecessors, but fans will notice the refined musicianship, production, and especially songwriting that elevates Victory above the group's prior discs. Things get started nicely with the insanely heavy "Victims of War" that boasts one of the simplest yet most pummeling guitar riffs of Fredrik Lindgren and Thomas Olsson's tandem career. The energy hardly subsides over the following nine tracks. Special mention should also go to "In the Name of God" and "Scream Forth Aggression," two unrelenting numbers that typify this act's commitment to heaviness. Metal fans still unfamiliar with the band would do well to start their Unleashed collection with the polished but still quite brutal Victory. © Vincent Jeffries /TiVo
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Metal - Released October 1, 1993 | Century Media

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Metal - Released October 30, 2006 | Century Media

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Metal - Released October 30, 2006 | Century Media

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Metal - Released October 25, 2019 | Knife Fight Media - Unleashed

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Metal - Released December 25, 2018 | Knife Fight Media - Unleashed

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Metal - Released October 26, 2018 | Napalm Records Handels GmbH

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Metal - Released February 1, 1995 | Century Media

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Metal - Released July 13, 2010 | Century Media

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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released December 5, 2018 | UNLEASHED MUZIC

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Metal - To be released November 12, 2021 | Napalm Records Handels GmbH

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Metal - Released October 13, 2021 | Napalm Records Handels GmbH

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