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Pioneer Swedish quartet Unleashed continues their streak of serving up consistent Nordic folklore inspired death metal excellence on their latest 11-track collection ODLAHEIM. This elite unit delivers their usual assault of serrated death metal with a tried and true combination of wicked warmongering riffs (“Vinland”), belligerent vocal growls that create catchy yet coarse melodies perfect to pillage to (“The Soil of Our Fathers”), and punishing rhythms (“Germania”) played to the mythological tales of Viking battles across the globe without deviating much from the initial template they set back in 1989. Maintaining a menacing aura even when haunting acoustic guitars tone the mood down before building the fury back to normal (“By Celtic and British Shores”), Unleashed once again produces a rousing and reliably brutal affair at the top of its game. -MikeSOS
- Mike SOS