Monday, February 9, 2009

Unleashed – Where No Life Dwells

Where No Life Dwells
Century Media

It’s evil, Viking death metal! It’s Leif Ericson with blastbeats! Okay, not quite but it is textbook Swedish Death Metal.

Formed by Johnny Hedlund after his departure from Nihilist in 1989, Unleashed was one of the first death metal bands to stop singing about Satan and start exploring the pre-Christian traditions of Scandinavia. That’s par-for-course these days, but it was ground-breaking in 1991, when this record was released.

Musically, Unleashed had less of a garage/Motorhead feel than fellow Stockholm residents Dismember or Entombed. Unleashed was primarily influenced by Bathory and, accordingly, Where No Life Dwells has a grim, pagan vibe throughout the album. Hail to Sweden!

Unleashed – Where No Life Dwells


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