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Unleashed - Hammer Battalion

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Unleashed - Hammer Battalion

Unleashed - Hammer Battalion

SPV Records
For nearly two decades Unleashed has been flying the flag for Viking death metal. The Swedish band shows no signs of slowing down or mellowing out.

Hammer Battalion is another batch of songs glorifying battles, warriors and the quest for Valhalla. Unleashed is able to play brutal death metal with fierce guitars and add plenty of melody and accessibility. The songs have a lot of extremity and intensity, but also very catchy riffs that make their music accessible. You'll also hear some blistering guitar solos.

Johnny Hedlund has the prototypical death metal growl, deep and intense, but also understandable. Unleashed hasn't unveiled anything new on this CD, but Hammer Battalion shows just how sharp their songwriting and musicianship is, and this is their best effort in quite a while.

(released June 10, 2008 on SPV Records)

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