Power of Metal.dk Review

Dawn Of the Nine
Style: Death MetalStyle
Release date: 24 April, 2015
Playing time: 44:00

Swedish death metal warriors Unleashed always deliver. That can again be said about their twelfth full length album. Just like the predecessor 'Odalheim' the album was recorded and produced by guitarist Frederik Folklare in his Chrome Studios. With lyrics about the usual mythological Viking themes not a lot has changed. The music is again a mix of death metal and some black influences, gang shouting refrains, devastating drums, ruling bass lines and melodic solos.

Perhaps you think that there are no surprises on this album and in general you are right, but the doomy title track "Dawn Of the Nine" is probably the slowest song from the band in their career and you might guess of what other band the riff in the song "The Bolt Thrower" reminds me of. Another favorite track is "Let the Hammer Fly" because of the thrash riffs and "Defenders Of Misgard" is an almost epic track with a lot of variety and not typical Unleashed. Head Viking Johnny Hedlund perhaps isn't the best and most impressive grunter in the genre, but with his style and the repeating refrains it never bores.

What impresses me most about the band Unleashed is that they keep their recognizable sound without repeating themselves on every album. A nice album to bring to the hammer.

01. A New Day Will Rise
They Came To Die
Defenders Of Midgard
Where Is Your God Now?
The Bolt Thrower
Let the Hammer Fly
Where Churches Once Burned
Land Of the Thousand Lakes
Dawn Of the Nine
Welcome the Son Of Thor!
Label: Nuclear Blast
Distribution: Warner Music (Denmark)
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Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 22 April, 2015
Website: http://www.unleashed.se