Unleashed - The Hunt for White Christ
When it comes to Swedish Death Metal, the traditional Stockholm way and death metal per se, there is one band you have to mention: Unleashed! Formed in 1989 by vocalist / bass player Johnny Hedlund, Unleashed have been delivering supreme death metal from day one. Dealing with Viking traditions and values, and honing their craft, they have become extreme metal pioneers, musically and lyrically, inspiring legions of other bands with their sound.
The Hunt for White Christ is the fourth album in the continued story line of the World of Odalheim and their Midgard warriors – a story authored by Johnny Hedlund himself, comprising of the past, present, and what Hedlund’s deems as the future of the Viking traditions and values. The album was recorded in the Winter of 2018 at Chrome Studios, and does not simply mark the Swedes` 13th full-length album: it also solidifies the bands impact on history, paving the way to their 30th anniversary in 2019! Three decades of metal onslaught, and they have neither lost their bite, nor their love for pure death metal mayhem! The album opener ‘Lead us into War‘ breathes sheer aggression in conjunction with majestic undertones, followed by the blasting blizzard of ‘You Will Fall’ immediately set the scene. The album grabs you from the start and doesn’t let go, especially on, the fist-pumping future live classic, ‘The City Of Jorsala Shall Fall‘, as well as the steamrolling title track – will no doubt take any Hammer Battalion`s heart beat faster and faster! For Odin – and for Unleashed, the unchallenged kings of supreme Swedish death metal!