Now, who doesnít love a concept album? And when thereís a bit of mythology thrown in there then that just sweetens the deal. Unleashed may not annunciate as much as they could on ĎOdalheimí to be able to understand everything thatís being said but the press sheet says itís based around Norse mythology and I have no reason to not believe it. Seeing as the world pretty much ended on their last album, we have to go to Ragnarok for this one or not a lot would happen.
Although they are pigeon-holed as being a death metal band, thereí s actually a lot more going on here than youíd expect from a standard fare death metal album with hints of black metal incorporated into the sound. Not that thatís something thatís never been done before but itís still appreciated.
This probably isnít the best way to describe something thatís trying to be grim, but there is something lovable about ĎOdalheimí. Despite the harsh vocals and heavy instrumentation, thereís a certain warmth to the sound that almost softens it. Itís not 100% in your face death metal; there are elements of light and shade, particularly in intros such as ĎThe Hour of Defeatí. Intro aside, itís a heavy song, even in its lighter moments, but thereís enough progression and anthemic sense of purpose that itís one of the most instantly captivating songs on the album.
Although there is a similar sound to some of the lead riffs they actually manage to get away with it somehow. They throw some curve balls such as the into to ĎThe Soil of Our Fathersí that has an almost Latin feel to it, which doesnít obviously fit in to the Norse concept but is actually quite a nice touch. In summary: very good, well done. Plus if youíre a fan of guitar solos then thereís a fair amount for you to enjoy because Unleashed may be many things but scared of a guitar solo they are not.
Review by Si‚n Williams
20th April 2012
3) White Christ
4) The Hour of Defeat
5) Gathering the Battalions
7) Rise of the Maya Warriors
8) By Celtic and British Shores
9) The Soil of Our Fathers
11) The Great Battle of Odalheim
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"This probably isnít the best way to describe something thatís trying to be grim, but there is something lovable about ĎOdalheimí. Despite the harsh vocals and heavy instrumentation, thereís a certain warmth to the sound that almost softens it. Itís not 100% in your face death metal..."