Swedish quartet Unchained are another quality melodic metal band to be
signed by Sound Riot Records. With this their debut release they
have put together an album crammed full of high quality tracks that should
get them the publicity that this album deserves.
album see the toils of six months in the studio finally bearing fruit.
opening track 'My Guide’ starts of with an almost Maidenist guitar
riff that quickly opens up into a blitz on the senses with the vocals of
Per Karlsson ripping through the track, supported by the guitars of David
Blome and Peter Ericsson.
The second track 'The Analyst’, continues
where the first ended and the two flow well into each other. As do most of
the tracks on this album. However, this does not mean they are all the same,
quite the opposite, there is more than enough diversity between each track that it keeps the
One of the more notable tracks on the album
is ‘Dream’. Not only is it one of the
more melodic tracks on the album, but it also stands out because of the added
guest vocals of Mattias Osbeck. Mattias also carries out the guest vocals on a total of three tracks
on the album.
’Ordinary Sinner’ is very Iron Maiden influenced in
its concept with the vocal styles being very reminiscent of Bruce
Dickenson in parts. But the similarities end there with the monstrous drums
and the ripping guitar riffs.
The early Iron Maiden influences are once
again plentiful on ‘The Great Witch Hunt’. My favourite track has to
be ‘Seventh Sin’ which has to be played in full to fully appreciate the
splendour of the track.
To say I was impressed by this album would be an
understatement. Let's hope the next album is as good as this one.