Unleashed – The Greatest Of All Lies

By • Jul 8th, 2008 • Category: Metal, Music

A friend I work with and I were discussing music ( big surprise there) and she commented about northern Europe’s taste in metal bands… she wasn’t a fan. I pointed out that the ones she was seeing on Eurovision were the “publicly acceptable” ones and that she really should check out some of the more interesting (read “other side of the bleeding edge”) metal bands that Sweden had to offer.

To help her along here is Unleashed, lets have a little bit from their Biography on the Unleashed Official Website

“Hammer Battalion” takes a battle-hardened axe to the misguided concepts of self-subjugation, transparent corruption and unneeded suffering in the name of religious figureheads and provides a perfect link between the ancient struggles of their Nordic forefathers and the ills of our modern society. The blistering “The Greatest Of All Lies” and “Long Before Winter’s Call” take on old religious myths re-cast as pure fact, while “Your Children Will Burn” serves as a warning of the consequences of blind faith. “Whatever is done in the name of different religions is often done against Mother Nature,” notes vocalist/bassist Johnny Hedlund. “And she has the means of striking back.”

Hedlund and company have not only worn their Viking heritage on their sleeve for years, they’ve also proven to be one of history’s most important flag bearers for metal-heads around the globe. At its heart, “Hammer Battalion” serves as a testament to these legions of proud fanatics, and delivers a commanding message loud and clear. “Rebellion is rising,” notes Hedlund when discussing the album’s title track. “We will form a number of battalions all over the world with warriors who are not afraid to fight. We are tired of being sitting ducks for bullshit authorities who know nothing better than to oppress us for reasons they won’t explain. We will take command of our own lives and get to work. Either like the chameleon – smoothly changing colors to benefit our survival, or by the furious rage of a Viking warrior – whichever suits us best. To the common man, his various pathetic and hollow forms of music is a hobby. Our music is a way of life. Join your local Hammer Battalion or start one yourself !

You have to admit that it’s a lovely piece of hyperbole. Still a dozen albums released over 18 years says that some one out there is listening. Other than me that is.

Loud, unintelligible vocals, loud, blindingly fast guitars, loud, a rhythm section that is solid enough to build a skyscraper on and and did I mention loud (thought so). All in all, just perfect. My friend will hate this with in the first 4 bars but hey at least the bands on Eurovision will sound way more normal from no on.

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Websites at www.myspace.com/666unleashed and www.unleashed.se/

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