In 1992, this classic Death Metal album was released by the Unleashed. I love this band from the sound to the lyrical themes. It was said that these guys might be the first true Death Metal band that wrote lyrics about Norse mythology and to be considered as the front runners of Viking Metal.
Musically, this album isn’t as brutal sounding as it could be, if compared to the newer bands or Black Metal. But, it’s one toned down heavy sounding album that packs a punch. I love the how Unleashed incorporated influences of Hardcore Punk and Thrash Metal to their blend of Death Metal. Also, this album features an array of tempos that one minute their superfast to heavy slow the next. This album also has a bit of that melodic sound to it. It’s well balanced. Plenty of good bass lines, tempos, and riffs to leads. This is classic Death Metal at it’s best.
1. “The Final Silence” 2:54
2. “The Immortals” 4:23
3. “A Life Beyond” 4:49
4. “Shadows in the Deep” 5:02
5. “Countess Bathory” (Venom cover) 4:02
6. “Never Ending Hate” 2:32
7. “Onward into Countless Battles” 4:14
8. “Crush the Skull” 3:36
9. “Bloodbath” 4:09
10. “Land of Ice” 4:33