Review by Adam M on November 19, 2010.
This is a Death Metal album from 2006 that has a pummeling sound that is quite appealing. It has similarities to Classic Death Metal like Entombed at the forefront. However, there is also a pristine modern edge that is a welcome addition as well. These guys bring their own punishing approach to the table, however with a great deal of intensity.
The riffs have a groove and a very European sound that is distinctive, like what Entombed and Dismember used to portray so effectively in their early days in particular. The songs have a great deal of melody to go along with the crushing nature. The outfit has found a manner to perfectly blend punch and harmony and standout in the Death Metal genre because of it. Songs are often catchy and addictive as well. The songs 'We Must Join With Him' and 'I Have Sworn Allegiance' will stick in the listener’s head long after being listened to, for example. The entire album has relatively short tracks that nonetheless make a great deal of impact and the entire ensemble is closed off effectively by the track 'Valhalla Awaits'. This final track is one of the more powerful ones to be found and does a really good job of finishing the deal.
Unleashed put together an album that perfectly combines nods towards classic acts from the genre and modern touches. "Midvinterblot" sounds relevant throughout and never fails to excite your pulse. If only every Death Metal band could put this much effort and passion into their performances, we’d have some really great metal music to look forward to. "Midvinterblot" gets a high recommendation to Death Metal fans seeking an album that sticks out from amongst the pack.
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Rating:8.5 out of 10