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The Hunt For White Christ

NA­PALM Swedeath leg­ends haven’t run out of steam yet Given his un­cer­e­mo­ni­ous oust­ing from Ni­hilist, one won­ders if Johnny Hed­lund ever al­lows him­self a quick chuckle com­par­ing mod­ern­day En­tombed’s per­son­nel trou­bles to Un­leashed’s con­sis­tent line-up, who’ve only re­placed one gui­tarist in 29 years. The Hunt For

White Christ, Un­leashed’s 13th full-length, is busi­ness as usual: namely, melodic, mid-paced Scan­di­na­vian death me­tal with a dis­tinctly an­themic qual­ity, es­pe­cially on ro­bust ragers like Lead Us Into War and Stand Your Ground, which seems cus­tom-built to be screamed back at the band by fes­ti­val au­di­ences. The tri­umphant, shred­ding gui­tar leads sound bet­ter than ever, es­pe­cially on the ti­tle track and steam­rol­ler­ing high­light Ter­ror Christ, while Vi­dau­rgelmthul and By The Western Wall slow the pace down to pul­veris­ing ef­fect. This isn’t Un­leashed’s most re­mark­able al­bum, but it’s an im­pres­sively solid show­ing this late in their ca­reer nonethe­less.

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