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Review: Unchained - Unchained

Label: Sound Riot Records
Year released: 2005
Duration: 47:48
Tracks: 9
Genre: Heavy/Power Metal


Review online: January 30, 2005
Reviewed by: Ktb
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Rated 3/5 (60%) (2 Votes)

Unchained is a band that is quite new to the melodic metal world, and their first full-length album "Unchained" sounds very promising, and it shows that the members of this band are pretty talented. They released a few demos and such before, but I couldn't find them. This album contains many melodic riffs, as well as some traditional/heavy riffs. It's not too long or too short, I think the length is perfect. The problem with Unchained is that the songs sound a bit too generic. It reminded me a bit of Treasure Land's first album (but keep in mind Treasure Land's second album was amazing), which means that the guys are talented but they don't have any special element to make them special or unique.

But that doesn't mean the album is bad – hell no! This album contains amazing riffs, ranging for melodic to heavy to speedy. All the songs' structure are perfect, so this means the songs rarely, if not never get repetitive. When you'll listen to this album, you'll notice that all the talent is there, all the riffs are good, production is tight, but you'll also notice that Unchained needs something in their music – you know that little element that makes an album different from all the others, something that makes you coming back for more. That's what Unchained' problem is. But I don't know a lot of new bands that make a masterpiece of their first album. Perhaps their second album will sound much better.

An example of a great song that was perfectly made and composed is the first track, "My Guide". It contains nothing but amazing melodic riffs are well as heavy riffs, and topped with some powerful vocals. The drums are nothing special, but the sound isn't annoying nor does it stand out. The leads in this song shine out the most, compared to the leads in the other songs. "My Guide" also contains tons of riffs, so you'll surely be coming back for more.

This was great for a first release, the only thing Unchained needs to work on is finding their own sound that will set them apart from the huge melodic metal crowd that we have these days.

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