||A self-titled full-length CD on Sound Riot
Records marks the debut for the Swedish power metal band Unchained.
Musically in the vein of Iron Maiden, Edguy, Queensryche, Grim Reaper,
Savatage, as well as other assorted 80’s influenced elements.
At times they are extremely similar to Iron Maiden, maybe too much?
It doesn’t sound bad, but do we need another Iron Maiden? Probably
not, because you can’t top them at their own thing. But it does
at least tell you their potential. Like a Maiden cover band creating
their own maiden-esque songs. The melodies can be really pleasing
to listen to. You will find yourself swaying to the music. Vibrant
guitar riffs, and animate solos will pull you into their music. However,
the production seems to have a little quark with it. Every so often
it almost sounds like the levels were turned on to late for certain
tracks on the recording. It’s not all the time, but it makes
you think it was a cut and paste production. I would find myself almost
lost in their music if this album was tweaked to avoid that. Or maybe
I’m just listening to closely, it seems almost obvious to me
on the track “The Analyst”. Besides that track, it didn’t
really seems to happen much. Unchained just need to work a little
on the composing and I think they will have some people talking. This
disc is a good start!