Exposé Online banner

Debase — Unleashed
(Sanctuary Records LC09066, 2004, CD)

by Jeff Melton, Published 2005-03-01

Unleashed Cover artDebase is another of Noise Records' recently signed European acts to try their hand at high profile metal. Hailing from the small town of Malmö, Sweden, the quintet does its best to wade through a balanced set of high-octane rockers and hard rock anthems (such as on the CD’s opening cut, “Holy Caravan”). The group has garnered favorable comparisons to many popular acts ranging from Metallica to Megadeth and even Queensryche (probably due to the use of taped effects) and each is merited. Tracks such as “Restrained” show a penchant for dramatic verses and blistering guitar leads that adequately back lead vocalist Michael Hansson who often sounds a lot like James Hetfield. The longest piece and best track on the CD is “Symphony for the Unholy,” which opens with haunting chants wafting behind an ominous church organ. A Black Sabbath style riff pushes the piece into a heavy track that recalls prime Soundgarden with anthemish overtones. This is the group’s third release shows that some of their exposure opening for Alice Cooper has paid off in their sense of time and dramatics, as heard on “The Blood Remains.” The group consistently has a take-no-prisoners modus operandi as there are few weak moments on the album and no ballads. The closing self-titled piece displays the only acoustic intro section before driving yet into another intense all band work out. In closing, Debase needs stateside exposure to be able to make any further serious dents in the metal market.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 31, 2004 releases

Related artist(s): Debase

Latest news

2017-09-06
Holger Czukay RIP – Holger Czukay, a musical experimentalist without boundaries who has been involved with expanding the sound palette of rock music since the late 60s, has died at the age of 79. After studying with Karlheinz Stockhausen in the early 60s, he became fascinated with the possibilities of rock music, and was a co-founder of the pioneering group Can. He leaves behind an impressive body of work both as musician and producer. » Read more

2017-08-22
John Abercrombie RIP – Another of the greats of jazz guitar has left us. John Abercrombie plied his way through a beautiful series of albums on the ECM label as well as bringing his talent to bear on albums by many of jazz's greatest artists. From his early work in the group Dreams to Gateway and outstanding work with Billy Cobham, Jack DeJohnette, Kenny Wheeler, and many more to his own trios and quartets, he brought a unique instrumental voice to the world. » Read more

2017-07-27
Yestival Dates Beef up the Beat – Word reaches us that Dylan Howe (son of guitarist Steve Howe) will be joining Yes on their "Yestival" tour, drumming alongside longtime band member Alan White. » Read more

2017-05-19
First ProgStock Festival Set for October – October 2017 will see the inaugural edition of a festival called ProgStock in Rahway, New Jersey at the Union County Performing Arts Center. With a definite slant towards neo-progressive music, the event is sure to please many fans with the inclusion of such artists as Echolyn, Glass Hammer, and Aisles. The festival will take place October 13-15. » Read more

2017-05-05
Clive Brooks RIP – Word reaches us today of another sad passing in the music world. Drummer Clive Brooks, best known as a member of such Canterbury bands as Egg, Uriel / Arzachel, and Groundhogs, has died at the age of 67. Details are sketchy at this point. The news was reported on Nick Mason's Facebook page — Brooks was Mason's drum tech. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Akai Ikuo - Language without Words – This short album (in the neighborhood of 30 minutes even including the two unlisted tracks) is the first US release but Japanese experimental multi-instrumentalist Akai Ikuo. It’s a combination...  (2008) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues