"Unleashed" (Noise; 2004)

Reviewed by Mike SOS


Debase is a Swedish metal quintet whose liberal borrowing of the neo-metal sounds from American soil shines bright on this 11-track collection. 

Mixing the dissonance of Nevermore with the pummeling power of Machine Head, tracks like "Restrained" hit hard, yet retread all too familiar ground. Debase's relentless riffing helps the band stand out, especially on tracks like the merciless "Schizofrenia," yet the subject matter and lyrics border on generic metal a bit too often for this band to be placed higher on the continuum than Godsmack or Disturbed. 

Heavy and driving, Debase certainly speaks loudly. Unfortunately, the band's vapid lyrics say very little to back up the thunderous din behind it all. 

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"Unleashed" (Noise; 2004)

Reviewed by Snidermann

Sanctuary Records has a high-quality rock'n'roll release with Debase's "Unleashed." "Unleashed" has all the qualities that are what is right with rock'n'roll today. It is sophisticated, high energy, thought-provoking and simply fun. 

Some may think of "Unleashed" as progressive rock but I prefer the term futuristic. This is good, solid, mature rock with a shitload of attitude that, in my opinion. has claimed a place for the band in today's rock scene. Debase is a totally hip band with plenty of talent and charisma and "Unleashed" is a killer CD. 

I expect some great things from this band in the future and I bet they kick ass live. 

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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