"Sheol" (Century Media; 2003)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

The streak of ass kicking bands from Sweden continues, as this veteran war metal act's release further reinforces Sweden as the home of the heavy. 

"Sheol" is a nine-track display of hostility that combines the epic swagger of Manowar with the crushing crunch of Dimmu Borgir, making SHEOL (Hebrew for Hell, by the way), one of the loudest and incessantly brutal albums to date. 

This quintet has been on hiatus for five years, yet after one listen of the demonically delicious "Unleash Hell," you'd assume that Naglfar has been here all along, honing its metal craft to perfection. 

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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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