Music » Livewire


With Belphagor. Saturday, February 10, at Peabody's.


On the epic "This Is Our World Now," singer and bassist Johnny Hedland lets us know "The age of the warrior has come." And his razor-blade snarl gives us no reason to doubt him on this or any other song from Unleashed's new disc, Midvinterblot. This isn't safe music. Proudly hailing from Sweden, Unleashed jams full-on Viking metal.

Then again there's evil too. The initial seconds of "Triumph of Genocide" sound like the first wooosh of air escaping the gates of hell as they open up. What follows is the aftermath: ascending guitar solos and machine-gun double bass played with pure malevolence. Put it this way: Midvinterblot, the group's eighth studio album, guarantees Unleashed a seat alongside such metal legends as Cannibal Corpse and Death. Heavy metal fans already knew hell was way cooler than heaven, but Unleashed is further icing on the leather.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.