Dawn Of The Nine will be the name of the twelfth studio album by Swedish death metal pioneers UNLEASHED, due out in North America this spring via Nuclear Blast.
UNLEASHED founding member, bassist, and vocalist Johnny Hedlund shares the following about the cover artwork created by Pär Olofsson (EXODUS, IMMORTAL, ABYSMAL DAWN):
“The artwork represents the continuation of our previous album, which ended with ‘The Great Battle of Odalheim.’ The battle took place at Uppsala Fields in Sweden, and you can clearly see the king’s grave in the cover art work which also represents the future. You can also see the bombed out church in the far distance, the place of blood in the front, and the rune stone with the runic symbol of courage of the new dawn.”
Recorded & produced by UNLEASHED guitarist Fredrik Folkare at his own Chrome Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, the track listing for Dawn Of The Nine is:
01. A New Day Will Rise
02. They Came To Die
03. Defenders Of Midgard
04. Where Is Your God Now?
05. The Bolt Thrower
06. Let The Hammer Fly
07. Where Churches Once Burned
08. Land Of The Thousand Lakes
09. Dawn Of The Nine
10. Welcome The Son Of Thor!
With a career spanning twenty five years, UNLEASHED are credited with founding the Viking Death Metal movement back in 1990, when they were among the first death metal bands to write songs about their Viking/Scandinavian heritage. Two and a half decades later, their riffs are still register as shrapnel and their choruses are just as epic as they continue to meld uncompromising brutality with anthemic odes to the pantheon of gods in Norse mythology, most especially Odin – ruler of Valhalla.