On August 10, 2018 Stockholm legends, Unanimated released a new EP entitled “Annihilation.” When I discovered the mighty Unanimated were returning from their seemingly perpetual hibernation a wave of excitement poured over me. Upon listening, it’s safe to say the Swedish blackened death metal foursome is reemerging from a nine year hiatus with a bludgeoning EP that was well worth the wait.
The release of “Annihilation” breaks the silence for this band in a huge way. Fortunately for fans of the band, Unanimated hasn’t deviated too much from the mid 90s tempo of “Ancient Gods of Evil.” In many ways, “Annihilation” is even heavier than their prior release, “In the Light of Darkness,” which was honestly nothing to sniff at either.
The EP opens with the barbarous intensity that’s beautifully tempered with complex melody. The speed of the blasts combined with the calculated dissonance of the riffs immediately draw in even the most jaded listeners. They don’t slow down from there either. The entire EP is a beautiful example of perfectly executed Swedish death metal.
Unanimated have taken to the newest movement in underground metal of not holding back or attempting to appeal to a larger audience by unleashing an onslaught of heaviness in true kvlt fashion upon their fans. They’ve held steadfast to the formula that worked for them in the 90s while continuing to remain relevant in the modern era. The riffs on this EP are simultaneously melodic and intense. “Annihilation” is definitive of the sound Swedish metal fans are looking for in a release, and has enough momentum push Swedish death metal back into the underground spotlight with its hungry ferocity and technical prowess.
The main feeling I get from this EP is elation. If Unanimated can return after all these years with an EP of this caliber, what does the future hold for the band? It looks like good things are to come and, for that, Swedish death metal enthusiasts worldwide are eternally grateful.