The Swedish band Unchained has been active since 1999, and now finally they have a self titled debut album out, with which the men take their first steps into no man’s land. From melodic power metal to heavy metal, with hints of progressive rock, that’s what is presented here. They don’t reinvent the genre, but their ideas are carried out well. The first half of „Unchained“ is noticeably fresher and more exciting, with as a high light the hymnical „The Analyst“. Towards the end, the band loses some of the freshness and enthusiasm, but still – certainly, since this is their debut album, we should keep an eye on the men around Per Karlsson.