These Swedish death metal titans once again live up to their name by “unleashing” an unbelievably-solid, punishing slab of metal. Odalheim is Unleashed’s eleventh full-length effort to date, and as a longtime fan of the band I can say that of their entire catalog, it’s probably my favorite. While Odalheim might not stray far from the path they’ve forged over the years, this is actually a good thing – Unleashed are one of the most consistently reliable bands in the death metal scene.

Straight from Stockholm, Sweden is the pop/rock, indie rock band Slim Loris. The group came together as recently as 2009 out of, at that time, two recently broken up indie bands. The members of Slim Loris wasted no time getting down to business on writing and recording and quickly produced their debut record Amateur Night at the Asylum, followed by some intense touring.

What kind of name is Freak Kitchen anyway? Who are these people? Just how crazy is their music? The Swedish heavy metal/hard rock trio consisting of Mattias “IA” Eklundh, Christer Ortefors and Bjorn Fryklund, has been performing together as Freak Kitchen since 1992. Until recently their music has been rare in North America, except for the lucky few who have been able to track it down. In May Freak Kitchen will release a new album, Land of the Freaks, rendering their music much more available and accessible to us on the other side of the pond.

Born, bred and based in Malmö, Sweden, gloomy post-punk band Terrible Feelings (unlike their moniker) should send you some good vibes. Their new album Shadows is due out on April 18th via Deranged Records and with it comes a welcome mix of punk, rock and power pop. Soon after its release, Terrible Feelings (who have already played with bands such as JEFF the Brotherhood, Fucked Up and Night Birds) are set to tour the US and Europe in the Summer.

Putrified is based in Stockholm, Sweden and is comprised of one man and one man only. This dude, simply referred to as A. Death (also known for his work in Infuneral), birthed Putrified in the Fall of 2010 in an effort to explore his own conception of “necrotic metal of death & decay.” With a new album, Neurotic Necrotic, set for release in 2012 via Hellthrasher Productions, the future looks bright for this sinister act.

I recently spoke with Tobias Gustafsson, drummer for the Swedish death metal outfit Vomitory, about their newest release Opus Mortis VIII. Since 1989 these guys have been dishing out brutal, skull-crushing metal and they’ve been highly influential in defining and shaping the legendary Swedish death metal scene. Here’s what Gustafsson had to say about the band, the record and their touring plans.