theNAME – “Unchained” (2013)


Label: V2 Records

Review by Tony Cannella

From The Netherlands, theNAME are a hugely underrated band. They formed in 2000 and have just issued their fourth album, “Unchained”. The sound is a mix of hard rock and metal with groove-laden riffs. They have toured extensively throughout Europe with some of hard rock and metal’s biggest and best acts – most recently theNAME has shared the stage with Tarja Turunen.

From the opening track “Draw the Line”, the riffs are so damn infectious and the songs boast a lot of power and energy which are contagious as well. The songs have a certain groove metal quality with the riffs. The production is very clear and in-your-face. “Imperfect” makes a heavy impact with its machine gun style riffing and pounding metal rhythms. “Twisted” is my favorite song and features changing tempos and some denser riffing. “Unchained” maintains a steady and consistent pace throughout its duration. Other highlights include: “Image”, “Missed” and “One”.

It’s a mystery to me how TheNAME has managed to fly under the radar for all these years. Well, with “Unchained” that should hopefully and rightfully change.

Rating – 86/100



  1. Draw the Line
  2. Radiate
  3. Masquerade
  4. Imperfect
  5. Twisted
  6. Image
  7. Missed
  8. One
  9. Restricted
  10. Fight
  11. Cruel Thoughts
  12. Into My Dream


Line Up

  • Hadassa – Vocals
  • Silas – Guitar
  • Rens – Guitar
  • Tim – Bass
  • Jasper – Drums


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