DAVE GROHL: NIRVANA 'Ripped Off' UNLEASHED Song

An early track by the Swedish death metal legends UNLEASHED was the basis of an unreleased NIRVANA song that was close to appearing on the band's "With The Lights Out" box set, ex-NIRVANA drummer/current FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl revealed to Sweden's Close-Up magazine during a recent interview.

”You know what’s funny?! I can't remember which UNLEASHED song I did… It was 'Onward Into Countless Battles' [of 1992's 'Shadows in the Deep']," Grohl said. "This was in 1991 or 1992 and NIRVANA were in Brazil and we had this studio for the day. Nobody was there, so I took this riff and recorded it on my own. It was close to going on the NIRVANA boxset, but I was like, 'No, no, no, that's an UNLEASHED song, you can't use that!' It would have been really funny. It was THAT close."

Back in 2002, Grohl revealed to Close-Up that he contemplated approaching UNLEASHED frontman Johnny Hedlund to contribute lead vocals to one of the songs for his PROBOT metal project, but changed his mind after learning of the Swedish death metal vocalist's rumored Nazi leanings.

"I love UNLEASHED's music — it's fucking cool," Grohl told the magazine. "[But] one of the guys involved [in putting the PROBOT record together], Matt Sweeney [who is credited as being the album's executive producer and 'riff consultant'—ed.], pointed out that [Johnny] wouldn't be appropriate for this."

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