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Death 'n' Roll / Death Metal / Doom Metal • Sweden
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Entombed is a death metal band from Stockholm, Sweden which formed in 1987 under the name of Nihilist. In 1989 they changed their name to Entombed. Though Entombed began their career as an early pioneer of Scandinavian death metal, by the early 1990s their sound had broadened to include hardcore punk and other influences. This new style would eventually be described as Death 'n' Roll, of which Entombed remains arguably the best-known example.

Entombed's debut album was Left Hand Path, a cult favorite that established the band as a popular death metal band. The follow-up, Clandestine, was just as popular. These first two albums were unique in that they featured what was sometimes referred to as an "electric saw" guitar sound. It was created using the Boss Heavy Metal distortion pedal and a Peavey amplifier. It appeared on their debut, Left Hand Path. but was improved and refined on the
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ENTOMBED Discography

ENTOMBED albums / top albums

ENTOMBED Left Hand Path album cover 3.95 | 29 ratings
Left Hand Path
Death Metal 1990
ENTOMBED Clandestine album cover 4.30 | 30 ratings
Clandestine
Death Metal 1991
ENTOMBED Wolverine Blues album cover 3.97 | 31 ratings
Wolverine Blues
Death 'n' Roll 1993
ENTOMBED DCLXVI - To Ride, Shoot Straight and Speak the Truth album cover 3.39 | 10 ratings
DCLXVI - To Ride, Shoot Straight and Speak the Truth
Death 'n' Roll 1997
ENTOMBED Same Difference album cover 3.00 | 8 ratings
Same Difference
Death 'n' Roll 1998
ENTOMBED Uprising album cover 4.18 | 7 ratings
Uprising
Death 'n' Roll 2000
ENTOMBED Morning Star album cover 4.33 | 18 ratings
Morning Star
Death 'n' Roll 2001
ENTOMBED Inferno album cover 4.20 | 6 ratings
Inferno
Death 'n' Roll 2003
ENTOMBED Serpent Saints: The Ten Amendments album cover 4.17 | 3 ratings
Serpent Saints: The Ten Amendments
Death 'n' Roll 2007

ENTOMBED EPs & splits

ENTOMBED Crawl album cover 3.64 | 3 ratings
Crawl
Death Metal 1990
ENTOMBED Stranger Aeons album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Stranger Aeons
Death Metal 1992
ENTOMBED Hollowman album cover 3.35 | 4 ratings
Hollowman
Death 'n' Roll 1993
ENTOMBED Wreckage album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Wreckage
Death 'n' Roll 1997
ENTOMBED Black Juju album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Black Juju
Death 'n' Roll 1999
ENTOMBED Averno album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Averno
Death 'n' Roll 2004
ENTOMBED When in Sodom album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
When in Sodom
Death 'n' Roll 2006
ENTOMBED Candlemass vs. Entombed album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Candlemass vs. Entombed
Doom Metal 2013

ENTOMBED live albums

ENTOMBED Monkey Puss (Live in London) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Monkey Puss (Live in London)
Death 'n' Roll 1999
ENTOMBED Unreal Estate album cover 3.08 | 2 ratings
Unreal Estate
Death 'n' Roll 2005
ENTOMBED Clandestine album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Clandestine
Death Metal 2017

ENTOMBED demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

ENTOMBED But Life Goes On album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
But Life Goes On
Death Metal 1989
ENTOMBED Rock Hard Presents: Gods of Grind album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rock Hard Presents: Gods of Grind
Death Metal 1991
ENTOMBED Wolverine Blues (Special Advance Copy) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Wolverine Blues (Special Advance Copy)
Death 'n' Roll 1993

ENTOMBED re-issues & compilations

ENTOMBED Entombed album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Entombed
Death Metal 1997
ENTOMBED Sons of Satan Praise the Lord album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Sons of Satan Praise the Lord
Death 'n' Roll 2002
ENTOMBED The Best of Entombed album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best of Entombed
Death Metal 2016

ENTOMBED singles (2)

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Out of Hand
Death 'n' Roll 1993
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Full of Hell
Death 'n' Roll 1994

ENTOMBED movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

ENTOMBED Reviews

ENTOMBED Morning Star

Album · 2001 · Death 'n' Roll
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If "Uprising" is Entombed's tribute to Motorhead, "Morning Star" is the greatest Slayer album that never was - just a nonstop, crushingly heavy, relentless, thrashy and sludgy metal masterpiece that still manages to be head-banging groovy.

The vocals and instruments are both heavier and harsher than the several previous album. Lyrics on the surface sound like boilerplate anti-Christian (not atypical in death metal), but lots of them are really just movie quotes. The rhythms are tight and chugging, crisp snappy drumming, spirited raw vocals, ripping guitar solos - Morning Star has a lot to offer, and is possibly the best release from this consistently great band.

Favourite tracks: Chief Rebel Angel, I for and Eye, Year One Now, Fractures, City of Ghosts, About to Die

ENTOMBED Uprising

Album · 2000 · Death 'n' Roll
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Triceratopsoil
Entombed does Motorhead-

Stockholm band Entombed is mostly famous for two things - popularizing the Boss HM-2 "chainsaw" guitar tone, and pathfinding the unfortunately nicknamed "death-n-roll" style of music. Uprising is an album that has both those trademarks. Where it differs from Entombed's other offerings is in catchiness. The grind is all there, but the riffs have a toe-tapping 70s hard rock characteristic to them. The vocals are harsh, but not death metal growls. It's an album that would be hard to place in time if you didn't know better... and yet in a sense it is far heavier than most anything from the 70s and 80s. Truly worth a listen for the open minded metalhead. Great gym music, by the way, with far better production value than their earlier studio albums.

Favourite tracks: Seeing Red, Won't Back Down, Something out of Nothing

ENTOMBED Left Hand Path

Album · 1990 · Death Metal
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Emerging from the festering swamps somewhere around present day Stockholm, the band that began under the name Nihillist which had pumped out a few demos switched gears after a couple years in the late 80s and redesigned themselves as ENTOMBED. As one of the pioneers of early Swedish death metal, ENTOMBED was riding the old school first wave along with contemporaries Dismember, Grave and Unleashed, thus making them one of the “big four” of that particular scene. While developing a unique style that has been retrospectively designated “death’n’roll,” ENTOMBED began very much a fully fueled death metal band as heard on their debut release LEFT HAND PATH which found the band creating a unique sound that has been very influential. What ENTOMBED did was fairly revolutionary for the day. They in effect took the punk infused grindcore energy and distortion overload and married it with the more thoughtful heavy constructs of bands like Death, Obituary and Morbid Angel which immediately changed the course of the entire death metal scene which from this moment would raise the bar.

The title comes from a term in Anton LaVey’s “The Satanic Bible” and lyrically the band engaged in some of the earliest forms of shock and awe with words drenched in dark misanthropy and baleful anti-religious disdain. ENTOMBED were also famous for ushering in some of the earliest buzzsaw guitar sounds which ironically along with the Satanic influences from early Celtic Frost and Slayer would find their home in the second wave of black metal and quickly disappear from the death metal scene from whence they spawned. Even ENTOMBED themselves quickly changed gears after LEFT HAND PATH and deemphasized the Satanic aspects of their music and began shifting to the new style of death’n’roll which they would also have a hand in raising the bar. While moving on quickly from their debut, LEFT HAND PATH became the blueprint for the multitude of old school death metal bands to build upon whether it be the Floridian branch of the scene or the Gothenburg melodic enterprise.

LEFT HAND PATH is a journey into distortion hell where the heavy detuned guitar chords pummel the senses with feedback and fuzz on steroids that were the result of Peavey amp abuse and customized guitar string torture. While not the first purveyor of heavy death themed thrash metal turned bad, ENTOMBED were one of the innovative few from Sweden who steered the genre in a new direction with a different style of composition that retained some of the features of old school rock’n’roll and 80s heavy metal while bands like Morbid Angel were becoming detached from those styles and veering into more surreal territories. ENTOMBED was in effect fundamentally responsible for putting Sweden on the map in the upcoming burgeoning death metal scene. Graced with eerie atmospheres and the tortured possessed vocal style of Lars-Göran Petrov, LEFT HAND PATH not only sounds like a depraved psychopath’s holiday but has moments of melodic beauty with graceful solos wisping away amongst the cacophonous din as if a dove had flown into a dark cave full of rabid bats.

Stylistically LEFT HAND PATH is a fairly monotonous listen which is the reason it took me so long to warm up to it. I have always been more partial to the albums that follow such as “Clandestine” and “Wolverine Blues,” but persistence has paid off and the secrets that are locked up behind the wall of sound have finally unleashed their presence upon me. While similar in style, structure and tone, ENTOMBED employed a rather unique method of song construct that allowed an interesting free form songwriting process. Try to predict where any of these tracks will lead and you will only go astray. The ten tracks on LEFT HAND PATH may sound similar upon first listen but careful listening will reveal how different they are when it comes to the different segments that are stitched together to create them. This is early death metal for sure. There are yet no blastbeat drum outbursts and the guitar squeals don’t rival contemporaries like Morbid Angel. Instead ENTOMBED unleashed a frightening murky mix of sonic assault with a few atmospheric keyboard embellishments to create a morbid mood setting rather than technical prowess. While it has taken me a while to fully appreciate the innovation that LEFT HAND PATH unleashed unto the world, i have to admit that once it sunk in, it has comfortable dug itself deep into me in ways unexpected.

ENTOMBED Wolverine Blues

Album · 1993 · Death 'n' Roll
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Entombed: one of the Big Four in Swedish death metal and the first of the four that I was to encounter on CD. Fairly recently. Like, a few months ago and nearly three decades after the band's career commenced. As with many old school death metal bands I have gotten acquainted with, I found out about Entombed by watching old school death metal playlists on YouTube. Of course, the album usually mentioned is "Left Hand Path" with some attention also going to "Clandestine". It was either of these two that I had to choose for my first purchase. Then I saw "Wolverine Blues".

Blues?! A death metal band is using the word "blues" in an album title? And Wolverine? Even at the time this album was released, the X-Men character was well known. What on earth were these Swedes up to?

So, I checked out some songs on YouTube and, well, wow! Consider this: I had been checking out a couple of dozen bands or more in a subgenre I was not too familiar with and had previously avoided. At first, everybody sounded awesome. But after a while, everybody sounded similar. I wanted to find that band or album that did something different to make it stand apart from the usual death metal environment. This album certainly did stand out.

After two death metal albums in Swedish style, Entombed decided to get into some other stuff and came up with an album that sounds like a conconction of mid-seventies Black Sabbath and Motorhead with some hardcore peppered in. In-your-face, angry biker style vocals, really growly, dirty, massive-rusty-industrial-chain guitar sound, and a rhythm section that almost swaggers, this album took a death metal band in such a new direction that they called this music "death n' roll". While the title probably was supposed to sound cool, I can't help but think of crocodiles when I hear this. Death roll!

There's little point in picking apart each song. It's just ultra-gritty guitar riffs, groove, and guts throughout with some songs capturing my attention more than others for one reason or another. I'd say the first three or four tracks and the last two are my preferred songs, but the whole album is consistent, though "Hollowman" brings in a bit of melody.

After several listens, some of the excitement of hearing the entire album has worn off, but I am still very curious about the next album, "DCLXVI: To Ride Shoot Straight and Speak the Truth". For now, "Clandestine" is on its way to my place, so I'll get to see the earlier side of the band.

Death n' roll or whatever, it was really good to hear an album that combined components of the death metal sound with more familiar, traditional stuff like Black Sabbath and Motorhead.

ENTOMBED Clandestine

Album · 1991 · Death Metal
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In their day, Entombed were untouchable. While many consider their debut "Left Hand Path" to be their best, I prefer "Clandestine" as it is heavier and more polished, while retaining the crunch and aggression of its predecessor.

The track "Living Dead" has to be one of the most face–ripping openings to an album of all time. No messing around with samples, feedback, or acoustic introductions, just straight into the full–on death metal maelstrom.

Listening to this album is best done in one sitting, as an entirety, rather than dissected track by track. Each song seems to feed off that before it. There are more subtle moments throughout the album, including a few choice samples. These further amplify the brutality of the headlong charge through one of death metal's Finest Hours.

Even though vocalist LG Petrov was temporarily absent from the band during the recording, the vocals of Nicke Anderson (not Johnny Dordevic, as the liner notes say) are the most brutal the band produced in their recording career. The guitar sound is actually crisper and punchier than on "Left Hand Path", and the bass and drums are also more clearly defined than on the debut.

After "Clandestine" Entombed's career took a downward slide into the murky world of "Death n' Roll", almost completely deserting their death metal roots. Entombed have since rediscovered the Left Hand Path, but everything else pales in comparison to 'Clandestine'.

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