ENTOMBED — Left Hand Path (review)

ENTOMBED — Left Hand Path album cover Album · 1990 · Death Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
4/5 ·
Good god. Death Metal was born in the late 80’s, but most of that stuff isn’t a huge leap away from extreme Thrash and Black metal of the same decade. Even the albums that had broken from carrying clear Thrash influence still sound like a genre in development. This beast sounds like it could have been released yesterday.

Entombed took one step back and two forward. They slowed down a bit, and instead of trying to outdo their peers with technical prowess or blistering intensity, dug themselves a grave and adopted a truly sepulchral sound. Insanely downtuned guitars with a sludgy buzz sound like they’re cutting through a murky swamp, while the rhythm section lays tight and varying beats that pound at a steady mid-tempo (by extreme metal standards). The vocals are the deepest growls laid to record by 1990, and there is a very cold, grave atmosphere that runs somewhat contrary to the genre’s roots in hellfire. The blue cover could play into this as much as the band’s icy homeland – but this is unmistakably the closest to true, cold death that Death Metal had ever gotten at the time
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58 days ago
Perhaps I should have said "some of the deepest"...
Vim Fuego wrote:
58 days ago
I don't agree with the vocals point. Obituary, Bolt Thrower, and Autopsy had all released albums before this. However, the graven, sepulchral sound things is an excellent description.


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