Released: Augu, Music For Nations
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
Entombed is back with a new studio album, their highly praised last album “THE MORNING STAR” came '01 and a numerous amount of touring throughout the world followed. In between all touring the band has released a double cover album with all the covers they have done so far, it’s called “SONS OF SATAN PRAISE THE LORD”. Some of the members in the band have participated in a lot of side projects besides all the touring that is still going on like Murder Squad with Peter and Uffe, Jörgen and Peter in Krux, Jörgen in The project hate and Peter in Merciless.
I have no info about where or in which studio this was recorded or who has written the music/lyrics but one thing I do know is that there are 14 tracks on the album. The cover isn’t the nicest one I have seen. When they played in Malmö, Sweden earlier this year I asked Alex about the new album and in which musical direction it was headed and he told me that if you liked the last album you should not be disappointed on the new one at all. He was right, I think this is a logical follow up to “THE MORNING STAR”, every song is really strong. The production and the soundpicture are just as stable as the band, you can hear everyone real loud and clear.
As mentioned earlier this album is continuing where the last studio album ended with heavy, mean, hard death n´roll. I think that you can feel influences by both doom and what they’ve were famous for in their beginning of their career fast death metal, and there’s also some hints of ordinary heavy metal to. The band has naturally gone through some musical changes through the years and they have developed as a band from the early years as a groundbreaking Swedish fast death metal band to this “new” highly approved sound. But you can still hear that this is Entombed, they have not gone so far from their roots and they have not sold their souls and gone strictly commercial to sell some more records (as certain metal/hardrock band have done, I’m sure you all know who I’m talking about). Entombed sticks to their roots but with a bit more updated soundpicture today compared to when they started out in the early 90’s.
“RETALIATION” heavy, hard death´n´roll influenced by doom metal. It’s a high-tempo track and in the beginning L.G almost chants the lyrics. “THE FIX IS IN” this is more fast death´n´roll with a lot of bass at the top of the soundpicture. “INCINERATOR” the speed increases here, it’s fast heavy metal influenced by, hat they got known for, death metal. “CHILDREN OF THE UNDERWORLD” very slow doom metal, L.G changes his vocals between ordinary vocals to his more angry vocals. The speed rises at the end of the song. “THAT’S WHEN I BECAME A SATANIST”, “DESCENT INTO INFERNO”, “SKELETON OF STEEL” and “NOBODADDY” heavy, aggressive death´n´roll influenced by heavy metal. These ones could easily fitted in on the last album. “INTERMISSION” an instrumental track with only piano and it’s a bit surprising to hear a track like this from Entombed but I like it a lot, it feels like a well needed break from the rest of the record. “YOUNG AND DEAD” this is fast death metal, sounds a bit like they did in the early days. “PUBLIC BURNING” fast, death, heavy metal, this one goes real fast. At the end the tempo slows down a bit, Peter has to work really hard behind his drums through this song. “FLEXING MUSCLES” semi-fast death, heavy´n´roll, L.G, Alex and Uffe high up in the mix. “NIGHT FOR A DAY” slow, grinding death, heavy´n´roll with a hint of doom.
“INFERNO” is not a part two of the previous album, they have developed their music more, and it sounds incredibly good. All of you who has counted out Entombed should think again, the band are just as strong today as they were when they started out – live as on album. They are not going to do another “WOLVERINE BLUES” but this is almost as good as that one. L.G sounds just as angry as he always does, Peter bangs his drums like a demon and Alex/Uffe completes each other very well on guitars. It’s only to hope for that they are going out on a real tour around the world and show everyone that they crushes all the competition on stage just as on record. I have played “INFERNO” a lot and it’s growing every time you listen to it. One of Sweden’s best metal acts is back – just as strong as ever!