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Released: 1998, Music For Nations
Reviewer: Addison Herron-Wheeler
Editors Note: Metal-Rules.com was founded in 1995 as a forward thinking site. Our goal is, and always has been, to support Real Metal. The decision was made that very rarely do we ever go back and review an album from before 1995. Does the world really need another CD review of Master Of Puppets, Powerslave or Screaming For Vengeance? We don’t think so. We have always supported what is happening now.
Starting in January, 2014, as we head towards the 20th Anniversary of Metal-Rules.com, we are looking back and filling in a few gaps in the review database. We want to complete the post-1995 review catalogue of some of the bands that we have supported since 1995, when very few, if any websites were supporting real Metal. It’s fun to go back and revisit some of these albums that we did not review when they were first released. Enjoy!
Entombed have been playing music for a long time, but despite the respect they have within the scene, they actually spent a decent amount of career not playing metal. Despite the acclaim of popular albums like LEFT HAND PATH and CLANDESTINE and the brutal connotation of their name, much of Entombed’s career was spent playing death n’ roll, or straight-up groovy rock n’ roll.
SAME DIFFERENCE is definitely one of those albums that falls outside of the realm of death metal by a long shot. It’s not even quite death and roll, but more similar to the straightforward brand of rock that was popular in the late 90s and early 2000s. There are still some screamed, aggressive vocals, and definitely some down tuned guitars, but for all intents and purposes this is a rock album and not a metal one. Even the cover art here screams late 90s. Still, there are definitely some stand-out tracks on this record; the title track and “High Waters” both get pretty heavy, and “Kick in the Head” is pretty catchy.
This is not an album to run out and buy if you only get down with the really heavy stuff, or if you are new to Entombed and want a good introduction to their sound. But, if you dig death n’ roll or if you’re a diehard fan of the group, I would definitely recommend picking this one up and giving it a spin.
1. Addiction King
2. The Supreme Good
4. Kick in the Head
5. Same Difference
6. Close but Nowhere Near
7. What You Need
8. High Waters
9. 20-20 Vision
10. The Day, The Earth
11. Smart Aleck
12. Jack Worm
13. Wolf Tickets
Jörgen Sandström - Bass
L-G Petrov - Vocals
Alex Hellid - Guitars
Ulf "Uffe" Cederlund - Guitars
Peter Stjärnvind – Drums
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