Released: 2013, Metal Blade Records
Reviewer: Peter Atkinson
Sweden’s Entrails are a throwback in every sense of the word, but in their case they kind of deserve to be. Instead of serving merely as an homage to days gone by, they are making up for lost time and reliving the early '90s era of buzz-sawing Swedish death metal they had hoped to be a part of but could never quite get things off the ground.
The band essentially faded away after eight largely fruitless years in 1998 without ever producing anything other than some abortive demo attempts. By then, the glory days of Entombed/Dismember/Grave and their roughshod Sunlight Studios sound had largely faded anyway, so there wasn't much point in forging ahead.
But frontman Jimmy Lundqvist wouldn't let the band die quietly and 10 years later was able to whip an acceptable demo together with material from back in the day. One thing led to another and now Entrails are releasing their third full-length in just three years and have a shiny new deal with Metal Blade.
The band's sound, however, certainly is nothing new. Raging Death is decidedly and unapologetically old school, sounding way more 1993 than 2013. But Entrails play their brand of 40-grit death metal 'n roll with such conviction and verve that it sucks you right in regardless.
The propulsive, abrasive hooks of “Headless Dawn” or “Bloodhammer” cut right to the bone and the driving rhythms of “Cadaverous Stench” or “Descend to the Beyond” pound away with determined glee. “Death League” is the real standout here, with its kicked up tempos, extra deathly vocals and cool, though quite brief, solo tradeoffs – something that is repeated on the equally punishing “Chained And Dragged.”
With Raging Death, Entrails come about as close as one can to traveling back in time. And with the genuineness and zeal of the material and performances here, it's certainly worth making the trip with them.