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Entombed A.D.

A deadly dawn is spreading across the land as Entombed A.D. drops a horrifying new video for the title track off their newest album, Dead Dawn (read review). Zombies will attack, so hold on to your brains! Watch the new video for “Dead Dawn” inside!

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Review by Jeff Maki
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I was a huge fan of Entombed in the early ’90s. And if you were a death metal fan during that era, I’m sure you were, too. With Left Hand Path and Clandestine, Entombed pioneered the Swedish metal scene, influencing legions of bands to come. Then with the less death metal and more accessible Wolverine Blues, it invented “death ‘n’ roll.” Numerous lineup changes ensued, though five more albums were released during this time. The last one I remember hearing was 2007’s Serpent Saints—The Ten Amendments. The band then disappeared but returned in 2014 with Back to the Front, except only vocalist L-G Petrov remained and the dreaded “A.D.” was now succeeding its name. The only thing worse is if you’re in a band and a country in parentheses follows your name.  (more…)

This entry is part 5 of 11 in the series The Top 10 Headbanger's Ball Breakthrough Bands

5. Entombed – “Stranger Aeons”

Entombed’s debut, Left Hand Path (1990), became a cult favorite that established the band as a popular Swedish death metal act. Left Hand Path and its follow-up, Clandestine (1991), were unique by featuring what sometimes was referred to as a “buzzsaw” guitar sound, still used by many bands today. At this point in 1991, I had heard some heavy shit, but I was blown away when I saw this video and, honestly, a little scared. Little did I know that Entombed would go on tohelp shape the extreme metal landscape and now is viewed as a pioneer in the subgenre.

bloodbath-fathomlessSweden’s Bloodbath is an extreme metal supergroup that’s had a revolving lineup of the country’s elite death metal talent since forming in 1998. Previous members included vocalist Peter Tägtgren (Hypocrisy, Pain) and multi-instrumentalist Dan Swanö (Edge of Sanity, Nightingale, Pan.Thy.Monium). Tägtgren was responsible for the gut-wrenching vocals of Bloodbath’s last full-length recording, the seminal Nightmares Made Flesh (2005). The Fathomless Mastery marks the return of the project’s original vocalist, Opeth’s Mikael Åkerfeldt, who performed on the first release, 2002’s Resurrection Through Carnage. (He was also the vocalist on Katatonia’s Brave Murder Day and the Sounds of Decay EP) The current 2008 Bloodbath lineup is rounded out by guitarists Anders “Blakkheim” Nyström (Katatonia) and Per “Sodomizer” Eriksson (21 Lucifers), bassist Jonas Renkse (Katatonia) and drummer Martin “Axe” Axenrot (also of Opeth)..

The Fathomless Mastery follows the formula of the other two classic Bloodbath releases. The formula is simple: a devastating blend of old-school brutal death metal with an evil modernized twist, leaving nothing but carnage in the aftermath. (more…)

dismemberI have longed thought that Entombed’s classic death metal album Clandestine had the most sinister, downtuned, coolest-sounding guitars ever recorded. I’ve been on a search for that sound that rips through my speakers ever since. My search finally has ended with another long-running, prominent Swedish metal band. Dismember’s new self titled album is “true Swedish death metal,” just as it is marketed. This fucker is fast and brutal. And the guitars! My god, the guitars! They make me cringe. Dismember formed way back in 1988 and is credited with helping to propel the death metal genre. Every once in a while, music apparently needs one of its veterans to step forward and deliver the new school a swift kick in the ass. Death metal is no exception. (more…)

EPSON scanner ImageThe ninth full-length album, and the first in four years, from Sweden’s death n’ rollers Entombed is their best since 1993’s Wolverine Blues. Let’s face it—long gone are the days of Left Hand Path and Clandestine, both of which are considered groundbreaking death metal classics. The band abandoned that sound years ago due to personal preference and numerous lineup changes. (more…)

impious-holy-murderHoly Murder Masquerade, the fifth album from Sweden’s Impious, is a raw and lethal burst of thrashing old-school death metal. According to the band’s official press release, Impious was formed all the way back in 1994. I’ll have to take their word for it because this is my introduction to the band, who has called Metal Blade Records home since 2004. (more…)