To paraphrase that creepy Selena Gomez fan, Entombed came along at a very important time in my life.
When they released their classic Wolverine Blues in 1993 the metal world was awash in Seattle grunge. Bands of the heavy ilk were few and far between. But along comes Entombed and their new take on Death Metal and I was hooked. Up until that time I was not that big of a fan of that genre as the vocals turned me off. However, with the way Entombed played it I was a believer. The music was so catchy, yet brutal, that I was able to digest the vocals easier. Nowadays I don’t know if one can appreciate how great that album and revolutionary the style was.
It’s been over 20 years since Wolverine Blues came out, man I feel old, and Entombed has just released their newest offering Back To The Front.
The band is now referring to themselves as Entombed A.D. after some very L.A Guns-ish band name rights dealings. This band is composed of longtime vocalist Lars-Göran Petrov, guitarist Nico Elgstrand, drummer Olle Dahlstedt both of whom have been in the band since 2006. They are rounded out by bassist Victor Brandt who’s been with them since 2010. So you can somewhat understand why the original members don’t want Lars running around in a band called Entombed like he was Tony Iommi in those dark days of Black Sabbath.
Legal mumbo jumbo aside, what does Back To The Front sound like? I was a but apprehensive since the key to Entombed’s “Death N Roll” sound was former member Nicke Andersson who hasn’t been in the band for 17 years. Now it doesn’t have the same swing as classic Entombed but it’s still pretty good. Songs “Bedlam Attack”, “Second To None”, and “The Underminer” have that super crunchy guitars that everyone will recognize and a certain catchiness that their cohorts don’t have. Most of the album has more of a traditional Death Metal sound. “Bait and Bleed” and “Waiting For Death” while both adequate could have come from almost anyone. It is possible that this split personality is due to Entombed A.D. being a band in transition. While they are obviously drawing from their past but since they have a rather new roster they are trying to figure out their own path.
(Insert Left Hand Path joke here)
Final rating, I’d be happy paying…
$14.99-Regularly Priced CD
$9.99-Download from iTunes or Amazon
$5.00-wait for Amazon to have it on sale
$1.00-finding at a flea market, car wash, or pawn shop
$0-Not worth the drive space