Entrails – Obliteration
Not everything that glitters is gold, someone once said. This is painfully obvious when listening to Obliteration, the Metal Blade debut from resurrected Swedish death metallers Entrails. We are so used to the label releasing stellar records left, right and centre that when one comes along that stinks up the place, it comes as a bit of a shock. But for a few (barely) redeeming factors, Entrails have dropped a clanger. A big, gory, death metal clanger.
Few places lay claim to a specific type of sound more than Sweden. Even before becoming known as the birthplace of melodic death metal and the subsequent modern metal movement, the country spawned its own specialized death metal movement characterized by the buzzsaw guitars, thrashing speeds, and grinding chaotic brutality popularized by acts such Dismember and Entombed.
Since its origins as a spin-off of d-beat and hardcore punk, things have come full circle, with bands such as Nails and Trap Them bringing the sound back to hardcore. However, there are bands still actively pursuing the Swedish death metal ideal, and Gutter Instinct are making their name as acolytes of the sound while aggressively exploring further ground, citing influences from acts such as Portal and Bolzer. Catch a stream of the group’s debut track, ‘The Invisible Hand‘ after the jump!
I don’t know if you’ve noticed or not, but within the past few years, there has been a Swedish-influenced old school death metal revival going on that has brought with it a legion of exciting and innovative new bands. The best American example of one of these bands is Horrendous, but Sweden has naturally been the forerunner of this movement and is cranking out bands left and right that fall under what I like to call the New Wave of Swedish Death Metal. One of these bands is Tribulation, who started out as really good Entombed worship on their first album, The Horror, but became something entirely different on their second album, The Formulas of Death. In turn, they’ve become one of the most interesting death metal bands on the planet; if you don’t believe me, just listen to their wicked new song, “In the Dreams of the Dead.”
Pomona, CA death-sludge masters Xibalba have announced details and revealed artwork for their highly anticipated third LP, Tierra Y Libertad. The album will drop January 26th in Europe and the 27th in North America via Southern Lord Records. The band commissioned renowned death metal artist Dan Seagrave for Tierra Y Libertad, famous for classic album covers like Malevolent Creation‘s Retribution, Entombed‘s Left Hand Path, and many more. Head on over the jump for the full track list and more details.
Black Breath are among the legion of newer bands whose Entombed and Dismember back patches take up the most space on their jean vests. Southern Lord Recordings has now announced that they will continue to support the band’s creative residency in Sweden with their upcoming third album, slated for an early 2015 release. As they have done with their past two albums, the band have selected Kurt Ballou of Converge (a more or less obligatory choice for bands playing entombedcore) to produce this currently untitled project. No further news has been made available as of right now, so look for more updates during their late-November to mid-December stint in the studio. In the meantime, check out their video for “Home of the Grave” from their most recent release, Sentenced to Life after the jump.
One half of legendary band Entombed, now known as Entombed AD (I know, I know) has put their new song ‘Vulture and the Traitor’ up for streaming on YouTube. It’s definitely what you would expect but you can go ahead and listen for yourself, right after the jump.
Skinfather – None Will Mourn
For those who didn’t know, Entombedcore is becoming the standard moniker for bands who mesh Entombed-style death metal with the hardcore stylings of bands such as Converge. Bands such as Trap Them, Nails, and Black Breath have spearheaded the whole Entombedcore movement and given rise to many similar bands. Skinfather is perhaps the most recent of these bands to gain the spotlight. The first signee to Nails drummer Taylor Young’s new label, Streetcleaner Records, the band’s debut record None Will Mourn was also produced by Young, who did a great job of capturing the band’s raw intensity. The band takes their name after a song of the same name featured on the Dismember album Indecent and Obscene, which is probably not a coincidence, considering the razor sharp buzzsaw riffs on display throughout None Will Mourn are clearly derived from Dismember and the likes. The grooves call to mind early Entombed, albeit soaked in a hardcore attitude. The riffs are thick, meaty and mean. Not a game changer by any means, but a worthy addition to the growing Entombedcore empire.
Not even two weeks after releasing the second track from their new album Blissfucker, Trap Them have deemed it fit to share more new music. ‘Lungrunners’ is another full tilt tornado of a track, taking the blistering pace of ‘Salted Crypts’ and the hardcore swagger of ‘Organic Infernal’ and smashing the two together. Fans of the band will be moist in their seats at the breakneck tempo that rushes you and does not let up. Fuzz laden riffs and cascading kick drums are here in force so hold onto your hairpiece.
We’ve been waiting for an Entombed comeback album for some time now, but there has been some confusion and legal woes regarding the use of the name that eventually helped spawn a genre. With founding members Alex Hellid (guitar) and Lars Goran Petrov (vocals) both laying claim to the Entombed name after splitting up, two different versions of Entombed were floating around over the past few years, eventually (and obviously) leading to a legal fork in the road. Despite being the most active iteration of Entombed — signing to Century Media and writing/recording an album last year — the Petrov-fronted sect have been renamed Entombed A.D.
Will their new album Back to the Front do justice to the band’s legacy as an influential death metal act? We’re one step closer to finding out with the single ‘Bedlam Attack’.
Earlier today, Bloodbath issued an announcement via their Facebook page, opening with the astonishing revelation that the band has already written ten new tracks. If that doesn’t have you running for your corpse paint, not only does it look like we’ll be destroyed by a new album soon but it will apparently be featuring a brand new vocalist. We can only guess at his identity but the benign souls over at Bloodbath have graced us with a few helpful clues: