This album is proof that death metal dosen’t have to be uber-technical to kick ass. This isn’t as fast or fluid as say , Morbid Angel, Death, Anata, Arsis, or Theory In Practice, but it holds up well with any classic of the genre in terms of brutal intensity. This is also one of the most influencial albums to ever be released. Don’t take my word for it, check out anything from Dismember, Edge Of Sanity, Carcass, At The Gates, Seance, The Haunted and you’ll see what I mean. Almost all European extreme bands (especially ones from Sweden) have added some element of this album to their own works.
Brutality is what Entombed do best and is what this album will always be remebered for. The tormented growls spewing phrases of agression, pounding rhythm and buzzsaw riffs all come together for one heavy, adrenaline pumping expierence. If your looking for something that combines 27 different genres at the speed of light, look elsewhere. This is just pure, uncomprimising Death Metal and if that’s what you want then you’d be hard pressed to find a better album.