In the early 90’s Entombed was one of death metal’s most promising new acts. Their debut LP “Left Hand Path” is a landmark record for the 90’s and one of death metal’s most powerful debut. Their sophomore release “Clandestine” was even stronger than the previous. It was faster, heavier, and just all around better. After that came one of the most disappointing releases in metal history “Wolverine Blues” which featured a Marvel Wolverine Comic in the original LP. This was an experimental album in which Entombed incorperated a more rock ‘n’ roll element in their songs and thus dubbed it “death ‘n’ roll”. The album was a big disgrace, and Entombed stayed in this direction for all of their albums, until Serpent Saints. This album is not Clandestine, but its getting there. It has a lot of the early Left Hand Path riffs, as well as some of the death ‘n’ roll. Entombed finally made a metal record after all these years, and it is definitely worth a listen.
Kings Of Damnation: Era 98 04 is a look at the evolution of Zakk Wylde’s progression as a musician, beginning from his solo venture with Pride & Glory and Book of Shadows, leading up to his final album for Spitfire, Hangover Music Volume VI. Includes 2 previously unreleased tracks. 2005.Zakk’s work as guitarist for Ozzy and his solo work are two completely different beasts. His guitar for the Prince of Darkness works largely within a mainstream framework while his solo playing and writing often showcase an entirely different side. He’s no one-trick-pony and ”King of Damnation: Era 1998-2004” showcases the best of his varied interests. The collection from his days on the Spitfire label goes from blues-chugging Southern boogie (”Losing Your Mind”), to hard driving Pantera-like thrash (”Bleed for Me”) to acoustic pieces best illustrate how his versatility meets his virtuosity (”TAZ” and ”Takillya”). The two new songs on this collection are the slower, harder numbers ”SDMF” and ”Doomsday, Inc.”. His vocals are not the most exciting for Rock, but that’s not what you’re here for. After all, his playing is vast and technical, going from solid riffing to intricate solo in a matter of moments. If you’re a rock or metal fan looking to find a way into this guitar man’s catalog, this is the perfect place to start. – Robert Arambel
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This album sounds like the old Entombed that I’ve been missing since the singer went Christian. Wolverine Blues is the greatest thing they’ll ever create. It’s evil, loud, and yes, rocks. It’s Death Metal whether you want to admit it or not. What you should be buying is Death Breath. The drummer from Entombed other band. They’ll show you how to die old school.Stinking Up the NightLet It Stink
A very good effort on their part. Didn’t care much for the simplicity of the lyrics. Musically, they are as tight and evil sounding as ever. Two songs eerily sound like the openings of Slayer tunes. Not a horrible album, but not the “Death ‘n Roll” I enjoyed in Wolverine Blues and To Ride…
This is a terrific new Entombed album. Apparently its a concept album with the main theme being deceit. It has a lot of leanings toward different types of metal and some of the old school fans will appreciate it, but its not Left Hand Path.
Listen to it a few times and you’ll hear some death and roll, some black metal and some old school death metal. Less rock and punk than some of the recent past, it is the best since Wolverine Blues. Check it out. I love it like you love Jesus.