Entombed A.D. - Back To The Front review



Reviewer:
8.7

72 users:
7.75
Band: Entombed A.D.
Album: Back To The Front
Release date: August 2014


01. Kill To Live
02. Bedlam Attack
03. Pandemic Rage
04. Second To None
05. Bait And Bleed
06. Waiting For Death
07. Eternal Woe
08. Digitus Medius
09. Vulture And The Traitor
10. The Underminer
11. Soldier Of No Fortune


Now we have two Entombeds lurking around? Details on this fiasco are vague, but the most obvious scenario is that these guys were ready to do battle metal style...Which is less Braveheart meets Conan The Barbarian, and more of Judge Judy...But Judge Judy on a metal musicians budget for legal representation, which is probably something like Barry Zuckerkorn meets Lionel Hutz. Alas, Alex Hellid packed up his toys and went home, leaving the rest of the Entombed crew to release this as Entombed A.D.. Bad news for Hellid, because Back To The Front slays pretty damn hard.

What can you expect when four members of Entombed go off and record an album together? An Entombed album. Duh. It's the pinnacle of crunch meets groove you've come to expect from these death metal veterans. The riffs are, once again, the real strong point for this group. Each and every lick on Back To The Front is of hook-quality. Those are just the rhythm tracks! Many of the menacing melodic leads are delivered in odd time signatures, bringing to mind a mix between the melodies on Sadist's Season In Silence and Sodom's In War And Pieces.

Despite the incredibly thoughtful, thorough guitar work, topped with thick, slick production values Back To The Front has a faint D.I.Y aura to it derived from its simplistic approach. There's so much strong riff-writing in here they probably could have injected a bunch of filler and had two or three "ok" albums worth of material. Instead, we're presented with a tight little machine of an album that goes right for the throat and doesn't get stale. In other words; awesome riffs + strong, efficient compositions = awesome Entombed album...er...awesome Entombed A.D. album.


 



Written on 27.07.2014 by Former EIC. Now just a reviewer guy.


Comments

Comments: 8   Visited by: 263 users
27.07.2014 - 10:33
tea[m]ster
Au Pays Natal
I liked Left Hand Path and Wolverine Blues a lot back in the day, I was debating whether or not to give this a spin, for shits and giggles. Your review has solidified my decision. Thanks.
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27.07.2014 - 16:27
Daniell
_爱情_
I was positively surprised when I heard this album. It's really really great, a lot better than I expected it to be.
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Now loving:
Naglfar - I Am Vengeance
Hour of Penance - Cast the First Stone
Hate - Indestructible Pillar
Depeche Mode - Going Backwards
Flotsam & Jetsam - Forbidden Territories
Immolation - When the Jackals Come
Suffocation - Your Last Breaths
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27.07.2014 - 18:11
Lit.
Account deleted
Looks better than I expected it to be.
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27.07.2014 - 22:25
ScreamingSteelUS
Agent of Steel
Quote:
Barry Zuckerkorn meets Lionel Hutz


Legal dream team. In other news, I had some doubts about this, but now I'll have to go for it.
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Row, row, fight the power
Djently down the stream

I wonder how you will defend your ludicrous assertions.
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28.07.2014 - 01:53
Rulatore
Ugh, I'm listening to it and nothing special till now (half of it). It's pretty boring tbh. I'll pass
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27.08.2014 - 18:01
pdepmcp
Good review, now I need to go and check it by myself.
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15.09.2014 - 11:20
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
After all the positive things I heard about this album, DAMN waht a disappointment it turned out to be.
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Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

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05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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15.09.2014 - 23:29
Daniell
_爱情_
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 15.09.2014 at 11:20

After all the positive things I heard about this album, DAMN waht a disappointment it turned out to be.


For you perhaps. It's a great album in my opinion.
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Now loving:
Naglfar - I Am Vengeance
Hour of Penance - Cast the First Stone
Hate - Indestructible Pillar
Depeche Mode - Going Backwards
Flotsam & Jetsam - Forbidden Territories
Immolation - When the Jackals Come
Suffocation - Your Last Breaths
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