Entombed - Inferno review
Disc I [Inferno]
02. The Fix Is In
04. Children Of The Underworld
05. That's When I Became A Satanist
08. Young & Dead
09. Descent Into Inferno
10. Public Burning
11. Flexing Muscles
12. Skeleton Of Steel
13. Night For Day
14. Albino Flogged In Black [Japanese bonus]
15. Some Velvet Morning [Japanese bonus]
Disc II [Averno] [USA bonus]
01. When Humanity's Gone
02. There Are Horrors Of 1000 Nightmares
03. Random Guitar
04. Retaliation [video edit version]
05. Albino Flogged In Black [video edit version]
06. Retaliation [video]
07. Albino Flogged In Black [video]
For those who have been asleep for about thirteen years, Entombed was, with 1990's Left Hand Path, one of the precursors of the melodic side of death metal. A few years later, after the collapse of most death metal bands, Entombed decided to drop pure death and to create a new style, called death'n'roll. 1993's Wolverine Blues was praised by the critics, but after that... total blackout. Even if they still released good albums, among which the great Morningstar, no one really cared.
This short introduction is necessary for in my opinion Inferno is the album of renewal. Entombed has come back to the roots, to release something nearer to Wolverine Blues than anything else, but maybe better, because it is more varied. This step backwards is obvious when you see the restricted budget cover, when you hear the raw live sound of the album.
Besides, they seem to have stopped taking themselves seriously, as for the first time an Entombed album contains moments of fun, like the hilarious 'That's When I Became a Satanist'. Furthermore, the whole album is groovy, catchy... a real invitation to headbang ['Descent Into Inferno']. Don't worry, the basis is still the same, that is this very special stoner-death with harsh vocals, as if Spiritual Beggars had met Satan and decided to sound death metal. Thus, some songs are as dark as usual, for example 'Children Of The Underworld' and 'Night For Day'. This last one is particularly interesting because it shows a certain evolution characterized by the apparition of keyboards, just like the sad instrumental 'Intermission'. But on the whole this is still Entombed, with its typical speed killer riffs, its hysterical singer [who sings more melodically on some songs like 'Retaliation'] and its ability to write catchy songs. Anger, groove, fun, definitely metal, what can you ask more?
If you used to be a fan of this great Swedish band, and were disappointed by the last albums, give Inferno a chance, and I think your neck will start to ache after three songs. This album is a new start.
Highlights: Retaliation, That's When I Became A Satanist, Nobodaddy
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