Entombed - Serpent Saints
To paraphrase Michael Douglas in "Wall Street," Gloom is good. Gloom works. Entombed were one of the first of the Swedish death metal revolution, unleashing their soon to be very influential Northern brand of Loki antics in the early 90’s. While the band has played around with their sound here and there, mostly in the form of enhanced production and some interesting percussion overdubs, the basic formula that made early releases such as "Inferno" so influential. Growling, riffing and singing about "Warfare Plague Famine Death," "The Ten Commandments," " Masters of Death," and, with "The Dead, The Dying and The Dying to be Dead," us, this is a good continuation of a career that has never truly strayed from its mission to pummel. It is almost impossible to make a bad death-metal band, stylistically. Unlike other metal genres that succumb to pretension or self-importance, dark metal, though it certainly is prey to the same sins–listening, Varg?–a tried and true solid three chord assault covers up a multitude of errors. When in doubt, turn it up to 11 and start bludgeoning. It works.
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