Release Date – May 15 2015
A Review From Reckless Ronny
In 2008 Jimmy revisited the recorded tape collection and arranged the best of the tracks and re-recorded them, playing all instruments except vocals, which were done with Jocke Svensson. With three demo discs produced; “Reborn” - “Human Decay” - “Casket Garden”, offers from record labels began to appear and by 2010 they sign with FDA Rekotz (Germany) releasing their first album “Tales From The Morgue” followed with “The Tomb Awaits” (2011) both receiving positive reviews.
2012 Entrails signs with Metal Blade Records releasing “Raging Death” by 2013, followed with a couple singles and a full compilation of their early work in 2014. The band has played various clubs and festivals throughout Europe and has been gaining ground in worldwide interest.
With the release of “Obliteration” (2015) Entrails has captured a perfect blend of their old-school death metal roots and a fresh modern appeal. From the opening track “No Cross Left Unturned” which cranks out with devilish face-melt speed and aggression after a slow death-knell opening had me believing this is your run-of-the-mill death metal band, but delving further on this CD I came to realize the scope and intrigue that each song holds and the true vestige that this band possesses in great musicianship. Every song is uniquely gruesome, full of guttural rage combined with ever exploring range, resulting in a rich well engineered sound.
The opening guitars on “Epitome Of Death” trans-fixs the listener in a hypnotic way. Breaking into a heavy guitar chug and slowly awakening into a noticeably cool drum pattern that burns into your brain echoing along with the forceful lyrics. The song breaks into many transgressions from a quickstep rage, to a slow funeral dirge, marching along as an army - with one mindset; murder.
Fast and fresh drum blasts with a heralding rhythm bring us to “Deyond The Flesh” with epic death metal proportions. Huge bombastic vocals with a thrashing groove persist throughout this beast with the characteristics of an insane circle pit. Old-school songwriting -sensibility brought to life in a modernistic-style are rife throughout “Obliteration”.
“The Grotesque” opens with epic ferocity that bursts into a fast back-and-forth refrain that instantly has your head banging. Thick guitars with a filthy Goatwhore approach to the song structure; punky death metal yet clean and big with a groove laden swagger.
If there is a title track to be found on this album “Obliterate” would fill the boots. A wall of death metal sound erupts through the speakers with the catchy guitar hook that blends into a nasty rhythmic groove. Deep hoarse vocals with Supultura-ristic qualities weave well with the quick double beat riffs, firing on all cylinders like a tank speeding to battle.
Most of the songs on “Obliteration” deal with war and conflict, cause-and-effect, social unrest and life-and-death. “Skulls” commands like an emperor sitting on his throne demanding the bones of his enemy. With dark brooding, the song opens with a gut wrenching doom and gloom that blasts into a mind altering sonic wail of metal madness. Full of synergistic guitar chops and massive drum rolls tightly entwined with a rumbling bass/vocal dominance, that keeps this tune crowd surfing all the way to the photo pit!
What I find cool about this album is the way the band incorporates different soundbites intros with their songs. Whether it-be armies at war, or dark homages that work well with each track. “Entrails” Lays out a canvas on which they paint their death-metal graffiti, the song structures are amazing. Which leads us into the “Midnight Coffin”- a dark and damp desolation awaits for us all. Death comes gripping with a violent vengeance on this track, sure to scare the faintest of heart, while sheer ear candy to any extreme (elitists) metalhead. Like every song on this album the’ve really hit the nail on the head. \m/an!
Hard-hitting mosh pit aggression erupts with “Bonestorm”. Chanting vocals backed with chainsaw power riffs and a thunderous rhythm section brings this tune to life. Like the bowels of hell have just opened up, and you’re in store for armageddon. Again I must say this album is all killer no-filler-thoroughly enjoying how everything is chaotic ,yet balanced and well understood with meaning and tenacity.
For all you trigger-happy speed-metal bombastic bass blast fanatics out there, you’re going to lose your mind when you hear “Abyss Of Corpses”. Faster than a death metal comet heading straight for your cranium, the song bends eerily through the swollen fields of war’s aftermath, marching forward to battle onward. The band unleashes the demon hounds here and push their musical talents to the limits, performing a benchmark song that many death metal bands would aspire to create.
Rounding out “Obliteration” we have “Re-Animation Of The Dead” which I feel is a heavy metal melting pot of what “Entrails” can offer. A quick thrash metal /death/doom/groove all wrapped up with a meaty “Venom-ish-punk”. Reverberating in your dark blackened soul; Lundqvists’ guitar production is full of texture and innovation that force the listener to hear this disc again. Having such a magna-opus number to finish off such a masterpiece-death metal CD leads me to believe that the best is yet to come for this new (old-school) band; to exceed their goals and blow our minds along the way.
I’m so very glad that I’ve had this opportunity to review this release and I would definitely recommend it for your metal music library. “Obliteration” will do just that \m/><\m/
5 outta 5 gems my friends!!
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