Hollowman

You just can’t beat that buzzsaw sound with your Scandinavian death metal. It’s just so unique and instantaneously recognisable. 

The death metal representative at the Dynamo Metal Festival is left in the capable hands of Swedish masters Entombed A.D. If you think the name sounds a tad familiar then that’s because it’s basically long standing Entombed frontman LG Petrov with most of the Entombed contingent who were there before the splintering of the band. 

Founding members Nicke Anderson, Uffe Cederlund and Alex Hellid are together with the name Entombed, but this line up haven’t released an album yet. The last Entombed disc was a decade ago, where as the Petrov incarnation have two albums under their bullet belts in the last three years. 

I first heard material that would be later be released under the Entombed logo when every tape trader seemed to enjoy pushing one of the several demos by Nihilist. When they renamed themselves and ended up being signed by Earache Records the first two albums, Left Hand Path and Clandestine, later became death metal classics. Album three, Wolverine Blues, veered away from the straight death metal sound to what was later pigeonholed as death ‘n’ roll – adding a bit more rock and groove into the death metal mix. 

I saw the band a hell of a lot in the mid 90’s. They seemed to be over here every few weeks, or so it felt. Since 1997 I drifted away from the band, but still played the first triumvirate of albums on heavy rotation in the years since. I saw them sporadically in the intervening years, but never purchased any new material. 

Saturday will be my second viewing of the A.D. version after I saw them at Bloodstock in 2014. As you might have guessed the majority of the set was taken from the early albums. I’ve not encountered the other version yet, but for me this possibly supersedes them as this one has the distinctive vocals that I grew up with to back it up. 

I’m really surprised how many bands, and especially those from the death metal genre I like, and in 427 posts I still haven’t featured the likes of Deicide, Cannibal Corpse or Morbid Angel, three stalwarts and supremely influential bands in this particular scene. That will be rectified imminently. 

I’ve probably played Wolverine Blues a bit more over the years than the first two albums, so hence the choice of Hollowman to represent Entombed and Entombed A.D. I really enjoy that hammer like into and the much more groove orientated sound and still retaining some the distinct buzzsaw sound. 


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