Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Entombed - Clandestine

Ok this is probably the best death metal album ever. No hyperbole, just a straight up fact. Entombed have been fairly hit or miss during their incredibly lengthy career, but their first few albums were just knocked out of the park humdingers. Clandestine fires on all cylinders led by the crackerjack drumming of Nicke Andersson (who also handles vocals, Ol' LG sat out on this one). This is death metal before it became an athletic event, before it was mandatory to cram as many swoop picked arpeggiated ghost notes into a measure as was inhumanly possible. This was back when grooove mattered, when the brutality was in the guitar tone, and the vocals felt like vomit.
This was Swedish death metal circa 1991, and it was damn good.

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