Entombed have been in the death metal game for over a decade, and they are truly innovators of the genre. That being said, it’s always a treat to see true originals who stay true to what got them notoriety, and Inferno is one of the most brutal, raw sounding releases of their career.

What the Entombed fan will notice immediately is the grainy production of the album, as it is a complete opposite of the wonderful Morning Star album of last year. The guitars are grainy, scratchy, disintegrated, and just have a terribly nasty sound; the good news is that it works incredibly well, and it just stands to make Entombed sound even more evil than ever before. There’s something to be said about grainy production when trying to make music both intimidating and frightening. The drums are also much less crisp than on previous records, but I’m thankful, as a clear drum track would have sounded weird against the mess of guitars and bass.

What seems to be very apparent, as well, is that Entombed transition to doom metal kings is really in high gear with Inferno, as fans will note that the tempo of their songs has been slowing down over the years. I must admit that I personally like the slower and doomier Entombed of today than I did the lightning fast riffs of Clandestine. Several tracks, namely the wonderful “Children of the Underworld,” are slow creepers with guitars as thick as tar and a mood sullen and grim. Overall, I can’t say enough about how important Entombed is to the world of death metal, and even though they’re slowing down a bit, I can honestly say that I’ve never liked them better than I do on Inferno.

Koch International: http://www.kochint.com/ • Entombed: http://www.entombed.org/

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