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ENTRAILS
ENTRAILS
The Tomb Awaits
(F.D.A. Records)
43:51min

If you take a look at the list of rather 'new' old school Swedish Death Metal bands (MIASMAL, ZOMBIEFICATION, …) or 'old' bands who give it a second try (INTERMENT, EVOCATION, …), it's really remarkable how mighty Sweden still seems to manage to deliver the goods like no other country. ENTRAILS managed to impress me a lot last year with their debut "Tales From The Morgue" as the band really managed to take the ultra-heaviness of old ENTOMBED and give it a sort of twist to create an own sound. If "The Tomb Awaits" would have been released in the beginning of the nineties, it probably would have gone unnoticed in the endless flood of releases. Twenty years later, it's a totally different story, as you just don't come across albums like these anymore. The drumming is very tight, the brutal vocals fit perfectly and the sound - Dan Swanö was responsible for the mix and the mastering - is just massive and very heavy. If you take a look at the logo and even the artwork of "The Tomb Awaits", it's really hard not to compare them to their countrymates ENTOMBED which is not a problem for me. What's even more fascinating is really how close ENTRAILS get to the classic Sunlight-sound and - as we already remarked - managed to make it their own. A track like 'Crawling Death' is a perfect example: in theory it would have fit perfectly on an album like "Clandestine". Nevertheless, ENTRAILS once again come up here with these ultra-heavy mid-tempo parts which have become almost already their trademark somehow. Besides the brutality, ENTRAILS also always manage to keep their songs very melodic - 'Undead', with the beautiful instrumental part in the middle is a very good example - which is also a very good thing in my book. Next to all this, they also know how to write devastating riffs - just listen to the opening of 'Collection Of Cracked Heads' - which makes you really want to blow your speakers. To keep it short: "The Tomb Awaits" is an excellent follow-up to their debut and very much recommended to all those who still adore the old releases of NECROPHOBIC, ENTOMBED, DISMEMBER and such. Cool release! www.myspace.com/entrailsreborn, www.fda-records.com

Steven Willems

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