The first look on the ENTRAILS logo made me think of ENTOMBED. Only a bit rougher. Nothing wrong with similarities but how about the music? First of all, this is not the one from Avesta, but län which seems to be nearby. According to the bio ENTRAILS was formed in 1991 by Fredde, Tobbe, Billy and Jimmy, died in 1998 and resurrected 2009. From the original line-up only Jimmy "Bloodspill" is left. I’m glad he did ’cause the demo "Reborn" tastes like a big juicy lump of flesh in no more than 11 portions including one bonus. The production and instrumentation, done by Bloodspill himself in his home-studio(!), is very well done, tight and brutal as hell! Although the guitars tend to rip some attention from the vocals and my headphone buzzed in the heavy parts, absolutely nothing to complain and it suits this type of Death Metal just perfectly. The haunting solos give this brutality more wickedness and stand out to the vicious riffing. Session vocalist Jocke Svensson (BIRDFLESH, LITANIA, DEVILRY) is growling his guts out. For "Reborn" a drumcomputer is used which doesn’t bother here ’cause it’s well done! A bit like INFESTDEAD did. The songs are quite variating and heavy. To tell you the truth, some songs needed more listening to fully grab me than others, but once they do, you’re done. And let’s not forget this is the first release and a real promising time warp to the brutal days of Swedeath. As Jimmy explains in his interview with Nihilistic Holocaust: "My motivations are nostalgia and a certain anger about Death Metal that have started to get out of hand and become worse in my point of view, my music is an answer to that. That is what has given me the strength to come back and start where I ended playing…" And this is simply what you get: good, solid and brutal Death Metal! Fans of old HYPOCRISY, INFESTDEAD, DISMEMBER, BLOODBATH and likes check this out! Actually everyone should check this because tracks like ‘The Morgue’, ‘Evil Obsession’ and ‘Breath Of Death’ are simply great and timeless! The lovely dark intro also speaks for itself! I’m looking forward to his (or their) next release! The band signed to Nihilistic Holocaust, who you might know from their webzine (interview) and the excellent Reincremation Split CD (IMPUREZA, ARSONIST, SUDDEN DEATH and INGURGITATING OBLIVION). This demo sells for 3 Euro (France) / 4 Euro (world). For more info and contact Gabsk@wanadoo.fr or check www.myspace.com/entrailsreborn for bandinfo and 4 cool tracks!
To figure out that the drums on this recording are done by a drum computer isn’t really convincing to me and to be honest the sound of the drums is the negative point on this recording. I mean I’m not complaining about bands using a drumcomputer as long as it sounds as a human drummer. Well, that’s not really the case here. But that’s the only negative point if you ask me. Besides these electrical and clinical drums this demo CD offers Death Metal the Swedish way. I hear influences from DISMEMBER (‘Evil Obsession’) or FURBOWL (‘Triumph Of The Sinners’) to name two not really comparable names. A huge Crustcore influence is recognizable, too and as lame as the drumsound is as great downtuned and shredding is the guitarsound. These 11 songs here are good Swedish Death Metal and make a lot of fun to listen to. Nevertheless I get kinda tired of the current old school Death Metal trend and feel that "Reborn" is a good demo, but lacks a little bit on outstanding songs and ideas. This demo would have kicked my butt 2 years ago, but right now as we get old school Death Metal sounding bands in the Swedish way on every corner I request a little more. It’s interesting to read that the ideas and some of the songs here were already written in 1990, which is an interesting news and, well, that’s all about it. I have high hopes that they show their real talent with their next recording and according to their myspace-page www.myspace.com/entrailsreborn we can prove that very soon as ENTRAILS are in the making of their next effort. 10 of the 11 songs on this demo can be listened to on their myspace-page and I would like you to make yourself an own picture of their music as this here is by no means bad. I still would count this demo CD as a quality recording, just a little bit too less considering the current overflow of great recordings. Give yourself a try and decide for your own. I wait for the next demo and hope to get blown away.
• ENTRAILS - The Tomb Awaits (Steven Willems)
• ENTRAILS - Tales From The Morgue (Branko Matija¨evic)
• ENTRAILS - Interview (Steven Willems)