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Entombed - Left Hand Path review



Reviewer:
10

551 users:
8.78
Band: Entombed
Album: Left Hand Path
Release date: 1990


01. Left Hand Path
02. Drowned
03. Revel In Flesh
04. When Life Has Ceased
05. Supposed To Rot
06. But Life Goes On
07. Bitter Loss
08. Morbid Devourment
09. Abnormally Deceased
10. Truth Beyond
11. Carnal Leftovers [bonus]
12. Premature Autopsy [bonus]


If I ever had to choose a guitar tone to be my all-time favorite, it would definitely be the one Uffe Cederlund and Alex Hellid use on Entombed's 1990 debut album Left Hand Path. If you've never heard this album or just haven't paid enough attention, the tone is similar to a buzzsaw. Pretty brutal, huh? Sure, why not. But it's not just the guitar tone that makes this album so good.

In 1990 there were just a few death metal bands around. Florida's Death, Morbid Angel, and Obituary already had albums out, but Entombed hails from a place far from Florida: Sweden, and they helped define the Swedish death metal movement. The opening title track starts off eerie-sounding with an ominous scream, but suddenly explodes with a guitar solo so wet it could drown a shark - which brings me back to the guitar tone! Every track on the album is filled with killer riffs and solos that are immersed in the signature tone. Vocals are as to be expected in a death metal release: guttural. But not too guttural. Lars Pertov's growls are just right. More comparable to David Vincent's vocals on Altars of Madness than, say, Chris Barnes' almost incomprehensible vocal style. The drums and the bass also complement the guitar and vocals. Most tracks are fast and thrashy but definitely a death metal album for sure. One can also pick out some parts of the death 'n' roll style that the band would exercise more later in their career.

All in all, Left Hand Path in my opinion is a death metal masterpiece: one of my favorites, if not my all-time favorite of the genre. And of course it features my favorite guitar tone. If I had to pick my favorite tracks (which is difficult), they would be "Morbid Devourment", "Drowned", and "Left Hand Path".


Rating breakdown
Performance: 10
Songwriting: 10
Originality: 10
Production: 10

Written by SuicidalCyco | 11.04.2014




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Comments

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12.04.2014 - 03:16
SuicidalCyco
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Written by deadone on 11.04.2014 at 04:28

Good review for a classic album.

Dunno about the 10s across the board though. Is anything this perfect?


Very few, and I think this is definitely one of the few.
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06.06.2014 - 09:11
Rating: 10
matai65

I agree,this album is amazing and still after all this time is hard to beat!
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08.06.2014 - 13:19
Rating: 9
Angelic Storm
Melodious
People need to remember the climate that this album was released in. The guitar sound on this album was pretty much unique at the time. Those buzzsaw riffs were unlike anything heard before. This is one of the factors which makes this album so special and iconic in death metal. Entombed were pioneers, which I think is something that a lot of people who weren't around at the time don't recognise.
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10.07.2014 - 03:30
Lord_Regnier

Written by Angelic Storm on 08.06.2014 at 13:19

People need to remember the climate that this album was released in. The guitar sound on this album was pretty much unique at the time. Those buzzsaw riffs were unlike anything heard before. This is one of the factors which makes this album so special and iconic in death metal. Entombed were pioneers, which I think is something that a lot of people who weren't around at the time don't recognise.


I've never been a fan of Entombed but, Imo, it's their best album.
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