Entombed (band)

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Entombed performing in 2011
Entombed performing in 2011
Background information
OriginStockholm, Sweden
Years active1987–2014, 2016–present
SpinoffsEntombed A.D.

Entombed is a Swedish death metal band formed in 1987 under the name of Nihilist. Entombed began their career as an early pioneer of Scandinavian death metal which initially differed from its American counterpart by its distinct "buzzsaw" guitar tone. However, by the early 1990s their sound had broadened to include garage rock and other influences. This new style would eventually be described as death 'n' roll. Entombed's main influences include bands such as Slayer, Celtic Frost, Repulsion, and Autopsy.[1] Along with Dismember, Grave and Unleashed, Entombed has been referred to as one of the "big four" of Swedish death metal.[2]


Early career (1987–1991)[edit]

Entombed are rooted in the band Nihilist who were formed by drummer Nicke Andersson, guitarist Alex Hellid and bassist Leif Cuzner, who formed the band in 1987.[3] After using a number of temporary vocalists for their initial shows, the band eventually recruited L.G. Petrov,[3] who was the drummer for the band Morbid, which featured Mayhem vocalist Dead. The band also recruited Morbid's session guitarist Uffe Cederlund as a second guitarist, and recorded a number of demos with tracks that would eventually appear on Entombed's debut album.[3] Following increased tensions between band members, the majority of the band decided to rename themselves as Entombed rather than force these members out.[4]

Entombed's debut album Left Hand Path was released in 1990,[3] a cult favorite that established them as a popular Swedish death metal band.[5] Left Hand Path and its follow-up, Clandestine,[3] were unique in that they featured what was sometimes referred to as a "buzz saw" guitar sound.[5] Prior to the recording of Clandestine, Petrov was fired from the band due to personal disputes.[3] The vocals on the album were recorded by Andersson instead, and for the tour following the album's release in 1991, the band hired vocalist Johnny Dordevic, previously a member of the band Carnage.[6]


Petrov eventually reconciled with the band after releasing an album with the band Comecon, and the band eventually released Wolverine Blues in 1993.[3] The album featured a departure of sound from the band's previous work, with a greater influence of hard rock and heavy metal alongside their initial death metal stylings, in a style now often referred to as death 'n' roll.[7][8] Although the release was divisive amongst the band's fanbase, it established their mainstream and critical reputation.[9] Wolverine Blues is considered a classic of early 1990s death metal.[9]

1998's Same Difference was the band's first album without drummer and founding member Nicke Andersson, who left the band to concentrate on his new project The Hellacopters.[10] He was replaced by Peter Stjärnvind.[10] In 2000, Entombed released Uprising,[10] followed a year later by Morning Star.[11]


In 2001, the band worked with performance artists Carina Reich and Bogdan Szyberb, and the Royal Swedish Ballet.[12] The production was entitled Unreal Estate.[12]

Entombed during Metalmania festival in Poland, 2007

2003 saw the release of Inferno, which was the last album with guitarist Uffe Cederlund (who joined Disfear), bassist Jörgen Sandström and drummer Peter Stjärnvind.

Nico Elgstrand (who produced the album Uprising) joined as bassist in 2004, Olle Dahlstedt (of Alpha Safari and ex–Misery Loves Co.), replaced Stjärnvind in 2006. When Uffe Cederlund left in 2005, no new guitarist was recruited and Alex Hellid remained as the only guitarist.

Serpent Saints – The Ten Amendments was released on 9 July 2007.[10] The album featured a greater influence from traditional death metal and was the band's first release with drummer Olle Dahlstedt and bassist Nico Elgstrand.


In 2010, Victor Brandt joined as bass player and Nico Elgstrand switched to guitars so the band once again had two guitarists.

In April 2013, Entombed performed a set with the Sundsvall Chamber Orchestra at the Nordfest festival.

In 2013, Petrov and Hellid began a legal battle regarding the name Entombed.

In 2014, L.G. Petrov, Olle Dahlstedt, Nico Elgstrand and Victor Brandt formed Entombed A.D. as a result of the band's trademark being held by Hellid.[13]

Hellid, Cederlund, and Säfström reunited to perform "Clandestine" in its entirety with the 65-piece Gävle Symphonic Orchestra and a 40-piece choir in February 2014. Thomas von Wachenfeldt played bass.[14] Nicke Andersson intended to participate, but was prevented by scheduling conflicts.

Hellid, Andersson and Cederlund reunited to perform as Entombed in October 2016. They were joined by Robert Andersson (vocals) and Nicke Andersson's half brother Edvin Aftonfalk (bass), both formerly of the Swedish death metal band Morbus Chron. Their first performance was at the Close-Up Båten festival cruise. In November they performed a double set in Malmö to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Clandestine, where the album was performed in its entirety twice. The first set was a performance by Hellid, Cederlund, Andersson with Säfström and von Wachenfeldt and the Malmö Symphony Orchestra and the second set was a regular performance with Andersson and Aftonfalk.[15]


On 7 March, 2021, former vocalist Lars-Göran Petrov died from cholangiocarcinoma, aged 49.[16]

On July 14, 2022, Entombed performed at Gefle Metal Festival. The band consisted of Alex Hellid, Nicke Andersson, Uffe Cederlund and Jörgen Sandström. Vocals were performed by Sandström and guest vocalists Tomas Lindberg, Scott Carlson, Johnny Hedlund, Urskogr, and Cronos. Former Entombed drummer Peter Stjärnvind was guest on drums.[citation needed]




Studio albums


  1. ^ "Interview with Entombed". Karsmakers.nl. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Metal Rules". Archived from the original on 9 January 2017. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Colin Larkin, ed. (1999). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Heavy Rock (First ed.). Virgin Books. p. 149. ISBN 0-7535-0257-7.
  4. ^ "Nihilist - Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives". Metal-archives.com.
  5. ^ a b Ekeroth, Daniel (2006). Swedish Death Metal.
  6. ^ "Johnny Đorđević - Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives". Metal-archives.com.
  7. ^ Bowar, Chad. "Retro Recommendation: Entombed - Wolverine Blues" Archived 13 May 2013 at the Wayback Machine. About.com. Access date: 3 January 2012.
  8. ^ Jason Birchmeier. "Entombed | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
  9. ^ a b Birchmeier, Jason. "Wolverine Blues - Entombed". AllMusic. Access date: 3 January 2012.
  10. ^ a b c d Birchmeier, Jason. "Entombed". AllMusic. Access date: 3 January 2012.
  11. ^ Krgin, Borivoj. "Entombed - Morning Star (Music for Nations)". Blabbermouth.net. Access date: 3 January 2012.
  12. ^ a b "'Unreal' People". NME. 3 May 2001. Access date: 18 June 2008.
  13. ^ "L.G. PETROV-Led Version Of ENTOMBED Becomes ENTOMBED A.D." 21 January 2014.
  14. ^ "Video: Original Entombed Members Perform 'Clandestine' With Orchestra, Choir". Blabbermouth.net. 5 February 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
  15. ^ a b c d e f "ENTOMBED: First Photo Of New Lineup Feat. Ex-MORBUS CHRON Members". Blabbermouth.net. 26 October 2016.
  16. ^ "Entombed A.D. singer Lars-Göran Petrov dead At 49". 8 March 2021. Retrieved 8 March 2021.
  17. ^ "Alex hellid".


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