Entombed (band)

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Entombed during Metalmania festival in Katowice, Poland in 2007
Background information
Origin Stockholm, Sweden
Genres Death 'n' roll, death metal
Years active 1987–2014, 2016–present
Labels Threeman Recordings, Candlelight, Music for Nations, Earache, Combat, Relativity, Columbia/Sony
Associated acts Nihilist, Disfear, The Hellacopters, Death Breath, Entombed A.D.
Website http://www.entombed.org
  • Alex Hellid
  • Nicke Andersson
  • Uffe Cederlund
  • Robert Andersson
  • Edvin Aftonfalk

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 has been influenced by bands such as Slayer, Black Sabbath, Celtic Frost, Autopsy, Repulsion, Kiss, The Misfits, Motörhead and Discharge.[1][2] Along with Dismember, Grave and Unleashed, Entombed has been referred to as one of the "big four" of Swedish death metal.[3]

Band history[edit]

Entombed's debut album was Left Hand Path, a cult favorite that established the band as a popular Swedish death metal band.[4] Left Hand Path and its follow-up, Clandestine, were unique in that they featured what was sometimes referred to as a "buzz saw" guitar sound.[4]

With the release of Wolverine Blues, Entombed changed their sound into a mix of hard rock, heavy metal and death metal, often referred to as death 'n' roll.[5] The band also adopted a mid-tempo groove metal sound, similar to Pantera's.[6] Although this may have turned off many fans, it established their mainstream and critical reputation.[7] Wolverine Blues is considered a classic of early 1990s death metal.[7]

1998's Same Difference was the band's first album without drummer and founding member Nicke Andersson, who left the band to concentrate on The Hellacopters.[8] He was replaced by Peter Stjärnvind.[8] In 2000, Entombed released Uprising, which was very much a continuation of the death 'n' roll sound.[8] The follow-up, Morning Star, continue in the same style, but returned to their earlier roots of the 1990-1991 period.[9]

In 2001, the band worked with performance artists Carina Reich and Bogdan Szyberb, and the Royal Swedish Ballet.[10] The production was entitled Unreal Estate.[10]

2003's album Inferno was a continuation of the death 'n' roll style that has become their trademark sound.[8] 2006 saw the release of the When in Sodom EP on June 6 (or 06/06/06).[8] The full-length Serpent Saints – The Ten Amendments followed on July 9, 2007.[8] On this album the style went back to death metal with a sound similar to their first two albums. This album is the group's first release with drummer Olle Dahlstedt (of Alpha Safari and ex–Misery Loves Co.), who replaced Stjärnvind in 2006, and also the first without Uffe Cederlund who joined Disfear.

In 2014 Alex Hellid parted with the other members, who in turn formed Entombed A.D..[11]

Hellid, Cederlund, and Säfström reunited to perform "Clandestine" in its entirety with a symphony orchestra, in February 2014.[12] Nicke Andersson intended to participate, but was prevented by scheduling conflicts.

Hellid, Andersson and Cederlund are scheduled to perform as Entombed in 2016.




Studio albums


  1. ^ "Interview with Entombed". Karsmakers.nl. Retrieved 2015-05-27. 
  2. ^ Tobin, Dan (1996). Entombed (CD booklet). Entombed. New York, New York: Earache Records. p. 4. 
  3. ^ http://metal-rules.com/review/viewreview.php?month=June&year=2012&pos=48
  4. ^ a b Ekeroth, Daniel (2006). Swedish Death Metal.
  5. ^ Bowar, Chad. "Retro Recommendation: Entombed - Wolverine Blues" Archived 2013-05-13 at the Wayback Machine.. About.com. Access date: January 3, 2012.
  6. ^ Jason Birchmeier. "Entombed | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-05-27. 
  7. ^ a b Birchmeier, Jason. "Wolverine Blues - Entombed". AllMusic. Access date: January 3, 2012.
  8. ^ a b c d e f Birchmeier, Jason. "Entombed". AllMusic. Access date: January 3, 2012.
  9. ^ Krgin, Borivoj. "Entombed - Morning Star (Music for Nations)". Blabbermouth.net. Access date: January 3, 2012.
  10. ^ a b "'Unreal' People". NME. May 3, 2001. Access date: June 18, 2008.
  11. ^ http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/l-g-petrov-led-version-of-entombed-becomes-entombed-a-d/
  12. ^ "Video: Original Entombed Members Perform 'Clandestine' With Orchestra, Choir". Blabbermouth.net. 2014-02-05. Retrieved 2015-05-27. 
  13. ^ a b c d e http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/entombed-first-photo-of-new-lineup-feat-ex-morbus-chron-members


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