Left Hand Path (album)
|Left Hand Path|
|Studio album by Entombed|
|Released||June 4, 1990|
|Studio||Sunlight Studio, Stockholm, Sweden|
|Producer||Tomas Skogsberg, Entombed|
Left Hand Path is the debut studio album by Swedish Death metal band Entombed, released on June 4, 1990 by Earache Records. The album was recorded in the Sunlight studio in Stockholm, Sweden during December 1989.
The album's liner notes give thanks to the Swedish death metal group Nirvana 2002.
The title of the album refers to a Left-Hand Path belief system. Guitarist Alex Hellid found the term in Anton LaVey's book The Satanic Bible. This is explored in the eponymous opening track of the album, with the first verse:
- I am my own God, master, slave
- And I will be beyond the grave
- No one will take my soul away
- I carry my own will and make my day
The album is known for defining the style of Swedish death metal by being the first recording to use the "buzzsaw" guitar tone. The tone was created by heavily detuned electric guitars (To B) used with a maxed out Boss HM-2 Heavy Metal Pedal and the DS-1 Distortion pedal into a Peavey amp. The originator of this guitar tone was Nihilist guitarist Leif "Leffe" Cuzner.
In popular media
"Drowned" was featured in the 2009 video game Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned on the radio station Liberty City Hardcore.
Left Hand Path was well received by the public. On Rate Your Music the album has an average rating of 3.88 of 5, based on more than 2,550 ratings, and on Sputnikmusic the album has a "superb" average rating of 4.3 of 5, based on more than 750 ratings. On Sputnikmusic Left Hand Path is Entombed's best rated studio album. Left Hand Path is currently #14 on Rate Your Music's Top Death Metal albums of all time chart.
All lyrics written by Andersson, Hellid, all music composed by Andersson, Cederlund, Cuzner.
|1.||"Left Hand Path"||6:41|
|3.||"Revel in Flesh"||3:45|
|4.||"When Life Has Ceased"||4:13|
|5.||"Supposed to Rot"||2:06|
|6.||"But Life Goes On"||3:02|
|10.||"The Truth Beyond"||3:28|
|11.||"Carnal Leftovers" (Bonus track)||3:00|
|12.||"Premature Autopsy" (Bonus track)||4:26|
Writing, performance and production credits are adapted from the album liner notes.
- J. Bennett, "Left Hand Legacy", Precious Metal: Decibel Presents the Stories Behind 25 Extreme Metal Masterpieces, Albert Mudrian, ed., Da Capo Press, p. 113.
- Bennett, p. 118.
- Birchmeier, Jason. Left Hand Path - Entombed at AllMusic
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- Left Hand Path (booklet). Entombed. Earache Records. 1990. Mosh 21 CD. Retrieved April 3, 2016.