Left Hand Path (album)

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Left Hand Path
Lefthandpath AlbumCover.jpg
Studio album by Entombed
Released June 4, 1990 (1990-06-04)[1]
Recorded December 1989
Studio Sunlight Studio, Stockholm, Sweden
Genre Death metal
Length 46:38
Label Combat, Earache
Producer Tomas Skogsberg, Entombed
Entombed chronology
Left Hand Path
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[2]

Left Hand Path is the debut studio album by Swedish death metal band Entombed, released on June 4, 1990 by Earache Records.[1]


The title of the album refers to the Left-Hand Path belief system. Guitarist Alex Hellid found the term in Anton LaVey's book The Satanic Bible.[3]

The more melodic, ambient section that comes in at 3:54 of the title track is a cover of the theme from the 1979 horror film Phantasm.[4]


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.

Cover versions[edit]

Two songs from the album were covered by Belgian death metal band Aborted, "Drowned" for the re-release of The Archaic Abattoir and "Left Hand Path" for the EP Coronary Reconstruction.

In popular media[edit]

"Drowned" was featured in the 2009 video game Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned on the radio station Liberty City Hardcore.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Nicke Andersson, Alex Hellid; all music composed by Andersson, Uffe Cederlund, Leif Cuzner.

No. Title Length
1. "Left Hand Path" 6:41
2. "Drowned" 4:04
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
7. "Bitter Loss" 4:25
8. "Morbid Devourment" 5:27
9. "Abnormally Deceased" 3:01
10. "The Truth Beyond" 3:28
CD bonus tracks
No. Title Length
11. "Carnal Leftovers" 3:00
12. "Premature Autopsy" 4:26



Technical personnel[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Entombed 'Left Hand Path'". earache.com. Earache. Retrieved 28 September 2016. 
  2. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. Entombed: Left Hand Path at AllMusic. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
  3. ^ J. Bennett, "Left Hand Legacy", Precious Metal: Decibel Presents the Stories Behind 25 Extreme Metal Masterpieces, Albert Mudrian, ed., Da Capo Press, p. 113.
  4. ^ Bennett, p. 118.