Wolverine Blues

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Wolverine Blues
Wolverine Blues cover.jpg
Studio album by Entombed
Released October 4, 1993
Genre
Length 35:10
Label Earache/Columbia
Producer Tomas Skogsberg
Entombed chronology
Clandestine
(1991)Clandestine1991
Wolverine Blues
(1993)
DCLXVI: To Ride Shoot Straight and Speak the Truth
(1997)DCLXVI: To Ride Shoot Straight and Speak the Truth1997
Alternative cover featuring Wolverine
Wolverinebluesalt.jpg
Singles from Wolverine Blues
  1. "Hollowman"
    Released: 1993 (EP)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyB[2]
Rock Hard (de)(8.5/10)[3]

Wolverine Blues is the third studio album by Swedish death metal band Entombed, released on October 4, 1993 by Earache Records. The album displays a completely different sound from previous releases, combining elements of hard rock, heavy metal, and hardcore punk[4] while still retaining much of their traditional, death metal roots, in a style that would later be known as death 'n' roll. The band also adopted a mid-tempo groove metal style for this release, similar to that of American heavy metal band Pantera.[4]

Marvel[edit]

One version of Wolverine Blues was released with Marvel Comics' character Wolverine on the cover, despite Entombed never wanting their album to be associated with the superhero. Earache Records, without the band's permission, had made a deal with Marvel in order to use Wolverine to promote the album to a more mainstream audience. This edition included a Wolverine mini-comic inside the CD booklet. The Marvel edition was also heavily edited, with the track "Out of Hand" being removed entirely. A limited number of early pressings of the album contained audio samples taken from films (most notably Flatliners and Hellraiser III) which were subsequently removed from later pressing due to record label fears of potential legal action over their unlicensed use.[5]

Reception[edit]

In 2005, Wolverine Blues was ranked number 494 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[6] The guitar magazine Guitar World labeled Wolverine Blues as "1994’s best death metal effort and quite possibly the finest death metal album of this decade."[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Eyemaster" (Andersson, Hellid)3:21
2."Rotten Soil" (Andersson, Cederlund)3:27
3."Wolverine Blues" (Andersson, Cederlund, Hellid)2:16
4."Demon" (Cederlund, Hellid)3:22
5."Contempt" (Hellid)4:34
6."Full of Hell" (Hellid)3:24
7."Blood Song" (Cederlund, Rosenberg, Andersson, Hellid)3:25
8."Hollowman" (Andersson)4:29
9."Heavens Die" (Andersson, Hakansson)4:17
10."Out of Hand" (Rosenberg, Hellid, Cederlund, Andersson) (removed in Marvel edition)3:07
Total length:35:10
Remastered version bonus track
No.TitleLength
11."State of Emergency" (Originally written by Stiff Little Fingers, 1979)2:35

Credits[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. "Wolverine Blues - Entombed". Allmusic. Retrieved 28 April 2008.
  2. ^ Sinclair, Tom (February 18, 1994). "Wolverine Blues". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 14, 2018. 
  3. ^ Albrecht, Frank. "Rock Hard". issue 77. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Entombed - Biography & History - AllMusic". AllMusic. 
  5. ^ "ASK EARACHE: Film Samples on Entombed's Wolverine Blues". askearache.blogspot.co.at. Retrieved 2016-02-06. 
  6. ^ [...], Rock Hard (Hrsg.). [Red.: Michael Rensen. Mitarb.: Götz Kühnemund] (2005). Best of Rock & Metal die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. p. 10. ISBN 3-89880-517-4.