Fans of death metal are in for a treat. Swedish death metal legends Entombed A.D. just started their European tour with label-mates Grave. To kick off the trek, the band has launched a new video, “Kill To Live”, taken from their recently released album, Back To The Front. Filmed at Party-San Open Air in Germany by Oliver Barth from Visions In Fear. Originally 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 guitar tone. However, by the early 1990s their sound had broadened to include garage rock and other influences.
The band achieved cult status with their debut album Left Hand Path and the follow up Clandestine cemeted the bands sound which was commonly referred to as a buzz saw guitar sound. Credited with inventing the death n roll sound, the bands next album Wolverine Blues infused more hard rock, heavy metal and death metal elements. Although this may have turned off many fans, it established their mainstream and critical reputation. Having released nine albums the band signed with Century Media in September 2013 to release their tenth album “Back to the Front” which was scheduled for release shortly after.
During an interview conducted in September 2013, Entombed announced that Alex Hellid is no longer part of the band. Shortly afterwards, the release date was pushed back to 2014. Hellid, Cederlund, and Säfström also reunited to perform “Clandestine” in its entirety with a symphony orchestra, in February 2014. Nicke Andersson intended to participate, but was prevented by scheduling conflicts.
On January 21, 2014 it was announced that the Lars Göran Petrov (vocals), Olle Dahlstedt (drums), Nico Elgstrand (guitar) and Victor Brandt (bass) line-up of the band would henceforth be known as Entombed A.D. and that the new album would be released under that name. It was also stated that any shows announced using the name Entombed would not feature this line-up. There are as many variations on who comes to own a band name as there are ways to come out the wrong side of a divorce; usually the legal arrangements are kept close to the vest and the average fan is not privy to the details. In the case of Entombed A.D., we have a band comprised of original Entombed frontman LG Petrov and a backing trio made of newer members that joined Entombed between 2006 and 2010. In spite of having been without founding members Uffe Cederlund and Nicke Andersson for some years, the trigger point for the band name dispute was apparently the acrimonious departure of original guitarist Alex Hellid last year.
“Back To The Front” was released through Century Media on August 5th, the album was recorded at Studio Bohus (ABBA, EUROPE) in Kungälv, Sweden with producer Roberto Laghi (IN FLAMES, HARDCORE SUPERSTAR). “Back to the Front”, is a nod to the former’s “Wolverine Blues”. The album is filled with willful dynamics and entertaining tone shifts between thrash, punk, death metal and rock modes.