Entombed A.D. – Bowels of Earth
It’s a little sad that Entombed, one of my favourite death metal bands, has gone down the “who owns the rights to the name?” path. We now have Entombed A.D., that has the voice of L-G Petrov, the sound and the intensity of the original Entombed. What they seem to lack, though, are the songs. “Bowels of Earth” is a fairly nice death metal experience, but it never gets a grip of me. It feels quite standard, a little unspecial. Listening to it, I kind of wait for the songs to really grab a hold of me, but that never really happens. I kind of dig along fine and when it’s over I don’t really remember that much of what I’ve heard.
If you are a great fan of old school Stockholm death metal, you won’t probably regret it if you give “Bowels of Earth” a few spins, but I also think you wouldn’t miss that much if you skipped it. I guess it comes down to how much you love Stockholm death, or more precisely how much you love Entombed. So be your own judge on that one!
Whatever the future has in store for Entombed; a reunion, two ongoing incarnations, or perhaps a complete split up; I sure do hope for future albums to have more of that power that I know lies within the bones of this great band. Like I said, “Bowels of Earth” is not bad, but they have so much more to give than this. And I hope to hear more of that spirit in the future to come!
Band: Entombed A.D.
Title: Bowels of Earth
Label: Century Media
Date of release: 30/8-19
Stand out tracks: To Eternal Night