Entombed (band)

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Entombed during Metalmania festival in Katowice, Poland in 2007
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Origin Stockholm, Sweden
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Years active1987–2014, 2016–present
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Website http://www.entombed.org
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Entombed is a Swedish death metal band 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 "buzzsaw" guitar tone. However, by the early 1990s their sound had broadened to include garage rock and other influences. This new style would eventually be described as death 'n' roll. Entombed has been influenced by bands such as Slayer, Exodus, Black Sabbath, Celtic Frost, Autopsy, Repulsion, Kiss, The Misfits, Motörhead, Discharge, Death and Testament. [1] [2] Along with Dismember, Grave and Unleashed, Entombed has been referred to as one of the "big four" of Swedish death metal. [3]

Death metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music. It typically employs heavily distorted and low-tuned guitars, played with techniques such as palm muting and tremolo picking, deep growling vocals, aggressive, powerful drumming featuring double kick and blast beat techniques, minor keys or atonality, abrupt tempo, key, and time signature changes, and chromatic chord progressions. The lyrical themes of death metal may invoke slasher film-stylized violence, religion, occultism, Lovecraftian horror, nature, mysticism, mythology, philosophy, science fiction, and politics, and they may describe extreme acts, including mutilation, dissection, torture, rape, cannibalism, and necrophilia.

Nihilist was a Swedish death metal band formed in 1987 by Nicke Andersson and Alex Hellid. The band split-up in 1989 when Johnny Hedlund left to form Unleashed. The remaining members reformed the band under the name Entombed. Nihilist never recorded a full-length album before they renamed as Entombed, but a collection of their demo work was released in 2005. Guitarist Leif "Leffe" Cuzner died in June 2006.

Garage rock is a raw and energetic style of rock and roll that flourished in the mid-1960s, most notably in the United States and Canada, and has experienced various revivals since then. The style is characterized by basic chord structures played on electric guitars and other instruments, sometimes distorted through a fuzzbox, as well as often unsophisticated and occasionally aggressive lyrics and delivery. Its name derives from the perception that groups were often made up of young amateurs who rehearsed in the family garage, although many were professional.

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History

Entombed are rooted in the band Nihilist who were formed by drummer Nicke Andersson, guitarist Alex Hellid and bassist Leif Cuzner, who formed in 1987. After using a number of temporary vocalists for their initial shows, the band eventually recruited L.G. Petrov, who was the drummer for the band Morbid, which featured Mayhem vocalist Dead. The band also recruited Morbid's session guitarist Uffe Cederlund as a second guitarist, and recorded a number of demoes with tracks that would eventually appear on Entombed's debut album. Following increased tensions between band members, the majority of the band decided to rename themselves as Entombed rather than force these members out. [4]

Nicke Andersson artist

Nicke Andersson, is a Swedish singer, guitarist, drummer, songwriter and composer most known for his work as the singer and guitarist of the successful Grammis award winning rock band The Hellacopters and drummer for Swedish death metal band Entombed. He has also done work as a producer as well as artwork for most the bands he has been involved with. Besides his work with the Hellacopters, Andersson is currently the drummer and songwriter in the soul band The Solution, the death metal band Death Breath, and the hard rock band Lucifer. Andersson has been involved in well over a hundred different official releases with different bands. He is currently touring with his new project, Imperial State Electric. Andersson was also the drummer of Tiamat in 1989, who were under the name of Treblinka, but he was no longer in the group by that year and he did not record any material with them.

Lars Göran Petrov Swedish singer

Lars Göran Petrov, often abbreviated to LG Petrov, is a Swedish singer of Macedonian origin. He is best known for his work with the band Entombed. In 1991 he was forced to quit Entombed, due to Petrov "making an ill-advised pass" at the girlfriend of Entombed drummer Nicke Andersson. He contributed the vocals for fellow Swedish death metal band Comecon's debut album Megatrends in Brutality. In 1992, he returned to Entombed. He also played drums in Morbid, which featured Mayhem vocalist Per Yngve "Dead" Ohlin in its original line up.

Morbid was a Swedish death metal band from Stockholm, Sweden, that formed in 1986.

Entombed's debut album Left Hand Path was released in 1990, a cult favorite that established them as a popular Swedish death metal band. [5] Left Hand Path and its follow-up, Clandestine , were unique in that they featured what was sometimes referred to as a "buzz saw" guitar sound. [5] Prior to the recording of Clandestine , Petrov was fired from the band due to personal disputes. The vocals on the album were recorded by Andersson instead, and for the tour following the album's release in 1991, the band hired vocalist Johnny Dordevic, previously a member of the band Carnage. [6]

<i>Left Hand Path</i> (album) 1990 studio album by Entombed

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

Swedish death metal is a death metal music scene developed in Sweden. Many Swedish death metal bands are associated with the melodic death metal movement, thus giving Swedish death metal a different sound from other variations of death metal. Unlike American death metal groups, the first Swedish bands were rooted in punk rock. Although Norway is known for its quantity of black metal, Gothenburg in Sweden has a large melodic death metal scene, while Stockholm is known for its more raw death metal scene.

<i>Clandestine</i> (album) 1991 studio album by Entombed

Clandestine is the second studio album by Swedish death metal band Entombed. It was released on November 12, 1991, in Europe, and on February 11, 1992, in North America. It helped establish a distinctively Swedish sound in the death metal genre. This is the only Entombed album on which original vocalist L.G. Petrov does not appear.

Petrov eventually reconciled with the band after releasing an album with the band Comecon, and the band eventually released Wolverine Blues in 1993. The album featured a departure of sound from the band's previous work, with a greater influence of hard rock and heavy metal alongside their initial death metal stylings, in a style now often referred to as death 'n' roll. [7] [8] Although the release was divisive amongst the band's fanbase, it established their mainstream and critical reputation. [9] Wolverine Blues is considered a classic of early 1990s death metal. [9]

Comecon was a Swedish death metal project founded in 1990. The band consisted of two guitarists, a drum computer and a session singer; a different one on each album. The debut album featured the Swede Lars Göran Petrov, who was then dismissed from Entombed. Their second album was sung by Dutchman Martin van Drunen (Asphyx). German Marc Grewe, from Morgoth handled the vocals on their final album. All three albums were produced by Tomas Skogsberg.

<i>Wolverine Blues</i> 1993 studio album by Entombed

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 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.

Hard rock is a loosely defined subgenre of rock music that began in the mid-1960s, with the garage, psychedelic and blues rock movements. It is typified by a heavy use of aggressive vocals, distorted electric guitars, bass guitar, drums, and often accompanied with keyboards.

1998's Same Difference was the band's first album without drummer and founding member Nicke Andersson, who left the band to concentrate on his new project The Hellacopters. [10] He was replaced by Peter Stjärnvind. [10] In 2000, Entombed released Uprising' [10] with follow-up titled Morning Star released the following year. [11]

<i>Same Difference</i> (album) 1998 studio album by Entombed

Same Difference is the fifth full-length album by Swedish metal band Entombed. It was released in 1998. This album shows the band moving into a commercial alternative rock sound, and is generally considered the band's weakest moment both by fans, and by the band's former vocalist, LG Petrov.

The Hellacopters Swedish rock band

The Hellacopters are a Swedish garage rock band that was formed in 1994 by Nicke Andersson, Andreas Tyrone "Dregen" Svensson (guitar), Kenny Håkansson (bass) and Robert Eriksson (drums). Andersson had been the drummer for death metal band Entombed and Dregen was taking a break from his full-time band Backyard Babies. Dregen and Eriksson had been roadies for Entombed, while Håkansson was a childhood friend of Andersson's. The Hellacopters were initially conceived as a side project for Andersson and Dregen, but it eventually became the main songwriting and performance vehicle for Andersson. The band, together with The Hives, is considered one of the most important Swedish bands in the garage rock revival and one of the most influential rock bands in Sweden.

Peter Stjärnvind,, is a Swedish drummer. His current position is the drummer of Krux and Swedish black metal band Pest, and guitarist and founder of Black Trip. Before that he also played in Loud Pipes, Merciless, Unanimated, Regurgitate, Entombed, Nifelheim, and Face Down. He also appeared in several side-projects, including Born of Fire and Murder Squad.

In 2001, the band worked with performance artists Carina Reich and Bogdan Szyberb, and the Royal Swedish Ballet. [12] The production was entitled Unreal Estate . [12]

Royal Swedish Ballet

The Royal Swedish Ballet is one of the oldest ballet companies in Europe. Based in Stockholm, Sweden, King Gustav III founded the ballet in 1773 as a part of his national cultural project in response to the French and Italian dominance in this field; he also founded the Royal Swedish Opera and the Royal Dramatic Theatre. All of these were initially located in the old theatre of Bollhuset. The troupe was founded with the opening of the Royal Swedish Opera, which has served as its home since that time.

<i>Unreal Estate</i> (Entombed album) live album by Entombed

Unreal Estate is the second live album by Swedish death metal band Entombed. Originally it was planned to be released on October 20, 2004, but printing problems pushed its release to February, 2005.

2003 saw the release of Inferno , followed by Serpent Saints – The Ten Amendments , which was released on July 9, 2007. [10] The album featured a greater influence from traditional death metal and is the band's first release with drummer Olle Dahlstedt (of Alpha Safari and ex–Misery Loves Co.), who replaced Stjärnvind in 2006, and also the first without guitarist Uffe Cederlund who joined Disfear.

In 2014 Alex Hellid parted with the remainder of the band, who in turn formed Entombed A.D. as a result of the band's trademark being held by Hellid. [13]

Hellid, Cederlund, and Säfström reunited to perform "Clandestine" in its entirety with a symphony orchestra, in February 2014. [14] Nicke Andersson intended to participate, but was prevented by scheduling conflicts.

Hellid, Andersson and Cederlund reunited to perform as Entombed in 2016.

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