ENTOMBED "Clandestine" /CD/



Second re-release of the second full-length album by the legendary Swedish oldschool Melodic Death Metal band.
This 1991 album needs no introduction. This is Death Metal classic! "Clandestine" is cut from the same cloth as its predecessor, the epochal "Left Hand Path" (1990). Released during the formative period of Death Metal, that is, the early '90s, when American bands like Obituary, British bands like Carcass, and Swedish bands like Entombed were all flourishing creatively thanks to supportive labels like Earache and a multiplying international fan base, both "Left Hand Path" and "Clandestine" set the stage for successive generations of Death-rooted Scandinavian Metal bands.
Entombed's most distinguishing characteristics during period, their buzzsaw guitar riffs and varied tempos, are showcased well on "Clandestine". The intertwined dual-guitar assault of Uffe Cederlund and Alex Hellid is downright brutal; the intermittent lead guitar breaks do serve as brief moments of respite, granted, though their tone of eeriness is more foreboding than it is actually relieving.
Despite the similarity between "Left Hand Path" and "Clandestine", there is a couple key differences. For one, vocalist Lars-Göran Petrov is missing in action here, though, to be fair, he's not necessarily missed. That's because drummer/songwriter Nicke Andersson takes over for him, and does such an impressive job, it's easy to mistake him for a full-time Death-growler. In fact, the liner notes of "Clandestine" falsely credit Johnny Dordevic for vocals (technically, he was a member of the band at the time of the album's release, just not at the time of the album's recording sessions). Secondly, the production of "Clandestine", always a crucial aspect of music this overpowering, is a notch or two better than that of "Left Hand Path". Tomas Skogsberg produced both albums, as he did all of Entombed's early recordings, but he got a more cutting sound this go-round, with the guitars particularly standing out, along with the multi-tracked vocals. Too, the songwriting here is more distinctive than on "Left Hand Path", which was comprised largely of reworked Nihilist (i.e., the band's pre-Entombed moniker) material. Everything considered, "Clandestine" might be a better album than "Left Hand Path", for sure, some fans favor it, if not as historically significant nor as raw-sounding as that monumental debut. It helped establish a distinctively Swedish sound in the Death Metal genre, while being more accessible, and relying more on Entombed's epic, gloomy vibe, than its predecessor, "Left Hand Path".
Total musthave for every Death Metal maniac!!!
Earache Records, 1991/1999 (MOSH 037CDL). Made in UK.


Tracklist:
1. Living Dead     4:26 
2. Sinners Bleed     5:10 
3. Evilyn     5:05 
4. Blessed Be     4:46 
5. Stranger Aeons     3:25 
6. Chaos Breed     4:52 
7. Crawl     6:13 
8. Severe Burns     4:01 
9. Through The Collonades     5:39
Total playing time: 43:37

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