Entombed
Uprising


3.5
great

Review

by Karl V.H. USER (85 Reviews)
July 22nd, 2008 | 53 replies


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Entombed steer off the ‘The Left Hand Path’ and produce an album with much variance against a sub-genre they helped to create in the first place.

Since their inception as early pioneers of the Swedish death scene during the early 1990s, Entombed have come along way since their primitive beginnings as a straight up death metal band. 1990 saw the band release Left Hand Path to an array of metal fans who embraced the bands traditional death metal styling. Entombed quickly followed up a year later with their album Clandestine which didn’t exactly break any ground, but rather tightened up their existing death metal bolts. Wolverine Blues (1993) saw Entombed throw in a different element that had never really been experimented with before in death metal; Rock n’ Roll! Yes we all know that heavy metal is derived from some form of rock n’ roll and that’s not the point. Entombed have found a way to channel what makes rock so enjoyable to listen to and have created a brand of death metal that could appeal to generations of music lovers. This rock element took their music in a whole new direction and it wasn’t until this release, Uprising, that the band fully utilized their groovy rock vibe that put a creative spin on their sound.

Before Wolverine Blues was released, Entombed had always been known for their speedy guitar attacks, traditional death metal rhythm sections and barely audible bass lines. Most of these elements have been thrown out the window for a more straight forward approach, hinting at accessibility. Right from the get-go, ‘Seeing Red’ draws the listener in with a quick little ‘rock’ lick that is followed up by a monstrous thrash attack that owes as much to punk as it does to hardcore from the 80s. ‘Say it in Slugs’ finds Entombed mustering their death metal past while still incorporating that ‘rock’ groove that has become so prevalent in their newer albums. It’s not until ‘Scottish Hell’ that the band puts the brakes on and gives us a doom laden song that could have been lifted from a Black Sabbath record or two. Fortunately, the band puts their own spin on this track and throws in a short drum fill that quickly picks up speed, leading back into the heavy plodding riff. ‘The Itch’ gives us the best look at what this band has become. The songs traditional rock structure is coupled with lead guitar fills and a few mini solos thrown in for good measure, equalling up to a good headbanger of a song. When the guitars aren’t charging ahead, songs let up and let the bass lead the way, allowing us to catch our breath from the onslaught of the albums fast paced nature. To put it simply, the album is chock full of stellar riffs, leads, and solos produced in an old school, metal fashion.

With as many positives to the instruments as there are, there are also a few drawbacks. In particular, lyricist and vocalist L-G Petrov comes across as kind of an arrogant prick. Even though his vocal delivery matches the gritty feel of Entombed’ sound, his lyrics are laughable at best. His tough guy impersonations come across as quite frankly, a jock who talks the talk but doesn’t walk the walk. His first person rants about hatred and anger sound something like this (from Seeing Red), “I’m seeing red/ It helps me set things straight/ I’m doing everything/ For the purpose of Improvement/ Don’t ask me why/ Cuz it don’t faze me one iota/ I’m the alpha and omega/ The beginning and the end”. This macho attitude doesn’t pop up in every song on the album, but its enough that when it does, you want to call him out on his macho, bull*** gimmick.

Sure, Entombed doesn’t sound like they used to and sure they don’t cater to the tr00 death metal heads anymore. Only those who enjoy the same monotonous album over and over again, might scream foul on the band for creating such a groove oriented sound instead of a steady dose of speedy guitars and repetitive ‘snare-bass-snare’ rhythm sections. Lyrics aside, the albums strength lies in its fresh approach to recapturing some of that energy that a lot of rock bands have accomplished in the past. Its departure from typical death metal is certainly an asset to anyone looking to find a gateway album into more inaccessible types of thrash and death metal. Uprising is solid album from beginning to end that really needs to lay off the macho attitude.



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Wizard
July 22nd 2008


19644 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This isn't my best review but I felt it needed to be done. Any criticism is welcome.

Coke, I took what you said and I looked into the lyrics. You were right !

Digging: Ash Borer - Cold of Ages

Athom
Staff Reviewer
July 22nd 2008


17231 Comments


Wolverine Blues was the only album that I ever liked from these guys. They are death metal's answer to Motorhead.

Wizard
July 22nd 2008


19644 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thank you. That was another band I was trying to compare them to that I couldn't think of!


Crysis
Staff Reviewer
July 22nd 2008


16487 Comments


All I've heard from this band is "Left Hand Path" and it was pretty sick.

Before Wolverine Blues was released that saw the band experimenting with a new sound, Entombed had always been known for their speedy guitar attacks, traditional death metal rhythm sections and barely audible bass lines.


That read awkward, but I'll throw you a pos for the good review though.

the album is choke full


Chock* This Message Edited On 07.22.08

Wizard
July 22nd 2008


19644 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thank you Crysis. Fixed both mistakes.

I think you might enjoy this album for a couple of spins.

SHOOTME
July 22nd 2008


2393 Comments


Good review as usual wizard :thumb:

pos

Wizard
July 22nd 2008


19644 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thank you kind sir! Have you done any reviews lately that I should take interest in?

SHOOTME
July 22nd 2008


2393 Comments


other than my crappy Shinedown review, and my rushed Bodom review, my best of the new batch is my Weezer review.This Message Edited On 07.22.08

Wizard
July 22nd 2008


19644 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I will give it a go.

Thank you to the mod's for making the album art work big instead of tiny!

Essence
July 22nd 2008


3595 Comments


Review sucks.

Wizard
July 22nd 2008


19644 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

No one likes you!

Essence
July 22nd 2008


3595 Comments


No one likes your face!

Athom
Staff Reviewer
July 22nd 2008


17231 Comments


oh snap!

Wizard
July 22nd 2008


19644 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ok, please direct attention back to music/ review!

Essence
July 22nd 2008


3595 Comments


Okay. The review sucks.

Pos'd.This Message Edited On 07.22.08

Hawks
July 22nd 2008


35837 Comments


Good review wizard. I could never get into anything I've heard from this band.

Wizard
July 22nd 2008


19644 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Try this album!

Hawks
July 22nd 2008


35837 Comments


I might try it out. The only album that I really liked from this band was Serpent Saints.

Wizard
July 22nd 2008


19644 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Then this is certainly up your alley. Serpent Saints leaned more towards their older stuff a bit but this album started them on a more streamlined road.

masscows
July 22nd 2008


2236 Comments


Then there is no hope for you at all

Seriously, I got Wolverine Blues thinking "hey it's time for something different and stuff" but it's fucking horrible and I've heard that everything after it was even worse so I'll definitely be staying far, far away from this.



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