Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Entrails : "Obliteration"

The Swedish death metal band Entrails has some buzz around their new album"Obliteration" so lets see if it lives up to the hype. Right from the onset of the opener, it sounds like fairly run of the mill death metal so they really need to show me that they are not a one trick pony. Sure some of the grooves have a tad of Entombed. The vocal get a little more gut wrenching when they dig into a meaner riff. They do hit songwriting with more nuance on "Epitome of Death". I do like the guttural stomp of "Beyond the Flesh" where the band sounds like they are just as influenced by Obituary as they are Entombed. It's too bad the straight ahead "the Grotesque" is not as engaging . There are a few good chugs here and there but the hard and fast rule around here is cool riffs alone do not make a good song. However "Obliterate" takes a stab at breaking this rule. It's the stiff blast like beats that hold it back in the long run.

"Skulls" is aided by the power of the chug and the gang like vocal on the chorus to exalt it above most of the album. The winning streak continues on "Midnight Coffin". Around "Bone Storm" the album started to loose me. It got to entrenched in straight up death metal for it to do much more than fade into the back ground it was not until mid way through the last song that I  got back into it. Even going back and listening to these songs "Re-animation of the Dead" is the only one that stand out when it comes down to the final three. So I will give this album a 6. It has it's moments , but is not the best death metal album out at the moment. If you are a fan go ahead and round it up another point, before going out and buying some Entombed albums and educating yourself.

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