08
Sep
07

Review: Entombed – Serpent Saints – The Ten Commandments

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For many years the American metal scene has been plagued with adopting Swedish melodic death sounds ad nausaum. Some say this constant cloning of this region’s sound has been detrimental to the efforts of America to release quality metal that will bring them back to the forefront of the international metal community that they once were in the 80’s. While the popularity of our country’s metal scene is perhaps larger than it was in the 80’s, the press we receive from elitists home and abroad still continues to deride the music that is most popular. Well, let me ask each and every elitist out there who falls in the prior category to pick up Entombed‘s newest album, Serpent Saints, because the rolls have been reversed in a big way.

To those who are familiar with Entombed‘s work, you’d know their orientation of hardcore musings into their death metal is nothing new, and has been a normal part of their pallette since Wolverine Blues. However, never before has this orientation of American hardcore and their traditional swedish death metal sound been as important and as influential as it is in 2007. By saying this, I am not attempting to place a comparison between American and Swedish metal, that is stupid, but understanding the music and the influences behind the choices the band makes in composing is very important. When comparing 2007’s Serpent Saints to 1990’s Left Hand Path, you will see a starlingly different sound, but both are powerful and completely relevant to today’s music scene.

Okay, now that I am done with my long winded diatribe, let’s get to the meat and potatoes. Entombed’s newest album should have mainstream success written all over it. It has groovy hardcore riffs, vocals that the metalcore scene would more identify with than traditional death metal fans, and to top it all off, Slayer, one of the band’s major influences, is completely identifiable in the song “When In Sodom” (as with others). While “When in Sodom” is a hit in waiting, it can become repetitive, however, fortunately for Entombed fans, the entire album is not the same. The title track “Serpent Saints” is a monster of a hardcore/thrash tune which sounds an awful lot like Sodom (in a good way) which is followed by “Masters of Death”, a death defyingly fast number that is surely to envolk the mosher in all of us.

To me, after listening to this album several times, it is almost as if Entombed, by orientating so much thrash and hardcore into their music, has done a complete 360 and returned to where they once were almost 20 years ago. The old school death metal sound on Serpent Saints is undeniable, and it adds something that has been lacking in the Euro death metal scene for a long time. It is refreshing to hear more of what this band was able to accomplish so many years ago, and because of the trends in today’s popular metal culture, this record is not only accessible to the old school, but new kids, just becoming acquainted with our brand of aggressive music will develop a whole new fanbase for the band. Serpent Saints…the “have your cake and eat it too” album of 2007. Is it the best CD you’ll buy this year? Doubtful, but you’ll get a few sure fire kicks out of it.

GOOD

Favorite tracks: Serpent Saints, Masters of Death, Thy Kingdom Koma

Similar Bands: Sodom, Hatebreed, Slayer, Sworn Enemy

1. Serpent Saints 05:04
2. Masters of Death 05:00
3. Amok 04:44
4. Thy Kingdom Koma 04:07
5. When in Sodom 05:40
6. In the Blood 04:39
7. Ministry 02:43
8. The Dead, the Dying and the Dying to Be Dead 03:01
9. Warfare, Plague, Famine, Death 03:20
10. Love Song for Lucifer 03:06

L-G Petrov – Vocals
Alex Hellid – Guitar
Nico Elgstrand – Bass
Olle Dahlstedt – Drums

Threeman Recordings

www.entombed.org

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1 Response to “Review: Entombed – Serpent Saints – The Ten Commandments”


  1. September 24, 2007 at 9:53 am

    I just wrote a piece on their history and albums myself. Entombed fucking rules!


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