I’ll leave the gossip out here, but former Entombed vocalist LG Petrov, along with three recent members of Entombed, have revived the “Death metal for those that don’t like death metal” sound that the band made famous on Wolverine Blues back in the early ’90s. Out of the ashes, Entombed A.D. rise like a phoenix. While there are no boundaries pushed here, Petrov and crew keep the flag of “Death N’ Roll” flying high and proud.
“Kill to Live” opens up the album with an ominous intro that leads straight into screaming guitars and Petrov’s trademark, guttural vocal style. “Bedlam Attack” is a riffy, crunchy all-out assault, and “Pandemic Rage” is crushing, yet melodic featuring a killer guitar solo. “Second to None” has a punk feel, complete with shouting background vocals; it’s slower, but heavy and groovy at the same time. “Waiting for Death” is true it rings of old school Entombed, and “Eternal Woe” is dark, depressing, and heavy as hell. “Soldier of No Fortune,” the album’s outro, may well be the best song on the album.
While Entombed A.D. aren’t breaking the mold of their previous life with Back to the Front, they prove here that they can keep a style, which they invented, alive and viable.
Back to the Front is out now on Century Media Records.
Rating: 4/5 Stars