Death Metal Review
Entombed: "Left Hand Path"
Released June 1990
1. Left Hand Path
3. Revel In Flesh
4. When Life Has Ceased
5. Supposed To Rot
6. But Life Goes On
7. Bitter Loss
8. Morbid Devourment
9. Abnormally Deceased
10. The Truth Beyond
11. Carnal Leftovers
12. Premature Autopsy
"Satanism is not a white light religion; it is a religion of the flesh, the mundane, the carnal - all of which are ruled by Satan, the personification of the Left Hand Path"
The Satanic Bible, Book Of Lucifer 3:paragraph 30
When the Swedish death metal band Entombed took the name of their 1990 release "Left Hand Path" straight from the pages of Anton LeVay's Satanic bible, one could expect that it would be just another bunch of Corpsepainted freaks with mindless lyrics and boring Black Metal "Atmosphere". You could expect that, but you'd be wrong because there is no black metal faggotry on this record. Instead what you get is sludge-doom style death metal at its finest, because this album is as heavy as Black Sabbath's "Master Of Reality" entombed beneath a ton of molten lead. Entombed wrote the book on Swedish death metal and perfected the late 80s early 90s Swedish death metal style of bands such as Carnage, Dismember, Therion, and Necrophobic. In my opinion "Left Hand Path" tops them all.
What you get with this record is screaming growl vocals that don't quite reach the "cookie monster" style growl favored by the more extreme American death metal bands. But the guitars are tuned down low, and the riffs are biting while the power chords are sludgy and brutal. And the groove...
Even on the title track "Left Hand Path" which features the albums only keyboard parts during the final minute of the song, Entombed is gonna kick your ass with their slow doomy riffs. A little atmosphere to prepare you for the slaughter your about to experience. "What man's created Man can destroy Bring to light That day of joy" sings Lars right before the ultra sick ending fades into the brutal "Drowned".
Next come a couple of songs from the bands earlier days as "Nihlist". "Revel In Flesh" which offers no compromise brutality to go along with its astounding groove and "When Life Has Ceased". By the time they get to the next song, the best song on the album in my opinion "Supposed To Rot" you will be really impressed because while none of them are outstanding musicians as a band these guys rock.
The rest of the album is just as good. Speedy riffs you say ? Step right this way, "Morbid Devourment" will more than satisfy. Pounding death-groove more your thing ? "Bitter Loss" is just the ticket.
I'm sure any fan of heavy and extreme music would love this album, because despite the "Satanic" influence of the subject matter, Entombed doesn't take it to far to the point of queeritude like many other bands of the genre. The result is one seriously heavy death metal release thats sure to have you gritting your teeth and looking for something to kill before its all over with.