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Album Review: "Clandestine" by Entombed

Ara is a journalism graduate from California State University, Northridge, who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.


The Only Entombed Album to Not Have Lars Goran Petrov Doing the Vocals

Clandestine is the 2nd studio album by Swedish death metal band Entombed released in 1991 and it is the only studio album in the band’s history to not have Lars Goran Petrov doing the lead vocals. Naturally, since I had heard the band’s debut Left Hand Path which had been released in 1990, curiosity led me to listen to this one. It is more impressive than the band’s debut featuring a vocal performance by the drummer Nicke Andersson and he does quite a good job here providing a voice similar to that of Johan Liiva.

"Sinners Bleed"

The Songs In Clandestine

“Evilyn” has a riffing section that is raw enough to sound like a part in the song “The Four Horsemen.” That is an example of these guys being influenced by Metallica. What follows after that is the second guitar complementing it nicely. Clandestine is like old-school death metal style and you can notice this by the raw and sort of dirty riffing sound however it sounds good for its time. The album begins with the song “Living Dead” and this one resembles some of the songs that were written in the latter part of the 1980s. Does anyone remember the album Leprosy? If you do, then you will see that this song was influenced by the band Death as well as some of the bands of that time. The middle section of this song is more of a crossover feel combined with death metal. Then we have the song “Sinners Bleed” which starts with fast picking and then slows down, then gets into more exotic riff territory. Stylistically, this second album by Entombed was a common musical style at the time having been used by bands such as Paradise Lost and Amorphis however in the second case, Amorphis developed into more of a melodic death metal band. Entombed uses more of that raw, death metal sound and the bass part in the song “Evilyn” adds a rather nice touch as the exotic riffs are mixed in with it. Listening to an album like Clandestine, it makes the listener feel that the songs click into place and the album feels just right. One example of this is the death metal plus rock and roll song called “Stranger Aeons” as the secondary riff is combined with an interesting exotic riff. There are other better death metal albums than this one but Clandestine is definitely one of the best early Swedish death metal albums. “Chaos Breed” is another one of those songs that defines what some of this early death metal was about

Final Thoughts and Observations About Clandestine

Actually the production on Clandestine is better than what an album recorded during this time period would have sounded like. Even if the lyrics are somber and dark, the musical quality brings not darkness to your mood but the music brings a determination that you will listen to this album in its entirety. Yes, this album is Scandinavian death metal but it is not the kind that will make you sad. It is the kind of death metal that will more than likely make you sit back and realize just how good this album is even for its time. Clandestine is like a hybrid between early Paradise Lost and early death metal but these guys are clearly a better band than Paradise Lost and you can tell by the quality of the music. “Through the Collonades” switches between a beautiful acoustic section and a heavy riffing section as Clandestine ends in one of the best ways that a death metal album can.

"Chaos Breed"

Best Song on Clandestine

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