Obliteration is the fittingly-titled new studio offering from Swedish death metal militia, ENTRAILS. Set to rise from the grave next month via Metal Blade Records, Obliteration boasts nine diseased tracks of audio repugnance that uphold the truest traditions of oldschool Swedish brutality.
As a precursor to its official release, today popular gore portal, Bloody Disgusting, delivers the flesh-eating rumble of seventh track, “Midnight Coffin” for communal ingestion. Elaborates guitarist Jimmy Lundqvist, “It’s about time to unleash some ENTRAILS madness! The sick melodies and d-beat will have your head fall off and roll into the midnight coffin. Join the hordes and let death and darkness embrace you. Welcome to the cemetery!”
Adds Bloody Disgusting, “‘Midnight Coffin’ is a rasping, forceful lump of oldschool Swedish death that pulls no punches. It reeks of cemetery miasma and exudes horrific images. It’s 100% absolutely meant for the horror metal fan and you should pay heed.”
Delight in the sonic deviltry of “Midnight Coffin” at THIS LOCATION.
Obliteration was tracked by Jimmy Lundqvist at his own Bloodshed Studios and mixed and mastered by legendary musician/soundsmith Dan Swanö (Edge Of Sanity, Bloodbath, Aeon, Hail Of Bullets etc.) at Unisound.
Featuring members of Birdflesh and General Surgery, ENTRAILS celebrates the teachings of Dismember, Grave, Entombed and Tomas Skogsberg’s Sunlight Studio alumni with a mutinous air raid of buzzsaw riffs, bestial vocal tirades, earth-rumbling rhythms and deviant tales of suffering, doom and the undead with the expert brutality of their forefathers. The band was initially forged in 1990 by Lundqvist but disbanded prematurely due to his dissatisfaction with their initial demo recordings. Half the lineup went their separate ways while Lundqvist continued to write music until 1998, when ENTRAILS officially went dormant. It would be a full decade before the band would reactivate when Lundqvist found the band’s early recordings in an old tape collection and decided they deserved to be released as they should have been originally. With modern recording technology, the first two ENTRAILS demos – Reborn and Human Decay – finally took shape.
The band unleashed their menacing Tales From The Morgue debut in June of 2010. The album featured songs from both newly recorded demos and was mixed and mastered by Dan Swanö. 2011’s delightfully repugnant The Tomb Awaits full-length would follow. The record reaped critical adoration from media outlets globally with No Clean Singing noting, “although massive distortion is (of corpse) the name of this game, Lundqvist enhances the morbid fascination of the music with near-clean, Dismember-ish, reverberating guitar solos that alternately slither, writhe, and moan seductively. Indeed, all of the multi-faceted guitar tones and riffing techniques on this album, and the way in which they’re balanced in the mix with the gut-punching bass and the drum-kit attack, are near-textbook representations of how this genre of music should sound.”
ENTRAILS joined the Metal Blade Records roster in March of 2012, crumbling the stages of numerous festivals throughout Europe (Party.San, Summer Breeze etc.) that Summer before composing 2013’s ravenous Raging Death full-length. It was then that Lundqvist moved his studio into the woodshed where it all began in the ’90s. The new/old surrounding inspired Lundqvist to write material like never before. Released later that year, The New Noise crowned the record, “an absolutely perfect slab of catchy, violent Swedish death metal,” while Stereogum commended it for being, “perfect for blasting, banging, and bashing.” Added All Music, “What comes through right away is the guitar tone, with its perfect blend of thickness and crunch feeling like a portal to the days when the fat distortion that was the backbone of Swedish death metal was (and perhaps still is) the heaviest thing to come out of an amp. Immediately afterwards you’re hit by just how punishing the album is. These songs aren’t here to dazzle you with their speed or virtuosity. Instead, they offer up the fat slabs of classic riffage that seek only to crush the listener under their immense weight, bringing a muscularity to the table that’s hard to fake.”
Dubbed “one of the more vital and warranted demo collections to be made available” by Metal Injection in an 8/10 review, ENTRAILS dropped the Resurrected From The Grave – Demo Collection last Summer. The mammoth eighteen-track offering delivers the band’s Reborn and Human Decay recordings – the now infamous demos that started it all – in one venomous helping. And now comes the time for a new chapter in extremity with the audio disease of Obliteration.
Obliteration will see release via Metal Blade Records on May 19th, 2015. For preorder bundles as well as a taste of first single, “Beyond The Flesh,” visit metalblade.com/entrails.
“I guess ENTRAILS have sold their souls to the Devil, because there is no other way to explain how a band that’s been doing the same style of SweDeath for more than twenty-years, can keep making better and better records! In fact, some of the tracks on this album are among the best death metal songs I have ever heard. Such a great album…it pisses me off!” — Dan Swanö