Friday, 26 February 2016

Entombed A.D. - "Dead Dawn" (Album Review)

By: Richard Maw

Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 26/02/2016
Label: Century Media


“Dead Dawn”, I am pleased to report, rocks harder than the first record. “Midas In Reverse” sees LG Petrov on fine form and the band thrashing away- what a relief! The title track mixes pummelling double bass drums with doomy sections as well as triplet time feel- excellent. There are acoustic intros here, a gnarly guitar sound, live sounding drums and the likes of “Total Death” are short sharp shocks compared to more downbeat material like “As The World Fell”.  There is a heavier vibe and sound to this album than the last release and the band should be commended for building and moving forwards. Of course, if you enjoy Entombed in any or all its forms, this album is a must.


“Dead Dawn” CD//DD//LP track listing:

01. Midas In Reverse (03:55)
02. Dead Dawn (04:07)
03. Down To Mars To Ride (04:50)
04. As The World Fell (05:30)
05. Total Death (02:28)
06. The Winner Has Lost (03:53)
07. Silent Assassin (03:55)
08. Hubris Fall (04:49)
09. Black Survival (03:07)
10. Not What It Seems (03:40)

The Review:

Entombed AD, the continuation/alternative/new version/totally different band-take your pick- of Entombed, return with this sophomore effort. Their debut, whilst good, did not rock quite as hard as I would have liked (that is to say, much harder than “Same Difference” but a country mile away from “Wolverine Blues” and not even on the same continent as “Left Hand Path”).

“Dead Dawn”, I am pleased to report, rocks harder than the first record. “Midas In Reverse” sees LG Petrov on fine form and the band thrashing away- what a relief! The title track mixes pummelling double bass drums with doomy sections as well as triplet time feel- excellent. There are acoustic intros here, a gnarly guitar sound, live sounding drums and the likes of “Total Death” are short sharp shocks compared to more downbeat material like “As The World Fell”. The rolling tanks sound of the mid 90's returns on “The Winner Has Lost” (good lead work too) and it is a reminder that Entombed really did carve their own niche. Sure, contemporaries Dismember and Grave may have rounded out an unholy trinity at the start of all their careers, but in developing the death 'n' roll sound, Entombed moved forwards in a way that other bands did not.

There is more mid tempo stuff and doom style riffage than you might expect as the album progresses- how much you enjoy this may be informed by exactly what you are expecting and what “your” Entombed happens to be. The likes of “Black Survival” put the pedal to the metal, though, and for me it is on this type of material that the band shine brightest. By the time “Not What It Seems” opens up with piano and acoustic guitar, you should be convinced that the band is on form and operating at full whack. Certainly, I prefer this album to “Back to the Front” but I don't rate it as highly as the early 90's classics. There is a heavier vibe and sound to this album than the last release and the band should be commended for building and moving forwards. Of course, if you enjoy Entombed in any or all its forms, this album is a must.

“Dead Dawn” is available now


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