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Entrails: Raging Death
Death Metal
Metal Blade Records
May 14th, 2013
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For those unaware, Entrails is a Death Metal group that hails from Linneryd, Sweden. They came together in 1990, but disbanded in 1998. In 2008, the band was revived once more, and eventually picked up after releasing two demos. following a solid two album stint with F.D.A. Rekotz, Entrails have signed their souls over to Metal Blade Records for their third full-length effort, Raging Death. For fans of Swedish Death Metal, this one seems like a no brainer, and is one of the most anticipated recordings for the style this year. But, does it live up to those expections?

Raging Death starts with a creepy piano and synth introduction on “In Pieces,” which reappears towards the end of “The Cemetery Horrors” in electric keyboard form, wrapping with a distant spoken word audio clip before the slow and commanding music clearly meant to start a live set kicks in. The performance mixes a tenacious faster pace with rich guitar distortions and loud, solid drumming that tears through everything, especially the sharp click of the bass kicks. Eventually this becomes catchy two-step driven Death Metal with a catchy groove that will make you bang your head along. Sadly the lighter pitched audio hinders any atmosphere, but the song itself is still a solid execution of intense Swedish Death Metal. The intensity felt here amplifies on “Death League,” giving the sensation of being grabbed by the throat and repeatedly slammed against the wall. The most enthusiastic cut yet, it offers blistering guitar work, powerful vocals, and the most intimidating environment you’ll find here. Some passages rely solely on the drums to keep the speed while the guitars hold some notes to try what seems to be a creepy vibe that doesn’t establish itself well enough due to the aforementioned pitch.

But, not all songs are as rich and intense as those. “Carved to the Bone” is just as enthusiastic as the rest, as well as headbang worthy. The only difference is that it’s not as crushing. The song starts with a slightly upbeat galloping performance, moving into some furious blastbeats before giving way to traditional melodic riffs that carry a somewhat simplistic groove, especially in the chorus. “Cadaverous Stench” carries itself much the same way, though the guitar distortion seems a bit thinner, and the drumming often less complex. It’s catchy, but also bland until a third of the way in when the pace picks up, and a slight dismal atmosphere comes into play towards the end, which is felt during the slower, more agressive “Descend to the Beyond” as well, thanks largely to the deeper bass presence and haunting lead chords that hit later on. This just shows the atmospheric potential this release has if only it were tuned a little lower.

Sure, the audio levels may be a bit too high at times, and there’s nothing that original about the music, but Raging Death definitely excells at being one hell of a memorable, even encourable Swedish Death Metal experience. The rich distortions and loud drums push against the quality to make nearly every song a headbanging mandate, ranging between high speed assaults that will make you want to run to the nearest living thing and kill it, as well as slower groove-filled two-step offerings that can easily find you starting a mosh where you stand. On top of that, the energy and aggression here is simply infectious, causing anyone listening to have their blood, as well as their fists pumping. As solid as this effort is, you can’t help but look at many songs and wonder what a deeper bass presence might have done for the sake of the atmosphere. Even with that largely being absent, Raging Death shows Entrails continuing to grow, and ends up a well executed punch to the face any fan will be willing to take over and over again.

01. In Pieces – 4:48
02. Carved to the Bone – 4:31
03. Bloodhammer – 5:13
04. Headless Dawn – 4:24
05. Cadaverous Stench – 5:57
06. Descend to the Beyond – 5:01
07. Death League – 3:58
08. Chained and Dragged – 4:24
09. Defleshed – 2:15
10. The Cemetery Horrors – 5:25
Initial Pressing Score: 9/10

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Digital review copy of this release provided by Metal Blade Records.