Entombed is a Swedish heavy metal band formed in 1987 under the name of Nihilist. Entombed began their career as an early pioneer of Scandinavian death metal which initially differed from its American counterpart by its distinct “buzzsaw” guitar tone. However, by the early 1990s their sound had broadened to include garage rock and other influences. This new style would eventually be described as death ‘n’ roll. Entombed have been influenced by bands such as Slayer, Black Sabbath, Celtic Frost, Autopsy, Repulsion, KISS, The Misfits, Motörhead and Discharge.
Entombed’s debut album was Left Hand Path (1990), a cult favorite that established the band as a popular Swedish death metal band. Left Hand Path and its follow-up, Clandestine (1991), were unique in that they featured what was sometimes referred to as a “buzz saw” guitar sound.
With the release of Wolverine Blues, Entombed changed their sound into a mix of hard rock, heavy metal and death metal, often referred to as death ‘n’ roll. The band also adopted a mid-tempo groove metal sound, similar to Pantera’s. Although this may have turned off many fans, it established their mainstream and critical reputation. Wolverine Blues is considered a classic of early 1990s death metal.
1998’s Same Difference was the band’s first album without drummer and founding member Nicke Andersson, who left the band to concentrate on The Hellacopters. He was replaced by Peter Stjärnvind. In 2000, Entombed released Uprising, which was very much a continuation of the death ‘n’ roll sound. The follow-up, Morning Star, continue in the same style, but returned to their earlier roots of the 1990-1991 period.
In 2001, the band worked with performance artists Carina Reich and Bogdan Szyberb, and the Royal Swedish Ballet. The production was entitled Unreal Estate.
2003’s album Inferno was a continuation of the death ‘n’ roll style that has become their trademark sound. 2006 saw the release of the When in Sodom EP on June 6 (or 06/06/06). The full-length Serpent Saints – The Ten Amendments followed on July 9, 2007. On this album the style went back to death metal with a sound similar to their first two albums. This album is the group’s first release with drummer Olle Dahlstedt (of Alpha Safari and ex–Misery Loves Co.), who replaced Stjärnvind in 2006, and also the first without Uffe Cederlund who joined Disfear.
In 2014 Alex Hellid parted with the other members, who in turn formed Entombed A.D..
Hellid, Cederlund, and Säfström reunited to perform “Clandestine” in its entirety with a symphony orchestra, in February 2014. Nicke Andersson intended to participate, but was prevented by scheduling conflicts.
The new lineup of Swedish metal veterans Entombed made its live debut on the Close-Up Båten cruise, which left Stockholm on board M/S Silija Galaxy on October 27, 2016. Joining original Entombed members Alex Hellid (guitar), Uffe Cederlund (guitar) and Nicke Andersson (drums) in the group’s latest incarnation are Robert Andersson (vocals) and Nicke’s half brother Edvin Aftonfalk (bass), both formerly of the Swedish death metal band Morbus Chron. Also appearing with the band for two songs was Orvar Säfström, who sang on Entombed’s 1990 ‘Crawl’ EP.
Decibel magazine has inducted the album Clandestine into its Hall Of Fame series in their December 2016 issue (11 years after their first album – Left Hand Path). Editor Albert Mudrian said “Clandestine” is “one of the greatest death metal records — Swedish or otherwise — of all time”.