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Odds and Sods,
This review is from: Entombed (Audio CD)
This compilation album brings together a number of non-album tracks from Entombed circa 1991-1996. Perhaps most interesting here is the 'Crawl' EP material ('Crawl'/'Forsaken'/'Bitter Loss') due to the unique presence of Orvar Säfström on vocals, though it has to be admitted his death metal rasp is rather generic, and as such it's not suprising his stay in the band was a brief one. The 'Stranger Aeons' single gives us a pair of intense tracks ('Dusk','Shreds of Flesh') expertly showcasing the bands early full-on death metal assault, while the B-sides to 'Out of Hand' ('God of Thunder'/'Black Breath') are an explicit example of the bands shift from death metal to 'death and roll' with covers from Kiss and Repulsion - two bands who could hardly be further apart in sound. By the time of 'Night of the Vampire' the band are in full-on tongue-in-cheek rock and roll mode, with some great vocals by LG Petrov, while the album is rounded out by another pair previously unreleased covers ('State of Emergency'/'Vandal X').
Inevitably as an 'odds and sods' compilation this is uneven stuff, and not up to the quality of Entombed's three bona fide Earache albums ('Left Hand Path'/'Clandestine'/'Wolverne Blues') but thanks to the relative rarity of these tracks this is still a worthwhile compilation, and essential to fans of the bands early output.