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on 4 January 2015
This is a great version of Entombed "Wolverine Blues" as the CD booklet is a comic book with a good Wolverine story. The only problem I have with this version is that all of the offensive sound bites have been removed and the album doesn't have "Out of Hand" on it. This is the Columbia Records version and is worth it just for the comic book CD cover. If you love Entombed and you are a completest then you need this album in your collection period!!!
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on 21 February 2011
Got to say this does what it says on the tin; Death Metal that actually has memorable tunes and rocky but harsh riffs!!
Very aggressive especially vocal wise with an almost Hardcore approach to the singing at times. Some Death Metaller's may find this a bit too "groove" in places (reminded me of a nastier Corrosion Of Conformity) but there you go. Other reviewers have mentioned the Motorhead & Discharge influences. I would fully agree especially with regards to Lemmy's wolf pack.

Particularly liked the bass on this. Nice and growling in the mix. Bass man, Lars Rosenberg joined a favourite of mine a few years later, the mighty Therion & worked the four strings on the Theli album (well worth getting if you like Symphonic Metal).
Production is good all round.
Stand out track is closer, Out Of Hand - a real in your face stomper!!

Will be looking to check out more of these guys (I liked the Hollowman EP too) including the earlier more out & out Death Metal stuff. Yet another impressive Swedish act to file alongside Therion, Clawfinger and Opeth...
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on 22 May 2010
Great groovy riffs, superb drumming, hordes of energy and aggression, with a few blues based solos (no widdly widdly stuff here). Pretty dark and heavy, but the sheer class and particularly how it grooves gives it long term appeal. One of the few albums of it's genre from that period that i still really enjoy. The non-melodic gruff vocals are arguably a little wearing, but that would be my only possible criticism if pushed.

Basically, i think it's great, it's cheap too, even a new copy.
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on 10 February 2004
Let's get one thing straight from the start - "Wolverine Blues" is actually a very, *very* good album. However, I should give this advice:
You will be doing yourself a severe disservice, because the best track on the album, and one of Entombed's best-known classics, "Out Of Hand", is missing, and all because it mentions a certain word a couple of times.
This three-star review reflects the damage caused to the album by leaving off "Out Of Hand". The overall effect is similar to fitting a Ferrari with a 1.0-litre Fiat Uno engine - looks good, but drive it and you'll find there's something seriously wrong.
Do yourself a huge favour and pick up the proper ten-track version with "Out Of Hand" on it. That album rates five stars, and then some.
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on 10 October 2014
This album was my introduction to Swedish Death Metal and over twenty years on it still stands the test of time. The song writing and execution are excellent with a level of brutality and viciousness, and after listening to this album you will be in shock and awe but with a big grin on your face. There is nothing on here not to like, opening with Eye Master this sets the tone and pace, and there is no let up right up until the closing Out Of Hand (were there any justice in the world every rock club DJ would close their set with this song). If you're new to death metal, this is a perfect place to start and should be an essential part of any extreme metal fans album collection.
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on 17 September 2003
The higlight of Entombed's illustrious career, this is a wonderful album chcok full of killer tunes. Entombed have never been 'just another' death metal band, and this album sees them moving even further away from the all-out savagery of their debut 'Left hand Path' than previous effort 'Clandestine' attempted.
It appears that Entombed were utterly unconcerned at whispers of them 'selling out' but releaseing an album that was about as death metal as Sum 41, because this album is 100 %, balls out rock n' roll (albeit with an extremely heavy guitar sound and much, much faster). The immense groove of these tracks means that the album just races past, yet manages to stick in your memory like some obscene advertising jingle.
The chunky riffs on 'Rotten Soil', 'Eyemaster' and the magnificent 'Hollowman' are reminiscent of The Hellacopters (who were formed by ex-member Nicke Andersson upon leaving Entombed), with a dirty, greasy sound that you just have to tap your foot to. There are still moments where their death metal heritage is exposed: 'Heavens Die' and 'Contempt' are nods to the past, and the aren't afraid to experiment a little either, as the impressive 'Blood Song' offers more than a nod to Corrosion Of Conformity's 'Blind' album.
In short, this just kicks Nu-Metal into a cocked hat. So if you think metal began when Jonathan Davis first whined to the world about his daddy beating on him, do yourself a favour. Get educated. Get this album.
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on 27 March 2006
At a time when metal was at a strong point, especially in terms of a push from the US led music industry and undeniably great albums such as Burn My Eyes, Chaos AD, Vulgar Display of Power etc it's not hard to see how a Swedish metal band on a British label fall through the cracks.
Undeservedly so! From the opening bars of Eyemaster to the final expletive of Out of Hand this is a fantastic slab of thrash mayhem, and while it might not be the most original piece of work ever, it deserves more recognition. Personal favourites are Rotten Soil and the title track but really it's all great and is a must buy if you're into the whole Sepultura, Pantera, Machine Head sort of sound - one of the ten best metal albums ever...
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on 18 April 2014
I bought this album on cd when it first came out in 199(4)? Its always been in my top 10 favourite albums. Now its out on 180gm vinyl and sounds incredible!
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on 13 June 2006
When this album came out Death Metal was in a quagmire, the greatest albums of the genre had long since been recorded, and much of the output at the time was generic, bland and unfocussed. Originality had all but ended, and the scene was taking itself far to seriously. The arrival of Woverine Blues provided a much needed breath of fresh air to extreme metal, and showed up many bands for the dullards they had become. In short, Entombed had discovered a sense of fun. Listening to the album (which still sounds as great today as it did on it's day of release), we can hear a band who had learnt to really enjoy themselves again and who had really loosened up their sound. The heavy guitars and great musicianship are all still there, but the arrival of a slower tempo in the songs, and a real groove in the sound produced an extreme metal album that you could actually dance to!

By re-visiting the rock albums of their youth, the band had re-discovered what makes rock music really great, and why heavy rock from Zeppelin to Maiden to Metallica has always been so exciting. In much the same way as 'Heartwork' by Carcass, by fusing a classic rock sound with the affectations of extreme metal, Entombed produced an album that is accessible to Death fans and more mainstream rock fans also.

It is a shame that the arrival and growth of 'nu-metal' and all that has followed in it's wake has all but seen off the presence of great extreme metal bands in the minds of all but the most die-hard of fans. Entombed should be a lot bigger than they are. Just listen to the album.

For anyone who isn't in the know already, other albums I would recommend in this class would be 'Necroticism descanting the Insallubrious' and 'Heartwork' by Carcass. 'Arise' and Chaos AD' by Sepultura (anything after these two doesn't cut the mustard). 'Point Blank' by Nailbomb, and also try out Cathedral, particularly 'The Ethereal Mirror'.
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on 30 November 2000
This is yet another great album by swedish death-metallers Entombed, slighly less heavy than Left Hand Path and Clandestine but still terrific. BUY!!!
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