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Clandestine [CD/DVD]

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All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
Entombed's second album, Clandestine, is cut from the same cloth as its predecessor, the epochal Left Hand Path 1990. Released during the formative period of death metal -- that is, the early '90s, when American bands like Obituary, British bands like Carcass, and Swedish bands like Entombed were all flourishing creatively thanks to supportive labels like Earache and a multiplying international fan base -- both Left Hand Path and Clandestine set the stage for successive generations of death-rooted Scandinavian metal bands. Entombed's most distinguishing characteristics during period, their buzzsaw guitar riffs and varied tempos, are showcased well on Clandestine. The ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
Entombed's second album, Clandestine, is cut from the same cloth as its predecessor, the epochal Left Hand Path 1990. Released during the formative period of death metal -- that is, the early '90s, when American bands like Obituary, British bands like Carcass, and Swedish bands like Entombed were all flourishing creatively thanks to supportive labels like Earache and a multiplying international fan base -- both Left Hand Path and Clandestine set the stage for successive generations of death-rooted Scandinavian metal bands. Entombed's most distinguishing characteristics during period, their buzzsaw guitar riffs and varied tempos, are showcased well on Clandestine. The intertwined dual-guitar assault of Uffe Cederlund and Alex Hellid is downright brutal; the intermittent lead guitar breaks do serve as brief moments of respite, granted, though their tone of eeriness is more foreboding than it is actually relieving. The two singles released from Clandestine "Crawl" and "Stranger Aeons" are indeed the standouts, boasting monster riffs that are perhaps the most memorable moments of the album. Despite the similarity between Left Hand Path and Clandestine, there is a couple key differences. For one, vocalist Lars-Göran Petrov is missing in action here, though, to be fair, he's not necessarily missed. That's because drummer/songwriter Nicke Andersson takes over for him, and does such an impressive job, it's easy to mistake him for a full-time death-growler. In fact, the liner notes of Clandestine falsely credit Johnny Dordevic for vocals technically, he was a member of the band at the time of the album's release, just not at the time of the album's recording sessions. Secondly, the production of Clandestine -- always a crucial aspect of music this overpowering -- is a notch or two better than that of Left Hand Path. Tomas Skogsberg produced both albums, as he did all of Entombed's early recordings, but he got a more cutting sound this go-round, with the guitars particularly standing out, along with the multi-tracked vocals. Too, the songwriting here is more distinctive than on Left Hand Path, which was comprised largely of reworked Nihilist i.e., the band's pre-Entombed moniker material. Everything considered, Clandestine might be a better album than Left Hand Path -- for sure, some fans favor it -- if not as historically significant nor as raw-sounding as that monumental debut. [Earache's 2008 Classic Metal Double-Disc Edition came packaged with an additional DVD.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/15/2008
  • Label: Earache Records
  • UPC: 745316037127
  • Catalog Number: 60371

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Living Dead (4:26)
  2. 2 Sinners Bleed (5:10)
  3. 3 Evilyn (5:05)
  4. 4 Blessed Be (4:46)
  5. 5 Stranger Aeons (3:25)
  6. 6 Chaos Breed (4:52)
  7. 7 Crawl (6:13)
  8. 8 Severe Burns (4:01)
  9. 9 Through the Collonades (5:39)
  10. 10 Dusk (2:41)
  11. 11 Shreds of Flesh (2:05)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Left Hand Path
  2. 2 Stranger Aeons
  3. 3 Hollowman
  4. 4 Wolverine Blues
  5. 5 Night of the Vampire
  6. 6 Living Dead
  7. 7 Revel in Flesh
  8. 8 Stranger Aeons
  9. 9 But Life Goes On
  10. 10 Sinners Bleed
  11. 11 Evilyn
  12. 12 The Truth Beyond
  13. 13 Drowned
  14. 14 Left Hand Path
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Entombed Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Entombed Composer, Producer, Engineer
Tomas Skogsberg Producer, Engineer
Nicke Andersson Art Direction, Logo, Cover Art
Dan SeaGrave Cover Art
Alex Hellid Composer
Dan Tobin Liner Notes
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