Uprising [Bonus Tracks]

Uprising [Bonus Tracks]

by Entombed

CD

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Overview

Uprising [Bonus Tracks]

Uprising was intended as a return to form by Entombed, make no mistake, and fortunately it succeeds on all counts. Recorded on a minuscule budget with producer Nico Elgstrand over the course of only 18 days, Uprising was an attempt to recapture the rawness of Entombed's earliest -- and most acclaimed -- work. The second song, "Say It in Slugs," even goes so far as to reprise the guitar riff of "Left Hand Path," the title track of Entombed's 1990 debut album. The band needed a return to form at this point in time. Their previous album, Same Difference (1999), had been a debacle, and while the album before that, To Ride, Shoot Straight and Speak the Truth (1997), was satisfactory in musical terms, if not quite up to par with its excellent predecessor, Wolverine Blues (1993), it too was a debacle in the sense that its release was long delayed because of label problems. And so it's understandable why Entombed wanted to revisit their roots, not only for the sake of their fan base, but for themselves as well. As aforementioned, Uprising is a return to the rawness of Entombed's early work, when they were performing genuine death metal. Granted, this music isn't exactly death metal, at least not in the way that Left Hand Path (1990) and Clandestine (1991) were -- for one, the vocals aren't growled but rather yelled, and too, the tempos never quite reach the point where they become a breakneck blur of grinding guitar riffs and blastbeat drumming -- but it's awfully close and, regardless, it's brutal. The songwriting is the only drawback on Uprising: whereas the musical performance and production are commendable, some of the songs are indistinct from one another, particularly during the latter-half of the album. One of the highlights, after all, is a cover (Dead Horse's "Scottish Hell"), while another is the aforementioned remake of "Left Hand Path" ("Say It in Slugs"). The departure of drummer Nicke Andersson in 1997 left a major songwriting void in the band; guitarist Uffe Cederlund assumed his position as songwriter, and while his songs are musically remarkable, as is well evident here on Uprising, they lack memorable hooks, which is why so many of these songs sound similar to one another (and perhaps why the guitars are so high in the mix relative to the vocals, which are difficult to decipher as a result). Minor drawbacks aside, Uprising is a strong effort by Entombed to regain their footing after losing it in the wake of Wolverine Blues. It's a step in the right direction, no doubt, even if it doesn't quite measure up to the excellence of the band's early work. [ [Re-released on CD in 2015, Uprising contained three bonus tracks -- "Superior," "The Only Words," and "Words" -- recorded in June 2000.]

Product Details

Release Date: 02/03/2015
Label: Threeman Records
UPC: 0827565060498
catalogNumber: 115020

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Entombed   Primary Artist
Jörgen Knot Sandström   Bass,Group Member
Uffe Cederlund   Guitar,Background Vocals,Group Member
Lars-Göran Petrov   Vocals,Group Member
Alex Hellid   Guitar,Group Member
Peter Sthärnvind   Drums,Group Member

Technical Credits

Entombed   Arranger,Producer
"Fast" Eddie Clarke   Composer
Jeff Hanneman   Composer,Lyricist
Kerry King   Composer
Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor   Composer,Lyricist
Eddie Clarke   Lyricist
Jörgen Knot Sandström   Composer,Lyricist
Fred Estby   Engineer,Drum Engineering
Uffe Cederlund   Composer,Lyricist
Michael Haaga   Composer,Lyricist
Lemmy Kilmister   Composer,Lyricist
Dick Aschenbrenner   Artwork,Layout
Jacob Bannon   Artwork,Layout
Henke Henriksson   Engineer
Randy Haaga   Composer,Lyricist
G. Martin   Composer,Lyricist
Bertil Karlsson   Engineer
Alex Hellid   Artwork,Layout
Anthony Woods   Artwork,Layout
Adam Holmqvist   Artwork,Layout
Tomas Forsell   Producer
Peter Sthärnvind   Composer
Nico Elgestrand   Engineer
David Elfström   Artwork,Layout

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