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Entombed A.D.: Dead Dawn

Now that the legendary death 'n' roll act Entombed goes by the name of Entombed A.D., we all can get past the confusion, right? Well, Entombed breaks up in 2014, only to reform as Entombed A.D. shortly thereafter with former members Lars-Goran Petrov (vocals), Olle Dahlstedt (drums), Nico Elgstrand (guitar), and Victor Brandt (bass) on board for this new excursion, which is basically Entombed minus founding guitarist Alex Hellid. So, for the most part, still pretty much the same band, same style of music, and life goes on. Dead Dawn is their second album under this moniker, and follows up 2014s Back to the Front, which was also on Century Media Records.

Those who love that early Swedish death metal sound with a healthy dose of dirty rock 'n' roll will no doubt enjoy Dead Dawn quite a bit. Furious, jagged riffing and thunderous drum fills permeate the roaring "Midas in Reverse", as Petrov's patented bellow cuts through the arrangement like a runaway bull. Mid-paced chuggers like "Down to Mars to Ride", "As the World Fell", and the title track contain plenty of groove to go along with their gut wrenching heaviness, while the speedy death metal-meets-Motorhead frenzy of "The Winner Has Lost", "Total Death", "Black Survival", and "Silent Assasin" allow the band flex their muscles and pound away with violent fury. Entombed A.D. even show how a little melody can go a long way on the catchy death metal outing "Not What it Seems", complete with some tasty riffing and a memorable chorus.

I won't go out and proclaim that Dead Dawn is a future classic from the 'Entombed' umbrella, but it's more than solid enough and proof that under the name Entombed A.D. these guys still have a lot to offer.

Track Listing
1) Midas In Reverse
2) Dead Dawn
3) Down to Mars to Ride
4) As the World Fell
5) Total Death
6) The Winner Has Lost
7) Silent Assassin
8) Hubris Fall
9) Black Survival
10) Not What it Seems

Added: January 28th 2016
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
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Language: english

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