World Inferno by Entrails

Release date: June 16, 2017
Label: Metal Blade Records

I’ve worshipped at the altar of Swedish death metal for many years. This 2017 is no different. I’ve reviewed albums by vaunted Swedeath acts such as Maim, Paganizer, and Gods Forsaken, and this time up, I get the opportunity to hear Entrails’ latest full-length album via Metal Blade Records entitled World Inferno.

What’s different from this release is that the riffs don’t just revolve around shredding and punk chord transitions. The songwriting is varied, and the band does use sing-along choruses for maximum accessibility that fans of catchy Swedish death metal will enjoy. The band doesn’t plod and build pace, plod and build pace, doing so again and again in unspectacular fashion. Entrails keeps things simple, but the songwriting chops aren’t toothless renditions of plenty other Swedeath acts that have come before them. They mix up the riffs, and the vocals clearly enunciates the lyrics, without either barking unintelligibly, or clean singing. In fact, the vocals are rabid on occasion.

If you aren’t a fan of Swedish death metal, you needn’t take a flyer on World Inferno. The members of Entrails must love Swedish death metal to death, but fans of progressive, forward-thinking acts will see little that they typically get excited about on this album. Still, fans should credit Brian Slagel for signing a band like Entrails even with little fanfare for this band and style. Entrails has a long discography of albums to check out, should fans hear plenty in this album they love listening to, and of course, Swedeath is an acquired taste, but plenty of bands have put their spin on Swedish death metal in the past twenty or so years since bands from Stockholm pioneered the sub-genre. There’s really little to ingest in Entrails’ World Inferno that expands the template, except that they do this style with some proficiency, and they approach writing this music just like a good old-school death metal band would, regardless of the buzzsaw guitar sound. Differences are subtle but perceptible, like the use of more complex main riffs instead of punk three-chord progressions, and the songs do seem like they were carefully considered in each segment, without the band simply interested in writing an album’s worth of mediocre material.

World Inferno could have gone without the needless acoustic intro, but the band bludgeon and hack through a variety of brutal sections and sing-along choruses with consistent quality. Tales from the Morgue is still my favorite Entrails album, but World Inferno does a nice job of adding to worldwide cardio-pulmonary resuscitation for the Swedish death metal sub-genre.

Still, fans of progressive metal, black metal and so on so forth will not agree with this review. So be it. This album appeals strictly for Swedeath fans who can’t get enough of Swedeath. Fans new to the buzzsaw sound might also notice the brutal effects and fall head over heels in love with Swedeath, like some of us profess to experiencing in the nineties when the scene exploded. Swedeath fans need to gather around and support the bands that keep this sub-genre alive. For the fans, by fans, Entrails’ World Inferno is quality Swedish death metal, without being either monumental, or disappointing. Die-hards will not intentionally miss a chance to hear a record so heavy, brutal and well-executed, but casual fans will notice the brutality and either find this too brutal or too genre-specific. Either way, Entrails should be proud of another welcome effort.

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