Whether you consider their sound old-school or derivative, Entrails has been doing a fantastic job of keeping the classic Swedish death metal sound alive. They’ve never been a particularly innovative band, but with the amount of metal that’s being released at this point in time, not every band has to be. That said, World Inferno indicates a definite step forward for Entrails: it offers the same familiar buzzsaw guitar tone and rough vocals that define their previous releases, but with a much heavier mix, a grander atmosphere, and a significantly less restrained sense of raw bestial energy.
Entrails has always been on the heavier side of death metal, but World Inferno has more weight behind it than ever before. The groovy OSDM riffs resonate deeper, the production sounds louder, and the vocalist has sacrificed the harsh-but-comprehensible approach to the lyrics for a wilder, scarier, and quite frankly, animalistic take on singing. Even as someone who enjoys following the narrative of songs, I have to say it’s a worthwhile trade-off. Strangely enough, the melodic elements play a bigger role this time around, but the music is nevertheless obscenely heavy. “Serial Murder (Death Squad)” serves as a good example of Entrails’ usage of melodic bits, while “Insane Slaughter” showcases just how raw and abrasive the vocals have gotten. If it’s not obvious by the song titles, the lyrical themes are just as cliched and horror-themed as they’ve always been with this group.
Fans of Entrails should be very pleased with their newest effort: it’s fresh in a lot of ways, but it still manages to be familiar and welcoming to death metal listeners of all kinds. There’s considerable diversity in the song structures this time as well, so previous critics of the band would do well to give World Inferno a try. Everything about this release is satisfying: the morbidly impressive album artwork, the obvious progression that the band has made, and most importantly, the crushingly wonderful new death metal that has been unleashed upon the world.
World Inferno is now available via Metal Blade Records.