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Entombed is a Death Metal band from Stockholm, Sweden. They are one of the most seminal and respected bands in the genre. They are most known for two things, one is popularizing the "Swedish buzzsaw" guitar-sound in Death Metal and the second is being the Ur-Example for "Death 'N' Roll" which is Death Metal mixed with Hard Rock riffing.

Since 2013 there has been a dispute between the bands only remaining original members, vocalist Lars "LG" Petrov and guitarist Alexander Hellid. Petrov stopped calling Hellid a member of the band in press releases, whereas Hellid tried to reunite with former members Nicke Andersson and Ulf Cederlund under the name "Entombed A.D" and perform the entirety of "Clandestine" live, something which was vetoed quickly by Petrov. The immediate result of this conflict is that the name "Entombed" is now owned by all four original members and is not to be used until further notice, effectively putting the band on hold. In 2013 Entombed A.D released their debut album "Back To The Front".

Singer LG Petrov passed away from bile duct cancer on March 7, 2021, effectively preventing any chance of the original line-up reuniting. He was only 49 years old.

  • Discography:
    • Left Hand Path (1990)
    • Clandestine (1991)
    • Wolverine Blues (1993)
    • To Ride, Shoot Straight and Speak The Truth (1997)
    • Same Difference (1998)
    • Uprising (2000)
    • Morning Star (2001)
    • Inferno (2003)
    • Serpent Saints - The Ten Amendments (2007)


  • Achievements in Ignorance: The famed buzzsaw sound was apparently created by just turning every knob on every guitar pedal up to eleven.
  • Appeal to Worse Problems: "Contempt" is about this, and why it will doom humanity.
  • Badass Boast: "Vicious mammal, the blood is my call, pound for pound, I am the most vicious of all!"
  • Ballet Episode: Recorded a live album with the Swedish Royal Ballet, entitled "Unreal Estate". It's the only time that the ballet had to hand out earplugs to visitors!
  • Big Eater: LG Petrov in the video for "Addiction King."
  • Big Fun: LG Petrov just got bigger (as in fatter) over the years, and has a notoriously gooofy sense of humor.
  • Death Metal: One of the genre's big-name bands from the early 90's.
    • Groove Metal: Added influences from this and traditional metal on Wolverine Blues, a combination that would later be dubbed "Death 'N' Roll."
  • Epic Rocking: "Left Hand Path" (6:41) from Left Hand Path and "Crawl" (6:14) from Clandestine scrape the low end of this trope.
  • Genre Shift: From conventional death metal on Left Hand Path and Clandestine to a hybrid of death metal, groove metal, and classic heavy metal from Wolverine Blues onward. Same Difference was a shift into alternative metal before they returned to their usual style after.
  • I Am the Band: Alex Hellid was the only remaining founding member between Uffe Cederlund's departure in 2005 and the band's reunion in 2016.
  • Lead Drummer: Nicke Andersson was the band's primary songwriter before his departure and sang lead vocals on Clandestine due to LG Petrov having temporarily left.
  • Metal Scream: LG Petrov started out with a Type 2 before switching to Type 1. He would return to using a Type 2 in his later band Firespawn, this time a powerful bellow bearing a strong resemblance to later era Glen Benton.
  • Never Bareheaded: Nicke Andersson was and is never seen without his trademark baseball cap. When he's playing with The Hellacopters he usually trades it for a Commissar Cap though.
  • New Sound Album:
    • Wolverine Blues added elements of Hard Rock and Groove Metal to their sound.
    • Same Difference made a left turn into Alternative Metal, with Uprising returning to death 'n' roll.
    • Morning Star saw them move back towards a traditional Death Metal sound, though a few tracks retained the death'n'roll sound.
  • Intentionally Awkward Title: "That's When I Became a Satanist" from Inferno.
  • Jump Scare: The scream at the beginning of "Left Hand Path."
  • Precision F-Strike: "And discover the lies, there's no fuckin' resurrection!"
  • Religion Rant Song: "The Truth Beyond" is a Type 2, describing the negative effects organized religion has had on the world.
  • Trope Codifier: For Swedish Death Metal, particularly for the more traditional or "Stockholm" (e.g. Unleashed, Dismember, Nirvana 2002, Morbid) branch of the scene.
  • Wolverine Publicity: An interesting example. "Wolverine Blues" had nothing to do with the superhero, but their record company played up the connection anyway.
  • Sampling: Have used samples from movies such as Flatliners, Phantasm, Hellraiser and Rope just to name a few.
  • Say My Name: "Phosphoros, Lucifer, Stand up! In praise of the morning star! Phosphoros, Lucifer, Say it! Chief rebel angel!"
  • Token Minority: Guitarist Alex Hellid is one of the most famous black musicians in extreme metal, to the point that "Entombed black guy" is a common auto complete when typing the band's name.