ENTRENCH (Sweden) “Inevitable Decay” CD review by www.metalteamuk.net

ENTRENCH (Sweden) “Inevitable Decay” CD review

by www.metalteamuk.net

By Chris Davison

Those of us with a nostalgic bent, who were lucky enough to be there first time round for the thrash revolution will remember that it wasn’t all big puffy high top trainers, Bermuda shorts or Bay-Area chugathons. There were actually several sites of the thrash revolution hosted around the world, each with their own distinct flavour. Perhaps the most distinctive of these were the Teutonic thrashers, with their own razor sharp take on the genre, acid-gargled vocals and complete disdain for the niceties of the music world, such as a decent production, or the musical fripperies of their transatlantic cousins. After a whopping five demo releases, Swedish power-trio Entrench have unleashed this, their first foray into the album world, with “Inevitable Decay”. It would be fair to say that this lot have spent much more time worshipping at the altar of early Kreator, Sodom and Destruction than the big four. As a consequence, the eight tracks here are all played like it’s their last time to play before the Armageddon, each track being whipped towards the finishing post at a massive rate of knots. They concentrate on the velocity, sharp edge of the Germanic brand of thrash riffing and brutality and aggression of the first wave of those enthusiastic young gentlemen with such dodgy hair. (Seriously, can anyone remember the Tom Angelripper pudding bowl hair do? Sadly, it never caught on in the metal fashion scene). The speed of the tracks isn’t the only thing to talk about though – and indeed, although there are a mere eight tracks on display here, the overall running time clocks in at forty minutes, so you won’t be surprised to learn that there are plenty of epic moments sprinkled among the sweaty headbanging fury. “Where Only Ruins Remain”, for example, manages to scatter some tantalisingly mature guitar touches among the head-down thrash-a-thon. Production wise, this is as you would expect – some seriously raw, primal production which tends towards the tinnier end of the spectrum, which extenuates the scalpel sharp cut of the guitar tone, the harsh rasping voice of Fredrik Pellbrink and the biscuit-tin drum sound. Having listened to it a few times over the last couple of weeks – and I can confirm that this album makes it very hard to stick to a speed limit while driving – the album is definitely better listened to while under the influence of some alcoholic beverages. I would say it would sound better while wearing a bullet belt and afro, to keep in with that authentic Destruction vibe, but alas, my hair isn’t what it used to be, and the bullet belt could do with some serious reinforcements being sent since I last wore it. Great fun stuff, with no other pretensions than to make you bang your head.

Review link: www.metalteamuk.net/dec11reviews/cdreviews-entrench.htm

Entrench links:

Website: http://entrenchswe.blogspot.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/entrench

Myspace: www.myspace.com/entrench

Revebnation: www.reverbnation.com/entrench

Last fm: www.last.fm/music/Entrench

Abyss Records links:

Label & Online Music Store: www.officialabyssrecords.com

Myspace: www.myspace.com/abyssrecordsofficial

Facebook: www.facebook.com/OfficialAbyssRecords

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/label/abyssrecords

Last fm: www.last.fm/label/AbyssRecords

Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/MinionfortheAbyss

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AbyssRecords

To purchase ENTRENCH “Inevitable Decay” CD and other ENTRENCH merchandise go to: www.officialabyssrecords.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=entrench

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