Entombed – Clandestine Live (Live Album Review)

Memories keep us living with a good heart and head on our shoulders, so if there is a chance to relive memorable moments, then why not take it?

Hoping to recapture some of those fond moments, Entombed celebrated the 25th Anniversary of 1991’s Clandestine with a two act concert where they played the album from beginning to end. In the first act, the Malmö Symphony Orchestra and Choir performed Clandestine, arranged for orchestra by Thomas Von Wachenfeldt (Wachenfeldt), with the original members from Entombed sitting in as part of the ensemble. In the second act, the band performed the entire album live in the original version for the very first time. A unique concert experience, on Friday, May 17th, they will release it on CD, CD bundle with exclusive t-shirt, and 2 LP 180 gr deluxe vinyl including a poster under the title Clandestine Live thanks to Threeman Recordings. 

Known as Sweden’s Death-n-Roll kings, for this 25th anniversary celebration of Clandestine, original members Nicke Andersson, Uffe Cederlund and Alex Hellid performed the album from start to finish with newest additions brought on board in 2016, Morbus Chron’s Robert Andersson on vocals and Edvin Aftonfalk on bass.

Interesting enough, the original 1991 European release of Clandestine was the only Entombed album that did not feature L.G. Petrov, the longtime vocalist who parted ways with the band back in 2014. Now that the band features two new members in Andersson and Aftonfalk, can these songs still live up to the old days, or have they become noticeably different in a bad way? The answer may vary based on your opinion, but generally seems to steer towards the direction of success with both additions fitting in fairly well with the Entombed lifestyle and concepts.

That said, reports have surfaced that Entombed are due to begin work on a new album, their first since 2007’s Serpent Saints – The Ten Amendments. So, perhaps this live anniversary album also serves as a good way to get their original name back out in the front of the line, because when Petrov left the band he formed Entombed A.D., creating some confusion among fans.

Something to think about, this live album also features a die-hard, well-produced version of the entire Clandestine works while featuring very little, if any stage banter. It simply is the music and just meant to be enjoyed as a live tribute to their masterful album of Death Metal and Rock-n-Roll tunes which eventually became coined as Death-n-Roll. 

Entombed were a breakthrough band who began over thirty years ago and they survived by controlling their own destiny and not following in others footsteps, thus leading the herd into unknown territory. All these factors in mind, Clandestine Live shows the capabilities that this new line-up carries plus serves as an appetizer to the new ideals of the band while recreating the old. Wishing Entombed a vibrant future dipped heavily in Death-n-Roll, Cryptic Rock gives this album 3.5 out of 5 stars.

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