Belgian band Carnation are one of the most exciting bands in death metal right now, bringing a mix of delicious riffs and unstoppable momentum to everything they do. But the band know their history, and on their new vinyl single “Stench of Death,” they’ve included a B-side cover of Entombed’s “Supposed to Rot.” For guitarist Jonathan Verstrepen, the Swedish melodeath band was a necessary inclusion in any teenage metalhead’s diet.
“Going back to my high school days and discovering my first death metal bands, I remember it was Entombed. left path that had the biggest impact on me,” recalls Verstrepen. “The album is still groundbreaking to this day. That was it! The album was real and grimy like death metal should be! The voice out of LG’s grave was just cheese on a pizza already Entombed created a whole new genre that is still in vogue today. If you think of bands like Black Breath, Gatecreeper, Bloodbath and so many others who are heavily influenced by the sound that Entombed created in the And Carnation’s story isn’t all that different.
Verstrepen goes on to say that left path was not only an influence on Carnation, but an absolutely crucial part of his own sonic development. “After my first listen to left pathI started looking for the exact same sound (which we modernized a bit over the years) and started writing my first death metal songs, which became Carnation’s first EP after three years.
“Even after almost 10 years of training with the band Carnation, we are still very much influenced by Entombed, he continues, but in a different way from the first recordings. The new album will be darker and melodically wrong, but we still like to write more old-school/death ‘n’ roll songs from time to time. Our new single ‘Stench of Death’ is like one of those songs!”
In honor of his band adding to Entombed’s impressive death metal legacy, we asked Jonathan to give us his five favorite Entombed songs. Here’s what he unearthed:
5. “Uncontrollable” (Wolverine Blues1993)
“From Entombed’s third album, this song has that typical death ‘n’ roll vibe that created a new form of death metal.”
4. “Sinners bleed” (Clandestine, 1991)
“Amazing riffs and really interesting drum rolls!”
3. “Drowned” (left path1990)
“This song is simple and pure. LG’s voice is not from this planet, is it? »
2. “Blessed be” (Clandestine, 1991)
“Perhaps the coolest and most aggressive HM-2 intro part for a song?”
1. “Left path” (left path1990)
“I think it’s hard to pick another #1 song from Entombed. This one has it all! A brutal intro and a nice mid/end part, which is pure horror!