Does anyone passionately have a favorite Entrails record? This question has animated this review, and I think the answer is “no” in a meaningful sense. People can, and probably do, like one Entrails record better than the others, but I get the feeling that the reasons are a lot more arbitrary than the ones behind the decision about which Morbid Angel record is the best one. Nonetheless, Entrails are a big name in metal and release their material on a big label, and the vast majority of you reading this can already hear what World Inferno sounds like despite not having the promo copy yourselves.

The name of the Entrails game is modernized Swe-death full of chainsaw guitars, melodic Dismember hooks like those on Massive Killing Capacity, and a streamlined sound made for wide appeal quite clearly based around Entombed’s Wolverine Blues but faster overall. In a sense, this is the arena rock of Swe-death: it’s made to please, be consumed, and be understood by the many instead of the few, demonstrating a populist and exoteric approach to music. Like inexpensive beer, it’s easy to get behind, share, and enjoy, but rarely will it be a favorite. Do not take this as disparaging such an approach; I appreciate the honesty, the straightforwardness, the practical element to Entrails’s sound. It aims to make sense as visceral, efficient, modernized Swe-death, not redefine anything. Phrased another way, Entrails have taken every major connotation of “Swe-death” and based their sound entirely around them.

The practical attitude towards music present in Entrails keeps everything running like a well-oiled machine. Songs are designed around verse-chorus-verse-bridge-etc. structures almost uniformly, and World Inferno demonstrates amply the band’s grasp on writing accessible songs that go where you expect – and more often than not,  want them to go. The opener, World Inferno’s eponymous track, rips through a chaotic solo before an uptempo verse, the exact thing we know to expect when listening to Left Hand Path. Even the Phantasm melody is subtly aped and altered in the chorus, as is the underlying bass and guitar line if you listen closely enough. For the most part, other tracks follow suit, streamlining and simplifying old Dismember and Entombed ideas to accentuate the heavier and, more crucially, immediate elements in them. Like comfort food, bikini-clad women trying to sell you hamburgers, or an action movie comprised almost entirely of large-scale explosions, car chases, and shootouts, this aims to hit the lizard brain and hit it hard.

There’s a place for this, and Entrails is good enough at this style to be worth listening to. “Collector of Souls” is a perfect example: a melancholic and melodic chorus in Entombed’s early style rears its head suddenly amidst crunchy modernized Wolverine riffing, but just for a brief moment. This makes one crave hearing it again, and Entrails holds off repeating it for a while by extending the verse. The payoff, predictably, is an extended version of that chorus. The issue is that after the first few times you’ll face diminishing returns because each part is merely competent, but by that time most listeners will have probably moved on to stream about fifty new records. Deliberately jarring composition like this forces attention instead of earning it, and much like Doom 3’s monster closets, it’s initially compelling but quickly becomes expected, trite, and so very average.

In fairness to Entrails, World Inferno never gets truly boring. It does what’s expected, which is pump out more simplified Swe-death that’s fun, loud, and unchallenging. It makes sense that its biggest misstep, “Serial Murder (Death Squad),” suffers the most because it has the audacity to competently ape Slaughter of the Soul wholesale instead of competently aping the aforementioned Entombed and Dismember records. Expectations seem to define World Inferno, keeping Entrails as the musical equivalent of a wide net, a jack of all trades, or a musical populist. This is for those who just want to enjoy some new, agreeable, well-produced, and reasonably catchy Swe-death with no frills, no real surprises, and performances that hinge on efficiency and competency. In other words, it appears that Entrails once again tried to be a decent thing to a whole host of people, and with World Inferno they hit their mark.


Rating: 2.5/5.0
DR: 6 | Format Reviewed: 275 kbps mp3
Label: Metal Blade Records
Websites: entrails666.bandcamp.com | facebook.com/entrails666
Releases Worldwide: June 16th, 2017

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  • Death_Black_Metal_Fanatic

    I really like their first 3 albums. However, their last one was a step down in my opinion, but still not a bad album. The new vocalist sort of threw me for a loop at first…I wasn’t sure if I liked the new style. After a few listens, I think they sound pretty damn cool. Really looking forward to hearing the whole album.

    • EnslavedEld73

      I dig the vocals on this release. I can’t help but like this band. Consistent fun.

  • Wes Allen

    It appears that the gentlemen on the album cover are entirely devoid of Entrails. Sorry, I cant control these terrible observations.

    • [not a Dr]

      Did you just assume their genders?

      • Triggered!

      • Wes Allen

        My college education has failed me!

      • PanzerFistDominatrix

        They look gender fluid to me… they’ve got all kinda holes that can be drilled without sending a clear signal

        • [not a Dr]

          If you want to be sure, count the ribs. Unless you don’t trust the book of Genesis.

      • Drew Music

        Quick, shame this individual over something so trivial that it can’t even be considered an oversight before anyone thinks we’re not PC!

        • [not a Dr]

          Undead, not unpeople!

    • METAL OTTER

      You’re also suggesting the band name “Entrails” entails entrails on the cover. Sorry, I can’t control these awful alliterations.

      • Vassago Gamori

        Never apologize; words exist to play with; awful alliterations are awesome..:-)

        And my compulsion to similar inclinations prompts: When Ents went off the rails without fails, they painted the trails wet with Orc entrails…

        • GrimStilt

          I have one with pigtails that I rather not share lest I’d be riding on your coattails, so I go back to my four walls to scratch on with my fingernails

    • I’ve had literally no idea what “Entrails” actually meant up till now.

  • a glass o’ milk

    The embedded track sounds okay, I guess. Could do without the guitar mush though.

  • Brent Johnson

    I guess I like Swe-death arena rock.

  • hubcapiv

    I like that they all went to the Metal Store to buy new Metal Pants and Metal Shirts to wear under their Metal Vests for the photo.

    And then mom came to pick them up from the mall.

    “There are worse things than getting unicorned, son.”

    • [not a Dr]

      Those metal pants just came out of the forge. They’re still smokin’ hot.

    • Jason

      I wish I had a Metal Store where I could buy Metal Vests!

  • The Soul Collector, not Collector of Souls. But this is evidence of the interchangeability of these kind of titles.

  • 2.5 is weak, the song you mentioned as a misstep is one of the best on this record, I really dig it. This is a solid record for this band that continue to carry the Swedish Metal sound

    • Yeah agree – I just went through this on Bandcamp and this is a damn impressive record.

  • sir_c

    From the bright side: no man bun!

  • GWW

    2.5 isn’t good. Lots of reviews lately, many seem to be 2.5 which should be FAIL.

  • Carlos Marrickvillian

    The band looks like they just finished reading your review…

  • Carlos Marrickvillian

    Also is it just my imagination or are orbs glowing or otherwise making a comeback?

    • The Orborbyx Chronosphericon is eternal…

  • Benevolent Sun

    I really like this record. The vocals remind me of Sean Z from Daath (rip!)

    • Jack

      Will there never be a new daath record? Sad.

  • The guitar tone is quite awesome – takes me back to early Dismember. That’s a sale for me.