|Review: Entrench - Inevitable Decay|
Label: Abyss Records
Year released: 2011
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: March 25, 2012
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 3.56/5 (71.11%) (18 Votes)
As I was looking up the information on this band, I couldn't help but wonder if there's anyone in Sweden who is not in a band (never mind the fact that most people outside metal circles think the only Swedish music band that ever existed was ABBA)... But back on the subject at hand. Entrench is – surprise! – a band playing old school Thrash. Formed in 2005, they actually had some five demos before releasing this first album. Now that's a bit more unusual nowadays (a lot of bands seem to be skipping the demo part completely).
Behind the colourful cover art you'll find some mid-80s Thrash, pretty much German style. Raw for decent production, harsh, screechy Thrash vocals that would be a turn off for fans of cleaner Thrash (such as old Metallica), but those who had a thing for Kreator and Sodom back in the day will eat this up. The music is as raw as one as can be expected for the reference period. Fast, kind of messy – in a good way – and devoid of any crappy gimmick. Fast grinding guitars, somewhat catchy galloping moments, and some more "melodic", kind of apocalyptic-ish passages that give some songs kind of a dark vibe. The drums are sometimes drowned a little bit, while at other times they can be heard very clearly.
I won't surprise anyone when I say that Entrench are not innovating the genre. In recent years we've been going back to "fluff-free Thrash that works" instead of trying to experiment in a genre that doesn't adapt all that well to outside influences. Suffice it to say, it's old school, and it works.
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