Entombed

Entombed

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After Entombed left Earache Records after Wolverine Blues, the label released this eponymous odd-and-ends compilation, which is primarily comprised of the band's EP releases: Out of Hand, Stranger Aeons, Crawl, and Night of the Vampire. There's some good music here, even if almost half of these dozen songs are covers (Kiss' "God of Thunder," Repulsion's "Black Breath," Roky Erickson's "Night of the Vampire," et al.) and another quarter of them well-known singles ("Out of Hand," "Stranger Aeons," "Crawl"). Still, Entombed is for completists only -- those who don't already own the respective EPs, that is -- since the best moments here are more ideally heard elsewhere: the singles on their respective albums, the covers on the double-disc covers collection Sons of Satan Praise the Lord, and the Clandestine outtakes on the reissue of that album, where they're appended as bonus tracks. Besides, Entombed was an ill-intentioned cash-in release by Earache in 1997, released concurrently with To Ride, Shoot Straight and Speak the Truth, the band's long-awaited follow-up to Wolverine Blues.

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