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Entombed A.D. Frontman L.G. Petrov Discusses New Album "Bowels Of Earth"

Sweden and death metal go together like bread and butter. Of course, something had to kick this love affair off and in the late eighties and early nineties, a string of bands put Sweden on the extreme metal map, perhaps none more well known than Entombed. Hailing from the capital city of Stockholm, their debut album "Left Hand Path" is considered a classic in the genre and as time went on, the group began incorporating their garage rock influences to forge a style now known as death 'n' roll.

In 2014, Entombed as we knew it ceased to be and instead, former members, led by vocalist L.G. Petrov released the album "Back To The Front" under the moniker, Entombed A.D. At the end of August this year, this fresh incarnation of the band released their third album, "Bowels Of Earth," which has been hailed as their best under this name yet. On the first night of the "Hell Over Europe" tour, which saw the band perform songs from the album live for the first time, I caught up with L.G. to discuss the new album, the death 'n' roll tag and the surprising decision to cover Hank Williams among other subjects. You can watch the video in full below.

Diamond Oz: This is the first day of the tour. Thirty shows in thirty one days... Are you ready?

L.G. Petrov: Yes! We hope so. You saw the state of the other guys! But after a couple of days we'll get back in the routine. So yeah, it's good. Today was a lot of travel but you get used to it. The body and soul remembers.

Oz: It's a hell of a lineup as well. Obviously you're headlining but there's Aborted and Baest too. It's like three generations of death metal.

Oz: Obviously right now you're promoting "Bowels Of Earth." This is the first show you've done since the album came out. How would you say it compares to previous Entombed A.D. releases?

L.G.: We feel it's new and exciting. We're looking forward to trying the new songs out live. I have some lyrics about somewhere, I'm still trying to get them into my head. After a few shows I'm sure we'll have it nailed, but tonight we might be a bit scared.

Oz: It's a really good album. It's ferocious but enjoyable and fun, which has always been a staple of Entombed. It's like petting a vicious dog. Where did the title of the album come from?

L.G.: I think it's whatever you want. If you're nice to people, you feel they should be nice to you, otherwise there will be Hell to pay! Positive aggression really.

Oz: One of the most interesting things about the record was the Hank Williams cover ("I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive.") It might be a surprise to some people but when you hear it, it's Entombed to fuck, basically. Why the decision to cover a Hank Williams song?

L.G.: It was Nico's idea (Elgstrand, guitarist.) I'd heard the new song a few times but when you listen to it on the album, I consider it an Entombed A.D. song. It was a nice sidestep but it fit perfectly.

Oz: You've done some videos for the album as well. "Elimination" was one and "Torment Remains." Entombed and Entombed A.D. always have really fun videos which goes back to what I was saying about Entombed making death metal more fun.

L.G.: Exactly. Yes, they're a lot of fun. On stage too, we're smiling most of the time because we're having so much fun.

Oz: One of my favourite videos ever is "Addiction King" where you're going around, eating two burgers at the same time and stuff.

L.G.: Yes, just doing lots of silly things. It was good, I like that one.

Oz: Obviously over the years, Entombed has been given the "death 'n' toll" tag. How do you feel about that label?

L.G.: If some people want to call us that, that's fine, because it is death metal. I don't know where it came from but it stuck and people liked it so why not? Fine by us! I think it's the groove and there's some rock and roll elements in there. That's where it all comes from so we have to pay respect.

Oz: Obviously Entombed A.D. is like half a new band and half an extension. With Entombed A.D. now being very much established and reaching the third album milestone, do you think there'll come a time when Entombed A.D. is no longer playing old Entombed material?

L.G.: It might come but as long as people want to hear everything we've done, it's fine by us.

Oz: Yeah, you'll have people like me stood at the front shouting, "Addiction King!"

L.G.: Yeah, we haven't played those songs from that album ("Same Difference") for a long time. It's twenty years old now. You never know, we might rehearse something, we have a long line of songs we could do. We'll see what this setlist feels like. Everyone is running around, nervous!

Oz: Just finally, what's your plans for 2020?

L.G.: A couple of festivals. A few tours. Nothing on paper yet but planned. I'm looking forward to festival season. The first few festivals will be booked a little later, maybe early next year and then they'll pile up. We played Glastonbury this year...

Oz: Yeah, on the Earache stage? I was talking to Barney about that. He said it was weird but they won over some new people. Do you think you were able to do that?

L.G.: Hmmm, I've got no idea. It was weird! I understand why people have to take drugs to be there but it was a nice experience. No sleep back and forth.

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Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com since 2007 and a metal fan since 2001, going as far as to travel to other countries and continents for metal gigs.

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