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Entombed A.D. Puts On A Death Metal Extravaganza With Aborted And Baest

Death metal has come a long way. From the first stirrings of Possessed to the rise of a new genre, spreading to Europe and South America and splitting into many different sub genres. Europe boasts a wide array of death metal bands and last Friday in London, three groups from three countries launched the "Hell Over Europe" tour.

Kicking off the evening's festivities were Danish up and comers Baest. Already promoting their sophomore album, "Venenum" a year after the release of their debut, "Danse Macabre," the quintet from Aarhus have been rapidly gaining pace and earning new fans everywhere. Judging from the night's performance, it's easy to see why. Baest is musically rooted in the old school Florida bands such as Morbid Angel but they bring a fresh, modern take on the style, gaining from the evolution death metal has undergone since the eighties.

They have a really strong presence on stage too, immediately making them firm favourites with the crowd, who appreciated the boisterous energy, without coming across as arrogant, in the same vein of bands like Power Trip. Songs from both albums went over huge, and their growing popularity was clear to see from the rush to the merch table. A great way to start off a Friday evening and a band which will only get bigger as time goes by.

Following the Danish devastation came some bedlam from Belgium courtesy of Aborted. Frontman Sven de Caluwé must be one of the most charismatic vocalists in the field and his frenetic performances have long been a reason why Aborted are always worth a watch. Promoting their latest album, "TerrorVision" with plenty of bloody cuts from the record, Aborted brought the already excited crowd up a level, resulting in pits a plenty and an atmosphere of sheer adrenaline.

Aborted has always had a good stage set up and tonight was no different, with a few severed heads on display, along with some more delightfully grizzly artwork. It all works together perfectly with their extreme metal output, which itself is something of a bridge for fans of the old brutal take of bands such as Suffocation and the younger crowd who enjoy deathcore. Aborted have such a blistering live show that it seems to be over as quick as it begins and before they knew it, the crowd were bidding goodnight to the five piece from Waregem.

Capping off the night was Swedish death metal legends Entombed A.D., the more active incarnation of Entombed led by vocalist L.G. Petrov along with other former members of the original outfit Nico Elgstrand and Olle Dahlstedt. Performing their first show since releasing the album, "Bowels Of Earth," perhaps their best under the Entombed A.D. moniker, the band brought their long held blend of death metal and rock 'n' roll to London with great success. Petrov seems to be the happiest man in death metal generally and he can't seem to stop grinning on stage either.

Entombed A.D. and the crowd have a symbiotic relationship based on fun, which was in great supply in the English capital city. Fans were as happy to hear more recent material as they were classics like "I For An Eye" and "Wolverine Blues," creating the momentum of a runaway freight train. Of course, the likes of "Left Hand Path" couldn't be ignored either and before fans knew it, it had already been an hour and time to call it a night. A great way to kick off a tour and not a bad way to start the weekend either!

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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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