MetalChroniques.fr conducted an interview with Swedish metallers ENTOMBED when the band played at the Mass Deathtruction festival, which was held November 19-20, 2011 at La Ferme du Bièreau of Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium.
ENTOMBED‘s latest album, “Serpent Saints – The Ten Amendments”, was released in the U.S. on July 31, 2007 via Candlelight/Threeman Recordings. The 10-song effort marked the group’s first release with drummer Olle Dahlstedt (ALPHA SAFARI, ex-MISERY LOVES CO.), who replaced Peter Stjärnvind in 2006. Mastering duties were handled by Soren Elofsson at Cosmos Mastering in Stockholm, Sweden.
“Serpent Saints – The Ten Amendments” entered the Swedish national chart at position No. 3. This was the highest chart position in the band’s career.
The current lineup of ENTOMBED features Victor Brandt (TOTALT JÄVLA MÖRKER, AEON, SATYRICON) and second guitarist Nico Elgstrand (who previously played bass for the group).
In a May 2011 interview with the Stormbringer.at webzine, ENTOMBED guitarist Alex Hellid stated about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the long-awaited follow-up to “Serpent Saints”, “We’re just taking our time getting the pieces together properly this time. We just wanna make sure that it’s a really good album. Now we have a complete lineup again also, and a lot of fresh, new blood as well. So it’s gonna be fun to create something new now. . . We wanna get the group together and get a strong foundation to create something good; that’s the goal here. . . We’ll just concentrate on [creating] something great.
“I [try not] to focus on too much at the same time. [My attitude] is ‘Let’s just make one great song to start with,’ and then we’ll take it from there. . . We have a pretty broad palette of things we can do, and we’ll try and find a place for anything. ‘Cause we enjoy everything from the fastest death/black metal stuff to whatever, so the songs that we come up with, we’ll just have to find a space for them — some stuff might be [releases as] an album, some stuff might be a single…
“I think it’s kind of boring, in a way, to just think in terms of a full-length] ‘album,’ especially when nobody seems to really create classic albums anymore, and a lot of people don’t even buy them anymore. If wanna record our favorite cover songs, there should be a place for that as well.
“It’s been four years [since the last album came out] and I feel that we have so much creativity in the band and so many things that we can all put under this roof of things that we like collectively. And what I wanna do is for us to find a way to channel all our creativity and also make it the best and the greatest it can be.”