Swedish death metal titans Entombed and PledgeMusic have invited fans to be part of the band’s special dual performance at Malmo Live on November 12. The event reunites original members Alex Hellid (guitar), Uffe Cederlund (guitar), and Nicke Andersson (drums) for a full rendition of their groundbreaking 1991 album Clandestine. A number of unique and rare items are available in addition to exclusive apparel and a stunning full HD 5.1 sound cd/dvd digibook of the historic performance. The show will follow the band’s headline appearance at Close-Up Magazine’s now sold-out Baten Cruise leaving Stockholm on board MS Silija Galaxy on October 27.
Hellid comments, “the support that we got from fans around the globe for our first campaign a few years ago still amazes me. Without that support, our idea to make special editions of several of our albums would not have been possible. Fans having a deep-rooted connection to Entombed is similar to the way we feel about bands we grew up with. It’s a great driving force and motivator for us; it truly means a lot and really makes us happy.”
Sitting in first with conductor Josef Rhedin and the 100-plus member Malmo Symphony Orchestra for Thomas Von Wachenfeldt’s arrangement of Clandestine, the band will then perform the treasured album in its entirety for the very first time. Hellid notes, “Clandestine is a complex beast. Revisiting it 25 years later is definitely something special.” Decibel Magazine will induct the album into its Hall Of Fame series in their December issue. Editor Albert Mudrian says Clandestine is, “one of the greatest death metal records – Swedish, or otherwise – of all time.”
Clandestine, featuring artwork by Dan Seagrave, was recorded at Stockholm’s Sunlight Studios. Produced by Tomas Skogsberg, it is considered a genre milestone. AllMusic credits it for “setting the stage for successive generations of death-rooted Scandinavian metal bands.” The band’s infamous buzzsaw guitar riffs and varied tempos quickly catapult them to the forefront of the then exploding global scene. Cederlund recalls, “we were so serious on Clandestine. We wanted to be older than we were and put everything we had into that album. It’s one of those albums that you hear something new every time you listen to it. I like albums like that.” Clandestine was reissued as part of the Earache Records Classic Series in 2008.
Blabbermouth announced the trio’s assemblage earlier this year. Since then, fans have questioned the possibility of new material from the death metal pioneers. Cederlund asserts, “we’re not going to do big world tours. Right now we have these two shows booked and we’re taking it from there. We have been re-recording old stuff to see how we sound today – and we like it. Time is flying faster as I get older and I would love to be part of a new Entombed album. I’m open for it.”
Andersson notes, “we realized it’s been 25 years since Clandestine first came out and we never properly performed it live. It’s about damn time! I wanted to be part of the earlier orchestra shows but schedules clashed. This time the stars aligned such that we can do both the eerie cinematic Christopher Young (Hellraiser) style set, where we sit in with the orchestra, and then the full-on original performance as a band. It’s an awesome way to celebrate.”
“Just getting into a room with Nicke and Uffe is exciting,” notes Hellid. “Getting back on stage will be amazing. We find profound joy in looking for, creating, and shaping Entombed. It is an immense rush making all the bumps along the way well worth it.
Opened in 2015, Malmo Live is a cutting-edge concert hall featuring world-class acoustics. It is the home of Malmo’s Symphony Orchestra.
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