Entombed - "Clandestine"

Entombed - "Clandestine"

dB HoF No. 144

Label: Earache
Release date: November 12, 1991
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No one has ever said, “Entombed, there’s a band that doesn’t confuse me.” Trying to follow the Swedish death metal institution’s lineup throughout the years takes more brain cells than anyone who has spent most of their life listening to Swedish death metal has left, so it’s a particularly gnarly conundrum. But you gotta do something while listening to their first two albums for the millionth time in your life, so you just keep trying. It’s a noble cause, and we’re glad that you just admitted to listening to Clandestine one million times in your life, because it’s as good as Swedish death metal can possibly get. 

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The Locust - "Plague Soundscapes"

The Locust - "Plague Soundscapes"

dB HoF No. 143

Label: Anti-
Release date: June 24, 2003

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If any band has endured and persevered through extreme music’s potential for divisive conservatism and pedantic nit-picking, it’s the Locust. The every-genre-and-more San Diegan noise-niks may have started as a proto-powerviolence/hardcore outfit in 1994, but quickly utilized everything at their fingertips in order to expand upon and shatter every barrier imaginable to create a unique shade of red-lining chaos. And equal numbers of the public loved and hated the double-middle finger they gave tropes and conventions. However, those who hated the Locust fucking hated the Locust. Often finding themselves on the receiving end of everything from self-righteous fanzine editorials and baseless accusations of elitism to slashed van tires and physical assaults, the Locust wouldn’t have been faulted for giving in to pressure in the name of self-preservation and not wanting to deal with the hassle. 

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