Back in June I saw the news that Screaming Records was going to release a limited 7″ vinyl single by Sweden’s legendary Entombed. I’ve been waiting hungrily since then for the music to hit the web, and yesterday some of it did.
This new single is called When In Sodom Revisited and it includes three songs: a remixed and remastered version of the original “When In Sodom” track, which originally appeared on the band’s 2006 EP by the same name; an alternate version of the song composed, performed, and recorded by a Danish artist and sound designer named Klaus “Q” Hedegaard Nielsen (Beta Satan, The Malpractice), and a new studio recording by Entombed of the King Diamond song “Welcome Home”.
This single is the second Entombed release for 2012, the first being a digital release of a variant version of the song “Amok”, which we previously featured here. The recording of “Welcome Home”, however, is the first release by the current Entombed lineup — with Victor Brandt (TOTALT JÄVLA MÖRKER, AEON, SATYRICON) and second guitarist Nico Elgstrand (who previously played bass for the group) joining L-G Petrov, Alex Hellid, and Olle Dahlstedt.
For those of you who remember the post we ran on the 20th anniversary of King Diamond’s Abigail album (here), it will come as no surprise to learn that I prefer this Entombed cover to the original — mainly because I’ll take L-G’s vocals over King’s. The cover is a cool song.
When In Sodom Revisited debuted as a “one-off” pressing of 475 hand-numbered copies on heavyweight silver colored vinyl, and that sold out in five day. However, I saw that Screaming Records has decided to do a second pressing for release on August 20, also in 475 hand-numbered copies. For this one, both the vinyl and the cover will be in gold rather than silver. Pre-orders will begin on August 1 at this location.
And yes, I’m also going to give you the King Diamond original of “Welcome Home”, in this official video.
I must say I am a bit surprised at how well Entombed’s version sounds. Petrov sounds as one might expect him to, but somehow he manages to evoke a bit of King Diamond, albeit at a much lower register. Granted, there are backing vocals to help and he even sounds a lot like Chuck Billy at the same time (really, this could be mistaken for Testament). All around, Entombed did the song justice by sticking to what they’re able to do; not many bands have someone who can emulate King and it’s a mistake to try if you can’t nail it.
I can’t quite figure out how to explain why, but I had the same reaction — LG somehow evokes the spirit and feel of King’s vocals without sounding like him at all.
KD was a classically trained opera singer…I think it has something to do with the way you project and enunciate. I’m an unashamed KD fanboy, but I have never been a HUGE fan of the falsetto…so I usually jump on KD covers like a horny loris on a stuffed Phro doll.
You’ve just given me a fool-proof way of keeping the lorises from trying to hump my legs.
Do you really want a Phro doll anywhere near your legs?
What? Are you trying to imply that you DON’T want a Phro doll munching on your nut sack???
I’m not trying to imply anything.
However, if it needs to be explicitly said: I do not want a Phro doll anywhere near any vital organs, vestigial organs, appendages or anatomical features. I’ve seen movies like Child’s Play, Puppet Master and Demonic Toys; I know what some dolls and puppets are capable of. Hell, add in Toy Soldiers for that matter and you have reason to distrust anything larger that today’s G.I. Joe figures,
Don’t worry, all Phro dolls have nice, soft teeth made of silk and gummy bears.
What if it’s not the teeth I’m worried about?
Oh, the tentacles?? Fear not! They have built-in lube excreting organs.
Just for the record, I’ve lost all interest in the Phro doll. I’d rather just let my leg become a loris sex toy.
That’s okay, the doll hasn’t lost interest in you.
Rubbish. Gave it 50 seconds. Anyone who likes this over the original should voluntarily hand over their metal card
But . . . but . . . but . . . whatever will become of NCS?!? What will I do with myself? I mean, other than the sheep fucking and the bottling of penguin blood?
Actually, this could work in my favor. Now you’ll have more time to bottle penguin blood. More PB means I can sell more to the junior high kiddies, which means I can corrupt more of them and move up my plans to build a penguin-blood-addicted army of 12 year olds…
BWAHAHAHAHAAHA!!! We’re taking over!!!
Kevin, for the sake of the children, please don’t take my metal card away. Please.
Doing anything “for the sake of the children” automatically revokes your metal card.
Anyone who like the original should hand over their nuts/labia and get them/it replaced a giant vacuum cleaner.
Phew. I was worried there for a while.
We hadn’t seen any of Kevin’s arrogant, supercillious commentary for ages. I was worried something had happened to him.
Well, I say worried…