Crossing the Thrashold: Entrench

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Greetings citizens. I apologize for taking forever with this installment. It comes to you after this amount of time for a simple reason. Someone within my crew double crossed me and tipped off my location and activities to the NYPD. It was obviously the new guy, who has been dealt with accordingly. Should’ve known better than to trust a guy who only eats veggie burgers and tofu hot dogs and whatnot. That shit ain’t natural.

Anyway, after a very bloody confrontation with the authorities, me and about 6 of my men managed to escape, but most of my stock was lost in the fracas, including most of my weapons and all of my files for the Toilet that I didn’t keep on my person (luckily my top 10 list was one of the files that I did keep on me.). A million dollar a week business, reduced to fucking rubbish. Most men would throw in the towel, Simon Eric Phoenix is not like most men. People have called me many things (psycho, maniac, etc), but quitter is not one of them, lest they get a knife in their eyeball. Thus I have found a new location with which to continue my lucrative business of  selling various illegal items as well as writing articles for the Toilet. Now I just have to lay low for a while and rebuild everything. That includes rewriting the next installment of CtT from scratch.

That led into another problem; should I rewrite about the band I was originally going to talk about, which would take another 4 or so weeks, or start with another band? Then I remembered that, while making the original write-up, our beer loving Master of Grind Tyree put me on to a fairly new three-piece from Sweden. I listened to one song and my face felt like it was filleted from sheer ferocity. I just had to shout out these fuckers, especially seeing as how they just released a monster of a new album upon us all last month. I will put forth the band I was going to showcase originally in the next installment (and I’m keeping who it is a secret until then.), but for now let’s talk about Entrench.

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Formed in 2005 in Vasteras, Sweden and consisting of Fredrik Pellbrink on guitar and vocals, Joel Sundin on bass, and Victor Holstrom on drums; Entrench put out a number of demos independently. Two of those demos, Trails of Death and one simply titled Demo 09, are the only ones still in circulation. During this time Holstrom left the band and was replaced by Joel Gustafsson, while Hannes Lindkvist joined on second guitar but then left in 2010. They were eventually picked up by Abyss Records and released their first full-length Inevitable Decay in 2011. In the same year Gustafsson left the band and Holstrom returned. The next three years consisted of relentless touring and a split with fellow Swede thrashers Insane. Then in November of this year of our lord two thousand and fourteen they released their second full-length Violent Procreation. Sadly this year was also marked by tragedy for the band as Holstrom died in September of unknown causes. But he definitely left behind a wonderful legacy with his insane drumming on Violent…

Besides the late Holstrom’s incredible drumming, this album is marked by fantastic songwriting all around. Swedish thrash has a tendency to say “fuck it” and just rip as hard and as fast as possible, taking the template of Teutonic and Brazilian thrash and distilling it even further. Metal Archives compares Entrench to fellow Swede newjacks Antichrist, but other than both bands’ emphasis on speed above all and Pellbrink’s high pitched but raspy vocals sounding slightly similar to that of Antichrist frontman Steken, I don’t really see it. A better comparison would be to old school Swede thrashers Merciless.

The song structures, particularly on “Violent…”, will likely raise debates among thrashers. Is it just really speedy thrash? Is it death/thrash? All the hallmarks of the latter are there: lightning fast riffs, insane drumming, the wonderful lightning fast vocals that try to keep up with blast parts, lyrics about violence and/or politics. Besides the influence of Merciless, there also hints of cult favorites Demolition Hammer and of Floridians Malevolent Creation (sans chocolate milk) in there as well. Thing is, Entrench are not quite as fast as the aforementioned bands so it doesn’t cross the threshold (see what I did there?) into the realm of death/thrash. Whatever, I’ll leave it open to your opinion and interpretation. All I know is that this “thrash” band fucking rules. Listen and understand for yourself.

 

Is this song original or game changing? Nope. Does it kick your ass? Yes. Is it perfect music to bitch slap falses with a sledgehammer to? Hells yeah. Bass maestro Sundin once stated that the purpose of their live shows is to run people over musically. I can imagine folks being crushed by the pure aggression of Entrench’s music in the midst of the shitty dive bar that they decided to play on any given night. Fuck moving the heavy ass pool table, them riffs can probably shatter the damn thing into a million painful splinters.

Now there’s a slight issue with where you should go to buy their material. The band has a Bandcamp page, which includes three of their demos and Inevitable Decay. But you can’t buy any of those records, only listen to them. And Violent Procreation is not on there. Their current label, War Anthem Records, doesn’t have a Bandcamp page at all (Simon asks WHY?). So the best I can do is direct you here for physical copies. Both full lengths are on Spotify though, so if you posses that great app, have at it.

Wherever you may find a copy of Violent Procreation or their other works, go to their Facebook page and let them know how much they rip your face off.

Until next time (which hopefully won’t be too long this time), mosh and be well flushers.

 

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  • This shit’s tight. Good stuff.

    • Edward #negrod4eva

      This is a great example of when Spotify wins.

      It happens sometimes.

      • Violent Procreation is there but it’s not showing as playable for me.

      • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

        I support this statement, streaming service and uze guyz Ed and Jay!

        • Edward #negrod4eva

          TDTR >>>>>>

  • Tyree

    Good shit!

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    Their drummer died this year. Just saying.

    • Edward #negrod4eva

      I learned that from this very article… “unknown causes”?

  • Gurrp

    Antichrist. Meh. Listened to them once, they sounded like Toxic Holocaust but with all the bottom end taken out.

    This stuff, though. This kicks ass.

  • Tyree
  • I would like to listen to this. Instead, I am surrounded by screaming children.

    • YourLogicIsFlushed

      I don’t think there is much of a difference.
      Edit: I am not much of a thrash guy, but this is pretty alright.

    • Metaphysical Anus

      Absolutely no one should share that fate.

    • Tyree
    • Simon PhoenixKing

      Punt those brats out the window Ray Finkle style.

      LACES OUT!!!

    • Stockhausen

      No man deserves this.

    • Lacertilian

      Coax them to scream louder then maybe no-one will hear the thrashnkill.

  • This rips!

  • Howard Dean

    “…Malevolent Creation (sans chocolate milk).”

    I still can’t believe he told that story. Methinks Phil Fasciana hits the meth too hard.

    • Tyree

      My vocalist toured with Phil a while back. He said that he’s the craziest motherfucker he’s ever met. Super fucking racist too.

      • Howard Dean

        From his interviews and antics, he totally seems like the crazy backwoods racist meth-cooking type. Glad to know I’m not misjudging him and that’s legitimately the way he is.

        • Scrimm

          I encountered that years ago. I have a hard time hating him quite as much as some of these other morons because he literally seems like he has problems.

  • Howard Dean
  • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

    I really enjoyed this. I’ll have to listen to more of them

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan

      You should. You should also listen to Toxik and Xentrix. They wrote good thrash even if they’re little known.

      • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

        I have a soft spot for thrash metal, it’s too bad that the “best” thrash bands are starting to suck now.

        • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

          Nah, the best never remain “the best” for a long time. It’s the law of nature. The best will always be overcome, although many older bands still make good records to this day.

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            I miss Slayer. I’m not getting my hopes up, but I really hope the next album will surprise me.

          • Tyree
          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            It won’t. Slayer has not been very good in some two decades. Each album containing listenable material, but never making a good album. And now the loss of two members (of which Lombardo hurts considerably more) and no writing credits for Holt. It’ll be bad-ish at best.

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            The last good Slayer album in my opinion is “God Hates Us All”. Terrific and underrated album in my opinion.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I’m not buying the new Slayer album. It’s going to be their St. Anger in my opinion.

          • Æ (Justin Nowlin)

            I might buy it. I’ll stream it first though. After streaming it I’ll then decide whether or not it’s worth it. I can’t wait to get my hands on the new Napalm Death, Marilyn Manson, and Sylosis!

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            I don’t much care for it, or anything past their five first albums. DI was only okay and the first real step into oblivion.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            No.

          • Howard Dean

            Dude, Hanneman’s loss is the biggest blow to the band ever. Hanneman was the majority writer on most of their albums, especially their “classic era” albums. Lombardo will be missed, sure, but Hanneman is irreplaceable.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Hanneman’s playing had become as sloppy as King’s. On his last days he was a depressed drunk, NOTHING more. He wrote many great songs, but not recently. King has also in the distant past written great songs. I don’t believe for a second Hanneman’s presence would have changed much, whereas Lombardo, never gaining any writing credits for much anything hasn’t lost his touch.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Which is to say (that other comment of mine) that Hanneman would have been irreplaceable in the day, but now it’s more like Slayer is irredeemable.

          • Howard Dean

            Slayer’s goose has been cooked for awhile now. The only hope they had was to hand creative direction/songwriting completely over to Hanneman, and have Hanneman hit upon a massive vein of inspiration. But with Hanneman dead, that’s not possible. Even if he had lived, King’s ego and acumen were too strong to ever allow for any relinquishing of control over the band/brand (that’s also why he’ll never let Gary Holt put his mark on the band).

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Unfortunately even though King has said that “Slayer fans aren’t yet ready for Holt writing songs, maybe next album” I don’t think Holt’ll ever write too many songs or give his best riffs for Slayer, and why would he? He’ll never get the recognition in Slayer that he gets in Exodus even if he wrote the whole album.

            Besides, it’s a load of horsesheit that fans couldn’t take Holt riffs, like people couldn’t get over their favorite bands going through line-up changes. Most likely the songs would be better received than anything King can come up with.

          • Lacertilian

            I’m glad you’re holding that microphone HD, you speak the truth.

  • Janitor Jim Dvggan

    I like this a lot.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      I, too, like this a lot.

  • This is the only day I work this week, and my boss is gone all week, including today. I have absolutely no motivation to do anything, so I’m gonna listen to this thrash and tear up my cube.

  • As far as thrash goes, I only really listen to vektor, warbringer and lich king, However it looks like I’ll be listening to these guys too. Good shit.

    • i’m not a huge thrash fan, as the songwriting typically takes a backseat to the riffs. i do love Warbringer tho!

      • Lacertilian

        but that makes it easy to pick out good thrash as the songwriting shines through immediately.
        Plus, you still get those riffffffffs.

    • I’m a fan of thrash but I’m very picky about it. I can’t listen to bands with terrible vocals (Several Exodus albums and all of Overkill). For me, one of the best thrash albums I listen to this year was Sons of Tschernobyl by Pripjat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vz74srXZEeE

      • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

        “Can’t listen to horrible vocals” *mentions two great vocalists, goes on to cite a similar, but rougher vocalist as good*

        My head
        —————–
        What you just said.

        • I absolutely hate Steve Souza’s and Bobby Ellsworth’s vocals. Kirill Gromada’s I enjoy.

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Woosh!

      • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

        This album is good though.

  • VVorld Peace
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  • CyberneticOrganism

    Thrash like this is always welcome; it’s like a good standby beer.

  • Miguel Serra

    death/thrash nomnomnomnom.. good pick, Simon!!

  • Max

    This is really quite good. I especially like the vocalist, but everything else about it is good too.