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Firespawn: Shadow Realms

Album Review

Swedeath veterans transcend supergroup tag

Forming one-off side-projects in order to indulge their basest needs is almost second nature for Swedish death metal dudes.

So despite the fact is that Firestorm is L-G Petrov’s first infidelity to Entombed since fronting Comecon’s Megatrends In Brutality album in 1992, you’d be excused for thinking that this is another typical case of bulletproof veterans getting together to have some good old fun and crank out a few hastily put-together songs. It’s not.

Forget that three out of their five members are over 40, Firespawn’s very 21st-century brand of death metal bears few points in common with their members’ day jobs, reflected by L-G’s far more guttural performance compared to his usual rasp. But the real stars on Shadow Realms are its pair of guitarists – Unleashed and Necrophobic’s Fredrik Folkare joining forces with Norwegian transplant Victor Brandt from Entombed AD – and its drummer, Matte Modin, formerly of Defleshed and Dark Funeral. 

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