Entombed’s debut album was Left Hand Path, a cult favorite that established the band as a popular Swedish death metal band. Left Hand Path and its follow-up, Clandestine, were unique in that they featured what was sometimes referred to as a “buzz saw” guitar sound.
With the release of Wolverine Blues, Entombed changed their sound into a mix of hard rock, heavy metal and death metal, often referred to as death ‘n’ roll. Although this may have turned off many fans, it established their mainstream and critical reputation. Wolverine Blues is considered a classic of early 1990s death metal.
1998’s Same Difference was the band’s first album without drummer and founding member Nicke Andersson, who left the band to concentrate on The Hellacopters. He was replaced by Peter Stjärnvind. In 2000, Entombed released Uprising, which was very much a continuation of the death ‘n’ roll sound. The follow-up, Morning Star, continue in the same style, but returned to their earlier roots of the 1990-1991 period.
In 2001, the band worked with performance artists Carina Reich and Bogdan Szyberb, and the Royal Swedish Ballet. The production was entitled Unreal Estate.
They have since released 2003’s album Inferno, a continuation of the death ‘n’ roll style that has become their trademark sound. 2006 saw the release of the When in Sodom EP on June 6 (or 06/06/06). The full-length Serpent Saints – The Ten Amendments followed on July 9, 2007. On this album the style went back to death metal with a sound similar to their first two albums. This album is the group’s first release with drummer Olle Dahlstedt (of Alpha Safari and ex–Misery Loves Co.), who replaced Stjärnvind in 2006, and also the first without Uffe Cederlund who is now part of Disfear.
In September 2013, Entombed announced they have signed a deal with Century Media, as well as the title of their tenth studio album, Back to the Front, set to be released on October 29.
During an interview conducted in September 2013, Entombed also announced that Alex Hellid is no longer part of the band. Shortly afterwards, the release date was pushed back to 2014. Hellid, Cederlund, and Säfström also reunited to perform “Clandestine” in its entirety with a symphony orchestra, in February 2014. Nicke Andersson intended to participate, but was prevented by scheduling conflicts.
On January 21, 2014 it was announced that the Petrov/Dahlstedt/Elgstrand/Brandt line-up of the band would henceforth be known as Entombed A.D. and that the new album would be released under that name. It was also stated that any shows announced using the name Entombed would not feature this line-up.