"Now, now. Calm down. Take a few deep breaths, chill out. Then
step outside. Look at something beautiful. Then blow your
worthless brains out."
"Unplastic News", the Ugly Issue
AN INTERVIEW WITH ENTOMBED
by Richard Karsmakers
When I arranged the Napalm Death interview, to be found
elsewhere in this issue of ST NEWS, I thought I might just as
well get an interview with Entombed, too, as they were supporting
said semi-legendary band. Besides, Entombed is a great band with
a few classic death metal tracks under its belt.
After having seen them play, Erwin (co-member of "V.I.R.U.S."
and photographer) and Joris (also member of "V.I.R.U.S." and just
a fan who managed to get one of the band's backstage passes) and
myself went backstage. We didn't want it to take too long, as we
realised Napalm Death would probably already have started playing
by the time this would be wrapped up anyway. I for one definitely
didn't want to miss too much of it.
After waiting for the guys to regain their breath and freshen up
a bit, Earache's Karen introduced us into the smaller of the
two Tivoli dressing rooms. We sat down with Uffe Cederlund
(guitar) and Nicke Andersson (drums), both topless and still
panting slightly. Behind us, totally soaked T-shirts were hung
out to dry.
The other band members were around as well, but seemed initially
disinclined to talking. I sat down with the Walkman located
strategically where all sounds available would be faithfully
OK. Let's get going with the usual band biography lark. What did
you do before Entombed or, rather, Nihilist was started?
Uffe: (A bit surprised at the fact that I knew about this
Nihilist thing) Before we were in Nihilist we were in a couple of
different bands, some metal bands, hardcore, whatever.
Nicke: Nothing really happened with those bands. We were all
Uffe: We grew up together and stuff.
Nicke: Yeah, we got together and then we changed the name to
Entombed. There was another band called Nihilist, I think, and we
liked Entombed better anyway.
I realised this interview wasn't going to be quite as verbose
as, for example, that with Napalm Death. There were painful
silences when I was waiting for more to be said, with them
waiting for the next question. Maybe this happened because of
their lack of ability to speak English very well, or perhaps just
because they had a low interest threshold. I continued.
Now we're at this biography stuff, could you tell us your places
and dates of birth?
Uffe: Stockholm, 3rd of October '71.
Nicke: I was born in Stockholm also, on the 1st of August '72.
Alex (Hellid, guitar) walks in, sortof half-dressed. Nicke asks
him his place and date of birth.
Alex: 23rd of May '73. In Stockholm yeah. Can I go now (laughs)?
I told him he was excused if he wanted, and proceeded to the
next question: What were the first albums they ever bought?
Nicke: For me it was...I don't know which one I bought
first...but the first album I got was "Rock and Roll Over" by
Kiss. I was very young so you got money once a week and I saved
that and bought another Kiss album. I don't remember which,
because in two years I bought all of them.
Uffe: Probably Kiss or something as well.
In walks Lars-Goran Petrov, the vocalist, looking for a non-
weeded smoke. Erwin is happy to oblige. Lars-Goran is still a bit
giddy from another smoke he had earlier today, probably not an
un-weeded one. He can't roll shag tobacco, though, so he asks
Erwin if he can do that for him. No problem. I ask him if he
would like to write down the lyrics to the song "Left Hand Path".
He doesn't mind. He sits down with the back of the piece of paper
on which the Napalm Death interview questions are and starts
writing. Then on with the interview.
Which of your songs do you like best?
Nicke: Maybe one day like...(thinks of a name, then, a bit
disappointing)...one song and another day another song. I like
"Out of Hand", but I don't really have any favourites.
Uffe: It's, like, different every day. "Out of Hand" was pretty
What did you think of tonight's crowd response, by the way?
Lars-Goran: (Looks up from writing, enthusiastic) That was cool!
Uffe: They were, like, everybody was standing around and
watching during the first song. But then when we got into the
title song, "Wolverine Blues", they started going around. It was
cool. It was perfect. On stage the divers didn't give us a hard
time or anything. Usually the crowd comes on stage and jumps on
our effect pedals, but it was great. Everything went really well.
Which item of your CD collection now left at home do you most
sorely miss on tour now?
Uffe: Upset on Cross (don't quite know what this is or whether I
got it correct, ED.). It's a really cool band from Massachusetts.
Nicke: I miss all my Kiss albums. I didn't bring them along
because they are originals. They're rare and shit.
Alex: (Mimics Nicke, cajoling) "Rare and shit".
Nicke: I just want to look at them, not listen. Actually, I wish
I had some Dismember with me now.
What is your favourite band?
Nicke: (Lying) That's a hard question. Kiss.
Uffe: Upset on Cross.
Alex: (Thinks for a while, this really has him nonplussed, he
thought he was safe from my questions so far) ZZ Top.
Who's your favourite drummer, Nicke?
Nicke: The Slayer Hippy from Poison Idea (again, not sure if I
got this correct, their Swedish accent doesn't make things any
easier for me to transcribe, ED.).
Who's your favourite guitarist, Uffe?
Uffe: Mascis, the guy in Dinosaur Junior.
And yours, Alex (I got him unawares)?
Alex: (Grins) Tony Iommi.
And (to Lars-Goran, who's still writing) your favourite singer?
Lars-Goran: Roy Dixner (I hope I got this correct, ED.) from
Devastation, a band from Chicago.
Nicke: You probably don't know them. They never released an
OK then, on to your favourite drinks.
Nick: Beer sometimes.
Alex: Milk and milkshake drinks.
What's the worst food humankind has ever made or discovered?
Uffe: French fries. It's so fat and everywhere you go if you
order something you get French fries and you think "Oh, fuck".
Nicke: Broccoli. Broccoli sucks.
Alex: Sellery. Sellery is the worst thing on earth.
Nicke: Any vegetable for me. I am a meat person.
A good thing you're not in Carcass because they're all
Uffe: They're fakes, they just say that.
Alex: (To us) Do you want a beer?
Erwin: Yeah sure.
Joris didn't say anything but his eyes betrayed a craving for
the piss-like foamy fluid all the more. A parched throat told me
I could do with one myself, too.
What band(s) is Entombed's music most influenced by?
Nicke: Probably Slayer, Celtic Frost, Devastation from Chicago,
Beer is handed around. Grolsch, of course. It tastes so much
better than the stuff you get at Tivoli's regular bar, which I
strongly suspect it watered down. The conversation transforms
into a discussion of the forthcoming Autopsy album.
Uffe: The new Autopsy album will be the best. It will be called
Nicke: On the cover there will be a picture of someone eating
Lars-Goran: It's cool.
Now Entombed is getting more famous, you're becoming more and
more part of the music business. Is there something you
particularly dislike about it?
Nicke: Everything except playing. The music industry sucks, you
know. The only thing that's good is playing, meeting other bands,
getting free beer. The rest sucks.
Uffe: Too much business.
Nicke: Too much politics.
Uffe: It's not enough fun.
Nicke: The business has taken away the fun sometimes.
In the background, Napalm Death takes to the stage. They kick
off with my favourite "Harmony Corruption" track, "Suffer the
Children". Still some questions to go.
Would any of you like a Wolverine for a pet?
Uffe: I don't think it's possible, but it sounds cool.
Nick: It would eat me alive.
Someone burps in the background. It introduces me into the
"words to react to" phase of the interview. It would turn out to
be a really short part. These guys surely know how not to be
The Swedish death metal scene.
Nicke: What death metal scene?
Uffe: No death metal scene. There's no scene. There's just a lot
of bands. Everyone is competing with everybody.
Olof Palme (the assassinated Swedish prime minister).
Lars-Goran: He was cool.
Nicke: He was all right. That's why he got shot. It was the
Swedish secret service that shot him. It's true. But they can't
reveal it because it's the secret service. It's secret, you know.
Krabathor (a rather unknown band that supported them quite a
while ago; Erwin had seen them perform the day before).
Uffe: Who? Crematory?
Lars-Goran: (Looking up for a second, thinking) Er...cool band!
Roxette (fellow Swedes).
Uffe: No favourite.
Uffe: Good movie.
Uffe: Good...good entertainment.
Jesus Christ (their song "Out of Hand" is about this dude).
Uffe: Good entertainment.
Johnny Dordevic (the guy who sang on "Clandestine", the 2nd
Nicke: (In a really droll way) Good entertainment. Well...I
don't know where he is.
Uffe: Last thing I heard about him he's a dad. He got a baby or
Knackebrod (something presumably Swedish).
Uffe: The best.
Lars-Goran: Good and bad, mostly good. Fun. Even sleeping in a
tour bus is cool. It's boring between soundcheck and gigs when
you have to wait. Eighty percent of touring is waiting. And for
what? We don't know.
Death metallers burning churches.
Lars-Goran: Cool. You could build a rehearsal room instead of
just sitting there mumbling each Sunday morning (mimics
Yngwie Malmsteen (a fellow Swede, well, at least sortof).
Nicke: Fuckin' idiot.
Uffe: A faggot. He likes boys. He hangs around with the girls,
but it's all a cover-up. We see right through him. We're faggots
Lars-Goran: Yeah (laughs). You can bend over right now if you
want (he then mumbles something in which only the word "French"
is audible, to considerable amusement of the rest of the band).
Have you already started on the new album, or are you thinking
of ideas for it?
Uffe: We have a couple of songs ready. We haven't thought about
it that much.
Nick: Five songs or something.
Uffe: When we get back from this tour we're probably gonna sit
around and start writing. We'll be touring until the first of
July. Only 48 gigs to go. You should have seen us last night. We
were terrible. Today was great.
And that concluded this rather brief interview with a bunch of
people who weren't all too good at giving long answers (but you
could notice that yourself already). Again CD liners were taken
out and pictures taken. Lars Rosenberg (bass) dropped in with a
girl he seems to have found he could get along with nicely.
We didn't linger in their dressing room too much (after all they
were self-proclaimed faggots and we don't have eyes in the back
of our heads!). We got back into the concert hall, where Napalm
Death was just about to start "The Kill", the fourth song or
something of their concert. So we hadn't missed that much
actually. And at least we had got to meet Entombed. To use their
words, this was a cool experience. And rather good entertainment,
SELECTED ENTOMBED DISCOGRAPHY
"Left Hand Path" (Earache 1990)
"Clandestine" (Earache 1991)
"Crawl" (EP; Earache 1991)
"Gods of Grind" (with Cathedral, Confessor & Carcass, Earache
1992; Entombed part also released as EP "Stranger Aeons")
"Hollowman" (EP; Earache 1993)
"Wolverine Blues" (Earache 1993)
"Out of Hand" (EP; Earache 1994)
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