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Happy 25th Anniversary to Entombed's "Wolverine Blues"

October 4, 2018 | by James Greene, Jr.

On this date in 1993, Swedish quintet Entombed introduced the world to death 'n' roll via their third album, Wolverine Blues. Infusing a traditional death metal attack with elements of groove and commercial hard rock, this disc was destined to be lynchpin even before Earache Records defied the band and slapped a drawing of the comic book character referenced in the title on the cover (the original image is a corpse, or a tree person?). Superheroes were having a moment in the early '90s and, even though Entombed wasn't about that crossover life, having Logan on Wolverine Blues helped 14-year-old ding dongs like me give a fig about Scandinavian hell blasts.

Which is more surprising — that Entertainment Weekly gave Wolverine Blues a B at the time of its release, or that Entertainment Weekly reviewed Wolverine Blues at all? Just something to chew on while you get lost in the churning riff hurricane that makes up this classic album.

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