The metal world was rocked last March when it learned that Entombed vocalist and co-founder Lars-Göran “LG” Petrov passed away at 49 after succumbing to his battle with bile duct cancer. All throughout the metal community, bands and individual artists offered their deepest condolences to one of death metal’s great frontmen.
One band that apparently was rocked by the loss of a dear friend was Danish rock band Volbeat, who have dedicated the music video for their song “Becoming” to the late Entombed vocalist.
Guitarist Michael Poulsen said the song eventually came to be known as their “Entombed song” after tinkering with specific effects in the studio that reminded them of that classic Swedish death metal sound.
“We were recording Servant Of The Mind in Jacob Hansen’s studio, and we were about to record the song ‘Becoming’. And it has that opening riff that’s really inspired by the mighty Entombed, and you know, we just talked about why not put that Boss Heavy Metal HM-2W pedal on that Entombed was so well known for, and bands like Dismember and a lot of Swedish death metal bands, actually. It’s the signature death metal Swedish distorted guitar sound, and it sounds disgustingly good (laughs). So, we thought, why not use that pedal on that riff? So, we did and it just ended up just sounding even more like Entombed, and it turned out to be a really good song and it was probably one of the most heavy riffs in Volbeat. But later on, of course, we were hearing the sad news about LG passing, a very sad day, and I think it is still very sad that he is not around. He was one of our really great friends. I had a lot of great conversations with LG. And we were always hanging out when it was it was possible, and talking and helping each other out, as well. So, we decided, later on, to actually dedicate ‘Becoming’ to LG because of the great inspiration that we had in that song. So, yeah, ‘Becoming’ has somehow become the LG song.”
Say what you will about Volbeat and their music, it’s cool to see such a major, mainstream band take the time to recognize such an influential person in the not-so-mainstream genre of death metal. Who knows? Maybe a Volbeat fan will learn of L-G, get into death metal, and eventually write the next Left Hand Path or Clandestine.
Volbeat are currently getting ready to go out on tour for the next couple months. You can check out the upcoming dates below.
With Skindred, Bad Wolves:
17 – Hamburg, DE – Barclays Arena
20 – Denmark, DK – Royal Arena
23 – Tampere, FI – NOKIA Arena
26 – Leipzig, DE – QP Arena
28 – Prague, CZ – O2 Universum
30 – Lyon, FR – Le Radiant
31 – Paris, FR – Le Zenith
2 – Cologne, DE – Lanxess Arena
5 – Budapest, HU – Barba Negra
8 – Zurich, CH – Hallenstadion
10 – Barcelona, ES – Sant Jordi Club
11 – Bilbao, ES – Cubec
12 – Madrid, ES – Vistalegre
14 – Lisbon, PT – Sala Tego
17 – Milan, IT – Lorenzini District
18 – Rome, IT – Atlantico
21 – Innsbruck, – at Olympiahalle
22 – Vienna, – at Stadthalle
25 – Munich, DE – Olympiahalle
28 – Esch-Sur-Alzette, LU – Rockhal
29 – Frankfurt, DE – Festhalle
2 – Stuttgart, DE – Schleyerhalle
4 – Warsaw, PL – Expo
5 – Berlin, DE – Mercedes-Benz Arena
8 – Antwerp, BE – Sportpaleis
9 – Arnhem, NL – Geledome
With Skindred, Napalm Death:
12 – Dublin, IE – 3Arena
15 – Glasgow, UK – OVO Hydro
16 – Leeds, UK – First Direct Arena
17 – Cardiff, UK – Motorpoint Arena
19 – Nottingham, UK – Motorpoint Arena
20 – London, UK – Wembley Arena