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Metal Hammer of Doom: Entombed - Wolverine Blues

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It's Wolverine Week on the Metal Hammer of Doom with our review of Entombed - Wolverine Blues!

Wolverine Blues is the third studio album by Swedish heavy metal band Entombed, released on October 4, 1993 by Earache Records. The album displays a completely different sound from previous releases, combining elements of hard rock, heavy metal, and hardcore  while still retaining much of their traditional, death metal roots, in a style that would later be known as death 'n' roll.

One version of Wolverine Blues was released with Marvel Comics' character Wolverine on the cover, despite Entombed never wanting their album to be associated with the superhero. Earache Records, without the band's permission, had made a deal with Marvel in order to use Wolverine to promote the album to a more mainstream audience. This edition included a Wolverine mini-comic inside the CD booklet. The Marvel edition was also heavily edited, with the track "Out of Hand" being removed entirely. A limited number of early pressings of the album contained audio samples taken from films (most notably Flatliners and Hellraiser III) which were subsequently removed from later pressing due to record label fears of potential legal action over their unlicensed use.

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