How Entombed and Sunlight Studios gave birth to death-metal guitar tone

Alex Hellid and Uffe Cederlund of Entombed
(Image credit: Gary Wolstenholme/Redferns, Naki/Redferns)

Prior to the explosion of Swedish death metal onto the international scene in the early '90s, Sweden had etched its musical heritage onto the world via its most famous export, the sweet pop sounds of ABBA. As the '70s gave way to the '80s, new Swedish artists such as Europe and Yngwie Malmsteen would steer the tiny nation’s sonic legacy in a much harder and heavier direction. 

And with the birth pangs of a darker and extreme sound of metal slowly finding favor with the youth as the decade wore on, Sweden was ripe for the birth of a sound that would go on to become known as the “Sunlight Sound”.

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Joe Matera

Joe Matera is an Australian guitarist and music journalist who has spent the past two decades interviewing a who's who of the rock and metal world and written for Guitar World, Total Guitar, Rolling Stone, Goldmine, Sound On Sound, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and many others. He is also a recording and performing musician and solo artist who has toured Europe on a regular basis and released several well-received albums including instrumental guitar rock outings through various European labels. Roxy Music's Phil Manzanera has called him, "... a great guitarist who knows what an electric guitar should sound like and plays a fluid pleasing style of rock." He's the author of Backstage Pass: The Grit and the Glamour.