L.G. Petrov, vocalist for Swedish death metal legends Entombed, has died. He was 49.
Petrov announced last year that he had been diagnosed with bile duct cancer, and a GoFundMe campaign was launched to help him pay for medical expenses.
The news broke via a Facebook post from Entombed A.D., which reads in part, “Our brother, leader, vocalist, our Chief Rebel Angel went on another ride last night. It’s with the deepest sadness that we have to announce that Lars-Göran Petrov has left us. He was (is!!!) an incredible friend, and a person that has touched so many people. He has changed so many lives with his voice, his music, his character and his unique personality.”
In 1986, Lars Goran Petrov joined the Swedish metal band Morbid, as their drummer. After the band broke up, Petrov joined the band Nihilist, which became Entombed in 1989. (Morbid’s vocalist, Per “Dead” Ohlin joined Mayhem.) In 1990, the band released their debut Left Hand Path, which has become one of the most highly regarded death metal albums of all time.
Over the next couple albums, Entombed’s style evolved from the classic death metal sound of their debut into the death ‘n’ roll sound that’s become their signature by the release of 1993’s Wolverine Blues. Entombed recorded their 1991 album Clandestine without Petrov, but he rejoined the band shortly afterward, and lent his growl to every album up until the band’s break-up in 2014. Petrov then formed a new band called Entombed A.D., as he didn’t own the rights to the name Entombed, who then released three albums, the most recent being 2019’s Bowels of Earth.
Watch the video for “Left Hand Path” below.