L-G Petrov, Swedish Death Metal Legend, Dies At 49

It’s with heavy hearts that Decibel announces the passing of Entombed A.D. vocalist Lars-Göran “L-G” Petrov, who lost his battle with bile duct cancer on March 7 at the age of 49.

Petrov famously fronted Nihilist, universally hailed as the most important Swedish death metal band of the late-’80s, before the group split and quickly reformed as Entombed a few days later. With Entombed, Petrov recorded Left Hand Path in 1990, widely considered to be ground zero for the Swedish death metal explosion. The vocalist would leave a band for a year before returning to record the equally influential death ‘n’ roll classic Wolverine Blues, eventually released in 1993.

Petrov would go on to record seven more LPs with Entombed before the group splintered, resulting in a legal dispute regarding ownership of the band’s name. In 2014, Petrov, with bandmates Nicolas Elgstrand and Olle Dahlstedt, carried on as Entombed A.D., who recorded a trio of death metal records for Century Media between 2014 and 2019. During the same period, Petrov also recorded three LPs with the old-school death metal side project Firespawn.

Decibel sends our love to L-G’s family and friends, all of Entombed and Entombed A.D.’s fans around the world and everyone who was inspired and influenced by his incredible performances that helped define death metal as we know it. To you, you own god, master slave, you will be beyond the grave.