"Left Hand Path" is the title track from the Entombed debut album. It is written by the whole band, with lyrics by Nicke Andersson (drums, bass) and Alex Hellid (guitar), and music by Nicke Andersson, Uffe Cederlund (guitar, bass) and Leffe Cuzner (guitar, bass).
Both the title of Left Hand Path
and this song's inspiration come from Anton LaVey's work The Satanic Bible
. In Precious Metal: Decibel Presents the Stories Behind 25 Extreme Metal Masterpieces
, Alex Hellid affirms that he was reading the book at the time and drew the title from it, even though he can't remember the exact passage. We get the word "sinister" from the old-world word for "left"; conversely, the word for "right" is "dexter." Hellid says, "The Satanic Bible
is about thinking for yourself, so a few of the lyrics are about that."