||At it again is now, 5 piece, Swedens' Bloodbath.
Another hellacious old-school (of sorts) death metal creation is entitled
"Nightmares Made Flesh". Unfortunately, ex-vocalist Mikael
Åkerfeldt, has parted ways with Bloodbath to concentrate fully
with Opeth. However, none other than Peter Tägtgren has replaced
him on vocals. Other than that... Dan Swanö has made the 'ol
switcheroo' from Drums to Guitar (as he has been known to do with
his ungodly numerous other projects/bands) and Martin Axenrot (Witchery/Satanic
Slaughter) has taken over the Drums. Whew... let's talk about the
album now!! This 2nd full-length features a much "fuller"
sound as opposed to their freshman "Entombed/Dismember"-trebly
sound. Which, in fact, is a sound I very much wanted to hear repeated.
That is the only drawback for me. Darn. The heavier sound would have
something to do with the 3 guitars and 2 bass-track dubs in every
song I would assume (duh?). At any rate, Bloodbath has amassed another
particularly tremendous offering! This one features 12 new tracks
and just over 45 minutes of guttural-splattering death metal mastery.
Tracks like "Eaten" and "The Ascension" remind
me a lot of Obituary or old-Morgoth, while still maintaining that
still noticeable Swedish-style that everyone loves! One of the tracks
with that old-Entombed & Dismember feel is "Year of the Cadaver
Race" and I believe some of the best overall written songs are
"Brave New Hell" and "Draped in Disease". But
hey, there will not be any skipping around to your favorite songs
on this disc!! Every hymn has a catchy old-school death metal vibe.
One can only wonder...fast-paced technical aggression, frequent soloing,
catchy riff after catchy riff, superbly executed drumming, etc, etc-
"Is this a dream"? Well, I'm not waking up anytime soon!!
Reviewed By: Thomas