Bloodbath - Nightmares Made Flesh (Century Media) - Back
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!!

Rating: 93

Reviewed By: Thomas Mitchell