Bloodbath – The Fathomless Mastery (2008)
The all-star Death Metal band Bloodbath has finally released their newest record: “The Fathomless Mastery”. The 2008 line-up is as follows: Mikael Åkerfeldt (Vocals), Anders ‘Blakkheim’ Nyström (Guitar), Jonas Renkse (Bass), Per ‘Sodomizer’ Eriksson (Guitar), Martin ‘Axe’ Axenrot (Drums). (Dan Swanö left the band in 2006 due to internal differences)
Concerning the sound, the band introduces (more or less) subtle changes. They still stick to their roots of swedish Death Metal but present it in a fresh and modern way. You have to give the record some spins in the CD player to grasp the entire morbid beauty of this sinister piece of art. Speaking of “morbid”: Morbid Angel fans will definitely recognize a lot of tribute parts to the veteran masters of the Death Metal genre (e.g. the track “Mock The Cross”).
I cannot spot a single weak song on this record, they are all rock solid compositions with some exceptionally awesome tracks sticking out! For example: “At The Behest Of Their Death”, “Iesous” and “Hades Rising” (These are the ones popping to my mind right away but that does not mean that the rest is less annihilating!). Songwriting alternates between Blakkheim, Sodomizer and Renkse with Åkerfeldt’s vocals perfectly embodying the baleful message of the lyrical theme (Which has not changed and is still a huge middle finger directed towards christian beliefs :> ). Åkerfeldt once again assures me that he is the perfect match for the band and will forever be one of my all-time favorite Death Metal vocalists. The flawless guitar, bass and drum play in its entirety is combined with a top-notch production, which further supports the bleak atmosphere, sheer brutality, stomping groove and pulverizing changes in tempo!
The record “grows” during every listening session! It’s angry, it’s sinister, it’s crushing, it’s beautiful! My personal No.1 album this year!