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Bloodbath - 'The Fathomless Mastery'

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Bloodbath - The Fathomless Mastery

Bloodbath - The Fathomless Mastery

Peaceville Records
The third full-length CD from the Swedish death metal supergroup Bloodbath features the return of Opeth vocalist Mikael Akerfeldt. The other members on The Fathomless Mastery are guitarists Anders "Blakkheim" Nyström (Katatonia) and Per "Sodomizer" Eriksson (21 Lucifers), bassist Jonas Renske (Katatonia) and drummer Martin "Axe" Axenrot (Opeth).

Bloodbath brings their Swedish death metal background to the table, but The Fathomless Misery has a lot of American death metal influences as well. The songs are straightforward and brutal with a mix of technicality and groove. Intense riffs and blast beats played at full throttle slow down enough for the melody to take root, and then take off again.

In Opeth Akerfeldt does a lot of melodic singing along with death metal growls. Bloodbath has no singing at all. Akerfeldt is an excellent death metal vocalist, and he uses several different approaches and deliveries on the album. Former Scar Symmetry vocalist Christian Älvestam also makes an appearance on one song.

Side projects bands like Bloodbath are a good excuse for friends to get together and have fun. But The Fathomless Mastery along with their previous work shows they are a legitimate death metal band that fans want to see and hear more from.

(released October 28, 2008 on Peaceville Records)

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Bloodbath stand triumphant!, Member sanguine17

Bloodbath: The ultimate Death metal Supergroup? This question is answered by the band with a resounding ""yes"" the instant the scorching riffs of opener ""At the Behest of Their Death"" explode from the poor, unsuspecting speaker system. But did you really expect anything less from a band of such pedigree? Mikael Akerfeldt and Anders Nystrom being but two legendary figures in a colossal line-up of extreme metal heroes. From the opener onwards these elevn tracks deliver, blending time-tested formulae with neat new twists. For example, the obvious progressive element on Iesous (featuring guest vocals from ex-scar symmetry singer, Christian Alvestam) adds an extra dimension to the stellar death metal still on show. In short, a bruising, mercurial, extraordinary album from some of Death metal's greatest stars. Awesome.

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