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Nightmares Made Flesh - Bloodbath

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Heavy Metal / Artist: Bloodbath / Audio CD released 2004-09-27 at Century Media

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      24.02.2008 14:23
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      Bloodbath's second album (2004).

      Mikael Åkerfeldt's departure from retro-death metal band Bloodbath was likely seen as a savage blow by those death fans who seem to think Opeth are the most incredible thing to have blessed the genre, but in truth his absence allows the other band members to exert more creative control and begin to re-define Bloodbath's sound. Even if, admittedly, the end result is more like Edge of Sanity than anything else thanks to the greater prominence of Dan Swano (but they were always a lot more fun than Opeth anyway).

      This is a more technically impressive, heavy and varied album than its repetitive predecessor, featuring more in the way of dual guitar harmonies ('Cancer of the Soul'), incessant catchiness ('Brave New Hell') and vastly improved vocals from newcomer Peter Tägtgren (Evil Pete of Hypocrisy), whose more forceful take suits the band more than Åkerfeldt's more controlled growls. While deviations into slower styles often feel like a forced attempt to diversify, especially with the Black Sabbathesque 'The Ascension,' they at least prevent the album from sounding samey and uninspired as the last one did, though this one still loses its steam a little towards the end.

      The most enjoyable aspect of this album is how much fun the performers are clearly having, in a manner that translates perfectly to the listener's experience. 'Brave New Hell' is as enjoyable as death metal gets, mixing its classic style with early speed metal, even reminiscent of Judas Priest's genre-defining classic 'Exciter' on occasion, while the completely literal and far-too-detailed lyrics of 'Eaten' are hilarious, whether this was intended as a respectful parody of gore-obsessed death bands or not (I can't believe they just didn't notice). While it will never be quite up to the standards of the early nineties bands it pays tribute to, this album is a fine entry into the classic death metal canon, one that has the dual benefits of hindsight and a team of the finest professionals.

      1. Cancer of the Soul
      2. Brave New Hell
      3. Soul Evisceration
      4. Outnumbering the Day
      5. Feeding the Undead
      6. Eaten
      7. Bastard Son of God
      8. Year of the Cadaver Race
      9. The Ascension
      10. Draped in Disease
      11. Stillborn Saviour
      12. Blood Vortex

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Cancer Of The Soul
    2 Brave New Hell
    3 Soul Evisceration
    4 Outnumbering The Day
    5 Feeding The Undead
    6 Eaten
    7 Bastard Son Of God
    8 Year Of The Cadaver Race
    9 Ascension
    10 Draped In Disease
    11 Stillborn Saviour
    12 Blood Vortex