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The Fathomless Mastery - Bloodbath

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Death & Black Metal / Artist: Bloodbath / Audio CD released 2008-10-06 at Peaceville

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      27.03.2010 22:22
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      A soild DM album, but nothing particularly original

      Consisting of members of Katatonia and with Opeth's Mikael Akerfeldt back on vocals (after a gap in which Peter Tagraten of Hypocisy filled in for him on previous full length) Bloodbath have always been an old-school death metal side project, and while endearing and entertaining, the band's music has never been (nor ever intended to be) groundbreaking, but rather a way for the assorted musicians involved to just enjoy playing some brutal music not weighed down by the lofty, arty pretensions of their day-jobs.

      The band's older albums were a lot more stripped down and basic, with crunchy and catchy Cannibal Corpse riffs abounding, but as of 'Unblessing The Purity', the EP immediately preceding 'The Fathomless Mastery', the band have upped the ante somewhat, shifting to a more technical style that is very much in the vein of the work of Morbid Angel- indeed, the simliarities between the track 'Mock The Cross'' and Morbid Angel's celebrated 'Where The Slime Lives' are unavoidable.

      'The Fathomless Mastery' rattles along at a fair old pace, mixing chaotic and crushing whirlwind riffing with hammering, sludgy breakdowns and brief slower, doomy sections tinged with the Katatonia's melancholy guitar-sound, and Akerfleldt's coarse vocals sound raw as hell, but whilst the album is enjoyable from begining to end, it has a 'heard it all before' quailty to it, meaning that the record doesnt really stand out from the crowd all that much. Saying that though, it is still a fantastically fast and heavy listen and extremely well executed, whilst the artwork, showing early christian ascetics writing around in pain in the desert, emaciated and with blood pouring from empty eye sockets, is an interesting and original touch. Good fun, but hardly in the same league as Immolation/Suffocation.

      Tracklisting-

      1. At the Behest of Their Death 03:41
      2. Process of Disillumination 03:09
      3. Slaughtering the Will to Live 03:37
      4. Mock the Cross 04:02
      5. Treasonous 04:13
      6. Iesous 03:34
      7. Drink From the Cup of Heresy 03:37
      8. Devouring the Feeble 03:11
      9. Earthrot 03:20
      10. Hades Rising 05:05
      11. Wretched Human Mirror 04:12
      Total playing time 41:42

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 At The Behest Of Their Death
      2 Process Of Disihumination
      3 Slaughtering The Will To Live
      4 Mock The Cross
      5 Treasonous
      6 Iesous
      7 Drink From The Cup Of Heresy
      8 Devouring The Feeble
      9 Earthrot
      10 Hades Rising
      11 Wretched Human Mirro