Bloodbath
Unblessing the Purity


4.0
excellent

Review

by Dethtrasher USER (232 Reviews)
July 24th, 2008 | 101 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Bloodbath has made a statement with this EP that they are alive and kicking and will continue to make music in the future.

If you look at Sweden's type of death metal scene, you will most likely find a number of melodic death metal bands such as In Flames, Amon Amarth and a slew of other famous metal bands. I find myself asking these days, “What’s wrong with the old-school league of death metal?” You rarely hear about veteran bands like Grave and Unleahsed anymore yet there is one band that has been returning to the fold after a long period of silence. Bloodbath is one of the few old-school, brutal death metal bands that more people should know about. Like Mikael Akerfeldt said during their live show, “Bloodbath started as a drunken metal project and has now turned into a death metal elite.’’ I have to agree that the band is one of the finest death metal bands in Sweden today. Their merciless, brutal and bludgeoning death metal really stands out from the rest of Sweden's other famous metal bands. The band has (almost) returned to its original crew, except that Dan Swano has been replaced by new guitarist Sodomizer.

Unblessing The Purity is the band's latest achievement if you count out the live album. This EP carries signs of good things to come. The EP is very similar to their NMF album, but this time the band has taken an even more extreme and darker approach. Nightmares Made Flesh had superb instrumental and vocal performances, resulting in a well varied album that continues throughout this EP. Blasting the Virginborn is a breakneck track that incorporates intense blast-beats with twisted, haunting lead guitar sections. Weak Aside sounds similar to the first track and the only difference is that this song has more a balanced structure. The rhythm sections and guitar work are slightly more varied and interesting with a certain catchiness that only this track has. Sick Salvation also falls into the extreme side of this EP with a blast-beat intro. The overall atmosphere of the track is pretty creepy and evil, yet the overall song structure is pretty laid back because of its mellower tone. Mouth Of Empty Praise sounds like a mix between both of their full-length albums, mixing in the grooves from RTC and the riff techniques contained on NMF. This is definitely one of the best tracks on this EP. Bloodbath has always used violence and gore based lyrics while Unblessing The Purity finds the band stepping away from its traditional lyrics this time. The band seems to have set its focus on occult themes regarding faith, belief and religion. Lyrically, you can easily see what the band is getting at by looking at the creepy album cover where a robed wolf is baptising an infant in blood.

Unblessing The Purity is a must-have for diehard fans and people who worship brutal death metal. The EP doesn't have any huge flaws nor golden moments; it is more or less an improvement of Nightmares Made Flesh. I knew that the vocal section was going to be stiff because Mikael doesn't have a great range in growl techniques. Fortunately, there are actually some back up vocals to accompany his lack of range. Unblessing The Purity plunges the listener into darkness with the overall atmosphere on the tracks while the guitars and bass play in a more traditional death metal style. The only track that doesn't stand out so much would be the opening track while the other tracks are brilliant, even if they sound a tad repetitive. Bloodbath has made a statement with this EP that they are alive and kicking and will continue to make music in the future. Hopefully, we get one more solid full-length from this unique band.

Positives
+ Powerful vocal performance
+ Great sound production
+ Extreme, sinister and evil music
+ Good back up vocals

Negatives
- Slightly repetitive
- Mikeal Akerfeldt has a great growl but his performance becomes slightly one-dimensional

Recommended Tracks
-- All of them, it is after all just four songs.

Final rating will be a: 4/5



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A solid EP that will keep Bloodbath fans happy....


Comments:Add a Comment 
Crysis
Staff Reviewer
July 24th 2008


16478 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I have yet to find a copy of this.

HeadCharge123
July 24th 2008


475 Comments


I can send over hotmail?

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
July 24th 2008


17945 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

cover art is wicked awesome

fireaboveicebelow
July 24th 2008


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

it's not hard to find crysis, buying or downloading

Poet
July 24th 2008


5935 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is pretty cool.

foreverendeared
July 24th 2008


14678 Comments


is this a resubmit? i feel like i've read this before...

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
July 24th 2008


16478 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Just downloaded this, awesome stuff.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
July 25th 2008


17945 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sick shit

willfellmarsy
July 25th 2008


3849 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fantastic EP...can't wait for the follow up and nice review as well...though now coment on the UGHs s a minus...Insanity will reign supreme UGH!!!!

SorrowLyric
July 25th 2008


119 Comments


We just got this shipped at the store I work. Is it as good as Nightmare Made Flesh?

foreverendeared
July 25th 2008


14678 Comments


i do not have any Bloodbath :/

Dethtrasher
July 25th 2008


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

is this a resubmit? i feel like i've read this before...

Nope, this is my own creation and this is the first time I submit it.
Is it as good as Nightmare Made Flesh?

Not really, I actually prefer the Breeding Death EP but this EP sounds quite similar to Nightmares Made Flesh.

SorrowLyric
July 25th 2008


119 Comments


Okay thankies. :3

foreverendeared
July 25th 2008


14678 Comments


Nope, this is my own creation and this is the first time I submit it.

weirdest case of déja vu everThis Message Edited On 07.25.08

beans
July 25th 2008


2332 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this is an amazing ep, good review as always

fireaboveicebelow
July 25th 2008


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

We just got this shipped at the store I work. Is it as good as Nightmare Made Flesh?
where do you work?

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
July 25th 2008


17945 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i thought this was only available straight from peaceville...

SorrowLyric
July 25th 2008


119 Comments


I work at Cats Music. It's where I discovered half of what I listen to.

fireaboveicebelow
July 25th 2008


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

cats music....so you live in south carolina?

SorrowLyric
July 25th 2008


119 Comments


No, I live in Candyland.



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