Bloodbath
Breeding Death


4.0
excellent

Review

by Dethtrasher USER (232 Reviews)
June 23rd, 2007 | 42 replies


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This EP leaves the listener hungry for more, much more.

Bloodbath emerged to the metal scene somewhere between 1999 and 2000 and they play brutal death metal. But this is not your regular death metal band, this happens to be a death metal super group from Sweden. Famous extreme metal people from various bands gathered to create a band that would deliver old-school death metal but with some modern techniques mixed in. The result is a brutal, hammer crushing death metal concoction which is dynamic, dark, haunting and of course brutal. The band has yet released a three track EP and two full-length albums, and they are planning to produce a mini CD with a new line-up. There were at the beginning a four man crew which was lead by Opeth’s singer/guitarist Mikael Akerfeldt. But with time he left the band to concentrate on Opeth and he was replaced by the metal mastermind Peter Tagtgren from Hypocrisy, and Dan Swano became the new second guitarist. Bloodbath has the rights to be called a metal super group, and that’s because the band have and had at least three members that has been charge of their own one-man projects. Tagtgren is in command of his band called Pain, a techno/industrial metal band. Dan Swano has also been working with side-projects where he was in charge. And at last we have Blackheim who had an atmospheric black metal project called Diabolical Masquerade. The rest of the crew has not been one-man-armies but they have been playing in other well-known metal bands, such as Katatonia and Opeth for example.

The original idea was to collect some of Sweden’s best musicians from the extreme metal field and then they would record an EP. But things were changed and eventually the band began to grow until full-length albums started to be released. This was the EP that started it all, the Breeding Death EP which was released in 2000. With only three tracks this EP was equally as huge as a full-length album. Breeding Death, Ominous Bloodvomit and Furnace Funeral are all great tracks with great dynamics and atmospheres. You might think that these tracks would sound similar to each other but they don’t. You will experience a varied guitar performance with creepy tremolo riffs, head banging riffs, catchy ‘’death riffs’’ and more. There is one crushing rhythm guitar which is followed by a standout lead guitar that creates interesting haunting melodies. Even the bass has a pretty clear and heavy tune that really adds with a solid backup sound to the guitars. The drum performance is not one of those repetitive ones, here we have some classic mid-paced drumming and other slower heavy drum beats that creates great tempo changes. In the track Furnace Funeral there are some melodic keyboards, good or bad, you decide, but I think it sounds great. The vocals from Akerfeldt really stands out, his dark guttural growls sounds perfect alongside the devastating music, he might not have the same wide vocal register as Tagtgren but you don’t get tired of these growls. There are also some ‘’regular’’ screams from one of the other crew members that also adds a nice texture to the vocal performance.

Without a doubt one of the best death metal EP’s I have listen to. Even if there are only three tracks I still feel satisfied after I have listen through all songs. The reason why I think this EP is so good is because of the great sound production, the dynamics, and the tempo changes. Take Funeral Furnace for example, it opens with a fast drum pattern and thick riffing. The riff lines changes to more thrash influenced shredding and the drumming slows down. More intense drums and some creepy tremolo riffs are played and after a few seconds the songs get a nice deathlike head banger groove. I would say that all tracks are highlights, the only track I don’t care for so much is Ominous Bloodvomit, most because I think it didn’t had the right sort of riffs that I enjoy. Let’s end this; I highly recommend that you get this EP if you are into brutal death, old-school or modern. Opeth fans could take a look at this if you love Akerfeldt’s type of growls. If you happen to like bands like Hypocrisy, Obituary, Grave or the uprising death grinders Quest Of Aidance the I can guarantee that you will enjoy the music from Bloodbath. I hope this has been an informative review which I hope has sparked an interest within you. Thanks.

Reviewer’s Track Rating
-- Funeral Furnace 4.5/5
-- Breeding Death4/5
-- Ominous Bloodvomit 3/5

4/5



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kalkal50
June 23rd 2007


2386 Comments


good review, is tagtgren still part of the group? is so that man is pretty hardworkign

Cravinov13
June 23rd 2007


3854 Comments


He is. He wasn't during this EP of course. Tagtren has about 4 side projects as well as having Hypocrisy and producing albums on top of all that.

kalkal50
June 23rd 2007


2386 Comments


akerfeldt is also really good

Cravinov13
June 23rd 2007


3854 Comments


I think Tagtren came back on guitar though (to replace Swano). I do not know the
details but he was in the new line up when I saw the new group photo.This Message Edited On 06.23.07

kalkal50
June 23rd 2007


2386 Comments


is this old-school death metal by any chance, cuz i never really got that term?

Cravinov13
June 23rd 2007


3854 Comments


I wouldn't say so. Old school refers to bands like Morbid Angel, Death, Obituary, Terrorizer (though also grindcore), and Chris Barnes-era Cannibal Corpse. They all have some thing in common aside from the fact that they are all bands of the 80's.

Dethtrasher
June 23rd 2007


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I just call this modern old-school death metal =/

How many side-projects/bands is Tagtgren working with? I can only think of Hypocrisy, Pain and Bloodbath.This Message Edited On 06.23.07

Cravinov13
June 23rd 2007


3854 Comments


he's worked in Lock Up, Algaion, the black metal band War, and Sorhin. Pain and The Abyss are the other projects he's still in. Bloodbath is still an unknown by me wheither he is still with them or not.

Dethtrasher
June 23rd 2007


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Aha, forgot about those bands. I'm interested to hear something from Algaion, but I guess that album is really hard to find.



A friend of mine gave me Pain's two newest albums, pretty good stuff actually.This Message Edited On 06.23.07

FR33L0RD
June 23rd 2007


1472 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I need to get my hand on this EP

Cravinov13
June 23rd 2007


3854 Comments


Algaion have two albums and a few EPs. Tagtren did the drums on some of their earlier work.

The Abyss is by far some of the best side project stuff he's done next to Pain though.

Dethtrasher
June 23rd 2007


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Haha, btw. My friend said that my music taste was pretty bad. He called my music ''grindhouse metal''. Made me laugh :D

Cravinov13
June 23rd 2007


3854 Comments


lol

rattlehead42147
June 23rd 2007


1345 Comments


i was wondering when someone would do this... great work, deth i need to get a hold of this since i like the first cd RTC.

kalkal50
June 24th 2007


2386 Comments


Lol, grind house... I'd say this is more like butcher house metalThis Message Edited On 06.24.07

Cravinov13
June 24th 2007


3854 Comments


goremetal lol

Wizard
June 24th 2007


20163 Comments


Good review Deththrasher. I found this band kind of a let down. Its ironic that this is supposed to be a supergroup of some of Swedens best metalheads and yet their skills fall down a notch with all of their releases.

kalkal50
June 25th 2007


2386 Comments


Ye so I heard the CD and theres nothing in there that makes me jump out of my chair. Its likable.

Dethtrasher
June 25th 2007


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I guess you're right Wizard, Sweden has lots of other skilled metal musicians so the result could've been better. But I don't care, I enjoy their music and that's whats important.

Wizard
June 25th 2007


20163 Comments


Deththrasher,
Don't get me wrong though, these guys are still very talented! A thousand times better than I could ever play!This Message Edited On 06.25.07



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