Bloodbath
The Wacken Carnage


3.5
great

Review

by Dethtrasher USER (232 Reviews)
November 5th, 2008 | 23 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist


So they finally did it, Bloodbath has finally released a live album. The Wacken Carnage is the band's first live album but if it is going to be their first or last no-one can tell. Anyway, the live album contains both a track disc and of course a live disc that features the whole show. The tracks that has been chosen are some of the band's best tracks like Soul Evisceration, Ways To The Grave, Eaten and Furnace Funeral. There are three tracks from Resurrection Through Carnage, six tracks from Nightmares Made Flesh and the whole Breeding Death EP which includes three tracks. I didn't know what to expect when I was going to listen to the album, but there was one thing that destroyed all my expectations: The guitar sound from the RTC album... ''No no no''. That was my first thought when I was listening to Cancer Of The Soul. All tracks are performed with skill and energy but that goddamn guitar sound destroys a lot of the actual sound. All the tracks from Breeding Death and the RTC album sounded pretty good but the newer tracks didn't sound so good compared to the original record.

The DVD is of good quality though, you can see the crew in their bloody and filthy outfits (except the drummer) and the enormous crowd that's yelling: ''Bloodbath Bloodbath Bloodath!!!''. Mikael Akerfeldt and Dan Swano are probably the only two members that seems to be the most excited compared to the Katatonia bassist who wonders all alone by himself on the stage. In either way, the band is energetic and all the songs sounds like on the studio versions. Everything is fine except Akerfeldt's incredibly lame pause talk. You have to have a corny sense of humour to laugh at Akerfeldt's jokes. Some of the jokes are fine but most of the time he is so lame that you will get embarrassed by listening to him. His pause talk is huge minus but his vocal performance is a completely different thing though. He growls his way through the track list with very few mistakes and he handles the NMF tracks with ease.

The Wacken Carnage is a well-produced live album with only two major flaws, a rotten guitar sound and the corny stage talk from Akerfeldt. If I would complain about something else then it would just be that I'm slightly disappointed that the band didn't included tracks like Cry My Name or Draped In Disease, Everything else is great. All the tracks sounds fine, none of them are changed or tempered with except Furnace Funeral where Dan Swano performs some melodies with the guitar instead of the a keyboard. The band is energetic and they are focused on what they do, even if Akerfeldt's vocals fail a little now and then... Fans of Bloodbath should get this, or at least give it a listen. This is necessarily not a must-have but The Wacken Carnage is one of the better live albums out there so people within the death metal scene would appreciate this album.

RTC = Ressurection Through Carnage
NMF = Nightmares Made Flesh

Positives
+ Very good sound quality compared to most live albums.
+ Akerfledt handles the NMF tracks very good.
+ Very good selection of songs.
+ No tracks sounds deformed or strange compared to the studio versions

Negatives
- People who hate the guitars on RTC will most likely be disappointed when they listen to this album.
- Akerfeldt's pause-talk is so lame most of the time.

Final rating will be a 3.5/5



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Dethtrasher
November 5th 2008


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I'm out of proofreaders at the moment so I'm pretty sure that there are some bugs errors here and there.

SylentEcho
November 5th 2008


1606 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review again Deth! Although I'm not too fond of live albums, I like this.

beans
November 5th 2008


2328 Comments


this sounds awesome. i saw this at my local record store. passed it up. might have to go get it

bastard
November 5th 2008


3432 Comments


Good work Deth

SylentEcho
November 6th 2008


1606 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Why isn't Deth rank 1 yet?

jingledeath
November 6th 2008


7101 Comments


no cry my name? damn that's my favorite RTC song.
btw great review man

rasputin
November 6th 2008


14954 Comments


The Wacken Carnage is the band's first live album but if it is going to be their first or last no-one can tell.

Well, we can tell that it's going to be their first.

Zippermouth
November 6th 2008


1305 Comments


Based on the cover, I assume this is definitely child-friendly music.



Foodforthegods
November 6th 2008


425 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

To clear this up they recorded another dvd this summer during a festival i cant remember. Im gonna check this out and post the setlist.

Foodforthegods
November 6th 2008


425 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Partysan 2008 I think. I cant find the setlist. But I think it was pretty similar except they didnt played any song from Breeding Death. They also played Bathe In Blood (YAY) and 3 song from Unblessing the purity I think. No song from fanthomless mastery.

Dethtrasher
November 6th 2008


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Based on the cover, I assume this is definitely child-friendly music.


The kids will go crazy when they listen to this :lol:

Zippermouth
November 9th 2008


1305 Comments


The kids will go crazy when they listen to this
yeah, go crazy and kill their pets or something. lol

FR33L0RD
January 15th 2009


1472 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

awesome



Bullitt
March 20th 2009


1666 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album kicks ass

EnCrypt.
February 21st 2010


882 Comments


saw5?

R6Rider
February 21st 2010


5155 Comments


Like Fire owns so hard

Jebull
April 20th 2010


1340 Comments


This is cool, but damn my cheap amp/guitar setup sounds better.. =( I'm sure it sounded great live though.

ConsideredDead
June 22nd 2010


121 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good live album, and the packaging is top notch.

Raz0rGrind23
July 16th 2010


449 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So You Die owns your dirty slut butt...

BluePusher
November 11th 2010


54 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I, for one, love Mikael Akerfeldt's comments between songs.



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