Bloodbath
Survival of the Sickest


4.0
excellent

Review

by [blank] CONTRIBUTOR (72 Reviews)
September 27th, 2022 | 30 replies


Release Date: 2022 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Great “every day death metal”.

Bloodbath was born in 1998, basically as a supergroup featuring members of bands like Opeth and Katatonia with one simple goal: write and play death metal they enjoy the most. At the start, their style was something like the combination of the traditional Swedish chainsaw (a la Entombed) and the influential US death metal wave at the time (think about the Floridan death metal scene here). The band went through several member-changes, and this naturally came with drifts in their style as well. For example, their previous offering, the gigantic The Arrow of Satan Is Drawn featured Joakim Karlsson as the second guitarist (from the infamous Swedish black metal band, Craft) and he had a significant impact on the album’s general tone: it was darker, sharp (very-very chainsawy) and savage, definitely putting the black metal-related edge on display. Since then, another change in the band’s lineup happened (now having Tomas Åkvik aboard as a second guitarist), and not surprisingly this can be connected to (yet again) hearing a different side of Bloodbath. To put it shortly: the band’s latest album, Survival of the Sickest has a “less chainsawy sound" and puts more emphasis on a dynamic flow, and not to mention: melodies.

If I’d want to summarize Survival of the Sickest, then I’d say it’s like a perfect epitome of a great every day death metal album. …and I mean that in the most positive way! Sometimes, the listeners (like me) hunger for nothing else, just simple, entertaining riff-feasts; and Bloodbath delivers exactly that. They admittedly do this just for the love of quality death metal, the experimentalism and creating twisted, abysmal horror-soundscapes remains a task for others. They have proven their great craftsmanship in their previous releases as well, but Survival of the Sickest somehow stands out for me, maybe just from being purely excellent.

One of the most noticeable strengths of this release is the noteworthy diversity within. Sometimes you can hear heavy chuggier parts (in song like “Carved” for example, with a guest vocalist no other than Luc Lemay from Gorguts) but there are times when they shepherded the a flow to a more playful direction (like in “Malignant Maggot Therapy”, but not in the proggy way though), and some songs sound quite unorthodox even (for example, the album’s closer song contains lots of clean vocals in a returning chanting chorus). Moreover, it’s important to mention the album’s consistency and the great studio work as well (especially loved the guitar tone, even though there were no HM-2 pedals involved). There are no weak tracks on this album, really. However, it’d be quite hard to name a definite pinnacle as well, since all songs feel really polished and well-structured - I mean, for such a straight-forward death metal album, it’s a notable positive factor!

If you’re carving for a good and entertaining death metal album on the recent menu, you should definitely give a chance to Survival of the Sickest as well. Great dynamics, flowing melodies and punchy riffs: what else do you need?



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garas
Contributing Reviewer
September 27th 2022


7975 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Album streams and stores: https://lnk.to/SurvivalOfTheSickest



Stepping out from my comfort zone this time: a death metal review.

DungeonBoy
September 27th 2022


9665 Comments


Nice review garas! dug a couple singles I heard from this. I'm a die hard Akerfeldt fan but this could be the new era album that clicks for me. Will be giving this a spin for sure

KILL
September 28th 2022


81580 Comments


check entombed

garas
Contributing Reviewer
September 28th 2022


7975 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I hope you'll like it DungeonBoy! ;]



> check entombed

Knowing Entombed is mandatory around 'ere! Also 'sup KILL, have you jammed this?



And thanks for the feature! 🖤

Pho3nix
September 28th 2022


1570 Comments


Nice rev garas! +1

I feel like checking out Nightmares first though

WretchedCacophony
September 28th 2022


2743 Comments


every day death metal? So like something you want played in a bar? I'd rather have Death as background music than these poseurs

SpideryMan
September 28th 2022


29 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

bloodbath are posers? how? They're literally a death metal super group.

Sabrutin
September 28th 2022


9539 Comments


yea bet this is fun

Dead Head has another solid 2022 record for simple fun

pjquinones747
September 28th 2022


4219 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A great review for a great album. You've got me listening to it again!



On Spotify as well as the album cover itself the title reads as "Survival of the Sickest" including the quotation marks so I wonder if that was intentional for some reason.

gravityswitch
September 28th 2022


1834 Comments


It's a nod to Death's "Scream Bloody Gore"

Good album like always with those guys. Still miss Åkerfeldt tho

YuriZakhaev
September 29th 2022


1037 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"every day death metal? So like something you want played in a bar? I'd rather have Death as background music than these poseurs"



Have sex

Demon of the Fall
September 29th 2022


32771 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I say bring back the chainsaws because this don't be shredding hard enough

DungeonBoy
September 29th 2022


9665 Comments


Damn, this thing grooves way harder than it should. Still not entirely sold on the vocals, but I can look past them

DDDeftoneDDD
September 29th 2022


21984 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Second half got better on second spin

prod is spot on

Kusangii
September 29th 2022


6151 Comments


Didn't even know these guys were still active

DungeonBoy
September 29th 2022


9665 Comments


They had a new guitarist write and record on this, Tomas Akvik. Pretty sure he helped rejuvenate their sound on this. He wrote a few tracks himself, helped write lyrics, and wrote the solos.

butt.
September 29th 2022


10877 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Yeah loved this album. So heavy, and awesome production. Just a lot of fun

garas
Contributing Reviewer
September 29th 2022


7975 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

> Pretty sure he helped rejuvenate their sound on this.

Yeah definitely. Based on the happenings in their lineup during the ages, I'm sure every member could add something to Bloodbath. And that is a great thing.

evilford
September 29th 2022


63197 Comments


Forgot about this band. Bet this is pretty mid

ChaoticVortex
September 29th 2022


1568 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Kickass OSDM always makes my day shine. Its like a 90's Cannibal Corpse album not done by CC.



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