Monique : Some two years after their EP 'Breeding Death'…finally…time for Bloodbath's next release, a full-length album titled 'Resurrection Through Carnage'. And when I say 'finally', I mean FINALLY! Their successful EP gave the old glory of nineties Swedish Death metal a new lease of life and the fans wanted more, much more…And here it is, an album that recalls the glory days of illegible logos and blood-soaked artwork, a testimonial to bands such as Entombed, Grave and Dismember. Bloodbath consists of established members: vocalist Mikael Åkerfeldt (Opeth) - guitarist Anders Nyström (Katatonia, Diabolical Masquerade) - bassist Jonas Renske (Katatonia, October Tide) - and 'last, but certainly not least' Mr. Dan Swanö (Edge of Sanity, Nightingale) and his drumkit.
Question is, however, does 'Resurrection Through Carnage' fulfil these expectations? It certainly does! This fraternity of Swedish Death-thanes came up with one hell of an album. Magnificent vocals, low (but not TOO low) vocals and well articulated lyrics, amazingly comforting "filthy” old-school guitars, speedy rhythms, bouncy riffs… thoroughly catchy and all that with the well-known Swedish (light) melodic twist. In short: this CD is steaming like a powerful locomotive!
First time I listened to this album (after much rejoicing on being given the honour to review this album) I thought it was good, very good, but not brilliant. Somehow those three tracks of the 'Breeding Death' EP had set themselves in my mind so firmly, the new songs just could not get through. But now…after having listened to this album, many, many times….it has exercised its full power. 'Resurrection...' has made it to my miscellaneous-collection of "Travel by Train-music.” The album shows much variation and never ever gets boring, not even on long journeys. In fact, the more I listen to it, the more I appreciate Bloodbath's efforts. 'Ways To The Grave' is a magnificent opening track, 'Bathe In Blood' is another favourite track, and 'Like Fire'…and..and…oh what the hell, they are all great!
And now for a critical note, after all, nothing is completely perfect, is it?…” What's with the ridiculous (balance) effects and other useless attire?” I wonder. This "innovative” production fine-tuning, or whatever it is, serves no meaningful purpose whatsoever and even becomes rather annoying after a while. Why they felt the need to add such effects… beats me! Will this affect the final score? Oh what the hell, let's go for a nice round number, they deserve it: