Last good album: Breeding Death
Bloodbath’s most memorable trait is that its combined membership became only popular when they abandoned their death metal roots. To say that Bloodbath was formed to bring back old school death metal just intellectually dishonest and reeks of disdain towards the fans who made these people famous in the first place.
Mikael Åkerfeldt of Opeth; Jonas Renkse of Katatonia; Peter Tägtgren of Hypocrisy and Dan Swanö of, well, every Swedish metal band ever. The line-up reads like an ignorant and pseudo-intellectual fanboy’s wet dream. Never mind pesky little things like facts. Are these the supposed saviours of traditional, old school death metal? That’s a rather insulting concept, as three of these four figureheads have abandoned their roots in rather drastic fashion - and have shown little love for the genre, unless there was money to be made.
Opeth has been writing drudgy, middle-of-the-road "emotional" melodrama for emotionally stunted and sexually anorectic teens for over a decade now. They are a far way from "My Weapons, Your Hearse". Katatonia has been playing goth/depressive rock for roughly the same amount of time and Dan Swanö has only recently began re-exploring his death metal persona with his Rogga Johansson/Ed Warby studio project Demiurg. Only Peter Tägtgren has remained true to his roots with Hypocrisy, although he strayed from the path to lesser extent too. His industrial project Pain is a whole other discussion that won’t come into equation here. For now.
Why is this god-awful band so popular among fans, young and old? Their sound is inspired by the regional icons of Stockholm and Florida, which is well and good. There is nothing here that hasn’t been done earlier and better by more obscure bands. With all the acclaim and accolades bestowed upon this band, you’d imagine that their material is potentially of genre-revolutionizing and revitalizing value?
Well, obviously that isn’t the case.
Hey douche, shut up. We all know you don’t really love death metal. So, stop pretending, Mr. Rockstar Hair. Go swoon over insecure fan-girls with your crap in Opeth. Ya dig?
To be perfectly frank, Bloodbath only capitalized on the nostalgic and historical background of their chosen genre when it became clear that was money to be made. Relatively easy money at that. Given that most metalheads are gullible idiots that continue to pick their nose if not given enough stimuli. Do I need to spell it out that these folks don’t like the genre they play? Because they know and use the required parts doesn’t mean what they do should be of interest. Functionality does not equal formidability. There’s more stuff in the underground that is better than this tripe...
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Vol.1 - bands covered: Arch Enemy, Dimmu Borgir, Lacuna Coil, Machine Head, Pantera, Six Feet Under, Within Temptation.
Vol.2 - bands covered: Children Of Bodom, The Haunted, Iced Earth, In Flames, Kataklysm, Slayer.