Okay, more Swedish death metal, this time from yet another one of those supergroups. I can't get enough of them, I find them endlessly fascinating for absolutely no reason.
This one has two peeps from Opeth (singer & drummer), two peeps from Katatonia (guitar & bass) and one from eight million bands I don't care about (guitar).
This was their first ever gig. Mikael Åkerfeldt sang on the first few releases, then left and was replaced by Peter Tägtgren and then came back for this gig at Wacken in 2005, which was also released on dvd. After Åkerfeldt's return, the band recorded an ep and album and while they're both good, I found them immensly disappointing.
The songs were good, but not as memorable and catchy they had been in the past. I choose to blame this on Dan Swanö who left after the Wacken gig. Apparently he was the one who wrote the hooks and the catchy riffs, and without him the songs just tend to be a bit dull. A lot of the humor has also gone, and Bloodbath simply isn't as interesting anymore.
They used to be, as Åkerfeldt puts it in this live recording, "a death metal elite", and he was absolutely right. Now they're just a death metal band. A very good one, but still just another death metal band.
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