The Fathomless Mastery [2008]. Not Really.

Bloodbath is essentially one of the best bands that I’ve come across. An amalgamation of the best of death metal artists there are, this band has really lived up to their expectations. With Mikael handling vocals nothing can go wrong. And, going against many opinions here, I quite like the work done by Martin Axenrot in his works with both Opeth and this project here with Bloodbath back in 2008. And about the other members, Katatonia I trust. However the sound here is so different. I had had this album in my collection for a long time without me actually having heard it.

First things first, I found both Nightmares Made in Flesh and The Wacken Carnage, both, more entertaining than this venture of theirs. I can’t pin point where exactly they lack because of the fact that I like this album. But there comes a point in the album where one goes like what-more? Like I said before, this band couldn’t be more jazzed up with all the fancy names in it, kind of like some Karan Johar/Yash Raj production with all the big names and big hype.

Coming to the production of this album, impressive. My favorites from this album would comprise of Drink From the Cup of Heresy, Iesous, Earthrot . Nystrom gave many twisted riffs, entwining perfectly with sick beats given by Axenrot.  Hades Rising was another track that really struck me with guttural vocals really getting to me, perfect to make a boring weekday afternoon worthwhile.

While the songs may be faster, when compared to their earlier productionand definitely more percussive and belligerent, the riffs remain typical to Bloodbath’s music, so while the differences will be very noticeable for Bloodbath fans, it wouldn’t draw a lot of crowd to this new brutality of theirs. The new more-true-to-death-metal production, even though quite explosive, wouldn’t have fared badly had it infused a bit of the melodic riffs that are quite prominent in their previous albums.

And then also, I feel this album lacks the sheen that its predecessors had. Maybe the face that Dan Swano didn’t contribute to this album made a difference. Yet it is still an album worth listening to. It certainly is amongst the better half of the multitudes of productions out there.

An honest 6.5/10.

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In the Constellation of the Black Widow [2009]

 

A band I stumbled upon while casually switching between forums on ultimatemetalforums.com, I am glad I bothered downloading that particular album which was under discussion. For a band hailing from UK, the music they’ve produced is nothing like I’ve heard before. Self-proclaimed as being a black metal band, it is an awesome change from that stereotyped genre. Uniquely bloodthirsty is the phrase that comes to my mind whenever “In the Constellation of the Black Widow” starts to play on my media player.

A two member band, they’ve not let that come into their way of producing quality brutal black metal. The first track (title track) is just a preface to the onslaught that proceeds throughout the rest of the album. The entire album is worth it, getting shitfaced and then head banging till the neck actually starts cursing and the world is a blur.

Vocals consist of both shrieks and guttural screeches to clean archaic wails (eerie). V.I.T.R.I.O.L (Vocals, did an awesome job with Benediction too) outdid himself with the variety he has displayed in this album. I’m not a big fan of bree as such but it suited the mood of the album as such, especially since it wasn’t accompanied by the off sounding snares which is common to most grindcore bands. Percussions were pretty neat, not fuck-this-is-the-shit awesome but immaculate enough for this album and its sound.  Pinches and highly creative patches have been created by Irrumator (Mike Kenney, only band that I have heard of that he has worked with is “Fukpig”) on most of the tracks. And I must say after this album I am in half mind to try Fukpig too 😀

V.I.T.R.I.O.L  stated that

The album will feature a curve ball guest appearance from Zeitgeist Memento of Mexican extremists Republika.

Exactly what this is about I haven’t a clue. Since I have learnt that Annal Nathrakh do not publish their lyrics per say, queer as that might be their music sounds very misanthropic and has that apocalyptic tone to it. But straight out, a fan of Behemoth, Napalm Death or Ihsahn would go fucking insane listening to these guys.

The only flaw I found was the monotony in the entire album, very similar sounding music which couldn’t display the versatility of the band. Other reviews I’ve read state the very opposite, but to me they could’ve done better than this. I’m not saying to go all out like Opeth with acoustics and thrash riffs in the same album (how the fuck do they do that?) but some variation. It was almost like a gapless album which sucks if it is not meant to be one.

Terror in the Mind of God had a pleasant change in the second half of the track. Apart from that song The Unbearable Filth of the Soul and the Lucifer Effect are my favourite tracks from the album. The Tracklist is:

  1. In The Constellation Of The Black Widow
  2. I Am The Wrath Of Gods And The Desolation Of The Earth Music
  3. More Of Fire Than Blood
  4. The Unbearable Filth Of The Soul
  5. Terror In The Mind Of God
  6. So Be It
  7. The Lucifer Effect
  8. Oil Upon The Sores Of Lepers
  9. Satanarchist
  10. Blood Eagles Carved On The Backs Of Innocents

Rating- 7.5/10