Bloodbath - The Fathomless Mastery (2008)
©Peaceville Records


  1. At the Behest of Their Death (3:41)
  2. Process of Disillumination (3:09)
  3. Slaughtering the Will to Live (3:37)
  4. Mock the Cross (4:02)
  5. Treasonous (4:13)
  6. Iesous (3:34)
  7. Drink from the Cup of Heresy (3:37)
  8. Devouring the Feeble (3:11)
  9. Earthrot (3:20)
  10. Hades Rising (5:05)
  11. Wretched Human Mirror (4:12)

Here it is, you maggots. The utmost important Death Metal album of the past five years (at least) which completely eradicates all other competitors. Deicide? Fuck 'em. Cannibal Corpse? Fuck 'em too. Bloodbath have assembled nothing short of a monument within the purview of Death Metal which can easily be christened as their finest and most comprehensive material to date. Returning once again to spew hatred from the recesses of eternal Hell is Mikael Åkerfeldt, replacing the spot at the throne which Peter Tägtgren confined in for the group's 2004 full length album "Nightmares Made Flesh", and all I can say is thank you Judas! Peter Tägtgren did a fine job handling vocal duties in Åkerfeldt's truancy, but for my tastes, the better vocalist was Åkerfeldt. His growls are more refined and injurious as ever and interweave well with the anti-Christian lyrics he spews forth.

Instrumentally, "The Fathomless Mastery" is one heavy fucking album. Production is clear, but remains appropriately raw for an encroaching and militant-like transmigration of hopelessness amongst the vile rot of Mother Earth. Each riff plays in significance with the other, while each drum beat is a smash to your skull with a sledge hammer. All of these aformentioned elements combined with the destructive (un)God like vocals of Mikael Åkerfeldt are enough to make small children and grown men whimper in pure fear of their eternal putrefaction and suffering to come.

In conclusion, I love this album. Every song, every riff, every blast, and every spoken word. It's doubtful that Bloodbath will ever top this album, but I hope to Judas that they contest to their fullest potential to match it.



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