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Bloodbath: Blood Brothers

With Paradise Lost’s Nick Holmes now at the helm, Sweden’s revered supergroup Bloodbath are on a mission to bring the ragged glory of old-school death metal to the masses.

If you love death metal, you must know Bloodbath: those dogged upholders of the ancient DM code and one of the few metal supergroups worth a damn. Over the course of once EP and three full-length studio albums, the band formed by Katatonia members Anders ‘Blakkheim’ Nyström and Jonas Renkse as a purposeful salute to the glory days of death metal’s first wave have always made it their business to conjure the atmosphere and feral bite of the genre’s original blueprint, but rather than indulge in shameless retro posturing, the Swedes have celebrated brutality’s inherent diversity too.

As studious observers will know, Bloodbath’s original and most recent vocal incumbent, Opeth’s Mikael Åkerfeldt, officially flew the blood-spattered nest in the spring of 2012. The first time he abandoned his bloody brothers, it was Hypocrisy’s Peter Tägtgren who filled his shoes: a neat and fitting replacement on every level. 

On this occasion, however, Bloodbath find themselves fronted by one of the true heroes of death metal’s early days and one of the musicians who inspired the band’s obsession with all things vicious and gruesome in the first place. Much to the surprise of many longtime fans, the new Bloodbath singer is Nick Holmes, better known as frontman with doomy death pioneers and gothic metal titans Paradise Lost. It is a match made in heaven and hell.

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