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Bloodbath's excellent Nightmares Made Flesh was released a few months ago, and is the latest album from Dan Swano's death metal band. I myself am not familiar with Swano, and I have heard of but never previously heard Bloodbath, but when I heard that Peter Tagtgren (the genius that brought the world Hypocrisy's best albums) was joining Bloodbath to do the lead vocals, I immediately set out to buy Nightmares Made Flesh upon its release. Actually, I was already planning to buy the album upon its release because I had heard the very impressive "Outnumbering The Day", so news of Tagtgren's vocal contribution made my purchase of the CD that much more certain. Oddly enough, I didn't recognize Tagtgren from just hearing "Outnumbering The Day", which I guess is to his credit.

From what I gather, Bloodbath originally was an old school death metal band, but Nightmares Made Flesh is a grand step forward for a new age death metal. Personally, I find this to be a good thing because I never was too fond of bands that play '90s death metal. I can pick up some old stuff at the store, I want something new and fresh nowadays. Reportedly, however, Bloodbath did a great job of reinventing old school death metal, so take that for what you will, but I'm not in too much of a rush to buy their older albums.

Nightmares Made Flesh has everything one would want in a death metal release. Well-constructed riffs, great solos, sadistic and powerful vocals, the whole shabang. Tagtgren's vocals are arguably the best he has ever done. For the most part he takes a very different (and more brutal) approach to his vocals, but there are a few Hypocrisy-esque screams among the songs.

If you've any fondness for death metal, get Nightmares Made Flesh straightaway.

Noteworthy Tracks:
  • "Brave New Hell" - (Everything in this song is stunning. Quite simply, its the best death metal song I have ever heard.)
  • "Outnumbering The Day"
  • "Eaten" - (Awesome but chillingly disturbing)
  • "Year Of The Cadaver Race"
  • "The Ascension"
  • "Draped In Disease"

The Breakdown: (10 point scales)
Production: 10
Vocals: 10
Guitars: 9
Drums: 8
Lyrics: 7
Originality: 9

Overall:* 10
(*not an average, median, or whatever)

Stay metal!

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