BIOGRAPHY

Bloodbath formed in 1998 when, one evening, friends Mikael Åkerfeldt (Opeth) - Vocals, Anders Nyström (Katatonia) - Guitars, Jonas Renkse (Katatonia) - Bass, Dan Swanö (Edge Of Sanity) – Drums, thought it would be good to thrash out some classic death metal in the style of early Entombed, mixed with some of the US Florida death metal scene bands. Quite simply, Bloodbath was born out of this shared admiration for quality death metal in the old style & the guys quickly realized that they could churn some ugly metal out to a pretty high standard. From this one session the Breeding Death EP was written; the songs naturally & spontaneously coming together, and subsequently released in 1999.

Breeding Death
Upon releasing Breeding Death, Bloodbath described their style as "a tribute to the old-school death metal that reigned in the late '80s and onward." The response to the EP's three songs was tremendous. Metal Maniacs hailed it as "the collective effort of Sweden's most prolific and talented power hitting songsmiths… Finally, a super group has taken the idea of praising the glory years of death metal...and further, this super group has done the right thing by pooling its abundance of talent to form something new instead of falling victim to the stylistic trappings of the retro movement."

Resurrection Through Carnage
It was two years later that Bloodbath were ready to unleash their debut album upon the world, to be titled ‘Resurrection Through Carnage’. Speaking of the material, Mikael Åkerfeldt (who let loose his corrosive throat on the entire album) calls it, "ten tracks of the purest form of winter like death metal"; an album of old-school head banging bliss that recalls the glory days of Swedish savagery at the dawn of the '90s. Featuring the same lineup as the EP, the album was greeted with much critical acclaim, quickly establishing Bloodbath as one of Scandinavia’s top death metal acts of the time.

And the nightmare continued! Swedish Bloodbath, mostly wrongly referred to as just a retro project or all star outfit, got fiercely back on the metal map with a new album. Very suitably entitled Nightmares Made Flesh (2004), Bloodbath were determined to prove all of those wrong who thought we were dealing with a short-lived and rather fun-orientated back-to-the-roots unity here. Åkerfeldt had recently opted to abandon the band’s ranks due to his busy schedule. After intense research among befriended and likeminded musicians, Bloodbath could proudly announce their new line-up entries of vocalist Peter Tägtgren (Hypocrisy, Pain) and drummer Martin "Axe" Axenrot (Opeth, Witchery) behind the kit as Swanö switched to guitar. This new musical set up added a lot of challenging variety and fresh intensity to Bloodbath's compositions (as well as the long-awaited ability for the band to finally play live shows), as easily witnessed on the featured 12 new tracks of Nightmares Made Flesh.

Nightmares Made Flesh
Recorded with producer Jens Bogren in Örebro, Sweden at Fascination Street (Katatonia, Opeth, Soilwork, Amon Amarth etc.), this striking album gathered the best elements of both the Swedish death metal old school as well as the magic brutality and technical edge of US-Style death metal, highlighted by Tägtgrens heaviest, most intimidating vocal delivery ever as well very organic, full-on pounding drumming by Axenrot, into an irresistible, breathtaking mixture which will leave no follower of brutal metal questioning Bloodbath's value and qualities.

The Wacken Carnage
Bloodbath revealed that their live debut, conducted by a revised cast of musicians, would be held at the 'Wacken Open Air' festival in Germany, August 2005. However, Peter Tägtgren was to back out, due to conflicting schedules, and the band announced Mike Åkerfeldt would make a brief return for the gig, which was a resounding success. One year after the Wacken gig, however, the band decided to part ways with Dan Swanö and replaced him with Per 'Sodomizer' Eriksson (21 Lucifers, Genocrush Ferox).

Unblessing the Purity
Peaceville Records had become increasingly impressed by the band & a deal was swiftly struck. The first offering was a relentless slab of pure death metal mastery in the shape of the EP ‘Unblessing the Purity’ in March 2008, released initially to a limited quantity online only. Even with such a low key release the return of Bloodbath was met with huge acclaim. Unknown to almost everybody, even the band’s label, was the surprise vocalist – the return of Mikael Akerfeldt with his unmistakable & characteristic death-growl lending the music a perfect edge.

The previous Wacken show from 2005 had also been filmed as a rare document of the band live & was released on Peaceville Records as a CD/DVD set in 2008. Entitled ‘The Wacken Carnage’, the cover artwork was a pure horror movie inspired masterpiece once more from Travis Smith, perfectly reflecting the coldness & brutality of the band.

The Fathomless Mastery
While fans worldwide were chewing on the flesh of ‘Unblessing the Purity’ & the savagery of ‘The Wacken Carnage’, the band had been busy composing for their next full-length album, which was recorded Spring-mid 2008 at Park Studio Stockholm, & then at Ghost Ward studios with David Castillo. Shortly after, Bloodbath made a return to the live setting with a couple of appearances on the festival circuit, at Party.San in Germany & Pellavarock, Finland, showing the band as a true force to be reckoned with in extreme metal circles.

The new brutal new release, & retaining the same line-up as the EP, Bloodbath prepare to propel death metal into a whole new darker dimension with ‘The Fathomless Mastery’.

MEMBERS

Mikael Åkerfeldt
Position: Vocals
Born: 1974
Personal Discography:
BLOODBATH 'Breeding Death' MCD
BLOODBATH 'Resurrection through Carnage' CD
BLOODBATH 'Unblessing the Purity' MCD
OPETH 'Orchid' CD
OPETH 'Morningrise' CD
OPETH 'My Arms Your Hearse' CD
OPETH 'Still Life' CD
OPETH 'Blackwater Park' CD
OPETH 'Deliverance' CD
OPETH 'Damnation' CD
OPETH 'Lamentations' DVD
OPETH 'Ghost Reveries' CD
OPETH 'Roundhouse tapes' CD
OPETH 'Watershed' CD
STEEL Heavy Metal Machine EP
KATATONIA 'Brave Murder Day' CD
KATATONIA 'Sounds of Decay' MCD
AYREON 'The Human equation' CD
Anders 'Blakkheim' Nyström
Position: Guitar
Born: 1975
Personal Discography:
BLOODBATH 'Breeding Death' MCD
BLOODBATH 'Resurrection through Carnage' CD
BLOODBATH 'Nightmares Made Flesh' CD
BLOODBATH 'Unblessing the Purity' MCD
KATATONIA 'Jhva Elohim Meth' MCD
KATATONIA 'Dance of December Souls' CD
KATATONIA 'For Funerals To Come' MCD
KATATONIA 'WAR compilation vol one' CD
KATATONIA 'Brave Murder Day' CD
KATATONIA 'Scarlet Heavens' MLP
KATATONIA 'Sounds of Decay' MCD
KATATONIA 'Saw You Drown' MCD
KATATONIA 'Discouraged Ones' CD
KATATONIA 'Tonight’s Decision' CD
KATATONIA 'Last Fair Deal Gone Down' CD
KATATONIA 'Teargas' MCD
KATATONIA 'Tonight's Music' MCD
KATATONIA Viva Emptiness' CD
KATATONIA 'Brave Yester Days' CD
KATATONIA 'The Black Sessions' CD/DVD
KATATONIA 'My Twin' MCD
KATATONIA 'The Great Cold Distance' CD
KATATONIA 'Deliberation' MCD
KATATONIA 'July' MCD
KATATONIA 'Live Consternation' CD/DVD
DIABOLICAL MASQUERADE 'Ravendusk in My Heart' CD
DIABOLICAL MASQUERADE 'The Phantom Lodge' CD
DIABOLICAL MASQUERADE 'Nightwork' CD
DIABOLICAL MASQUERADE 'Death's Design' CD
BEWITCHED 'Diabolical Desecration' CD
BEWITCHED 'Encyclopedia of Evil' MCD
BEWITCHED 'Pentagram Prayer' CD
Jonas Renkse
Position: Bass
Born: 1975
Personal Discography:
BLOODBATH 'Breeding Death' MCD
BLOODBATH 'Resurrection through Carnage' CD
BLOODBATH 'Nightmares Made Flesh' CD
BLOODBATH 'Unblessing the Purity' MCD
KATATONIA 'Jhva Elohim Meth' MCD
KATATONIA 'Dance of December Souls' CD
KATATONIA 'For Funerals To Come' MCD
KATATONIA 'WAR compilation vol one' CD
KATATONIA 'Brave Murder Day' CD
KATATONIA 'Scarlet Heavens' MLP
KATATONIA 'Sounds of Decay' MCD
KATATONIA 'Saw You Drown' MCD
KATATONIA 'Discouraged Ones' CD
KATATONIA 'Tonight’s Decision' CD
KATATONIA 'Last Fair Deal Gone Down' CD
KATATONIA 'Teargas' MCD
KATATONIA 'Tonight's Music' MCD
KATATONIA Viva Emptiness' CD
KATATONIA 'Brave Yester Days' CD
KATATONIA 'The Black Sessions' CD/DVD
KATATONIA 'My Twin' MCD
KATATONIA 'The Great Cold Distance' CD
KATATONIA 'Deliberation' MCD
KATATONIA 'July' MCD
KATATONIA 'Live Consternation' CD/DVD
OCTOBER TIDE 'Rain without End' CD
OCTOBER TIDE 'Grey Dawn' CD
AYREON '0101100' CD
Per 'Sodomizer' Eriksson
Position: Guitar
Born: 1982
Personal Discography:
BLOODBATH 'Unblessing the Purity' MCD
GENOCRUSH FEROX 'Glory Glory Strangulation' CD
21 LUCIFERS 'In the Name of...' CD
Martin 'Axe' Axenrot
Position: Drums
Born: 1979
Personal Discography:
BLOODBATH 'Nightmares Made Flesh' CD
BLOODBATH 'Unblessing the Purity' MCD
OPETH 'Roundhouse tapes' CD
OPETH 'Watershed' CD
NIFELHEIM 'Servants of Darkness' CD
WITCHERY 'Symphony for the Devil' CD
WITCHERY 'Dont Fear the Reaper' CD
SATANIC SLAUGHTER 'Banished to the Underworld' CD
NCO 'Pure Black Disease' CD
Peaceville Records
Bloodbath on MySpace
Bloodbath on Facebook
Bloodbath on Last.fm
Contact: Andy Farrow at Northern Music
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