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Review: Bloodbath - The Fathomless Mastery
The Fathomless Mastery

Label: Peaceville Records
Year released: 2008
Duration: 41:42
Tracks: 11
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 2/5

Review online: January 1, 2009
Reviewed by: Risser
Readers Rating
The Fathomless Mastery

Rated 4/5 (80%) (16 Votes)

Well well well, what do we have here? A bunch of the goth-kids want to play Death Metal eh? Well, I have to admit I was skeptical from the beginning, but I decided to go ahead anyway. After hearing that A) The band sports Mike A. from Opeth as its vocalist and B) they were going to "bring back old school Death Metal", my first thought was, as the kids say these days in Internet-speak: "orly?".

My first thought once I heard it: "Hell no". Okay folks, this one's pretty easy. Take your formulaic Death Metal band, throw in some sleek production to round those corners of your guitar sound, mix in a dash of.... ah hell; just throw in the whole bag of hard/death-core breakdowns and you got yourselves an album to sell to the kiddies! It's trying to be Death Metal. It's also trying and pretty much succeeds to be Deathcore. It's also really bland, really commercial, and quite boring. The lyrics are typical, so I won't complain about those, and there are a few neat parts (all of them devoid of vocals oddly enough...) where a cool sort of atmosphere is achieved. Take the 2nd track at 1:17...nice effect and all, but where was it going? Ah yes, a hardcore breakdown-thingy. Great.

All in all, it's really modern, really sleek, really cool-kids-on-the-corner Death Metal. The only above-par thing on here is the drumming and even that is...well...crappy at times. The end of the last track is a joke too; as though the band were giving you one final fuck-off and a "thanks for giving us more money". Don't give them that kind of satisfaction: you have better things to spend it on.

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