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Mikael Akerfeldt (vocals)
Anders Nystrom (guitars)
Jonas Renske (bass)
Dan Swano (drums)

After two years of listening to fans plea for a second serving, the history-conscious project that is BLOODBATH are ready to satiate that demand. Resurrection Though Carnage is a murderous album recalling the death metal glory days of old, when illegible logos and blood-soaked artwork prevailed. Like a fatal epidemic of The Black Plague, this will contaminate you, rot you from the inside out, and mercilessly leave you for dead. When a premiere assembly of notable musicians decides to combine their abundant talents to act as a preservation society in reverence to the American death metal of over a decade ago, it’s an indication at how deeply the movement resonated in their collective psyches. Their three-song Breeding Death EP-- endorsed by Terrorizer magazine as a “bludgeoning, nasty-ass barbarity of the lowest order”—was only a hint of what was to come. The bestial growls of Mikael Åkerfeldt (Opeth), the eviscerating guitar riffs of Anders Nyström (Katatonia, Diabolical Masquerade), the poisonous bass pulse of Jonas Renske (Katatonia, October Tide), and the crypt-defacing drum work of Dan Swanö (Edge Of Sanity, Nightingale) have all returned to give us a mindful testimonial to the undying legacies of prime-era early ‘90s Swedish death metal from the likes of Entombed, Grave, and Dismember. Accentuating well-written extremity through minimalism, the return-to-the-basics approach of Resurrection Through Carnage is an exhumation performed for the sake of the genre’s advancement. “Ways To The Grave” is a seemingly fitting homage to Dr. Death himself, Jack Kervorkian, “So You Die” is the malevolent curse to inflict on a loathed enemy, and the anthemic “Bathe In Blood” brings to mind the completeness of revenge by the socially wronged protagonist in Stephen King’s movie, Carrie. What it all comes down to ladies and gentlemen is that today would be a good day to die.