Bloodbath - Grand Morbid Funeral



7.9 | 253 votes |
Release date: 17 November 2014
Style: Death metal

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01. Let The Stillborn Come To Me
02. Total Death Exhumed
03. Anne
04. Church Of Vastitas
05. Famine Of God's Word
06. Mental Abortion
07. Beyond Cremation
08. His Infernal Necropsy
09. Unite In Pain
10. My Torturer
11. Grand Morbid Funeral

Line-up
Old Nick - vocals
Sodomizer - guitars
Blakkheim - guitars
Axe - drums
Lord Seth - bass

Guest musicians
Chris Reifert - vocals
Eric Cutler - guitars

Additional info
Produced and engineered by Bloodbath.
Recorded at Ghost Ward and City of Glass, March - September 2014.
Mixed by David Castillo at Ghost Ward, September 2014.
Mastered by Thomas Eberger at Stockholm Mastering, September 2014.

Tracks 1, 4, 6, 8:
Music and lyrics by Lord Seth.
Tracks 3, 5, 10:
Music and lyrics by Sodomizer.
Tracks 2, 11:
Music and lyrics by Blakkheim.
Tracks 7, 9:
Music by Blakkheim. Lyrics by Old Nick.

Guest vocals by Chris Reifert recorded by Aaron Cronon at HipCro Productions, Benicia, CA.

Artwork by Néstor Ávalos. Art direction by Blakkheim.

Guest review by
Lit.
Rating:
7.8
Old school sucks. New school is the way to go.

Now that we got that out of the way, let's talk about why this album is a decent tribute to the old-school of hip-hop death metal.

Death metallers Bloodbath make no secret their love for the bands that laid the groundwork for every metalhead's mandatory favorite genre of death metal, specifically that of the Swedish variety. Resurrection Through Carnage brought to mind the classic Entombed-style distorted guitars. Nightmares Made Flesh was much more clean and polished, but remained brutal, catchy, and heavy with the Swedish influences meeting a more… Florida style? I don't know. Let's just call it Swedish.

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published 22.12.2014 | Comments (7)

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11.09.2014 - 21:14
AngelofDeth
Cyborg Raptor
No vox announcement yet?

It's been a hell of a long time since the last album, don't even know if I'm still excited for this.
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23.09.2014 - 02:32
Rating: 7
Jaeryd
Nihil's Maw
I've noticed that, ever since Resurrection Through Carnage, all of their albums have had 3 words in the title (that includes the Unblessing the Purity EP). Wonder if that's on purpose.
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25.09.2014 - 17:35
Heresiarch88
^Of course it is. It's one of the 101 rules of black metal.

New track though:
http://metalhammer.teamrock.com/news/2014-09-24/premiere-bloodbath-unite-in-pain-stream

And it's awesome!
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15.11.2014 - 03:06
Rating: 7
Jaeryd
Nihil's Maw
Huh. My copy came early. Says it's released on the 17th, but I'm holding mine in my hands right now.
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15.11.2014 - 03:07
Rating: 7
Jaeryd
Nihil's Maw
Written by Heresiarch88 on 25.09.2014 at 17:35

^Of course it is. It's one of the 101 rules of black metal.


Yeah, but this is death metal, not black metal.
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16.11.2014 - 18:30
corrupt
With a lowercase c
Giving it the first spin right now. I like the music but the vocals don't give me anything. I'm hoping that'll get better after a few runs. If not, this will be no album for me
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16.11.2014 - 23:35
Lit.
Account deleted
Probably would give it a high 7. It's already made clear that the vocals are super weak, but after about half-way or so, I got used to them, and now the album's atmosphere reminds me more of old-school death metal (especially the more gloomy bands like God Macabre) than RTC or NMF ever did, even if the album isn't even remotely as good as them.

Still place it over The Fathomless Mastery, though, because even with better vocals that album was straight-up unmemorable and disappointing. This is slightly better, or more interesting at least.

EDIT: Alright, this is way better than The Fathomless Mediocrity now.
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17.11.2014 - 01:08
Rating: 8
crucifiedjesus
Better than i thought it was gonna be!!!
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17.11.2014 - 02:14
Rating: 7
Jaeryd
Nihil's Maw
The guitar tone sounds in between Nightmares Made Flesh and Unblessing the Purity. Actually sounds pretty good to me, but still doesn't sound quite like old-school death. As far as modern death metal goes, though, it sounds pretty good. Vicious and all that.

Vocals are still disappointing compared to Akerfeldt and Tagtgren, but after you get used to them, they're not so bad. To be honest, a lot of old-school death metal vox from a lot of the popular bands were kinda shit, too. Nick's are less powerful than I'd like them to be, but at least they fit the style.

As a whole, the album is probably a bit better than the Fathomless Mastery. Gets a high-7/low-8 from me. Overall fun album to listen to.

Their EPs are still, by far, the best things they've ever done.
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17.11.2014 - 15:27
Rating: 8
atrox
Interesting indeed - the bits and pieces that we got before the actual release were kind of a letdown, but the album itself sounds solid
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17.11.2014 - 17:42
Rating: 8
LeKiwi
High Fist Prog
A bit too old school for me...it doesn't feel like Bloodbath at some points
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17.11.2014 - 20:15
Rating: 7
Jaeryd
Nihil's Maw
Written by LeKiwi on 17.11.2014 at 17:42

A bit too old school for me...it doesn't feel like Bloodbath at some points


What do you mean? Breeding Death and Resurrection Through Carnage sounded WAY more old-school then this (especially the former). That's original Bloodbath. How does this sound too old-school compared to that?
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17.11.2014 - 20:30
Joe Zombie
Solid record. I was prepared for disappointment but instead I was fairly satisfied after listening. Heavy as shit and Nick's vocals have definitely grown on me.
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17.11.2014 - 22:17
Rating: 8
LeKiwi
High Fist Prog
Written by Jaeryd on 17.11.2014 at 20:15

What do you mean? Breeding Death and Resurrection Through Carnage sounded WAY more old-school then this (especially the former). That's original Bloodbath. How does this sound too old-school compared to that?

I agree, but a band's original sound is merely a constituent of the influences on how someone perceives the band's sound as a whole. That being said, every record up until this one features a hefty amount of Bloodbath's signature groove and melody.

What I meant by my original and misleading post was that about a third of this record sounds like hackneyed revivalist old-school death...
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17.11.2014 - 22:45
Rating: 7
qnick90
I have to say those vocals pretty much ruined this for me, but although Akerfeldt became a hipster, the death metal show must go on, right?
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18.11.2014 - 05:09
Rating: 8
CobiWan1993
Secundum Filium
I like this album quite a bit! I actually love NIck's vocals here, his gurgle has a nice juicy texture to it.
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18.11.2014 - 23:02
Rating: 8
Dangerboner
:D
This isn't pop music, and yet everyone is so concerned about the vocals. Sounds great
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18.11.2014 - 23:48
Rating: 7
Jaeryd
Nihil's Maw
I find it funny that this album has a worse rating than The Fathomless Mastery already when it's at least as good if not better. Are people that upset about the vocals?
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19.11.2014 - 01:44
Alondate
Vocals are great. I really like that oldschool style. Some songs are really catchy and fast-paced and some of them are doomy. I think overall it is an enjoyable album.
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19.11.2014 - 03:03
Papa_Ray
I think Nick's vocals are amazing. His cavernous croak matches the hellish lyrics perfectly. The songwriting isn't as catchy as "Eaten," "Ways to the Grave," or "Treasonous," so I think that doesn't help people's appreciation for it. Each to his own.
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19.11.2014 - 08:14
Rating: 7
Jaeryd
Nihil's Maw
Written by deadone on 19.11.2014 at 02:07

They are terrible and ruin what is perfectly good Entombed worship.

If you recall, Entombed had sort of shit vocals, too.
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19.11.2014 - 14:29
Rating: 9
Unhealer
Eclecticist
Well, once you get past the shock of listening to Bloodbath songs without the fat growls we got used to, you realize Nick's style works with them. The songwriting is admirable as always, while not excellent I'll be replaying this one a lot.
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20.11.2014 - 01:39
Lit.
Account deleted
Written by deadone on 20.11.2014 at 00:44

Not all - they're monstrous bellows.

Someone doesn't remember Same Difference, Uprising, Serpent Saints, etc. Now those were weak, watered-down vocals.
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20.11.2014 - 02:24
Rating: 7
Jaeryd
Nihil's Maw
Total Death Exhumed's lyrics are full of really cheesy metal references, from bands to Cryptopsy with "None So Vile", to Entombed with "On a left hand path", to Metallica with "A summoning through the never".

I'm not sure if it's cool or retarded.

Anyway, someone should make a list of all the references they make in that song. I'd be interested in seeing the ones I'm sure I missed.
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20.11.2014 - 02:28
Rating: 8
God Alone
Unexpectedly, a really good album. I also changed my mind about Nick's vocals, they're filthy and rotten and perfectly fit the music.
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20.11.2014 - 02:38
Rating: 7
Jaeryd
Nihil's Maw
Written by deadone on 20.11.2014 at 02:32

That's pretty cool IMO. Megadeth did that with their own song titles (Victory) and Sabaton did it with band/album titles. Always good fun to spot the reference.

Yeah, I've already noticed many more than what I just mentioned, but I'm sure there's a ton that I'm not aware of. Some of them are a little more vague, like "Denial of the living" which I'm guessing is a reference to Death's "Denial of Life", and "Slaughter of the Womb", which I'm assuming is related to Cannibal Corpse's "Butchered at Birth".
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20.11.2014 - 05:18
Rating: 9
Unhealer
Eclecticist
Written by Jaeryd on 20.11.2014 at 02:38

Yeah, I've already noticed many more than what I just mentioned, but I'm sure there's a ton that I'm not aware of. Some of them are a little more vague, like "Denial of the living" which I'm guessing is a reference to Death's "Denial of Life", and "Slaughter of the Womb", which I'm assuming is related to Cannibal Corpse's "Butchered at Birth".


Ha, nice catch. Is this something you found out or was it "confirmed" somewhere? It's pretty obvious now that you mention it but it can be missed since this is what Death Metal lyrics have been about for some decades already
The "Only death is real" may be a reference to Troops Of Doom by Sepultura, I can add. I also like when Nick screams "Global fucking Bloodbath".
By the way, you didn't mention it but it also says "Six Feet Under", nothing to say about that one really.
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20.11.2014 - 15:41
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Jaeryd on 20.11.2014 at 02:38

and "Slaughter of the Womb", which I'm assuming is related to Cannibal Corpse's "Butchered at Birth".


I am guessing it is a reference to Slaughter Of The Soul.
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05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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20.11.2014 - 15:44
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Unhealer on 20.11.2014 at 05:18


The "Only death is real" may be a reference to Troops Of Doom by Sepultura


I assume it is a reference to Hellhammer and early Celtic Frost. It is a slogan used by Tom G. Warrior at the time and also the title of a book on Hellhammer and early Celtic Frost.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Only_Death_Is_Real
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Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
Dawn Crosby (r.i.p.)
05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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21.11.2014 - 00:48
Rating: 7
Daggon
Underpaid M.D.
It's not as bad as I first thought it would be, but still, vocals could be better, nothing like Mikael but, oh well, who knows? It might grow on me.
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