Album Review: Bloodbath – “The Arrow of Satan is Drawn”

Bloodbath - The Arrow of Satan Is Drawn

Like many I suspect I was drawn to old school death merchants Bloodbath via their connection to Mikael Åkerfeldt.  Since debuting with the classic EP Breeding Death the band have gone through a myriad of tweaks and changes to both personnel and sound, coming out the other side with perhaps their strongest lineup and album in The Arrow of Satan is Drawn.  Harkening back to the early classic Swedish death metal formula without being slave to it, the album drips with a nasty, nauseating vibe that reinforces the band as much more than a “supergroup.”   Continue reading