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

Visions ov Hell: Opeth – “Era”

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Reading through the past editions of Visions ov Hell it’s readily apparent the art of the music video has come a long way from the days of standing still and faux playing to neon-strobed back projection (although in Sabbath’s case, it’s still pretty freaking cool). As the music became more ambitious, so did the videos until we arrive at a place where one could have the argument that not only are music videos a legitimate art form as well as a marketing tool, but that in some cases can elevate and even supersede the actual music. Opeth are certainly no strangers to the concept of evolution, their latest album Sorceress being a sort of culmination in the musical evolution/transformation begun with 2011’s Heritage so it’s fitting today’s entry is their new video for the aptly named “Era”. Continue reading