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Bloodbath
Grand Morbid Funeral

Company: Century Media
Release: 2014
Genre: Death
Reviewer: Greg Watson

  • Quality death metal



  • Bloodbath have long been waving the flag for quality death metal, ever since the groups formation and initial release of "Breeding Death EP". Their latest opus, "Grand Morbid Funeral" follows suit as another quality death metal album, something this supergroup has down to a science at this point. Six years since "The Fathomless Mastery" is a long wait for a new Bloodbath and the news that Nick Holmes of Paradise Lost was taking over vocal duties forced me to break my bib out to catch all the drool that was forming in the corner of my mouth. While the announcement of Holmes as vocalist was a bonus, the album is very straight forward and very predictable, something that is hard to break away from in the death metal genre. That said however, the songs are damn good and the riffing is out of this world. Holmes' performance is definitely a highlight as I haven't heard him sing that way since "Icon", released by Paradise Lost in 1993. His growls and snarls are top notch and shows that he still has the brass to growl with the best of them. The guitar duo of Anders Nystrom (Katatonia) and Per Eriksson deliver bone crushing riffs and hooks that Leatherface could use as a deadly weapon. While this album isn't anything outside of the box or anything new, it's still a quality release in a genre that has become somewhat watered down and slightly pedestrian. Bloodbath take their time between albums but you know that when a new one comes out, it'll be worth the price and the wait. So, gore lovers and blood bathers, go out and take your place in the "Grand Morbid Funeral".


    About this Writer:
    Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.

    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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    ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: BLOODBATH
    CD
    TITLE BAND
    DOR
    REVIEWER DATE
    Breeding Death/Resurrection Through CarnageBloodbath
    2000
    Anthony Burke10/15/2003
    Grand Morbid FuneralBloodbath
    2014
    Greg Watson12/3/2014
    Nightmares Made FleshBloodbath
    2004
    Gregory Maupin4/14/2005
    The Fathomless MasteryBloodbath
    2008
    Raising Iron11/29/2008


    ALL SUMMARY REVIEWS FOR: BLOODBATH
    TITLE BAND
    DOR
    REVIEWER DATE
    The Fathomless MasteryBloodbath
    2008
    Greg Watson7/9/2010


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