Bloodbath is a Death Metal supergroup from Stockholm, Sweden, founded in 1998. And the term supergroup isn’t exaggerated (at least for Death Metal standards, not Lady Gaga standards): The founding members were Mikael Åkerfeldt (Opeth) on vocals, Dan Swanö (Edge of Sanity, Nightingale, etc.) on drums, Anders “Blakkheim” Nyström (Katatonia, Diabolical Masquerade) on guitar, and Jonas Renkse (Katatonia, October Tide) on bass. In 2005 Åkerfeldt left Bloodbath and was replaced by Metal legend Peter Tägtgren (Hypocrisy, Pain). Then Dan Swanö switched to the guitar and was replaced by Martin Axenrot (Witchery, Satanic Slaughter, Opeth) on drums. Again followed by several line-up changes (Tägtgren out, Åkerfeldt in, then out again, Swanö out, Per “Sodomizer” Eriksson in). The band has released three full-length albums, two EPs and two DVDs.
Their logo – as well as their musical and lyrical direction – is classic Death Metal. Blood, symmetry, Metal Descenders and thorns. And that’s what I like about them. They combine the nostalgic aspect of Death Metal’s climax in the early 90s with modern elements – without living too much in the past, feeling old or repetitive.