Bloodbath "Unblessing The Purity" 10"
When it comes to straight-up brutality, Bloodbath is a household name among serious metalheads. A sort of death metal supergroup, they are both loved and hated by many metalheads for a variety of reasons. This EP being a combined effort of members from prog-death monsters Opeth and Katatonia, people are often shocked, for better or for worse, when they hear the drastically different brutal style of Bloodbath. Completely devoid of the sparkling clean guitars and melancholic singing the parent bands are well-loved for, Unblessing the Purity is a monstrous 15-minute voyage not intended for the faint of heart. Mikael Åkerfeldt's classic gutturals perfectly match the speed-picked, down-tuned riffs and skull-crushing blast beats. If the sheer technicality of the EP isn't enough to make you feel a little queasy, then the massive production will be. Every note is perfectly discernible, yet the instruments are mixed in a way that creates an enormous wall of sound that rips your head off.
Released by Peaceville.