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Breeding Death
March 2000
Released: 2000, Century Media Records
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Nathan Robinson

"Unmerciful old-school brutal death metal performed the way it should be", claims the sticker on the jewel case of this CD. Well I would have to agree 100%. This is one solid CD! And a review is really not even necessary, that is if you know who is involved in this project. But for those that do not, Bloodbath is: Mikael Akerfeldt (Opeth) on vocals, Jonas Renkse (October Tide, Katatonia) on bass, Anders Nystrom (Katatonia, Diabolical Masquerade) on guitar, and Dan Swano (you know) on drums. These guys understand what it takes to make good death metal…and the difference between the classic old-school death metal and newer styles.

This CD contains only three tracks. The songs are pretty straightforward, due to their simplicity. Yet they are still catchy. And even though they are a testament to classic death metal, the music is not merely a combination of recycled riffs from the past (however the ending of "Furnace Funeral" sounds too close to the ending of Entombed's classic "Left Hand Path"…they must have done this purposely). Overall you will find no melody, no dual guitar harmonies, no solos, and no blast beats…only solid, punishing, brutal death metal! The MCD was produced by Dan and sounds killer, as usual. And Mike's vocals are lower than I have ever heard them! And the album cover looks like it's right from the early '90s also. For one thing, the artwork has done by none other than Axel Herman! Plus the logo is pretty busy, with all the dripping blood, yet it is still decipherable. And for some reason I get the feeling the parental advisory label was intentionally put on the cover to add to that classic look.

Do not expect this CD to blow you away. This is nowhere near the levels of greatness as the musicians' full-time bands or projects. But "Breeding Death" is a fun album. It sounds killer, the songs are well written and memorable, and it brings back thoughts of the glory years! It beckons to you to pull out those old Entombed, Cancer, Pestilence, Death, Asphyx, Gorguts, and Obituary albums!

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