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I hate Bloodbath, fucken hate them. Blowpeth and Katatonia are the last fucken bands on earth that need to join up and make a throwback band to old-school Swedish Death Metal. That's like Dimmu Borgir and Cradle of Filth joining forces to make a throwback band to old-school Black Metal in the vain of Bathory and Mayhem. Just ain't workin'.
A band that does manage to pay tribute to Swedish Death bands like Grave and Entombed are a group of crazy fucks from Finland called Chaosbreed. Named after an Entombed song, so you already know it's going to be good!
Chaosbreed started out in 03 with a bunch of ex-bandmembers from various metal bands and they got together to make death metal how it's supposed to be made. This album absofuckenlutely kills. When I popped this in it almost felt like Entombed stopped doing their little "Death N' Roll" thing and returned to what got so many people into them, classic Swedish Death Metal. They've got that very familiar and killer guitar tone down, the drums are tight, and the vocals fit the style perfectly. Taneli could replace L-G in Entombed anyfuckentime!
This album, from start to finish, doesn't let down. The album starts off with "Wretched Life" which immediately shows you that Entombed really dominates their influences. Nice, fast, headbanging song which flows right into "Casket Ride" and you find yourself in another excellent song. That's pretty much the whole thing with this album. Every song flows into the next one, and it all sounds like how it's supposed to; like old-school Swedish Death Metal. And in my opinion, DM doesn't really get any better than that.
I'm not saying that this is a classic like Grave's "Soulless" or Entombed's"Clandestine" but it's really a nice change to go back to that 90's sound in a time where bands feel the need to experiment with other styles. Bottom line, this album is fucken good and you should pick it up right fucken now.