So, the story so far on Bloodbath, back in April of 2012 the band’s frontman (and frontman for Opeth) Mikael Akerfeldt announced that he’d be leaving Bloodbath. Obviously being in two bands is rough, so it’s inevitable to choose one to take more seriously, and he chose. In his statement, he said
“I’m not in Bloodbath, they have a new singer, which I can’t say who it is. Bloodbath for me was never a serious project, it was just something I did for fun. We did a few songs on the last North American tour, we did two songs at the very last show because we were touring with Katatonia, so the whole Bloodbath band was there. It’s still fun you know? But I think that some of the other guys in Bloodbath want to take it to the next level, which I don’t really want to do because I’m so busy anyways.”
Yes, so it was inevitable to leave. Being in one band is hard enough, being in two has to be exhausting.
It was two long years, however, before fans of the band would find out who the new vocalist would be... In September, after all the speculation had long been done, and people had started to forget about the band a bit, they announced that Nick Holmes from Paradise Lost would be their new vocalist. In an interview with Metal Hammer Bloodbath’s guitarist, Anders Nyström, said
“Little did I expect to be working with the voice behind the death metal classic ‘Lost Paradise,’ or the genre defining ‘Gothic,’ and yet here we are decades later fulfilling another death metal dream, with his sinister and ominous vocal delivery, it’s an absolute pleasure to make Old Nick the bell-ringer in Bloodbath’s ‘Grand Morbid Funeral’!”
So now, the vocalist has been announced, and now fans are gonna have to spend another 2 years waiting for the new album. Right? Right...? Actually, no, random disembodied voice that is surprisingly inquisitive on this subject. The band announced that the album will be released on November 17th! A wopping 2 months after announcing their new vocalist. Seems like the band has learned a thing or two about efficiency since 2012.
Not only that, to tease the new album, the band released a couple tracks on Halloween for everybody to enjoy.
You can listen here:
Listening to these tracks will get anyone amped for this new album. It’s got brutality in tons, and Holmes absolutely wrecks the vocals on this thing. Skipping over giving this stuff a listen is ill advised, but if you do, check out the damn album when it comes out. It’ll be worth a listen.