Bloodbath - The Arrow Of Satan Is Drawn - Album Review
Bloodbath - The Arrow Of Satan Is Drawn - Album Review10
Bloodbath - The Arrow Of Satan Is Drawn - Album Review10
Bloodbath - The Arrow Of Satan Is Drawn - Album Review10
Bloodbath - The Arrow Of Satan Is Drawn - Album Review10
Bloodbath - The Arrow Of Satan Is Drawn - Album Review10
10Overall Score
Reader Rating: (2 Votes)
9.5

Following their blistering live festival performances this year and whilst waiting for the upcoming European Apocalypse tour with Kreator, Dimmu Borgir and Hatebreed, Bloodbath have bought us the fifth slab of raw, Old School Death Metal. Taking the worst from Paradise Lost, Katatonia, Opeth and Craft and forming Bloodbath for another sadistic outing only excites those who love their Metal dead and having waited for 4 years since the release of Grand Morbid Funeralit is fair to say that the awaiting masses are thirsty for a Bloodbath.

From the off the album is dark, heavy and brilliant. ‘Fleischmann’ starts and the sounds of wonderous terror begin before the guitars slice to the fore and the sound of Old Nick on vocals begins in his fantastic growling, death like ways. The drums are powerful and lead the pace of the destruction as you experience different paces, so you never get comfortable.

If that wasn’t a brutal enough way to start an album why not add British Death Metal heavyweights Jeff Walker from Carcass, Karl Willetts from Bolt Thrower/Memoriam and John Walker from Cancer, all on the same track and listen to the horrors that are created. It is an absolutely brilliant Old School Death Metal Track.

By the end of the second track you know that what you are in for is something quite superb as you continue to listen to the sounds of horror and gore, with scintillating guitar solos that make you wince, deep and sinister guitars and bass, clashing drums that smash you like a sledgehammer to the back of the head and the vocal of sadistic narrator.

The slow, purposeful intro to ‘Levitator’ is really rather unnerving as you wait for an impending horror however rather than get this over with, Bloodbath have made an overall slower track with the feeling of an excruciatingly slow and torturous horror.

This release keeps the sounds fresh and terrifyingly wonderful as we hear the sounds of a million nightmares all making up this 10-track masterpiece and signed off by the catchy and disgusting ‘Chainsaw Lullaby’ as we chant our way through the ways this terror.

If you like Old School Death Metal then you have to hear this and I challenge anyone to not be blown away by it. Sit in the dark, no one else around and allow yourself to be immersed in to the fantastic Bloodbath. The album is simply incredible and certainly a challenger for release of 2018.

Ed Ford

The Arrow Of Satan Is Drawn was released October 26 th 2018 on Peaceville Records

Track Listing

  1. Fleischmann [03:38]
    2. Bloodicide [04:56]
    3. Wayward Samaritan[03:39]
    4. Levitator[04:37]
    5. Deader[04:06]
    6. March Of The Crucifiers[04:05]
    7. Morbid Antichrist[04:05]
    8. Warhead Ritual[03:38]
    9. Only The Dead Survive[05:06]
    10. Chainsaw Lullaby [03:20]Bonus Tracks available on Ltd Edition CD + 7″ version only
    11. Ride The Waves Of Fire [03:48]
    12. Wide Eyed Abandon[05:00]

Bonus Tracks available on Ltd Edition CD + 7″ version only
11. Ride The Waves Of Fire [03:48]
12. Wide Eyed Abandon[05:00]

The Arrow Of Satan Is Drawn will be released on the following formats

  • CD digipack – 10 track album with a 20-page booklet
  • LP – gatefold black 180g heavyweight vinyl – 10 track album printed inner bag feat. lyrics
  • LP – gatefold red 180g heavyweight vinyl – 10 track album printed inner bag feat. lyrics (available exclusively through Omerch)
  • Ltd Edition 7” gatefold feat. A 12 track CD with 2 exclusive bonus tracks + 7” single of the 2 exclusive bonus tracks + Bloodbath poster
  • Download and streaming platforms

Bloodbath will waste to stages across Europe in November and December as they join Kreator, Dimmu Borgir & Hatebreed on the European Apocalypse tour

KREATOR + DIMMU BORGIR + HATEBREED + BLOODBATH
November 30, 2018   NL – Tilburg, O13
December 01, 2018    DE – Hamburg, Sporthalle
December 02, 2018    DE – Frankfurt, Jahrhunderthalle
December 03, 2018    FR – Paris, L‘Olympia
December 04, 2018    BE – Brussels, AB
December 06, 2018    IT – Milano, Alcatraz
December 07, 2018    DE – Munich, Zenith
December 08, 2018    DE – Ludwigsburg, MHP Arena
December 09, 2018    CZ – Prague, Forum Karlin
December 10, 2018    CH – Zurich, Halle 622
December 12, 2018    AT – Vienna, Gasometer
December 13, 2018    PL – Warsaw, Kolo Hall
December 14, 2018    DE – Leipzig, Haus Auensee
December 15, 2018    DE – Dusseldorf, Mitsubishi Electric Halle
December 16, 2018    UK – London, Roundhouse

Just announced:
Jan 31 – Feb 4 – 70,000 Tons Of Metal Cruise (www.facebook.com/70000tons )
April 18-21, 2019 – Inferno Festival, Oslo, Norway (https://www.infernofestival.net )
Fans can look forward to new dates being added for 2019

Bloodbath are:
Old Nick – vocals
Blakkheim – guitar
Lord Seth – bass
Joakim – guitar
Axe – drums

Bloodbath online: 
@BloodbathBand
Instagram: @officialbloodbath
http://bloodbath.biz/

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