Bloodbath, Stockholm’s shadiest death cult – with members drawn from metal luminaries Paradise Lost, Katatonia, Opeth and Craft – have released their first bloodsoaked track, Bloodicide, from their eagerly awaited new album The Arrow Of Satan Is Drawn (set for release on October 26 via Peaceville). You can watch the clip below!
The track Bloodicide, quite literally meaning ‘The Killing Of Blood’, features a stellar line up of British death metal guest stars, including Carcass’ Jeff Walker and Cancer’s John Walker amongst others.
The track was penned by vocalist Old Nick (Nick Holmes). He explains his choice of guests thusly: “The lads play a part in representing the backbone of the old school British death metal scene, which has also been a big influence on Bloodbath since the beginning.”
Excited to be a part of the band’s new opus, Carcass’ Jeff Walker commented “I owed Nick a tenner, so he told me instead of sending the bailiffs round he would kindly let me pay off my debt by contributing vocals to his new album. Imagine my great disappointment when I found out it wasn’t for THAT band but, was in fact for Bloodbath. I have great faith in him that my vocals will be lower than his in the mix”
Cancer’s Walker adds “Bloodbath is an amazing band and I’ve had the chance to do some vocals for their new, killer album along with Jeff Walker. It’s been a bloody honour and a lot of fun!!”
The Arrow Of Satan Is Drawn is a new slab of old-school, HM-2 driven blackness, recorded by Bloodbath and Karl Daniel Liden, at Ghost Ward, City Of Glass & Tri-Lamb Studios and is the second with Old Nick on vocals. If their previous Grand Morbid Funeral was a thick spray of deathly noise, on The Arrow Of Satan Is Drawn, it is the rotten, fetid state of the world and our inevitable doom that is casting a looming shadow over proceedings. With world leaders threatening nuclear annihilation in 140 characters over social media, capitalism tearing itself apart, a wilful march into a surveillance state via handy pocket spying devices, a shifting climate that appears to literally be trying to kill us… It’s all fuelled Bloodbath’s newest ode to filth.
The Arrow of Satan is Drawn Tracklisting:
March Of The Crucifiers
Only The Dead Survive
Bonus Tracks on Ltd Edition CD
Ride The Waves Of Fire
Wide Eyed Abandon
Old Nick – vocals
Blakkheim – guitar
Lord Seth – bass
Joakim – guitar
Axe – drums