BLOODBATH are more known for their members than their music. The fact that Dan Swanö (guitar), Peter Tägtgren (vocals), Jonas Renske (bass), Anders Nyström (guitar) and Martin "Axe" Axenrot (drums) are all well known names in the Metal community, shouldn't make you think that this is only a project to rip some off the fans. This is instead very good Death Metal album that grows upon you. On their first full length (“Breeding Death” being their first release, a 3 track mini-CD on Century Media), “Resurrection Through Carnage”, they had another "famous" vocalist behind the microphone, his name was Mikael Åkerfeldt and should be known for many as the main man in OPETH. As BLOODBATH's debut was a bit more old-school, Mikael Åkerfeldt's vocals fitted like a glow. I don't want to compare Mikael and Peter's contributions, because it's two rather different albums and therefore the different vocal styles suit the albums they're found on.
The music on "Nightmares Made Flesh" are far more modern and the blast beats that starts the album shows you right away that BLOODBATH has headed for another direction within the same territory. They don't sound that "Swedish" anymore, which is of course bullshit since every member comes from Sweden, but I'm sure you know what I mean. The guitars don't have that late 80's early 90's sound to it, in fact it sound a little more digital, not that I can explain you exactly what I mean, but there is like a digital edge to the guitar sound. I also want to mention the lyrics, which are very good, they all deal with typical Death Metal themes such as war, disease, doomsday and such, but they are written in a way that makes sure they are interesting to read. Some of the lyrics are just gore related, while a song like "Eaten" is based upon an actual story. The story behind this song is about a German cannibal who advertised after people that he could eat. And it should come as no surprise that someone actually sent him a yes. Before the "victim" was taken away they ate his penis in companion, a rather sick story that suits perfect as a Death Metal lyric.
As we have come to except from Swedish bands the production is very good and anyone interested in Death Metal knows that all the members of BLOODBATH are masters at work. Peter Tägtgren does a really good job and shows which kind of register he have, he has like 4-5 different extreme vocal types and his screams are fucking unbelievable. I don't understand how it's possible to scream like he does at the end of the song "Soul Evisceration", but it only proves that Peter Tägtgren is among the best vocalists Extreme Metal has to offer. There are some very good solos found on "Nightmares Made Flesh" and some of them are unmistakably Dan Swanö. It's good to hear a band that lets every member show his strongpoint without trying to dominate the sound.
The first time I listened to "Nightmares Made Flesh" the song "Eaten" became my favourite song right away. It's one of the album's slowest songs, but don't think that makes it less powerful. It's a really good song that also contains some amazing guitar solo's\harmonies. After the first listen "Eaten" was the song I remembered and I thought that the record was a bit disappointing, but a few more spins made me discover that there was more to this record than just "Eaten". The songs "Cancer Of The Soul", "Brave New Hell", "Outnumbering The Days", "Draped In Disease" and the aforementioned "Eaten" are my favourite songs on "Nightmares Made Flesh". Even though I pick out these songs as my favourites, it must be mentioned that "Nightmares Made Flesh" are a record that holds very good quality as long as it lasts. So if you are into Death Metal and like the work of those involved, you should be prepared for a record that takes the best of each individual and mixes it into a Death Metal record that will stand the test of time. (Online January 22, 2005)