This band features some of the highest profile members within the Metal scene, which I’m sure most of you are aware of and if you aren’t feel free to look it up on your own time. Considering that so many big names are behind this project, when you pop “Nightmares Made Flesh” into your CD player you would be expecting to hear one of the most groundbreaking and ass-kicking records of all time and boy will you be disappointed. That’s not to say that this is necessarily a bad album, I would go as far as to say it’s a fairly good one, but that, unfortunately, is all this album amounts to.
The first three tracks “Cancer Of The Soul”, “Brave New Hell” and “Soul Evisceration” are basically formulaic in their approach, featuring down-fucking-tuned mid paced Death Metal riffs, consistent drumming spiced with occasional blast beats and catchy growl-along-at-home type choruses. Each song has a certain groove and is passably good, without breaking any records in originality of brutality. The fourth track, “Outnumbering The Day”, is one of the strongest on the album, featuring odd melodic guitar-work and a killer chorus and while not quite breaking away form the mould set by the previous songs, it is something different. The next four tracks “Feeding The Undead”, “Eaten”, “Bastard Son Of God” and “Year Of The Cadaver Race” basically revert back to the aforementioned formula of mid paced mediocrity, with the track “Eaten” being worthy of mention for being slightly better than the others. Also in this batch of songs a few industrial elements can be picked up, especially in “Feeding The Undead”.
The next track, “Ascension”, is far and away the best on the record. It captures the groove the boys have been striving for on the rest of the album and has a really haunting feel to it, accentuated by the Industrial touches at the start of the song and towards the end. It also features some (extremely short) soloing that helps to break up the verse/chorus pattern most of these songs fall into. I checked in my media player and was informed that Swanö was responsible for “Ascension”, so it didn’t surprise me when the next track, “Draped In Disease”, which is also written by him, managed to kick the ass of most of the other material on this record. Unfortunately it doesn’t measure up to “Ascension” and the remaining two tracks on the album, “Stillborn Saviour” and “Blood Vortex” suffer the downfall that seems to continually plague this release. They are listenable and at times good, but never take the extra step up into awesomeness.
Bloodbath also decided to include two bonus tracks from their demo CD, “Bleeding Death” and “Ominous Bloodvomit”. Apart from having extremely stupid names (Ominous Bloodvomit? What the fuck?) the demo material is ordinary and doesn’t really enhance the CD at all, although it may be appreciated by all the die-hard fans out there.
The artwork of the CD is fairly good, featuring what appears to be a corpse whose entrails have sprung to life and for reasons known only to the artist, grown teeth. There is also a picture of the band where they stand around looking brutal, but regrettably the boys haven’t bathed in a while because they are covered in dirt. The biggest downfall of the packaging is the lyrics within the booklet, which are typed in a miniscule, barely legible font that you need to squint at like a retard to be able to decipher. Although that may not be as bad as it would seem as the lyrics are fairly stupid anyway.
In summary this is, as I stated previously, not a bad record. The riffs and in the right place, the production is good, no truly weak moments. Unfortunately it is not great and does little in the way of originality or even variety. Worthy of a purchase and it will probably get some repeat plays, but by no means a classic. (Online February 17, 2006)