Now, if you've read a lot of my other reviews you'll notice one thing: giving a full 5 stars to a record isn't something I do a lot, and I only give it to those VERY VERY few and far between albums where every single song on the album is good, and you could listen to it straight through and not want to skip anything! Then afterwards, you'll want to play it again and again! Resurrection Through Carnage by BloodBath is one of these albums. (The only other albums I can think of where this is evident is Opeth's "Blackwater Park", Metallica's "Master of Puppets", NIN's "The Downward Spiral" and years ago with Offspring's "Smash.")
Michael Akerfeldt once again proves he is the GREATEST living metal musician (maybe even just musician) around today. Though I shouldn't give just him all the credit, cause he's also got the members of Katatonia (I should give them a listen) backing him up. This album is brutal, intelligent, and overall fun as hell to listen to. I can't pick a favorite song on this one because they're all good in their own ways, although track 5 "Buried by the Dead" does stand out somewhat. This is death metal, yes. When most people think of Death Metal they think of bands like Cannibal Corpse and Six Feet Under, unfortunately (even though I do like cannibal corpse) these bands do set a stereotype for death metal, and makes people who don't like or understand death to put it down even more as just being senseless unmelodic guitar strums, overdone blast beats and cookie monster undecipherable vocals which talk about death and mutilation in a way to just shock you, not to sound intelligent. This is not the case with BloodBath.
These guy's guitar riffs are tight, heavy and loud. But not just that, there is actually melody to the guitar leads! Yes, Non-In Flames type death metal with actual melodic guitar leads, though if you listen to this you won't catagorize this as "melodic death metal" like In Flames or Arch Enemy, this is DEATH METAL. The leads on this disc are awesome, and even though they are melodic, they are very dark and evil sounding as well. The whole album just seems to have been produced in the deepest pits of hell, it's killer! Production? You couldn't dream of better production, because every instrument and vocal is 100 percent audible, bass and drums have never sounded better on a death metal record. I should give extra kudos to the guitar distortion sound- I've never heard anything like it!! It's not typical distortion; it's dirty, crunchy and packed with powerful bass giving something that sounds like a darker death version of Alice in Chains. Amazing sound! Lyrical content? Akerfeldt doesn't need to use curse words to sound morbid or evil, because the lyrics are intelligent sounding but at the same time give you a better picture in your head of the brutality the songs talk about without having to use perverted language unlike other bands who just feel the need to mention private body parts being mutilated, like, cannibal corpse.
Overall, the biggest reason I find this record so fun is due to it's integrity. These guys just came together, wrote some AMAZING death songs and put it on a record for fun, and with the intention of fun for the fans, you can tell it doesnt take itself too seriously, yet seriously enough for good music's sake. So in conclusion, if you're a fan of metal (of any kind) and appreciate some death metal or are curious of getting into the genre, you must, must, MUST, MUUUUUSSST own this record, it's worth every penny! Phenomenal by all standards and quite possibly the greatest death record ever!! Why are you still reading this review, go buy this!!