Bloodbath: Nick Holmes plunges back

“I don’t like being too predictable”, says Nick Holmes in the following interview. And he never was, not once, in the 25 years he’s spent with Paradise Lost. The doom/gothic metal band’s musical U-turns have often surprised the audience over the years, but they always remained true to themselves and the changes were always successful. So it was basically just another surprise to learn he’d joined Swedish death metal supergroup Bloodbath, alongside several members of Katatonia and Opeth, to replace heavyweight singer Mikael Åkerfeldt (Opeth). For the vocalist, it was a perfect opportunity to slip back into his “Old Nick” persona, retrace his steps and revive his teenage passions, which never really left him.

For us, it’s also a good opportunity to talk about his relationship with death metal, his beginnings with Paradise Lost, and what drove him to try his voice at growls again. As a counterpoint to his interview, guitarist Anders “Blakkheim” Nyström, a long-time fan of the singer and of Paradise Lost and a lover of old school Swedish death metal, gives us the other side of the story, for an even more complete understanding of Grand Morbid Funeral, Bloodbath’s new album.

The last part of the interview contains a few revelations about Paradise Lost’s upcoming album, comments on the band’s live experience with the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra, and a report on the progress of Katatonia’s next album.

« I was kind of heavily into death metal around 1987 to 1993 […] I would be a troll on the forums now if the internet existed back then. »

Radio Metal: When Bloodbath announced that Nick was the band’s new singer that came as a big surprise, because we haven’t heard you, Nick, sing that kind of death metal vocals since Lost Paradise and Gothic in the very early 90’s. So how did that come about?

Nick Holmes (vocals): We [Paradise Lost] were touring with Katatonia in the US around 2011 and the guys asked me if I wanted to do it. I could feel like Mikael Åkerfeld decided he didn’t want to do it anymore already at that point. I don’t think it was announced but he had already decided so… But then I had, like, three years to considerate it really and the last year a friend asked me: “Are you going to do it?” I said: “I don’t know.” He said:” Well, you’d be mad not to do it!” And I thought: “Yeah, you’re right!” So it’s as simple as that.

Anders « Blakkheim » Nyström (guitar): During all those late nights [on the tour], just sitting in the bus, having a few beers, you always end up talking about the old days. Those nights became more and more frequent and we just found out that we had so much in common about the old school scene and we shared all those memories and stories about the past. So I think somehow that kind of triggered a mental door to open, both for him and us, and we thought that it would be really unexpected and a big surprise for everybody, including us, him and the fans, to see Nick Holmes step back into the position of doing growl again. It was definitely a cool thing that kind of evolved into reality from just being an idea at first. But we had some time to decide and reflect upon it because these already took place a few years ago, so it has been a long time coming. We’ve been discussing back and forth and in the end Nick decided to really do it and we couldn’t be more pleased about that.

Nick: Actually, I thought they were joking when they asked me. I really did. I thought like a lot of people on Facebook, I thought that I would be the last person. But the fact that I would be the last person made me want to do it more because I don’t want to be so predictable [laughs].

Since Nick didn’t sing death metal in a very long time, weren’t you apprehensive about his ability to do this again?

Anders: Yeah of course but we actually had him audition for Bloodbath. We sent him instrumental versions of songs which he recorded with his vocals on, so we could judge already back then.

Nick: It’s like riding a bike. I kind of forgot how I used to do it and then after few tries it comes back to you. It wasn’t really a problem, it was fine.

Did you feel some sort of nostalgia doing that kind of music again? Did that bring you memories back?

Nick: The nostalgia is more about when we chat, because when you’re recording and writing death metal, it makes you talk about it, about the old days, all the time. I mean, I enjoy the aspects of it. But the music is pretty different to anything we’ve done in Paradise Lost. We never were intense death metal, you know, we were a very doom and slow kind of death metal. So the Bloodbath material is way more intense than Paradise Lost. It’s almost like night and day. For sure, purely because you’re doing that kind of music again, it makes you discuss about the old days.

What has actually been your relationship to death metal up to this day, and more specifically to Swedish death metal?

Nick: I was kind of heavily into death metal around 1987 to 1993 and when I say heavily, I mean kind of obsessive. I would be a troll on the forums now if the internet existed back then [chuckles]. Then I kind of put it into a drawer which I opened about 8 months ago [laughs]. Death metal was part of my teenage years. The teenage years are such an important part of your life, so it’s never gonna go away. For that reason, it’s kind of cool to come back to it, to a degree, because it was a long time ago… Because I’m a bit of an old fuckin’ owl, so… [Laughs].

It’s funny because Greg Mackintosh [Paradise Lost’s guitar player] has founded his own old school Swedish death metal band called Vallenfyre, and here you are now with your own old school Swedish death metal band too. Were you envious towards Greg or something?

Nick: No, not at all. I mean, originally when Greg did Vallenfyre, he spoke to me about maybe doing the singing with that but I thought I would get too involved with it, purely because Me and Greg already worked together. I thought it would probably end up sounding like Paradise Lost and he didn’t want to do that anyway. He had a real vision of how he wanted Vallenfyre to be. So it was probably best he did the singing on that, I think. With Bloodbath, at the same time, it’s not my band so I don’t get involved in that either. It kind of worked out ok for this album I think.

That’s actually the first band outside of Paradise Lost that you sing in. How comes? Were you not tempted to make a project with another band just like Greg did with Vallenfyre?

Nick: No one has ever asked me, really. I’ve never been asked to do anything else [chuckles]. No one’s ever said to me: “Do you want to do this or do this?” It’s the first time I was asked. I must say that I was very flattered as well because they are a very good death metal band. But you can’t choose when you’re not asked [laughs]. It’s as simple as that, really. If I did something from the grass roots, I’d probably do something more like orchestral maybe, Dead Can Dance kind of vibe, really dark. If I wanted to do a side thing, it would probably stem in that kind of thing. But like I said earlier, Bloodbath is far removed from Paradise Lost, it’s almost like a different style of music in fact, even though it’s under the umbrella of heavy metal.

How would you describe and explain your vocal evolution from Lost Paradise up to now?

: I don’t know. We changed our style a little bit around 1993 in Paradise Lost. I found the death metal thing a little bit limiting because it was the same all the time and I wanted to try and do melodies with the vocals as well, you know, the music was quite melodic. It was around that time I started slightly changing the singing. And then it just kind of developed more and more, I got more into that kind of cleaner singing. For me it’s a long time, you know, Paradise Lost has been doing this for twenty seven years now, so it‘s not like it’s an overnight thing that’s happened. The progression was a slow thing I think.

« Back in 1991 when that album came out, if someone would have told me: “In 25 years from now you will be in the same band as this singer”, I would just have shit my pants and run away! »

I guess you’ll also sing live with Bloodbath. Aren’t you afraid that singing death metal could have repercussions on your clean voice that you use with Paradise Lost?

Nick: I’m not planning on playing with Paradise Lost the same day that I play with Bloodbath. But also there’s a technique to it, you know. You kind of get used to it. It’s kind of weird at the first and then after a few gigs you get used to it. So if I thought I couldn’t do it, I wouldn’t do it. It’s as simple as that.

How do you actually preserve your clean voice while singing death metal vocals?

: Just don’t go out, stay in and read a book! [Laughs] Don’t talk! I think that talking during loud night closing after show parties is the worst things I could do. Most singers that I know never go out, they just stay in.

I remember Dan Swanö from Edge Of Sanity – who was actually in Bloodbath at the beginning – saying he couldn’t do any death metal vocals anymore because that made him not be able to sing clean, because he ended up, like, spitting blood…

Nick: It depends. I’m not planning on doing a fifty date’s tour of America or something. If you play night after night after night, I do think it will probably cause a lot of damage. We’re not planning on doing that kind of heavy scheduling with Bloodbath. If the guys said: “Do you want to do a two month tour, playing every night?” I’d be like: “Hum…Maybe not.” [Laughs] There are different vocals and different styles, you know. Some sing louder than others. It’s just a case of finding the area you can tour with, I think.

And by the way, weren’t you guys, in Bloodbath, tempted to use a little bit of your clean voice?

Nick: Oh no, in Bloodbath not a chance! Absolutely not, that would be blasphemy, wouldn’t it? [Laughs]

: That was never discussed. Probably that may be something we would have thought about if we had done more albums with Nick further down the line, in the future or whatever, but at this point it was all about growl 100%.

Apparently Nick joined the band in 2012, how comes we only learned about this now? Was there a desire to keep that a secret a bit?

Nick: I didn’t really sort of confirm it until into the last year. I mean it was still up in the air for so, so long. When it was time to nail something down for studio time and for gigs, then they asked: “Ok we needed to know is this gonna happen or not?” And that was in the last year, I guess. There was a kind of teasing campaign on Facebook which was pretty funny but everybody I know knew that I was gonna do it. I didn’t keep it quiet to anyone. I may have told but for some reasons it just didn’t become public. It was quite fun having the whole teasing thing. I mean there’s not enough secrecy or mystery anymore nowadays. Everything is just out on the table and it’s quite nice to have something a bit mysterious for a while at least.

Anders: I thought it was the best move to actually not go on tour early with Nick because, as we can see, when we actually went out with the announcement that he was the new singer people went a bit crazy on our Facebook wall [laughs]. The overall feedback was much divided into two camps. Some people didn’t even understand what we were doing and I really felt that was probably gonna be the case, so I wanted the announcement to be backed up with actual music, statements, photos and everything to come really close with the announcement. That’s why we held back with the all thing.

You didn’t want the people to judge too fast…

Anders: Exactly, just create unnecessary rumors. You know, people like to talk shit on the internet and it’s a drag, really.

Were there some contractual problems with the label?

Nick: No. Not at all. We’re on the same management anyway. Katatonia, Bloodbtah, Paradise Lost and Opeth are on the same management. So, I’m sure that any internal problems could be sorted out.

All the guys in the band except you, Nick, live in Sweden. Doesn’t that complicate a little bit your work together?

Nick: That just means I have to go on an airplane and get up early [laughs]. I can fly from Stockholm to here; it’s not so much of a pain. I mean, it’s not like the old days: the internet makes things a lot easier.

Anders: Everything we’ve done with Bloodbath has been complex. It has never been easy. Having each members being in different main bands, we never had it easy. We always had a conflict of interests and schedule and booking. It was always a big, big task to make a record actually. So, no it doesn’t matter at all. Nick is fine where he is and with today’s technologies where you can send files back and forth, communicate on Skype and phone and everything like that, it’s not a problem for us at all.

I heard that you, Anders, and Jonas were big Paradise Lost fans. So how was it working with Nick?

Anders: Well it was an absolute pleasure on our part because if you would have asked me back in the day, I would never have expected this to ever happen. Paradise Lost plays a very, very big role for me, especially their Gothic album is in my top five best albums of all time. Back in 1991 when that album came out, if someone would have told me: “In 25 years from now you will be in the same band as this singer”, I would just have shit my pants and run away! But now here we are! We come from the same generation anyway. I think he’s two or three years older than we are, so that doesn’t make so much of a difference anymore. Back then it was a huge difference if you were seventeen and twenty. But now if you are forty and forty three, that’s the same shit, you know.

« I don’t know if I can wear the outfit on stage because I’ll probably strip up and land in the pit. So I have to be careful with that! [Laughs] »

You declared that “ever since [you] got into Lost Paradise back in 1990, Nick Holmes has been one of [your] favorite growling vocalists out there.” This is funny, because he’s basically been a growling vocalist for at most two albums, and usually Paradise Lost fans tend to just forget or discard the Lost Paradise album for being too juvenile… So, do you think that this album would deserve to be better considered?

Anders: I think that album has a cult status, at least for me. It came out at a time when death metal was coming on strong and had a big, big influence among the whole Swedish death metal movement because it was doing something different. At that time, a lot of bands were focusing on doing the most brutal extreme and fast death metal you could do while they just did a very doomy version of death metal. I think that album has definitely been very overlooked. Of course the album is juvenile in a way because it was done when all the guys were teenagers but it doesn’t mean that it was a bad album. For what it is, it’s a fucking classic legendary album.

Nick’s death metal voice has actually not much changed since the Lost Paradise album and sounds pretty old school, much more than how Mikael Åkerfeldt or even Peter Tägtgren, the two previous Bloodbath singers, sounded. And the music on this new album sounds truly like authentic old school death metal. So was it his voice that dictated the musical orientation or was it because of the musical orientation that the band wanted that you guys chose a voice like Nick’s?

Anders: Yeah, the later part is the correct one. We all decided the direction of this album already when we were making the last album six years ago. We knew that we wanted to make a very different album with this one. It should be way less modern, way less depending on the modern kind of approach of recording. Songwriting wise going as far back as you can and just make it organic, make it very spontaneous, make it raw, make it very old school. We knew that the vocal style had to change as well. When Mike actually announced that he wasn’t interested to do death metal anymore, we set out to look for a vocalist that will fit this sound only. So it was very determined already back then.

Nick: Musically they already had a definite idea of what they wanted to do. I don’t think they necessarily thought about how my voice would sound. The songs are so removed from anything we do with Paradise Lost that it’s just a case of how I’m gonna approach them and what my style really is. I did demo the songs so they would get an idea of how it’s gonna sound, the final result, etc.

Mikael had this deep full, quite modern death metal voice, weren’t you afraid to see the fans rejecting Nick for him being too different, and actually too old school in comparison?

Anders: No, not at all. I couldn’t give a rat’s ass about that because it’s the members in the band who decide what happens with Bloodbath. It’s a project that we do for our own entertainment, our own pleasure, and right now for digging back into the past, you know, the glorious years that we grew up with. That’s the way it should be. We don’t want anyone to dictate the direction of where we’re going with the band. We don’t really listen to anyone on the outside, neither the fans nor the labels, nor the press, nor the management, nobody. It’s just Bloodbath doing what we want to do and it’s a vehicle of itself, it just rolls without anybody’s influence.

Nick: I love Mike’s voice. He sings great death metal but I am not Mike, you know, this is the thing [laughs]. Some people kind of can’t get their head around it, like: “Is he is going to copy what Mike does?” For me it was important to put my own stamp on the album. I mean when you hear a song, for me, I want to imagine no one else singing it but the one who’s singing it. And I think when they hear the album they will hopefully understand that I pull it off. We’ll see, you know, the proof of the pudding is in the eating, etc. So far I’m really happy with what I’ve done with the album. I mean, Mike’s got big shoes to step in but it’s not a case of stepping in them. I’m a different guy basically.

Nick, did you participate to the whole album process? What was your input apart from the vocals, of course?

Nick: There were two songs I collaborated with Anders. It was “Beyond Cremation” and “Unite In Pain”. I worked on those two songs the last few weeks before we recorded them but the rest of the songs were already written.

The album is very dark, ominous, brutal and dirty. Is that how any good death metal album should sound like?

: Yeah, absolutely! I mean, you can play within the genre. I’m a big fan of the band Scepticflesh. I really like what they do with the death metal thing: they take it to extremes in different ways and I really admire that. Bloodbath is all about tipping the hat to the old bands that started the genre. A lot of them were Swedish and I think the songwriting is really a testament to that.

Anders: I definitely think so because when we made this album it’s the first time I actually found a certain magic I have been chasing with Bloodbath the whole time. So we finally managed to touch upon some of that and I think that has a lot to do with the album being so dark. Dark death metal is the true essential death metal. That’s for me what will always be the definition of how proper legendary death metal should be about.

The album title, Grand Morbid Funeral, sounds like a death metal cliché, but would you say that clichés are a bit part of the death metal genre?

Anders: Oh yeah, very much so. I mean, if you read our lyrics, they’re all the same rehashed subjects, it’s always about the same kind of horror and gore subjects and it’s the way it’s supposed to be. It’s a little bit tongue-in-cheek; it’s not supposed to be taken literarily and too seriously. What it comes down to, at the end of the day, is that it’s entertainment. If you watch a horror movie on TV, it’s for your own pleasure. The way I put on death metal is for my own pleasure, so it is the same thing.

Nick: I think in Bloodbath, If you know it’s a cliché then in fact it was meant to be done like that. If some part of songs sounds like Celtic Frost then they meant it to sound like Celtic Frost. That’s the whole thing with it. There’s a lot of clichés within the genre but you can still celebrate them, you can still enjoy them [laughs]. I mean, the title, it kind of does what it says on the tin.

One of the keys to the Swedish death metal sound is the HM-2 distortion pedal. What does it represent to you?

Anders: It represents the definite ultimate guitar sound of any music style. I think if you have this pedal and you know how important it is in your guitar chain, it’s just a revelation, really. People might be familiar with the sound and appreciate that it resembles like a chainsaw sound but they’re probably not too familiar that it’s this little precious pedal that is responsible for that. It has meant so much for death metal, especially the Swedish scene. It’s actually affiliated to the Stockholm Sunlight Studio scene and was probably most represented by Entombed, Dismember and bands like this in the past. And it’s just a pedal we can’t let go! Just talking about the pedal makes me excited! I have five of those pedals: three Japanese, one Taiwanese and I have one unboxed that I will never open! It should be in a museum actually! The museum of death metal!

« [The HM-2 distortion pedal] represents the definite ultimate guitar sound of any music style. […] Just talking about the pedal makes me excited! »

We saw a promo picture of you, Nick, wearing a dark costume with a very pale face. Have you build yourself some sort of stage personae especially both the occasion?

Nick: Yeah, that character is Old Nick, whereas I’m just Nick. So yeah I’m gonna talk about myself in the third person. So we did that just to make an interesting photo shoot. But we still did a photo shoot in the graveyard in the traditional way as well.

Did you want to separate the actual Nick from Old Nick?

Nick: Yeah, Old Nick’s a complicate guy [laughs]. I just find the whole thing funny, the theatrics when people pretend they’re somebody else and all that kind of thing just makes me laugh. I mean don’t know if I can wear the outfit on stage because I’ll probably strip up and land in the pit. So I have to be careful with that! [Laughs]

I guess that what you sing about in Bloodbath is much different from the lyrics your write for Paradise Lost. How did you approach this aspect? Where did you get your inspiration from?

Nick: I’m a huge fan of horror movies and for me Bloodbath and death metal sit alongside that. One of the things that attracted me to death metal as a kid was my love of horror and horror movies, etc. I mean the lyrics are all based around that aspect. You can play fast and loose a bit, they don’t necessarily have to use metaphorical or incredibly deep meanings. It’s like I said earlier, stuff can be whatever it says on the tin and the kind of gore topics are always fun to write about [laughs]. You can have fun with death metal lyrics I think. They don’t always have to be super serious. It’s the same as horror movies.

Horror movies seem to be one of the common grounds and a big influence to all of you in the band…

Anders: Oh, it’s a big, big influence. It’s probably the biggest factor because it influences both the music and the lyrics. Everything in Bloodbath is tied directly to horror movies and I think horror movie is something you share with a lot of people. You don’t have to be into death metal to appreciate horror movies but I think the common thing for all the death metal musicians and fans, it’s that they are all big consumers of horror movies, so it’s definitely a good topic to talk about.

I’ve read that the album features a number of guest appearances including Chris Reifert and Eric Cutler from Autopsy. But who are the other guests?

Anders: Well there is one more guest on the album but that guy is still a secret. He didn’t want his name printed, so we respected that and it’s something that the fans have to dig out for themselves. I think there are some clues and the riddle is probably gonna be cracked but for now they need to do their homework [laughs].

[Note: both interviews were done separately and Nick actually seem to have revealed the “secret” in his own answer to the same question]

Nick: [Thinking] I’m trying to think who else is on there… Yeah there was Eric and… Who else was there? I can’t remember who else is on that! I haven’t seen the credits yet! [Laughs] I’ll tell you again when I see the credit sheet! [Laughs] But they were there when I was there, obviously. But as for the Autopsy guys, they were always an important part of the old school scene, so I guess that’s pretty much the reason why they were asked to do a couple of contributions. I’ve just remembered actually: Fredrik [Åkesson] from Opeth did some guitar solos as well; he came down when I was there.

Chris Reifert sings on this insane ending to the album’s title song. What’s story behind that?

Anders: Well yeah, that’s another privilege and honor for us actually. I felt that since we went so deep into this kind of rotten style of death metal, it just had to feature… If it had to feature any guests, it had to be the Autopsy guys. So I contact them and they immediately said yes. They were interested in the collaboration and it couldn’t have come out better, you know. I had this vision of how I wanted the last song, the title’s song to end. I briefly described it for Chris and he just went crazy with it. It’s probably my favorite moment on the record. It’s so intense, it actually sounds like something straight out of a mental asylum. It’s crazy!

Nick, can you give us an update on Paradise Lost?

Nick: Yeah, we pretty much finished the album now. We’ve been writing for last year and most of the songs are written now. We’re looking at recording at the end of November through December. We haven’t a title yet but we’re recording twelve songs. I was going through it all yesterday and I’m really happy with what we’ve got so far. We’re looking forward to getting it done. It’s different from Tragic Idol, definitely. In one way it’s hard to describe because the vocal styles are a lot more varied on this one. When it’s heavier it is heavier. It was also important to incorporate anything, any new ideas with the core sound of the band. People will just have to wait, really [chuckles], we’ll see what happens when we record it. But it’s different than Tragic Idol, I think.

Have you actually thought about mixing both death metal and clean vocals with Paradise Lost, just like Mikael Åkerfeldt did with Opeth?

Nick: There’s gonna be elements of that on the new Paradise Lost album. We rerecorded a couple of songs a while back for the best of the rarities album, we rerecorded “Our Saviour”. You know, I was doing the death singing on that and it kind of worked alright, so we just thought: “let’s explore more of that in the new album.” There’s no relation to what’s going on [with Bloodbath]. We’ve done a lot of albums so we wanted to try and make this one sound as fresh as all the others we’ve done.

Is that why drummer Adrian Erlandsson said that “some people will be surprised” by the next Paradise Lost album?

Nick: Some of the vocals stuff [will be surprising] for sure. But, you know, you’ve heard me doing Bloodbath now, perhaps it won’t be as big of a surprise as it could have been [Laughs]. These have a lot more of a death metal feel, I think, in some of the songs, definitely. There are elements of that, for sure, on the next one. But it’s gonna fit in with what Paradise Lost’s about. It’s not going to be like doing blast beats or anything like that. We’ve done fourteen albums, so we wanted to just explore and try to do new things and new ideas, even revisit old ideas in a new concept. We’ll see.

Anders, as an old school Paradise Lost fan, what do you think of that? I guess that must make you excited…

Anders: Well yeah, I mean I like everything Paradise Lost has done, for some reasons. Some people tend to just like one of their styles but I really follow the band closely and I can see why they were doing what they did in their discography. It remains to be seen, you know. If they want to incorporate elements of that back into the band, I can definitely see that happening but I don’t think it means, just because Nick is gonna growl again, that it’s gonna sound like Lost Paradise, if you know what I mean. That’s not going to happen. The album will probably still be an evolution of where they are right now. It’s just gonna add a new dimension by putting some more aggressive vocals into it and I’m all for that.

Paradise Lost played September 20th in the Roman theatre in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, together with the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra. Can you tell us how this experience was?

Nick: It was really good. We weren’t entirely sure how it would go but it was a really interesting thing to do and I’m really glad we did it. Everything went really well. It kind of went like a clock work. I know the guys in Anathema did it. I talked to them about it and they said the same thing. I totally agree with what they said, it was a really unique great thing to do. The crowd went kind of crazy. The atmosphere was really electric, really an amazing. I think people were so excited by the differences in the fact that there was an orchestra and a choir. Just the atmosphere alone was superb. It was really great; it was exactly what Vincent [Cavanagh, Anathema’s frontman] said.

How did you rearrange the songs actually?

Nick: There was just like a score of the songs we chose, like an instrumental score made that was played along with the tracks. It was all done by the musical director [Levon Manukyan]. He just did all this and then we rehearsed it the day before, and there you go. It just worked fine. It was a quite interesting slant on what we’ve already done. We’ve always been into that kind of thing anyway; we’ve always been big fans of that kind of music and movie soundtracks. It didn’t really make a big difference. It was just pleasurable to able to do that when you have the opportunity to do it.

And I guess we can expect a live album…

Nick: Yeah, we’re working on it now. We were also working on this thing yesterday. There will be, like, a DVD; it was all filmed. It’s an ongoing thing that we’re working on now.

When can we expect the live album and the new album?

Nick: The next album will be in spring next year, I imagine. For the orchestra DVD, I couldn’t tell you. I just don’t know, we need to finish it off.

Anders, any news from Katatonia? Have you begun work on the follow-up to the Dead End Kings?

Anders: Yeah, we are actually busy writing that follow-up album right now. It’s going to take some time. There are a lot of raised bars with making a new Katatonia album. It’s hard to see where it’s going until all the songs are written but me and Jonas are deep into the writing of it now. I think we’re gonna spend the rest of the autumn, probably the whole winter doing that and probably enter the studio sometimes around spring, hopefully we’ll be ready. If we are, we’re looking at a release in the fall of 2015.

Nick Holmes’ interview conducted by phone 10th, october 2014 by Spaceman.
Anders Nyström’ interview conducted by phone 6th, november 2014 by Metal’O Phil.
Retranscription: Thibaut Saumade.
Traduction, introduction and questions: Spaceman.
Promo pics: Ester Segarra.

Bloodbath official website: bloodbath.biz.

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  • Nick Holmes is one of the biggest cunts in the history of metal, and bloodbath has the world record for « fastest band to go from totally awesome to utter despicable shit ». Nick Holmes insults people at paradise lost concerts because they arent going apeshit while listening to 80bpm slow-as-fuck doom metal (sziget 2010), and the only concert I saw of bloodbath (and god knows how i love this band) was helmed by cuntard Holmes (Sylak 2018) : they were all absolutely WASTED out of their minds, absolutely LEGLESS, all of them, fucked up every two minutes and didn’t give a single flying fuck about the people they were supposed to play for. This guy is REALLY the king of cunts, and you can forget about bloodbath, they were only good when they had ackerfelt, swano and targtren.


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