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Anders Nyström Discusses New "Bloodbath Over Bloodstock" DVD And The Possibilty Of A New Bloodbath Album

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Swedish supergroup Bloodbath may not have dropped a proper album since back in 2008, but the masters of death have now unleashed the “Bloodbath Over Bloodstock” DVD to satisfy their fans craving for aural destruction.

Gutiarist Anders "Blakkheim" Nyström (also of Katatonia) took out some time to discuss the DVD and the future of Bloodbath with Metalunderground.com. In the full interview below, Anders talks about the direction of a possible fourth Bloodbath album, stating "...one thing we haven't touched upon at all is that real gritty sludgy low-fi death metal school pioneered by bands such as Autopsy. We wanna make a truly rotten and ugly album next time and keep things organic and as analogue as possible. Expect the next Bloodbath album to be the antithesis of a modern technical deathcore album."

During our discussion Anders went on to cover topics such as switching gears between drastically different bands, the difficulty of lining up Bloodbath tours with each member involved in different projects, and even briefly touched on Katatonia writing new material for an upcoming album.

xFiruath: How was your Bloodstock appearance overall in comparison to any other show you guys have played?

Anders: It was fun and came down alright but I don't think it was our finest live moment. It's always gonna be difficult to get that magic going when you perform in a sunny afternoon especially to a fairly tired audience, but I don't blame them as it was the last day out of a crazy weekend. Mike also suffered from having a worn out throat, so he couldn't go "all in" brutal with his growl. When I look back now on all the five festivals we did last year, I have to say that the most intense and magic show of them all was the Tuska Festival in Helsinki, Finland. Hellfest in France and Graspop in Belgium came down really well too and were better stage slots. Worth to mention though, is that the bonus part of the DVD features our performance from the German Party.San Festival back in 2008 and that really shows Bloodbath in full force delivering the goods. It's dark and chilly with smoke and fire and there's blood, a lot of blood!

xFiruath: Was the Bloodstock performance planned to be part of a live release ahead of time and was there a particular reason to pick that festival over any other show?

Anders: Yes it was selected to be the foundation of a live release way in advance. When investigating which of the festivals we could film Bloodstock turned out not only to be the most convenient and affordable choice, but more or less the only technically possible of them all, so we just went for it and thought it would be cool to close the last gig with a DVD shoot. If we had gotten the opportunity to film each and every one of the shows I would eventually have chosen the Tuska performance for the DVD, but these are things you never know in advance and the possibilities are very limited. But I'm pleased with what we created, the playing is good and the mix is very heavy. I also think "Bloodbath over Bloodstock" rings like a classic title already and the cover artwork is some of the best I've ever seen. The artwork alone is worth the price tag!

xFiruath: Do you personally watch live DVDs of bands you dig and what do you look for in them?

Anders: The only live DVD's I own myself are from Whitesnake, both official and bootlegs. I'm not personally overly excited about watching live shows on a TV, I’d rather go to the show and experience it in reality. But I love the documentaries on bands, all the "in the studio" or "on the road" backstage footage is really interesting and fun to watch, so I think all live DVD's should feature some of that in one form or another. We have a 40 minute interview with the band on the DVD too talking about the history of the band that I think is really interesting for the fans to watch.

xFiruath: Tell me a bit about what it’s like being in Bloodbath. Since all the members are in different bands with different styles, do you have to go through a conscious shift in style or appearance when playing with Bloodbath?

Anders: It's easy to enter Bloodbath mode: you simply let go of what you're normally doing haha! It's very casual and there's no serious rules to adhere... It's just about having fun and getting all your aggression out at the same time - death metal! I love being on stage with Bloodbath channeling all the pressure, stress, hatred and whatever other negative feelings you have into the songs and the performance and somehow it's a really enjoyable process. Sheer entertainment!

xFiruath: Will Bloodbath be working on a follow-up to “The Fathomless Mastery” (reviewed here) anytime soon?

Anders: Well, time is the main issue here. We simply do not know when to squeeze this in anytime soon. We just have to keep looking for a gap to appear in our schedules and jump the opportunity as soon as it comes. Musically, we know our next direction and the plans have been made to pursue them. In the past, we have touched upon the classic Florida Morrisound studio death metal sound, we've covered the legendary Swedish Sunlight studio sound and we've also crossed over from the real simple styles to the more technical approach, but one thing we haven't touched upon at all is that real gritty sludgy low-fi death metal school pioneered by bands such as Autopsy. We wanna make a truly rotten and ugly album next time and keep things organic and as analogue as possible. Expect the next Bloodbath album to be the antithesis of a modern technical deathcore album.

xFiruath: With Opeth about to drop a new album and enough time passing since the last album that Katatonia might be going into writing mode again, will Bloodbath be off the live scene for the foreseeable future or do you have new shows lined up?

Anders: Yeah with Opeth's upcoming world tour scheduled for the next two years and Katatonia locking ourselves up in writing mode, I wouldn't hold my breath for it. We might appear on a couple of festivals again, but I don't know if that will be next year or the year after that, if we play again ever...

xFiruath: What are you currently working on outside of Bloodbath right now?

Anders: My world revolves around Katatonia and Bloodbath only, the rest of my time is consumed by taking care of my family and making ends meet. I sometimes fantasize about other musical projects and roles, but there's no time and space for any of that as of now.

xFiruath: What albums are in your rotation lately?

Anders: The new albums from Whitesnake and Morbid Angel are spinning the most at this time.

xFiruath: Have you been to any great or interesting shows recently?

Anders: Not really, I'm starting to repeat myself here haha but again, I've no time to go to shows anymore, but I'm really looking forward checking out a lot of great bands we share the bill with on the upcoming summer festivals. It really brings out the fan inside you!

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Ty Arthur is a freelance writer who writes for both entertainment and technical instruction sites. An avid fan of many different forms of metal, he has been involved in reviewing music for several years and is currently a contributing editor for Metalunderground.com

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