Swedish all-star death metallers Bloodbath have posted the following update on their official website:

"With all the rumours that's been wildfiring the last couple of days people have been questioning the current and future status of Bloodbath, so here's the deal. Mikael Åkerfeldt has officially left Bloodbath. We know this might come as a surprise to some of you, but the rest of us in Bloodbath have been well aware for a long time already that Mike wanted out again. This was made to be made public sooner or later and if you're curious to know more about why Mike is leaving and his vibes in general you can read his own words here. Mike, our best buddy and death metal vocal god has been a tremendous force in Bloodbath and we thank him for all the good and fun times on stage and in the studio we shared with this side-project since the formation in 1998.

Now, we've already been getting a lot of submissions from Bloodbath fans who are looking to replace Mike and we thank you for the interest and offering your talents, but hereby, we want to confirm that our decision to make another album with a new singer is already being prepared since a while. We we will let you know in due time who the new singer is and also details on our musical/lyrical concept that has also already ben set in stone. Expect the exciting things to happen in 2013."


Source: bloodbath.biz
Band profile: Bloodbath
 
Posted: 14.04.2012 by popmik



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corrupt - 14.04.2012 at 20:12  
Array - 14.04.2012 at 20:18  
My only question is; has Mikael gone too fun? It's nice to have fun, but it's nice to have good records too. / Okey, not in this story he is highlighting the 'fun' aspect, but I read something like that yesterday.
Rulatore - 14.04.2012 at 20:18  
Vasil de Shumen - 14.04.2012 at 20:22  
Long live OPETH
AngelofDeth - 14.04.2012 at 20:25  
Shitty i loved mikaels vocals.

stoked on the new album though
INÆRIS - 14.04.2012 at 20:32  
There's no link.
The Benighted - 14.04.2012 at 20:39  
Hijack the singer from Blood Red Throne. He's not doing much XD
Zender 1.8 - 14.04.2012 at 20:46  
Only one word :
F U C K
:mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad:
K†ulu - 14.04.2012 at 20:57  
I just wonder whether this has anything to do with Mikael's "godly" death metal vocals...
knightlightning - 14.04.2012 at 21:01  
Shit, i really fucking love Mikael's growls, that's not good
Xytraguptor - 14.04.2012 at 21:29  
Bad indeed.
Dark Blood - 14.04.2012 at 21:30  
I'm honestly not that affected by this. I mean, I love Mikael's vocals but I can't say for sure if he was better than Peter on this band. Besides I know they've found a good replacement.
Cynic Metalhead - 14.04.2012 at 21:46  
Nice to see wannabe leaving a great band and can now officially concentrate on Opeth.

Quote:
Long live OPETH


long live their downgraded craps swirling in shelf.
The Voyager - 14.04.2012 at 22:25  
I don't understand how anyone is really surprised by this. He said himself that he finds death metal boring these days, and wants to focus more on the progressive side of Opeth's music. Makes sense that he would leave Bloodbath.
LurkingFear - 14.04.2012 at 22:27  
The link is here : http://legacy.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=172549
infernaldeath87 - 14.04.2012 at 22:51  
Written by The Voyager on 14.04.2012 at 22:25

I don't understand how anyone is really surprised by this. He said himself that he finds death metal boring these days, and wants to focus more on the progressive side of Opeth's music. Makes sense that he would leave Bloodbath.

True true...
corrupt - 14.04.2012 at 23:15  
Written by INÆRIS on 14.04.2012 at 20:32
There's no link.
The link as in "Source: bloodbath.biz"?

But OK, I edited one into the text as well.
ImperialTroll - 14.04.2012 at 23:35  
Please bring Peter Tägtgren back!!!!!
.Nick - 14.04.2012 at 23:45  
Written by Guest on 14.04.2012 at 23:35

Please bring Peter Tägtgren back!!!!!


That would be awesome.
The Voyager - 14.04.2012 at 23:57  
Written by Nightfall on 14.04.2012 at 22:59

If death metal is boring, then Opeth is the epitome of monotony.

Alright. Not really sure of the point of this comment, but to each his own.
Purgatori☠ - 15.04.2012 at 00:05  
Bloodbath has already stated that they will let us know who the new lead singer is "in due time". More info here. http://www.facebook.com/notes/bloodbath/the-future-of-bloodbath/10150671865907898
UnknownCheese - 15.04.2012 at 00:27  
Written by Nightfall on 14.04.2012 at 22:59

Written by The Voyager on 14.04.2012 at 22:25

I don't understand how anyone is really surprised by this. He said himself that he finds death metal boring these days, and wants to focus more on the progressive side of Opeth's music. Makes sense that he would leave Bloodbath.


If death metal is boring, then Opeth is the epitome of monotony.


They are, but that has nothing to do with death metal.

Bloodbath are nothing special anyway, but Swano would be cool, if he were able to sustain the growls.
Unhealer - 15.04.2012 at 00:32  
It's fine. Mikael wants to develop his clean voice and his growls are not as impressive as before.
Just hope they get a good replacement.
corrupt - 15.04.2012 at 00:58  
I'm quite surprised about some of the comments here. The Fathomless Mastery is one of my absolute favorites. I have it in my car pretty much since it came out and I'm still madly in love with it. And one of the best parts of it for me is Michaels growling. I for one am very sad about this.
Opethian - 15.04.2012 at 01:08  
Unfortunate news. I wish both Mike and Bloodbath the best! As far the new album goes, they should show all these Fag Core bands how Death Metal is done! Best of Luck with the new Vocalist!
Troy Killjoy - 15.04.2012 at 02:11  
Written by Guest on 14.04.2012 at 23:35
Please bring Peter Tägtgren back!!!!!

Highly doubt it, but it would be lovely.
In_tallica - 15.04.2012 at 03:45  
Somehow i think mikaels tallent is deteiarating.... The latest album with Opeth was not that great plus now he's leaving bloodbath for good it seems.... Although this may just be a change in his interests in music.... Whatever the case, I hope this is for the better!
Mongoose2557 - 15.04.2012 at 05:26  
If you watch recent Opeth and Bloodbath live performances, you can see that Mikael's death growls are really strained and not very good. Maybe he just needs to take a break from death metal stuff, or he shouldn't do it anymore. It sounds like the long term effects of growling is taking its toll.
Tristus Scriptor - 15.04.2012 at 07:41  
Written by Guest on 14.04.2012 at 23:35

Please bring Peter Tägtgren back!!!!!

AMEN!!!!!
Frankthetank727 - 15.04.2012 at 07:55  
If they don't bring back Peter, they should get Daniel Droste from AHAB. He's got a sick growl. Or maybe.......they convined Dan Swano to come back from the dead and do vocals.....that would be quite the surprise.
Dani5050 - 15.04.2012 at 08:08  
Written by The Benighted on 14.04.2012 at 20:39

Hijack the singer from Blood Red Throne. He's not doing much XD

The new album from BRT its pretty good in my opinion, also I vote for bringing Peter back, but I know it will not happen.
Sworn - 15.04.2012 at 08:33  
Who cares about that fag of Akerfeldt, bring back Peter Tagtgren instead!
malaikat - 15.04.2012 at 18:12  
First "Heritage", now this?

C'mon, Michael, get your shit together.
Fritillaria - 15.04.2012 at 18:41  
Daaamn!
Tristus Scriptor - 16.04.2012 at 00:29  
Written by Frankthetank727 on 15.04.2012 at 07:55

If they don't bring back Peter, they should get Daniel Droste from AHAB. He's got a sick growl. Or maybe.......they convined Dan Swano to come back from the dead and do vocals.....that would be quite the surprise.

I agree. They need to keep it in the family. That would at least make ME feel like it's Bloodbath. And going back a bit to the oldschool Swedish sound, gore lyrics as opposed to evil anti-religion stuff, Entombed riffs, less Florida influence...I'd be happily letting out a few sharts of joy.
ArcesseEum - 16.04.2012 at 05:22  
They need to get Dan Swano.
Milena - 18.04.2012 at 00:54  
Dan Swano can't sustain his growls during a live show, so they won't be getting him.

About Mikael, kind of funny how you say a genre of music is boring and then go off and make an album of basically paying tribute to a select group of artists from 40 years ago that are your biggest influences. Whether Heritage is boring or not, it sure as hell ain't fresh. But Mikael is a strange guy.
Mr. Doctor - 18.04.2012 at 02:16  
Written by Milena on 18.04.2012 at 00:54
kind of funny how you say a genre of music is boring and then go off and make an album of basically paying tribute to a select group of artists from 40 years ago that are your biggest influences.


Don't see the funny or the problem in doing that. Both acts don't relate at all.

Heritage was shitty but that's another discussion.
Unhealer - 18.04.2012 at 06:23  
Written by Milena on 18.04.2012 at 00:54

Mikael is a strange guy.


Did you read what he said regarding this? I don't think he meant it's boring, he actually says it's fun but he's been doing it for a long time already.
Now he shall pay tribute to bands of the 70's until it's not fun anymore if you follow this logic.

Then, he will go dubstep.
Milena - 18.04.2012 at 10:21  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 18.04.2012 at 02:16

Don't see the funny or the problem in doing that. Both acts don't relate at all.

But Opeth had a "death metal" side to it which he also abandoned.
Mr. Doctor - 18.04.2012 at 12:03  
Written by Milena on 18.04.2012 at 10:21

Written by Mr. Doctor on 18.04.2012 at 02:16

Don't see the funny or the problem in doing that. Both acts don't relate at all.

But Opeth had a "death metal" side to it which he also abandoned.

Yeah so?

But how does that have anything to do with the fact he did a tribute album to his roots? It's not unusual, people just change. I don't like current Opeth at all but I don't think there's anything special or contradictory at all about what he's doing.... In fact I would say this was bound to happen considering the constant evolution in their music and Mikael talking about old prog rock more and more.

You put two completely different things:
- Mikael is getting bored of death metal
- He did a tribute album of his prog roots

and compared them and found them "weird"... It sounds really offtopic to me. It's just a matter of tastes, I would say I don't dig a lot of the stuff you like, find it boring... and I like a couple of old school extreme metal bands that aren't original at all, there's no contradiction there, it's just tastes. Mikael doesn't seem to dig death metal as much anymore ad goes to prog rock. Only natural.
Troy Killjoy - 18.04.2012 at 16:45  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 18.04.2012 at 12:03
Mikael doesn't seem to dig death metal as much anymore ad goes to prog rock. Only natural.

I'd personally like to see him release something along the lines of Brave Murder Day.
Mr. Doctor - 18.04.2012 at 16:49  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 18.04.2012 at 16:45

Written by Mr. Doctor on 18.04.2012 at 12:03
Mikael doesn't seem to dig death metal as much anymore ad goes to prog rock. Only natural.

I'd personally like to see him release something along the lines of Brave Murder Day.


Oh man I would love that too.
Skadi SA - 20.04.2012 at 04:14  
Don't like the news
MetalButt - 22.04.2012 at 15:26  
Just got the news...so sad.. man i so loved this guy in the band..i hope he still does death metal...
Nightfall - 24.04.2012 at 05:40  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 18.04.2012 at 16:49

Written by Troy Killjoy on 18.04.2012 at 16:45

Written by Mr. Doctor on 18.04.2012 at 12:03
Mikael doesn't seem to dig death metal as much anymore ad goes to prog rock. Only natural.

I'd personally like to see him release something along the lines of Brave Murder Day.


Oh man I would love that too.


... Did he compose anything from Brave Murder Day?
Troy Killjoy - 24.04.2012 at 06:00  
Written by Nightfall on 24.04.2012 at 05:40
... Did he compose anything from Brave Murder Day?

I'm pretty sure he was a session vocalist, but he laid down some pretty sick growls. The best he's ever done if you ask me.
Nightfall - 24.04.2012 at 06:04  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 24.04.2012 at 06:00

Written by Nightfall on 24.04.2012 at 05:40
... Did he compose anything from Brave Murder Day?

I'm pretty sure he was a session vocalist, but he laid down some pretty sick growls. The best he's ever done if you ask me.


Oh if that's the case then I totally agree.

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