Legendary Death Metal Supergroup BLOODBATH Announces New Album, “Survival Of The Sickest” | Pre-Order Starts NOW!

Legendary Death Metal Supergroup BLOODBATH Announces New Album, “Survival Of The Sickest” | Pre-Order Starts NOW!

29th June 2022 0 By Jon Deaux

It’s time for another deep dive into the horrors of mortality and the foul side of the supernatural – It’s time for “Survival Of The Sickest”! The sixth full-length album from BLOODBATH, Sweden’s undisputed masters of old school death metal, will be unleashed on September 9, 2022 via Napalm Records. This is death metal at its ugly best: vicious, unrelenting and irrevocably sworn to the black. 

The world is in flames, and “Survival Of The Sickest”, produced by BLOODBATH and co-produced and mixed by Lawrence Mackrory at Rorysound Studios, offers no respite from the horrors of reality. Instead, with the addition of new guitarist Tomas ‘Plytet’ Åkvik (Lik) onboard, BLOODBATH’s latest and greatest album gleefully confronts the slavering ghoul lurking in the shadows, and treats him to ten songs of ripping death metal frenzy. Alongside BLOODBATH’s official alumni, “Survival Of The Sickest” boasts a smattering of irresistible cameos from the great, good and ghoulish of the metal underground, including Barney Greenway (Napalm Death), Luc Lemay (Gorguts) and Marc Grewe (Morgoth). 

Alongside its pre-order kickoff, BLOODBATH have released the crushing new single and album opener, “Zombie Inferno”, a thrashing death metal assault set to draw the listener into a lunatic outburst of ferocity. The song breaks in with anxiety-inducing riffs and the insanely killer vocals of Nick Holmes, and is visually highlighted via a fast-paced, gory music video, acting as a tribute to the glory days of 80s splatter flicks. 

BLOODBATH on “Zombie Inferno“:

“One man’s struggle to rid the World of Zombie Infestation that seems to have inconveniently taken over the planet. Particularly, as he’s just refueled his 1969 Dodge Super Bee 440.”

Video Directed by Ash Pears

Produced by Ash Pears for AshTV / www.ashtv.co.uk

“That’s how death metal should sound like.”

(Sweden Rock, SE)

“Rough, brutal and without any compromises – even without masquerade

BLOODBATH remains a blast!”

(Metal Hammer, GER) 

BLOODBATH is synonymous to high quality death metal and

“Survival of the Sickest” will not let you down.”

(Inferno, FI) 

“Rarely have raw violence and musical ambition been staged as skillfully as on “Survival Of The Sickest”.”

(Legacy, GER) 

From the thuggish brain-smash of opener “Zombie Inferno” to the bleak, obsidian ooze of closer “No God Before Me”, “Survival Of The Sickest” is the sound of a great band in blistering form. In contrast with The Arrow Of Satan Is Drawn, which borrowed heavily from the blackened end of the death metal world, the new BLOODBATH goes straight for the jugular in true old school fashion. With strong echoes of everything from Morbid Angel and Death to Deicide and Obituary, songs like the rampaging “Putrefying Corpse”, the disgustingly slow and heavy “Dead Parade”, and the deliciously twisted “Tales Of Melting Flesh” breathe fresh fire into an arcane, perpetually rotting formula.

Formed by Jonas Renkse and Anders Nyström (both of KATATONIA), Mikael Åkerfeldt (Opeth) and Dan Swanö (Edge Of Sanity) in 1998, BLOODBATH devoted themselves to resurrecting the increasingly forgotten art of pure death metal. In 2014, they unveiled a new frontman – legendary Paradise Lost vocalist Nick Holmes, now redubbed Old Nick – and yet another macabre musical evolution. With this new line-up, the only way to go was grim. On “Survival Of The Sickest”, BLOODBATH evoke their most horrifying sonic scenarios to date, from the death-by-munching nightmare of “Malignant Maggot Therapy”, to the murderous nihilism of “Affliction Of Extinction”. A glorious comeback from a legendarily wicked musical force, “Survival Of The Sickest” provides yet more proof that BLOODBATH are the kings of the old school.


“If there was a declaration of goods attached to this album, it would say Florida death metal exported from Sweden.” 

Pre-order “Survival Of The Sickest” NOW:

“Survival Of The Sickest” track listing:

  1. Zombie Inferno
  2. Putrefying Corpse
  3. Dead Parade
  4. Malignant Maggot Therapy
  5. Carved
  6. Born Infernal
  7. To Die
  8. Affliction of Extinction
  9. Tales of Melting Flesh
  10. Environcide
  11. No God Before Me           

“Survival Of The Sickest” will be available in the following formats:          

Digisleeve CD Edition

Digital Full Length Album

1 Tape Edition – Brown Transparent with blue print – limited to 200, Napalm Records Shop exclusive

Wooden Box Edition (incl. Digisleeve, Mouse Trap, Album Cover Flag, Cover Patch) – limited to 500, Napalm Records Shop exclusive

1LP SKY BLUE – limited to 300, Napalm Records Shop exclusive

1LP DARK GREEN – limited to 500, Napalm Records Shop exclusive

1LP PICTURE VINYL – limited to 500, Napalm Records Shop exclusive


Experience BLOODBATH live in 2022:

01.07.22 ES – Barcelona/  Barcelona Rockfest

02.07.22 ES – Viveiro / Resurrection Festival

10.08.22 CZ – Jaromer / Brutal Assault

09.09. – 10.09.22 CH – Hüttikon / Meh Suff! (performance day TBC)

24.09.22 MEX – Monterrey / Mexico Metal Fest


Nick Holmes – vocals

Anders Nyström – guitar

Tomas Åkvik – guitar

Jonas Renkse – bass

Martin ‘Axe’ Axenrot – drums






Napalm Records

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