Feb 202014

Are you sitting down?  You should sit down before reading further.  Sweden’s revered Bloodbath added a note on their Facebook page earlier this morning. I’ll share it at the end of this post. In a nutshell, it indicates that Bloodbath have written 10 new songs and will begin the recording process next month. And that should mean we will have a new Bloodbath album in 2014, the first one since 2008’s The Fathomless Mastery.

Based on the note, it’s apparent that there will also be a new vocalist on this album — one who is neither Mikael Åkerfeldt nor Peter Tägtgren. The Facebook note provides clues to the new vocalist’s year of birth by listing a string of deadly disasters, ending with the statement, “The new singer for Bloodbath is born. Oh dear”.

To save you a bit of time, all of the listed disasters occurred in 1971. To save you a further bit of time, I’ve listed after the jump the names of some vocalists born in 1971, identified through my own half-assed research. I will say that the most likely candidate from the names I’ve found is Jörgen Sandström — who is currently the vocalist for my beloved Torture Division and also the vocalist/bassist for The Project Hate MCMXCIX (he also provided vocals, bass, and guitar for Grave on their first three albums and also played bass with Entombed from 1997-2004).

If you’re unfamiliar with Mr. Sandstrom’s vocal work, you can get a taste by listening to the Torture Division song that I picked as one of 2013’s Most Infectious Extreme Metal Songs:


In my humble opinion, Jörgen Sandström would be a great choice. Here are the names I found of other vocalists born in 1971 (feel free to chime in if you discover others):

Snoop Dogg
Mr Cheeks
Mark Wahlberg
Ricky Martin
Kid Rock
Anette Olzon
Johan Edlund
Jonathan Davis
Randy Blythe
Attila Csihar
Erik Rutan

Okay, here’s the note that Bloodbath posted on Facebook:

“UGHH! HEEEY! I SAID HEY! We got 10 songs down and we start recording drums next month!!! Still curious who’s gonna sing on this one? Well, we’ll leave you with these disasters to see if any of you smart-azzez can figure it out

Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors is found dead in his bathtub in Paris, France.

A cyclone in the Bay of Bengal, in the Indian state of Odisha, kills 10,000.

A fire at a 22-story hotel in Seoul, South Korea kills 158 people.

A stairway crush as crowds leave the Rangers vs. Celtic football match in Glasgow, results in 66 deaths.

A fire in a mental hospital at Burghölzli, Switzerland, kills 28 people.

A landslide at Chungar, Peru crashes into Lake Yanahuani, killing 200.

An earthquake lasting 20 seconds destroys most of Bingöl, Turkey – more than 1,000 are killed, 10,000 made homeless.

An air crash at Rijeka Airport, Yugoslavia kills 78 people, mostly British tourists.

The new singer for Bloodbath is born. Oh dear.”


UPDATE: The mystery has now been solved: Bloodbath’s new vocalist is Nick Holmes. Details here.


  1. Considering who else has sung for them, Jürgen is pretty much the obvious choice (regardless of the year clue). I’ve been saying it for years that he should finally do vocals for Bloodbath.

    Here’s a pretty damn good example of his pipes btw…: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNtTFyKM7xw
    Just listen to that intro…

    Now lets hope that Bloodbath can write some good riffs this time. I found “Fathomless…” to be pretty boring.

    • “Fathomless…” has really grown on me over time.

      Also, I don’t want to be “that guy” but I have to say, I find Bloodbath much more enjoyable than any of the other bands any of the current or former members are in.

  2. Obviously it’s Snoop Dogg

  3. It’s all a ruse. It’s me. The band haven’t been in touch yet, but I can’t imagine how it couldn’t be me.

  4. I would KILL to have a Bloodbath album with Attila on vox.

  5. Pulling for J. Devil over in my private little corner of the internet here.

  6. It’s Angela Gossow.

    It’s always Angela Gossow.

  7. as much as i would love (and by that i mean “scream like a little girl”) to hear Randy Blythe fronting Bloodbath, it’s almost certainly Sandström. and he’s perfect for the job 🙂

  8. Wrong. All. Wrong.

    Tupac’s finally coming out of hiding, bitches.

    Oh, ’71 was the year of the Metal Pig, according to the Chinese Zodiac. Food for thought, not of the bacon variety.

  9. No Akerfeldt no want.

    In all seriousness, Mikael’s vocals are the biggest draw for me with this band (my exposure to them is small, though). I love his guttural growl, and Bb allowed whole songs to be filled with it.

    • Mike can’t even growl in opeth anymore
      Bloodbath has magnificient guitar works and drums too so it’s a deep experience.
      I just wished Swano would front them, he’s got a better voice than both Mike and Peter IMO, he’s been the best since day one with edge of sanity…

    • I felt Peter’s performance on Nightmares was the superior of the three albums, but Akerfeldt is certainly no slouch.

  10. Randy Blythe could be a perfect choice!!! But i miss Mr Peter Tagtgren

  11. Paul Kuhr (born in 71!) could stand in-between Bloodbath and These Are They while they had a dueling band call and response.

  12. The vocalist might be Snoop Dogg, who knows.

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