The Fathomless Mastery
The Fathomless Mastery
Studio album by Bloodbath
Released September 29, 2008[1]
Recorded April 9[2]–August 2008[3]
Genre Death metal
Length 41:41 (standard)
57:22 (2011 Mediabook edition)
Label Peaceville
Producer David Castillo, Bloodbath
Bloodbath chronology
The Wacken Carnage
The Fathomless Mastery
Bloodbath over Bloodstock
 Professional ratings
Review scores
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[ 8.5/10[5]
Terrorizer Star fullStar fullStar fullStar fullStar fullStar fullStar fullStar halfStar emptyStar empty[6]

The Fathomless Mastery is the third full length album by Swedish death metal band Bloodbath. Former Scar Symmetry vocalist Christian Älvestam performed guest vocals on the sixth track, "Iesous". The outro of the final track, "Wretched Human Mirror", features samples from the movie I Am Legend.[7] A video was made for "Hades Rising", directed by Owe Lingwall and shot on location in Vallentuna, near Stockholm.[8] The album peaked at No. 45 on the Heatseekers Chart in the US on release.[9] The album was reissued in 2011, bundled together with the tracks from the Unblessing the Purity EP released in 2008.[10] The Fathomless Mastery is the last studio album with vocalist Mikael Åkerfeldt and the first to feature lead guitarist Per Eriksson.[11]

Track listingEdit

No. TitleLyricsMusic Length
1. "At the Behest of Their Death"  BlakkheimBlakkheim 3:41
2. "Process of Disillumination"  RenkseRenkse 3:09
3. "Slaughtering the Will to Live"  RenkseRenkse 3:37
4. "Mock the Cross"  ÅkerfeldtSodomizer 4:02
5. "Treasonous"   Blakkheim 4:13
6. "Iesous"  RenkseRenkse 3:34
7. "Drink from the Cup of Heresy"  ÅkerfeldtSodomizer 3:37
8. "Devouring the Feeble"  RenkseRenkse 3:11
9. "Earthrot"  ÅkerfeldtSodomizer 3:20
10. "Hades Rising"  BlakkheimBlakkheim 5:05
11. "Wretched Human Mirror"  RenkseRenkse 4:12
Total length:

2011 Mediabook edition bonus tracks
No. Title Length
12. "Blasting the Virginborn"   3:33
13. "Weak Aside"   4:15
14. "Sick Salvation"   3:21
15. "Mouth of Empty Praise"   4:32
Total length:


Guest musician
  • Dusty Peterson - cover art
  • Björn Engelmann - mastering
  • Robin Bergh - band photography
  • David Castillo - producer, engineering, mixing


  1. Bloodbath's The Fathomless Mastery.
  2. Bloodbath | The Fathomless Mastery.
  3. Bloodbath | Releases.
  4. Bloodbath The Fathomless Mastery Review - Review of The Fathomless Mastery by Bloodbath. (October 28, 2008).
  5. CD Reviews - The Fathomless Mastery Bloodbath.
  6. Terrorizer Magazine. December 2008.
  7. Donnelly, Justin. Bloodbath - The Fathomless Mastery (Peaceville Records).
  8. BLOODBATH: 'Hades Rising' Video Released.
  9. [[[:Template:BillboardURLbyName]] Bloodbath Album & Song Chart History].
  10. Bloodbath | The Fathomless Mastery | Blog Archive » The Fathomless Mastery 2011 edition. (August 9, 2011).
  11. Mikael Åkerfeldt Quits Bloodbath. (April 12, 2012).
Nick HolmesAnders NyströmJonas RenkseMartin AxenrotPer Eriksson

Dan SwanöPeter TägtgrenMikael Åkerfeldt

Bloodbath Discography
Albums: Resurrection Through CarnageNightmares Made FleshThe Fathomless MasteryGrand Morbid Funeral
EPs: Breeding DeathUnblessing the Purity
Live The Wacken CarnageBloodbath over Bloodstock

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