BLOODBOUND – Stormborn
The Swedish heavy/power metallers BLOODBOUND have made quite a name throughout the years of their existence in the metal scene, because most of their releases have quality and they have managed to create songs that we often play to our stereos (for me the album “Book of the Dead” was and is a huge addiction). It is also known that through the years the band has also experimented with other sounds without though forgetting their musical style and roots. Their new release under the title “Stormborn” somehow brought to my mind Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde who were two different personalities and yet both were the same person. This is the way that the new album sounds. It is divided between the good old heavy/power metal sound of the band of their first two releases and some pompous power metal songs that bring to mind such bands like SABATON and POWERWOLF without the band though losing its personal musical identity. I really liked what the band did here a lot and I think this is the element that makes BLOODBOUND keep going; the fact that they incorporate in their sound other influences without ever losing their identity and personality. This is a very good heavy/power metal release with songs that you will sing along to, play loud and listen to them again and again. I am not sure if this is the best work of the band as they claim, but surely it is one of the best so far.
Nick “Verkaim” Parastatidis