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Bloodbound - Stormborn Award winner

Bloodbound
Stormborn
by Luke Bravin at 17 November 2014, 10:02 PM

What is it about the glorious country of Sweden that makes such amazing Metal bands? Despite the fact Metal originated mainly from the UK, it’s seemed to have migrated over to Scandinavia to rule over all other genres, while we Brits and the Yanks are stuck with Nicki Garage and Justin Beaver being forced down our throats. Oh well, non-metal fans are missing out on the awesomeness that is BLOODBOUND! A Swedish Power Metal band that formed in 2004 and have released many a great album filled with Power Metally goodness. And oh boy, is this new album another great addition for any Metal fans music library; the heavily Game of Thrones, (or A Song of Ice and Fire, for you book readers) referenced, “Stormborn”.

The album kicks off with an excellent instrumental intro (like a lot of Metal albums tend to have) and was entitled “Bloodtale” and leads straight into “Satanic Panic” (and they say Metal is all about the devil, ha!). I must admit, “Bloodtale” truly compliments “Satanic Panic” and makes it so much more epic, so if you like “Satanic Panic”, I recommend putting this intro on your iPod if you don’t normally keep album intros; I know I will.

Now, did I mention this album has many Game of Thrones references on it? Well, I don’t need to tell you that if you’re a fan of the books and/or show ‘cause if you pay attention to the story and this album’s damn name, you’ll notice it’s named after Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryen, the First of Her Name, the Unburnt, Queen of Meereen, Queen of the Andals.

I’m getting side tracked.

Anyway, if you’ve listened to BLOODBOUND before, this album is what you’ll expect from them and I wish I could see them live again to hear them perform this album, ‘cause damn, it’s good.

It’s catchier than previous albums, it’s a heavier, faster and much better written, and that’s what I personally think. I mean, you still have your great BLOODBOUND songs like “Nosferatu”, “Drop the Bomb” and “Metal Monster” which appear to be competing with the best songs on this album, like “Iron Throne”, “Satanic Panic” and “Made of Steel” with an ever so catchy, Judas Priest-esque riff.

So, if you want some amazing Power Metal in your ears (or neighbour’s ears), then put this album on and be sure to blast it ‘cause, in the words of Jack Black, it’ll rock your fucking socks off.

5 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Bloodtale
2. Satanic Panic
3. Iron Throne
4. Nightmares From the Grave
5. Stormborn
6. We Raise the Dead
7. Made of Steel
8. Blood of My Blood
9. When the Kingdom Will Fall
10. Seven Hells
11. When All Light Fails
Lineup:
Patrik Johansson - Vocals
Tomas Olsson – Lead Guitar
Fredrik Bergh – Keyboards and Backing Vocals
Henrik Olsson - Rhythm Guitar
Pelle Åkerlind - Drums
Anders Broman – Bass
Record Label: AFM Records
     


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