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The winning combination of raw power and anthemic melody is still very much part of the band's sound.

Premier Swedish Metallers Bloodbound's latest release picks up where their 2014 outing 'Stormborn' left off. Some of the tracks found within are faster paced, but the winning combination of raw power and anthemic melody is still very much part of the band's sound.

As the short atmospheric, movie-like first track ('A New Era Begins') segues into 'Battle In The Sky', the drums gather speed like a runaway freight train and Patrik J Selleby's vocal cuts through the track with a power not dissimilar to Bruce Dickinson, but with more of a theatrical edge, something which really help punctuate this epic song. Prog, Pomp and Metal lock horns on 'Tears Of A Dragonheart' with soaring choruses, swelling keyboards and some classic guitar soloing from Tomas and Henrik Olsson, all combining to make this a rousing commercial offering. The title track follows in a similar vein but with a heavier rhythm to it which demands you sit up and take notice.

'Silver Wings' introduces a different melodic element, this time merging a traditional Irish feel with a driving Metal backing, resulting in another powerful and memorable entry which is bound to sound great live. The band have always enjoyed doing live shows as well, having played with Pretty Maids, Sabaton and U.D.O over the years and releasing a live DVD/CD in 2016. They are now about to embark on a headlining tour with label stablemates Crystal Viper and special guest ex-Sabaton man Thobbe Englund supporting.

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'Fallen Heroes' and 'Starfall' bring forth a more commercial side which retain the characteristic melodic power, but reins things in a little, both in speed and heaviness leaving a tapestry of greatness in their wake. The album ends with 'Dragons Are Forever' which takes no prisoners with breakneck speed, but Selleby's soaring vocal delivery and the Olsson's melodic riffing ensures they go out on a high.

Bloodbound have come a long way, both in sound and writing ability since their debut back in 2004. Band members have changed over the years, but they've never been a band to stand still and we are now starting to see great continuity between releases, and what promises to be a great tour, which will gain them more fans undoubtedly.

Paul Sabin

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