Bloodbound

War Of Dragons

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Release Date:
24th February 2017
Record Label:
AFM Records
Total Tracks:
12
Genre:
RATING: 

Here’s another album to fall into my hands only recently even though this was released back in February.

Before first putting on this CD, the clues…artwork, moniker…all pointed to a visceral listening experience. In reality, Bloodbound turned out to be a much more melodic affair. Thankfully this wasn’t too much of a problem.

Thematically, War Of Dragons is characterized by a fascination for dragons. The album boasts a dozen fast, rousing, and anthemic songs. All the band members seem to work well as a tightly knit unit, but the vocals are particularly good – very solid and melodic, with choir vocals underscoring the songs’ dramatic effect. Case in point is ‘King Of Swords’, also one of the album’s heavier songs.

Naysayers will shoot down the album as cliché-ridden. While there is clearly justification in such an accusation, Bloodbound still sound like they’re in control of those clichés. Just listen to the excellent ‘Silver Wings’, which has hooks as gripping as dragons’ claws.

One of the better Power Metal albums of the year…fans of Stratovarius, Avantasia and Sabaton, take note.

Tracklist:

01. A New Era Begins (spoken intro)
02. Battle in the Sky
03. Tears of a Dragonheart
04. War of Dragons
05. Silver Wings
06. Stand and Fight
07. King of Swords
08. Fallen Heroes
09. Guardians at Heaven's Gate
10. Symphony Satana
11. Starfall
12. Dragons Are Forever

Playing Time: 45:10
Line-Up:

Patrik J. Selleby - vocals
Tomas Olsson - guitars
Henrik Olsson - rhythm guitars
Fredrik Bergh - keyboards, backing vocals
Anders Broman - bass
Pelle Åkerlind - drums

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