Bloodbound: Not a single ballad in sight…..

Bloodbound – March Into War

May 28th will see Swedish power metal force, Bloodhound release their hotly anticipated, ninth studio album entitled Creatures Of The Dark Realm via AFM Records.

When the band surfaced in 2005 with their debut album, Nosferatu, Bloodbound celebrated their admiration for metal icons like Iron Maiden, Helloween and Judas Priest, recorded on a small budget with no visions of grandeur behind it. With eight studio albums, a live record and an EP later, Bloodbound`s forthcoming record marks a renewed drive to take the band even further!

Creatures Of The Dark Realm descends with scarcely two years gone since Rise Of The Dragon Empire was unleashed. The three-headed songwriting team of keyboardist Fredrik Bergh, guitarist Tomas Olsson and vocalist Patrik Selleby started from scratch, compiling song ideas they collected individually and finally ending up with 11 solid in-your-face tracks kicked off by a deceptive acoustic intro. On paper, Creatures Of The Dark Realm satisfies all the requirements of what makes a power metal band, but the listening experience is one of epic proportions. Not a single ballad in sight, the new album is an-up-tempo assault, offering heavy groove anthems and straight ahead, blistering power metal at its best!

After the previously- released singles, When Fate Is Calling as well as just recently, the epic album title track, today the Swedish six- piece has unleashed a lyric video for the heavy as hell, new single March Into War!

Says Fredrik Bergh: «March Into War is a heavy bombastic anthemic metal hymn! It will be a great heavy song to include in our live set once the pandemic hell is over!».

On Creatures Of The Dark Realm, Bloodbound seems to follow one simple goal: make it better than on the last album. More hooks and stronger melodies, a result that can speak for itself: Creatures Of The Dark Realm is a very melodic and an ultimately catchy album, sharing airspace with the likes of Sabaton and Powerwolf, going so far as to recall the days of classic Helloween. In that respect, Bloodbound have remained true to the metal that inspired them in the first place.

Bergh continues: «We have a few songs that didn’t make it onto the album because we want to have songs that really stick out, that have some qualities that make it interesting and fresh. But, we are in a specific genre of metal so we can’t make a completely new style of music and call it Bloodbound.It can be tricky trying to not to repeat ourselves but I think we succeeded in doing that on the new album».

Bergh continues: «If you compare this new album to Nosferatu, it’s totally different because of how we evolved over the years, but we always aim to come up with the best melodies we can. We take influences from all kinds of music genres of music because a good melody is a good melody. Look at bands like The Beatles and ABBA. Their songs are timeless because of those melodies and that is what we were aiming for. Not to sound like those bands, of course (laughs), but to write songs that capture you immediately and stay in your head for days».

Creatures Of The Dark Realm was produced by Bloodbound, and will be out on May 28, 2021 through AFM Records, available as CD, DVD, Boxsets and several highly limited, collectable LP Gatefold Editions.

Album Tracklist:

01. The Creatures Preludium

02. Creatures Of The Dark Realm

03. When Fate Is Calling

04. Ever Burning Flame

05. Eyes Come Alive

06. Death Will Lead The Way

07. Gathering Of Souls

08. Kill Or Be Killed

09. The Gargoyles Gate

10. March Into War

11. Face Of Evil

12. The Wicked And The Weak

Bloodbound is:

Patrik J. Selleby (Vocals)

Tomas Olsson (Guitars)

Henrik Olsson (Guitars)

Anders Broman (Bass)

Fredrik Bergh (Keyboards)

Daniel Sjögren (Drums)

The title track March Into War,


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Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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