Metal Review – Bloodbound – Unholy Cross (2011)

Bloodbound - Unholy CrossWith vocals now being handled by Patrik Johnansson (Dawn of Silence), Bloodbound is back with their fourth effort, Unholy Cross. Bloodbound is a power metal act hailing from Sweden and as I have mentioned before power metal is just not my cup of tea, but as I do with every release, I will go into it with an open mind.

From the outset of the album, the opening track, Moria, pretty much sums up what I do not like about power metal. From the cliche riffs and melodies to the precise framework that the songs must be written, it is a cookie-cutter song. Just as I was about to call it a day with the album though, the second track, Drop the Bomb, changed my mind. It opens up with a nice, heavy riff and gets into some more heavy riffs. It is a fun song, albeit still very cliche at times. I have a feeling that the constant chants will wear on me quickly though.

The third track, The Ones We Left Behind, is a quasi-ballad that is not bad, but not special either. The scary part about this song is that I was humming along to it and actually knew when the outro solo was coming up during my first listen. Not much originality going on there. Reflections Of Evil is another track that I was getting into a little. Like Drop the Bomb, it has a quicker tempo, although it still pretty much follows the same script as most tracks on this album.

So, to pretty much sum things up, if you are a power metal fan, this will be right up your alley. I hate to say it like that because I do like some power metal, but not much of it. The album did retain my interest though, so that says a little something right there.

Swedish power metal force, BLOODBOUND, return with their fourth full-length release since their inception in 2006 this June. Entitled Unholy Cross, BLOODBOUND’s crisp, powerful style is embodied here at its finest hour yet within these 11 anthems, while the band also introduce new vocalist Patrik Johansson (ex-Dawn Of Silence) for the first time on record here. Mixed and mastered by Jonas Kjellgren (Sonic Syndicate, Scar Symmetry), Unholy Crossresurrects the magical feeling heard on the band’s adored Nosferatualbum, yet with an updated approach. The album’s cover art was created by Mark “The Masque” Wilkinson, known for his work designing art for Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and countless other major acts.

After having shared the stage with the likes of Evergrey, Paul Di’Anno and Hammerfall on European tours, as well major Euro festivals including Sweden Rock Fest, BLOODBOUND are not only well-known for their excellent live performances, but also for their massive stage mascot known as “The Nos,” totally in the vein of Iron Maiden’s “Eddie.”