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Book Of The Dead - Bloodbound

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Artist: Bloodbound / Audio CD released 2007-05-28 at Aor Heaven

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      24.02.2008 15:22
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      Bloodbound's second album (2007).

      'Book of the Dead' is the second album from Sweden's Bloodbound, a competent but not particularly engaging offering of melodic power metal that doesn't stand out from all the other bands playing exactly the same thing, except perhaps that Michael Bormann's singing is a little more hoarse. These eleven songs vary in speed and style completely by the Book: there are fast offerings such as the opening song, cheesy chorus-based anthems like the title track, a rubbish power ballad in the form of 'Black Heart' and a finale that thinks a keyboard introduction and length of seven minutes qualifies as epic, but at least has a satisfying galloping rhythm.

      Essentially, this is melodic power metal with a pop sensibility, the choruses having that sense of mass appeal that almost inevitably brings a cost to the credibility, and it's clear that this band is inspired as much by the European power metal greats as the glam metal bands who brought metal greater popularity and greater shame back in the eighties. The best songs are those that try for a more authentic power metal sound with very fast drums and nice lead guitar work from Tomas Olsson, but even these tend to be spoiled by deviation into choruses full of bland singing and shiny keyboard melodies. There are a few attempts at epic touches such as the presence of a male choir in the background of track four that could easily just be the band itself double-tracked a couple of times, but even these are all borrowed from the well of bands like Edguy.

      Of course, not every band has to be extreme, fast and epic, and the world needs plenty of easygoing, simplistic and often downright daft albums, which is why we have stuff like Dream Evil. Unfortunately, while Bloodbound may be entertaining enough for those who are just getting into metal and haven't heard the more rewarding offerings, to an irritating smart-arse like me who likes to name-drop how many bands he knows, they're nothing to write home about. Certainly nothing to write a several hundred word review about.

      1. Sign of the Devil
      2. The Tempter
      3. Book of the Dead
      4. Bless the Unholy
      5. Lord of Battle
      6. Flames of Purgatory
      7. Into Eternity
      8. Black Heart
      9. Black Shadows
      10. Turn to Stone
      11. Seven Angels

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Sign Of The Devil
    2 Tempter
    3 Book Of The Dead
    4 Bless The Unholy
    5 Lord Of Battle
    6 Flames Of Purgatory
    7 Into Eternity
    8 Black Heart
    9 Black Shadows
    10 Turn To Stone
    11 Seven Angels