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Bloodbound
Unholy Cross
July 2011
Released: 2011, AFM Records
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Can you imagine a Sabaton whose lyrics are not war based and the vocal harmonies are more mouth watering than a juicy steak? Then Bloodbound are the next lot of metal you need to sink your teeth into. Unholy Cross is full of twists, turns, chants and crushing guitar lines, that not only make you want to scream a long to every word, but make you want to air guitar/drum/bass to every single damn second of this album. Prepare for the mother of all power metal albums, for as Bloodbound say: “Bang your head to Hell and back, shaking the ground of Moria!”



The fact that you can pick up most of the words to Unholy Cross after one maybe two listens is impressive indeed. Bloodbound have made this album a jam packed tune full album, which power metal fans will be extremely proud of. Combining Helloween sounding vocals with the kind of vocal harmony you would find from a Freedom Call album. It’s a superb example of how to WOW a crowd with every song especially when you listen to tracks like the powerful ‘Reflections of Evil’ and the mellower tune of ‘Brothers of War’. They are the special moments where when played live the band will realize, holy shit we have written an amazing song.



The musicianship on Unholy Cross is excellent to. No matter which song you listen to, you will realize that these guys can really play and can play to the best of their ability. The guitar lines hook the listener getting them to air guitar and hum along to them. The rhythm section is aggressive and violent putting a battle metal style charge into the mix, and when you top it off with the vocals you are left with a masterpiece of songs which not only sound amazing on album, but no doubt played live, whether it is in a club or an arena.

Unholy Cross is an album where no slacking is seen. There are no dull tracks and you can happily play it over and over again and it only gets better and not worse each time. The more you listen to it, the more you want to go watch Bloodbound live, buy some more of their albums, recommend them to friends – for it is the kind of metal which everyone loves. Not to heavy, but still heavy enough to bang your head to it without losing the musicianship skill.



If you have never checked out Bloodbound before, then Unholy Cross should be the first album you get of theirs because it is in a totally different league to some of their older material, and some of the bland, boring power metal out there at the moment!



- Review by Matthew Seddon
Track Listing

1.Moria
2.Drop the Bomb
3.The Ones we Left Behind
4.Reflections of Evil
5.In for the Kill
6.Together we Fight
7.The Dark Side of Life
8.Brothers of War
9.Message from Hell
10.In the Dead of Night
11. Unholy Cross

Lineup

Patrik Johansson - Lead Vocals
Tomas Olsson - Lead and rhythm guitars
Fredrik Bergh - Keyboards
Henrik Olsson - Rhythm guitars
Pelle Åkerlind - Drums and percussion
Anders Broman - Bass

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Bloodbound
Unholy Cross
July 2011
Released: 2011, AFM
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: JP

Man, these guys have totally owned the back half of the decade, in terms of Power Metal. Album # 4 for Sweden’s Bloodbound and they have delivered yet another ripper. Keeping the tradition alive we get their ‘Nosferatu’ type-dude mascot on the cover art, this time bursting from the grave, much like the album bursts from your speakers.



An obvious change and highlight is the new vocalist Patrik Johansson. Even though he is the bands 5th singer (!) and has the least street cred / name recognition of all the previous four singers, he does a fantastic job. It’s unbelievable really, that the band had such trouble with the vocal slots, plus a number of other line-up changes, but Bloodbound consistently have kick-ass dudes behind the mike, Patrik included.



Bloodbound have always been just a bit darker and heavier than some of their Swedish contemporaries (Sabaton, Axenstar, etc) and UNHOLY CROSS is no different. Tracks like ‘Message From Hell’, ‘In For The Kill’ and ‘Brothers Of War’ give you a slight idea of the lyrical thrust. Patrik has great pipes leading the charge with conviction and authority.



I’ve always enjoyed the very slight keyboard undertones that are laced through the bands albums, and this is not except. The male choirs are nice and upfront as well, both of these enjoyable sonic components are on evidence on the opening cut ‘Moria’. Ya just gotta sing along when those choirs kick in! The choruses are huge as well adding just enough sweetness to the heavy crunch of the guitar attack. The drums thunder along but don’t always descend into a relentless double-kick and the bass keeps it all nicely grounded.



Bloodbound don’t forget the Power in Power Metal. UNHOLY CROSS is yet another excellent addition to a band that has slowly building a catalogue worthy of respect and admiration in the Metal community.
Track Listing

1. Moria
2. Drop The Bomb
3. The Ones We Left Behind
4. Reflections Of Evil
5. In For The Kill
6. Together We Fight
7. The Dark Side Of Life
8. Brothers Of War
9. Message From Hell
10. In The Dead Of Night
11. Unholy Cross

Lineup


Patrik "Pata" Johansson Vocals
Tomas Olsson Guitars
Henrik Olsson Guitars
Anders Broman Bass
Fredrik Bergh Keyboards
Pelle Åkerlind Drums

Other reviews

» Book of the Dead
by Mortuai

» Tabula Rasa
by Alan Gilkeson

» Unholy Cross
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

» Unholy Cross
by JP

» In The Name Of Metal
by Erich


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Previous review: » Bloodbound - Tabula Rasa





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