Bloodbound : “Rise of The Dragon Empire” CD & LP 22th March 2019 AFM Records. Swedish Symphonic Power Metal band. I felt in love with this band back in 2016 and their album “In The Name of Metal” which was such a powerful tunes. I interviewed them after their show you can see here. It’s with a slight disappointment I discover this new album that is somehow too much mixed in my opinion. The sound is so close to all the modern bands that Bloodbound is loosing its identity from their past albums.
They have left their mascot for a much more usual cover artwork reminding Yngwie Malmsteen and other warrior book tales. A bit of too much keyboard which I don’t like and get the music a bit too much orchestral in a way. The band is awesome and they play great tunes, I just don’t feel the power that they had in the past and that you can feel during their live shows.
I know how hard it is to evolve or create but adding keyboard shouldn’t be necessary to lift up the songs that have already what it takes to make a great album. It’s good to have an amazing cover artwork that kicks visually and maybe they have read a lot that inspired them to compose this new album. So you have to take this album like a movie or a book depending on how you feel the music.
You are embarked into a story tale that gets you a fighter of a theoretical world getting your imagination boiling with passion and desire to kill them all and be the hero. Songs such “Breaking The Beast” , “Reign Of Fire” , “Magical Eye” … they are all linked into this story. The impression of fire burning and explosions getting you in the move. You are back in the ancient times with the dragons trying to kill you.
Here is a video to get you attracted :
It has that folklore theatrical thing that will please the young generation who grew up with the movies such as The Lord Of The Rings…Influences are in the vibe of Helloween, Saxon, Alestorm, Sabaton, Europe…So many to mention. They still have that Heavy Metal power with a much today’s sound.
A great album in the overall and I hope to catch them again live around France, get it now 90/100.