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Introspection Late Night Partying. Suffice to say, Bloodbound throws a fair amount of sand into the gears of the overtly showy and rock radio oriented character of the 2 aforementioned bands, as well as a continuation of an older mode of power metal that was becoming a bit less common in the mid s. To describe Nosferatu in a nutshell, it is something of an amalgamation of the catchy, galloping traditionalism of Iron Maiden with the faster and epic-tinged mode of Swedish power metal offered up by Hammerfall and Dream Evil as they each inherited from Manowar, Judas Priest and Helloween.
It differs primarily from the 2 fellow Swedish crusaders in question in that the lead guitar work is a good bit fancier, often times showing up even the shred happy character of Nocturnal Rites' Nils Norberg and rivaling Malmsteen himself, and also in that it sticks a bit more closely to the up tempo but not quite speed metal character of Iron Maiden's era and employing a more repetitious melodic approach both via the guitars and vocals.
Granted, nothing on here approaches the long-winded songwriting that often comes with most of Maiden's LPs, but it isn't uncommon to catch a clear nod to Piece Of Mind or Powerslave working through various parts of songs on here, be they longer songs with ballad elements or shorter, heavier hitting numbers. While this album is anything but average in terms of its songwriting and energy, it is fairly well-rounded and ends up with a classic set of memorable anthems to creatures of the night and epic battles by largely playing it safe.
Urban Breed's vocal assault is smooth and seemingly effortless, ending up in similar territory to that of Andre Matos and Henning Basse without the somewhat forced feel and excessive air-raid high notes. The songwriting plays into this smoothness and largely resorts to typical European tinged power metal with maybe a few more parts layered on top. Particularly in the cases of "Metal Monster", "Desdemonamelia" and "Into The Dark" the only thing separating these songs from a 90s Helloween or Stratovarius anthem is a slightly busier riff set and a heavier, slightly more guitar oriented demeanor.
And even when things shift into more of an epic approach with some obvious Iron Maiden trappings as on "Nosferatu", "On The Battlefield" and a few others, things remain fairly streamlined and song oriented rather than overtly progressive.
If the time since this album's creation has proven anything, it is that what made Tad Morose a truly unique brand picked up and left a couple years before Bloodbound came into being. While Urban Breed's versatile and expressive voice alone does not make Nosferatu a hard-hitting new classic, it is definitely a necessary element that is further complemented by the technical prowess of guitarist Tomas Olsson and the likewise strong input from the rest of the band.
This rivals both Firewind and Hammerfall at their respective best, buries much of its competition insofar as the less than stellar showing of power metal in is concerned, and ushers in what is largely a very consistent period of output by this band, though Breed's input would prove to be limited. It's more power metal than heavy metal, but it's definitely something that both 80s purists and post-Helloween youngsters can sink their teeth into.
Yngwie Malmsteen developed one sub-genre of heavy metal music in 80's - neoclassical metal, but besides Yngwie, nothing significant has happened there. There were bands here and there like Candlemass etc. Bands which pioneered and developed melodic death metal were from Sweden, and they were more successful than classic heavy metal and power metal bands thanks to use of growls. At that time heavy metal music started to rust, but then Swedish metalheads saved the whole genre - HammerFall, the band which brought heavy metal music back from the dead.
Swedes didn't just make heavy metal resurrection, but they set very high standards for quality of heavy metal music. If band is not as awesome as Swedish bands, I don't give a shit about it.
Call me a fanboy, I don't care. Bloodbound is one of few power metal bands which was obviously influenced by melodic heavy metal bands like Helloween and Iron Maiden, and despite some similarities they are not copycats. There are lots of songs that will instantly grab any serious listener, but here is one which actually made me interested in this band, and that one is Nosferatu.
I still remember the very first time I heard that masterpiece. Rain, thunder, bells tolling, clean guitar intro which sounds so fucking beautiful, then vocals come, and suddenly from slow, epic part, song turns into monstrous, powerful, passionate and massive fast song. Drum bass work is amazing there, and that is just one of the important details which build this amazing song.
Then I started with listening to the whole album. I was amazed with riffs, eerie lyrics, amazing vocals, lead guitars, drum work, incredible sing-along refrains, amazing, tasty, memorable guitar solos with lots of technical work.
However, not all of these songs are memorable after the very first listen, but after few serious and fair listens these songs show their true value. Less memorable doesn't mean bad, and they prove that. Hopefully, there are enough bombastic songs which show what's this band made of, and Metal Monster is one of them. It is anthem-like, mind-blowing song with its classic 80's classic heavy metal feel. Desdemonamelia is the most weird song from this album, manly because of progressive metal structure.
It starts with really fast intro part, done much different that other fast songs from this album. The source of that song's power are ground-shaking drums, and nicely placed riffs, with addition of powerful vocals. It's the only song where keyboards jump in. They served good purpose in the beginning and ending of the song. Midnight Sun is the only song to have keyboards which help to make even better neoclassical metal solo along with guitars. Selected shop. Comfort functions.
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