Bloodbound Nosferatu Metal Heaven
Produced By: Thomas Olsson & Fredrik Bergh

Running Time: 53.04

Release Date: Out Now


Musical Style: Melodic Metal

Links: AOR Heaven
Songs: 86%
Sound: 90%
What's this? Swedish AOR guru and ivory tinkler Fredrik Bergh (Street Talk) performing melodic metal and dressed to the nine's in gorefest make-up? What is the world coming to? Is AOR truly an artform at risk of total annihilation?
In answer to those questions no idea and yes indeed! But the end is not quite upon us yet.
Previously responsible for some of the finest and sweetest AOR this side of Air Supply, Bergh has 'turned nasty' and is now showcasing his great talents to a new audience.
No one could blame any devout AOR legend for trying something new. And due to the fact Fredrik is recording a new Street Talk album now; we will allow him this excursion into metaldom.
Fredrik joins with long time pal Tomas Olsson on guitars and Urban Breed, the highly regarded frontman from the Tad Morose.
In all seriousness, this is a pretty fine record. I'll skip putting a poster of these guys on my wall (that's a frightful look), but Bergh certainly adds something worthy to his resume.
On the strength of this debut, I can see the band continuing on for some time.
Yes, this is pure European melodic metal with the furious double time drumming and wailing guitar riffs, wrapped up in a polished production.
As the name suggests Bloodbound is certainly not a 'must-buy' for Street Talk fans but tose with diverse tastes could find something new to enjoy here. Like all things involving Burgh, there is a certain class to the songwriting here and a definite melodic touch shining through.
Tracks such as Behind The Moon, Nosferatu, Crucified and Fallen From Grace contain some great lead vocals and in tune with the furious guitar and rhythm onslaught are some strong melodies.
The Bottom Line
There is a lot of melodic metal on the market right now and thanks to the talents of those behind the name, Bloodbound offer one of the better examples from this genre. The extra attention to melodies and some strong lead vocals, not to mention the swirling keyboards of main-man Burgh help to create a pretty memorable album.
As stated, one must have an ear for the sonically intense music on offer here. If it's something a little more laid back you are after, then grab Street Talk and relax!
Discography / Previously Reviewed

Line Up:
Urban Breed: Vocals
Tomas Olsson: Guitars
Oskar Belin: Drums
Fredrik Bergh: Keyboards, Bass

Essential For Fans Of:
Swedish Melodic Metal
Track Listing
Behind The Moon *
Into The Dark
Nosferatu *
Metal Monster
Crucified *
Fallen From Grace *
Screams In The Night
For The King
Midnight Sun
On The Battlefield
--*Best Tracks

16/05/06: Axe-Machine -
Rating: 78
This album has some GREAT songs, but beyond these tracks it kinda sounds like the guys ran out of ideas and rehashed the same songs to make inferior versions of what's already been done in the first half of the album. 'Behind The Moon' is excellent, and 'Metal Monster' and 'Nosferatu' hit the spot exually as well as the album opener, but beyond that there's not a hell of alot that shouts out to you and makes you wanna hit the repeat button...all to often I find myself reaching for the skip button in fact. I would say that if you can pick this up cheap, then it's worth it, otherwise there are many better albums to spend your money on. Hopefully they'll get it right with album #2!

Rating: 75

21/04/06: Freddy De Keyzer -
Rating: 70
Metal by numbers.
Best way to describe this. Not bad at all, but it lacks originality and it's done before for about thousand times and often better.

13/04/06: Figge -
Rating: 92
First I'd like to say: Don't judge this band by their looks/image or by the members past bands (*).

"Nosferatu" is just shock full of really great traditional metal with an excellent production. If you like 80's inspired melodic metal in the vein of Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Helloween etc. then you should check this one out. There isn't one single song on the CD that does not contain a very catchy, powerful and memorable chorus. It's very melodic with huge twin guitar melodies and impressive lead vocals by ex Tad Morose singer Urban Breed.

The only complaint I can come up with is that the songs tends to sound very similar in style and tempo. I would've prefered a little more variation.

Highlights: Nosferatu (amazing song!), Metal Monster, For The King and Behind The Moon.

*I'm really puzzled by the choice of looks/image. I can't see how it would in any way benefit the band. I'm afraid many will avoid this amazing album in the belief that it won't appeal to them at all. That would be a shame.

08/04/06: steven craven -
Rating: 82
Very good metal album. So Iron Maiden at times and then Helloween. Anothr worth buying .

08/04/06: rob -
Rating: 8
Reluctantly bought without hearing and am glad I did. Gotta check this out!Production is great and the songs are very good. Fans of Melodic Metal would be missing out if they don't give this a listen.

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