In a land of dreams and fairy tales
Kings and queens to be so magical to me…
Say no more! Without warning, Bloodbound hit with maybe one of the greatest albums in their career.
Although I got this album couple months ago, I just had to wait to buy it and than write a review. And buying any album means going at least 350 km far from my hometown, in abroad, to Budapest, in my favorite metal shop. I am a child of 80’s, so I love to have physical copy in my hands, to read booklet, specially credits from some reason and if there is anything more… Yes there is…
In the window of metal shop I saw “Rise of the Dragon Empire” digipak. Like a child in candy store, that happiness I can not describe. In a blink of an eye I was inside, with logorrhea attack, and I am 100% sure the guy did not understand any word I sad. After like Taz I spin as vortex and pointed to Bloodbound CD in window, we could exchange that glorious package for money. Luckily, apartment I rented had both: CD and DVD player. I think for the next 5 days I have spent in Budapest, it was only a miracle that neighbors didn’t call cops!
Bloodbound’s Kingdom could be devided in two parts: the rule of Urban breed and the rule of Patrik J Selleby (formerly Patrik Johansson). It seems each vocalist brought his unique style. While Urban breed′s era was bit darker, heavier, after Patrik came to band, they changed the course to power. Realm of fantasy was opened in 2014 with “Stormborn”. The band members are obviously fans of Game of Thrones. May I say I never saw any episode? I am a fan of dragons, elves, empires, magical worlds, and I do not care if they are inspired by series I probably will never watch.
Usually, I review song by song, but it is absolutely unnecessary here, since there are no album highlights. Each song is masterpiece for itself, there are no better and greater ones. Whole album is killer, marathon of great melodies, memorable refrains, magnificent solos, anthems…
Since there is no perfection, I have few, let’s say suggestions. Maybe it would sound better on album, maybe it would be challenge for live shows, but… Here is my opinion: in “Magical Eye” could be used violins instead of keys, in “The Blessing of Sorcery” trumpets instead of keys too.
For the first time I have heard Bloodbound in Belgrade in 2011 as HammerFall support band with Urban breed on vocals. In 2009 I have met him in Budapest after the show of his band Serious Black. I have never heard Bloodbound with Patrik, so DVD “Live at Bang Your Head 2017” might be kind of solace.
Here we see Patrik is great leader, great front man, but at the same time, he does not put himself in front of the band by any means. He is perfectly complementing with others, and that is the big plus for the band.
DVD contains not so polished material, which is great. Each fan who sits (if it is possible to sit still) at home and watches it can feel the real atmosphere and be a part of the show. Interaction with fans is great, so natural.
I remember how mad I was when Urban breed left the band and how hard was to accept Patrik J Selleby. The same happened when Blaze Bayley replaced Bruce Dickinson. Both times I was wrong. Changes are part of life cycle. Bloodbound’s cycle is close to the perfection.
Absolute favorite: “Magical Eye”!