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Bloodbound: Tales From The North
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Bloodbound: Tales From The North

Melodic Power Metal
4.0/5.0

As faithful and regular as clockwork, Sweden's Bloodbound returns with a studio album every two years. Approaching two decades in the heavy metal underground, the sextet returns with their tenth album, Tales From The North. As you might expect from the title, the recording is a concept album about the myths and legends of Sweden's Viking era.

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While hardly a novel concept in heavy metal, neither does Bloodbound reinvent their metal music. From inception, Bloodbound has been a melodic heavy/power metal band. Their metal is fast, heavy, and bombastic driven by a speedy thumping rhythm section, twin guitars, and epic guitar solos. Yet, Tales From The North offers an additional nuance.


Taking the concept in mind, Bloodbound has added some subtle, but notable, folk metal nuances to their power metal. You'll this with Land Of Heroes, Drink With The Gods, 1066, and the title cut where it is quite self-evident. This inclusion makes this album, perhaps, more creative then Bloodbound's past mere power metal fare. Otherwise, the album and songs are simple classic and pure Bloodbound: epic power metal. The aforementioned songs include the same. But you can get your drunken fill of fast and heavy power metal with Between The Enemy Lines, Odin's Prayer, or Stake My Claims.

Most things considered, with Tales From The North, faithful heavy metal troubadours Bloodbound offer fans another album of their epic and bombastic power metal. Yet with some subtle folk metal nuances to advance the Viking concept. Recommended, especially if your are a fan of the band.



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The Take Away

With Tales From The North, faithful heavy metal troubadours Bloodbound offer fans another album of their epic and bombastic power metal. Yet with some subtle folk metal nuances to advance Viking concept. Recommended.

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