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Company: AFM
Release: 2014
Genre: Power
Reviewer: Greg Watson

  • Power metal opus

  • Sweden strikes again! Bloodbound's "Stormborn" is a power metal opus for those of us who love our metal fast, epic and anthemic. Blending Edguy and DragonForce together, "Stormborn" is a damn fine piece of metal. Aggressive riffing, insanely fast solos, bombastic and rhythmic drumming, soaring vocals, it has it all. From the opening number "Bloodtale" to the closer "When All Lights Fail", Bloodbound show that they know how to craft a power metal album that would get even the staunchest opponent of power metal to pump their fists in a power metal pit. The vocals are a bit reminiscent of Tobias Sammett of Edguy fame with a little bit of Udo thrown in for good measure. Vocalist Patrik "Pata" Johansson wails and sings his way through the album with plenty of emotion and passion in his vocals. "We Raise the Dead", "Satanic Panic" and "When All Light Fails" are some of the highlights of Johansson's voice. Guitar brethren (literally) Tomas and Henrik Olsson provide plenty of shredding, bone-shearing riffs and some fiery, fret-frenzied solos on the album. They never seem to slow down and I swear they speed up as the album goes on; which is just insane if my ears aren't deceiving me. "Iron Throne" and "Seven Hells" are the musical highlights for the guitar, though any of the songs just kick ass straight through. All in all, "Stormborn" is a hell of an album; what Edguy wishes their last few albums were. Bloodbound has released a banger and you'd be wise to go snag this one up.

    About this Writer:
    Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.

    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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