BLOODBOUND is a new band from the Metal cornucopia called Sweden and besides Tomas Olsson and Fredrik Bergh from Melodic Rock band STREET TALK there also is a certain Urban Breed in the line-up, known from one of my favourite bands, TAD MOROSE. He is no longer with them, so do I get a worthy replacement with “Nosferatu”?
The band photo is not really promising right off the bat, corpse paint and “evil” poses, what is this – Black Metal? Nope, it isn’t, rather traditional Heavy Metal of the Swedish school, firmly rooted in the Eighties, which almost automatically calls for a comparison with their countrymen of DARK ILLUSION, which also had released a heavily 80s-influenced album a short time ago.
And even though the album has been praised a lot, I can only partly agree, because for large parts “Nosferatu”, at least to these ears, sounds a bit toothless. The bass drums sound a bit muddy all through the album and stand a bit in the background, which does not exactly help the power of the album, but other than that the sound is pretty ok. Everything also is very catchy and well played, but somehow I personally am missing something.
“Behind The Moon“ starts out with very traditional riffing and the usual good vocals by Urban Breed, but other than that it is nice to listen to and the drums, with the exception of the chorus, plod along at the exact same rhythm, I don’t really have much to say and that continues in the a bit faster “Into The Dark” and “Nosferatu”, which is influenced by MAIDEN at the beginning and coincidentally welcomes the exact rhythm of the opener again, meaning slightly galloping mid-tempo.
With “Crucified“ they get a bit faster, deeply rooted in Power Metal, where Urban also sings more powerful again, but once “Fallen From Grace“ sets out, one band and song shoot to the mind right away: “Eagle Fly Free“ by HELLOWEEN, at times so close that it borders on uncanny, but after that suddenly the quality picks up, “Screams In The Night“ with its MAIDEN-like beginning and good drive, then the fast, a bit more epic and very strongly sung ”For The King“ before “Midnight Sun“ returns into the realm of light, but harmless Power Metal and the beginning of “On The Battlefield“ reminds me quite a bit of the MAIDEN epics again, then the rhythm of songs one and three celebrates a comeback!
“Nosferatu“ definitely is not a bad album, but with the exception of a few songs they do not manage to stand out of the wide average, which is a pity, because the potential definitely is there, but the realization is a bit disappointing. (Online February 11, 2006)