This studio album is massive. Songs are slightly different than songs on Nosferatu, because of Michel's vocals. Hard rock-type singer meets power metal band. That is truly a killer combination, as devastating as nuclear bomb. But this bomb is more awesome, and much more mind-blowing. Influences on Nosferatu were obvious, but here you can't tell Flames Of Purgatory - Bloodbound - Book Of The Dead who inspired Bloodbound.
This is not even much similar to Accept, no. This album is really original, and as far as I know, there is nothing that can be compared with Book Of The Dead. Ok, maybe lead guitars and drum galloping give Iron Maiden feel, but not so much.
Although hate-boys just wait to compare this band to any other, and to say how unoriginal this band is. I never said Bloodbound is the most original, nor anything like that, but this album and Tabula Rasa are their much more Flames Of Purgatory - Bloodbound - Book Of The Dead work.
That's because these songs have unbelievable and memorable refrains, excellent lead guitar work, amazing drum rhythms, which have deadly combination with these orgasmic lead guitars. That combination of leads and drums takes these songs into a whole new level.
All of this would not be enough without these amazing riffs, specially in a song Book Of The Dead, which sounds like Last - Nine Inch Nails - Broken heavy metal anthem.
Every song has excellent structure, so, every song has tempo which really fits these melodies, guitar solos, singing parts and riffs. They are all great sing-along songs, and every metalhead should have great time while listening to this album. What would this album be without great technical, fast, creative and unique Flames Of Purgatory - Bloodbound - Book Of The Dead solos?
That's right, each song has amazing guitar solo, and each one is so memorable. Specially guitar solo in the song Black Heart. That one is really excellent ballad, full of clean guitar arpeggios, power chords, dark themed, but "romantic" lyrics. That one is so special song, with calm tempo, excellent drums, guitars and powerful vocals. Lyrics are standard Flames Of Purgatory - Bloodbound - Book Of The Dead on Nosferatu album.
Topics like Purgatory, Heaven and Hell, good and evil, beware of Satan, and stuff like that. Well, that really fits heavy metal music, and these topics are present since the early heavy metal years, which started with Black Sabbath. After some time, and more careful listens Sign Of The Devil and Turn To Stone will grow on listener, and that completes the image of this amazing studio album. Good sides of this release: Strong, blazing, powerful, creative and catchy riffs, memorable, technical, orgasmic and creative guitar solos, amazing lead guitar work.
Creative drum work which gives special pleasant feel in each of these songs, and it has really killer combination with these lead guitars. Mix of rough and melodic vocals, catchy refrains. Keyboards which do not appear as a lead instrument, but in some parts of the songs, and they fit in well. Interesting, well-written, sick and dark lyrics. This album is a serial killer. Each song is really dangerous.
This album is a must have for all metalheads, or for people who want to get into heavy metal music. Also, Bloodbound is one of few power metal bands, and really amazing one.
Bad sides of this release: As much as I know how to appreciate band's effort, and give positive opinion and compliments, as much as that I know how to be harsh, and tell the bitter truth if one of my favorite bands screws up something. This is not the case here. This studio album is not solid, nor fair enough, nor good. This album is perfect, so there's nothing bad about it. Highlight: Every song. When I Whats Wrong (With Always Being Right) - Trouble Everyday - Days Vs.
Nights it, I mean it. Skin and Bones. Forbidden Tribe. Fall of Dominion. Only One Commandment. Iron Mask. Under Siege. Human Fortress. Forgotten Symphony. Auteur : Samuel Arkan - Tom S. Englund - Henning Basse. Dawn of Victory Re-Recorded. Rhapsody of Fire. Your Tongue's Got the Cat.
Auteur : Mr. By Blood Sworn. Ross the Boss. Last Ride. Dead in the Water. The New Black. Artificial Souls. Sign of No Return. Reach out for the Light. A New Dawn. Spirit Never Die.
Edge of Steel Version. Distretto 51 And The Capric Horns - Live @ Molina (featuring The Greensleeves Gospel Choir) Eyes. Ju Ju Bone. Avantasia Radio Edit. The Black Mare Edit. Broken Hero. Temple of Stone. Brotherhood of Light. Rise of the Dragon Empire War of Dragons Stormborn In the Name of Metal Unholy Cross Tabula Rasa Book of the Dead The album hides its longest piece "Seven Angels" in track eleven, starting with a slick acoustic bit and building to a mesmerizing melodic metal staple with cool rhythm shifts.
Flames Of Purgatory - Bloodbound - Book Of The Dead the musicianship is still tight, the amount of guitar leads and driving bass crescendos have seen a significant drop, perhaps in order to fit the more direct, in-your-face styles of the songs. Time will show how Bloodbound will do without Breed at the helm, and some may be disappointed at the lack of variety put on offer on this disc, but by its own standards, Book of the Dead is still worthy of a listen.
One person found this helpful. With the departure of supreme vocalist Urban Breed I was reluctant to purchase Bloodbound's second release "Book of the Dead". However, a good replacement singer has been recruited in Michael Bormann. While he never reaches the majestic level of his predecessor he is certainly capable of Power Metal vocalizations without embarassing himself; though there was never a moment on the CD where I stared in awe at my stereo like I did with Urban Breed carrying the songs.
Don't expect a howling scream at any point to equal "Fight for the king and the crown and the saaaaaaaah-on!!!! Regardless, the music holds true to form with frequent odes to Iron Maiden, though not as obvious this time around, the musicianship is all-around professional and completely solid.
Newcomers should seek out "Nosferatu" first, and those already enamored with that release should sample a few tracks to see how much Urban Breed will be missed and then act accordingly. I'm not disappointed at all with my purchase, though I'm not in awe of anything here either. Edit: After a few more spins the absence of Urban Breed on vocals has become glaringly apparent. The musicians show up and pull off The Sea - Gan Lev, Jean Claude Jones* - Languages catchy sections but the new singer lacks the power to take this release to a higher level.
This is not a bad release, by any means, but it will be relegated to "coaster" status long before I tire of their first, and far superior debut album, "Nosferatu".
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