BLOODBOUND – Creatures Of The Dark Realm

BLOODBOUND - Creatures Of The Dark Realm
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    BLOODBOUND - Creatures Of The Dark Realm - 8.5/10


Label: AFM Records
Release date: May 28, 2021

User Review
8/10 (3 votes)

Dark Themed Power Metal

Swedish Power Metal veterans Bloodbound have released their 9th full length album Creatures of The Dark Realm, on AFM records, and fans won’t be disappointed. Active since 2004, the band has had a whirlwind of output and keeps developing and improving on their style and sound. The lineup hasn’t changed in 10+ years, and it shows in their tightness, as well as the maturity of the song writing. Vocalist Patrik J. Selleby (Shadowquest, ex-Dawn of Silence) is joined by Tomas Olsson (ex-Street Talk) and Henrik Olsson on guitars, with Anders Broman on the bass, Fredrik Bergh (ex-Forceline, ex-Street Talk) on keyboards and Daniel Sjögren (Follow the Cipher, ex-Mandrake) on the drums.

About the Album

Creatures of The Dark Realm was produced by the band, so you know you get the songs they way the band wanted. The songwriting team of keyboardist Fredrik Bergh, guitarist Tomas Olsson and vocalist Patrik Selleby started from scratch, compiling song ideas they collected individually and delivering 11 solid in-your-face tracks kicked off by a deceptive acoustic intro that sets the mood for the whole album. Keyboardist Fredrik Bergh adds: “We have a few songs that didn’t make it onto the album because we want to have songs that really stick out, (songs) that have some qualities that make it interesting and fresh. But, we are in a specific genre of metal, so we can’t make a completely new style of music and call it Bloodbound. It can be tricky trying to not to repeat ourselves, but I think we succeeded in doing that on the new album.”

Final Notes

Patrik J. Selleby has a fantastic voice, and the production on the album is great. The songs all have memorable hooks, while the parts are all played with expert precision. The guitar solos are all very slick and cool, while the rhythm section kicks ass. This is a very strong release that inspires multiple listenings, and if a band can accomplish that, they have done their job well. Bloodborn fans will love it, and Power Metal fans should add it to their collection.

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Patrik J. Selleby – Vocals
Tomas Olsson – Guitars
Henrik Olsson – Guitars
Anders Broman – Bass
Fredrik Bergh – Keyboards
Daniel Sjögren – Drums

Creatures Of The Dark Realm – Tracklist

01 – The Creatures Preludium
02 – Creatures Of The Dark Realm
03 – When Fate Is Calling
04 – Ever Burning Flame
05 – Eyes Come Alive
06 – Death Will Lead The Way
07 – Gathering Of Souls
08 – Kill Or Be Killed
09 – The Gargoyles Gate
10 – March Into War
11 – Face Of Evil
12 – The Wicked And The Weak


  • Bryce Van Patten

    Bryce is an audio engineer and a graphic designer here at Metal Express Radio. From the day he purchased his first album (Machine Head by Deep Purple), he has had a passion for heavy music, which has influenced his whole life. Bryce is from the great Pacific Northwest in USA, and has played in metal bands like Babylon, Holy Terror, The Wild Dogs, Warhead and Egypt through the 80s. He had his first interview for the Portland, Oregon publication The Rock Rag with guitarist Paul Gilbert in his Racer X days. Then he was honored to get to have drinks, and talk for an hour with the legendary Dan McCafferty of Nazareth for his second interview. In 2013, he spent an amazing hour talking to Andi Deris of Helloween, which was the high point of his heavy metal journalism.   In the year 2001, he formed Man in Black Music Publishing. They released recordings by several local bands, and in the spirit of the old Metal Massacre compilations, he created a 2-album series called The Defenders of Metal. The albums featured classic styled Metal bands from all around the world, with bands from Australia to England, and from Argentina to Russia. Currently, he is the producer/creator/vocalist of the Metal band The Black Tuesdays.

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