The Swedish Power Metal Force BLOODBOUND gained a remarkable standing with
their three records since 2006. Finally they will release their highly
anticipated new output “Unholy Cross” on March 18th. After the modern-hard
“Tabula Rasa” (2009) the new album can be considered as a return to traditional
virtues, because “Unholy Cross” is from the very first moment on finest power
metal interweaved with those sublime melodies BLOODBOUND are famous for since
Starting with the anthemic opener “Moria” this album will capture you and
is never going to let you go. It is right here where you can admire singer
Patrik “Pata” Johansson for the first time in action. His voice is just
predestined for this kind of music and puts an incredible depth into “Unholy
Cross”. That’s the reason why songs like the emotional half-ballad “Brothers Of
War” (maybe the finest song of that kind since Hammerfall’s “Glory To The
Brave”) or the strong “The Ones We Left Behind” as well as up-tempo-tracks such
as “In The Dead Night” become outstanding compositions on an album which is on
the highest level from the first second on. But also production-wise “Unholy
Cross” has to be considered the most mature and high-class BLOODBOUND output so
far, with nobody less but Jonas Kjellgren (Sonic Syndicate, Scar Symmetry)
taking care of mixing and mastering.
BLOODBOUND was founded in summer 2004 by Tomas Olsson and Fredrik Bergh.
Soon they recorded a demo and got a contract for Europe and Asia instantly. The
debut “Nosferatu” was released in 2006 and yielded best critiques. Consequently
they played shows with bands like Sabaton, Arch Enemy, Pretty Maids and
Evergrey. But 2006 was also characterized by line-up changes which didn’t pass
unnoticed, particularly as singer Urban Breed left BLOODBOUND after the tour to
focus on his solo project.
But soon Michael Bormann (ex-Jaded Heart) was found to fill the gap and so
the second album “Book Of The Dead” was recorded and released in 2007. The
result: position # 66 in the Swedish album charts. But shortly after the
release of „Book Of The Dead“ it became obvious – Michael´s other obligations
did not allow enough time for BLOODBOUND. To play the already booked shows they
could convince Urban Breed to return to the band. And it became more than some
gigs. Urban stayed for another tour supporting Hammerfall and recorded the next
album „Tabula Rasa“ with the band on which more modern and hard elements have
been added to BLOODBOUND’s sound. Numerous festival shows as well as another
European tour with Hammerfall and Sabaton in 2009 followed.
But in 2010 the band parted ways with Urban Breed again. On their search
for a new vocalist it was really important for the remaining members to find
somebody whose personality and professional attitude matches BLOODBOUND´s. And
with Patrik “Pata” Johansson (Dawn Of Silence) they found all that – a great
new singer, a frontman, a friend.
The chemistry was just right –“Unholy Cross“ is the definitive proof. Now,
somehow feeling resurrected and revamped, BLOODBOUND are already confirmed for
the Metalfest 2011 festivals in Czech Republic and Hungary. A European tour is
also in the making.
Unholy Cross entered the official Swedish album chart at # 50 and the album
was #3 in the Swedish hard rock chart….
In November 2012 bloodbound released their fifth album In The name of metal
through AFM Records. The album reached # 43 on the official album chart in
Sweden and is the bands highest chart entry to date.