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Review: Bloodbound - Creatures of the Dark Realm
Creatures of the Dark Realm

Label: AFM Records
Year released: 2021
Duration: 45:15
Tracks: 12
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: May 25, 2021
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
Creatures of the Dark Realm

Rated 4.2/5 (84%) (5 Votes)

If you were a fan of early Bloodbound, the crunchy, Urban Breed-led band, you know by now those days are long gone and you can probably stop reading now. If, like me, you love neoclassical power metal, then keep reading. Bloodbound has been moving in this direction for the last several albums and with 2021's Creatures of the Dark Realm, it all comes together. I'm talking huge, hooky melodies created by keyboards and guitars in a riot of harmonies along with some of the catchiest choruses I've heard in quite a while. Note-perfect double kick-driven songs like "Gargoyle's Gate" and "Ever Burning Flame" will get your heart pumping while the precision beats of anthems like "Eyes Come Alive" and "March into War" will get your feet stomping. The songwriting on Creatures of the Dark Realm is spot on, making the fact that you've heard similar music before irrelevant. I think of Stratovarius mixed with Sabaton, capped with a little Avantasia; it's that good. Bloodbound may not be breaking any molds but they hit the power metal target in the bull's-eye with Creatures of the Dark Realm.

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