Call it a six (long) track meditation, if you will.
I will simply call it amazing.
Author: Jane Cedenberger
Yeah, it’s a bit of a struggle – and had we all been 25 and single, we probably would have been out a lot more, but no. We don’t do that many shows, we choose carefully and say no. That way we can keep the spark and have fun – and never feel like ”this is just another day at work”
In the beginning the vocals are a bit drowned by the music, but the levels get corrected after a while, and all is good and peaceful but at the same time raw, dark and brutal.
And very visual, and filled with energy and power.
And humble gratefulness.
The ten songs are beautifully composed and delivered with so much emotion and precision, so much Fingerspitzengefühl, that it’s almost overwhelming. It’s like floating into calm and serenity, but with a raw and brutal twist. It’s about… balance.
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There is so much beauty in the singing shared by Clémentine Delauney and Michele Guaitoli as they lead us through the eleven tracks, especially in the very emotional third song, ”Nothing Lasts Forever”.
And when the hardest part of reviewing an album is trying to pick out the tracks that really stand out and not really wanting to stop listening, that is when you know it’s pure fucking special.
There is a lot of wind, and showers of rain…but it doesn’t really matter, because when this Austrian/Italian/French symphonic combination starts their show, that is where the focus goes.
There is a lot of joy coming from the stage, and especially the bass player Filipo Zavattari seems to be everywhere all the time, jumping and running around like crazy, which is fun to watch.
I have seen Bloodbound live a lot of times, on all types of venues and with all kinds of member line-ups, but never before with this feeling of unity and harmony like this evening.
From the beginning the backdrop is all black, but after the fourth song it comes up and reveals the cover of the new album, ”Endless Saga”, coming out in December.
But they have nothing to be ashamed of anyway. Not even the fact that they break off the Metallica songs to give us the world premiere live performance of the Sabaton cover they recorded this summer, ”Fields of Verdun” (which of course makes the audience go crazy).
There is something about this Norwegian progressive black metal band that just gets to me every time I hear them. And there is no difference this time around.
At least not from the beginning.
And then suddenly the awesome Richard Marks kicks of a bass solo, which transcends into a powerful teamwork with drums and bass – and Joseph Zapanatis drops a drum stick in the middle, but still manages to keep the beat going.
And it’s all such a shame. Because the songs are actually good and there is competence and talent in this band, but the sharpness in the mix – and the volume that is also too loud, just steals the attention.