At the Sabaton Open Air Festival this year, I had the chance to sit down with Brothers...
Author: Jane Cedenberger
6/10 First of all: there is no doubt that Tarja has a great voice, and on this,...
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.
That is one of the beauties of not being genre stuck, being open to everything there is out there, finding new amazing songs and artists. Even though the suggestions for songs and artists both Spotify and Youtube come up with might sometimes be totally OFF.
That unity, completed with the bass, also truly shines in songs like ”The Rhythm of Life”, ”Siren’s Fall” and ”Bring Down the Mountain”. And in combination with the vocals, it all just makes sense and all fits like a glove. And the gentle but yet magnificent ending with the beautiful ”Even When” that is just so… breathtaking.
But sometimes my mind just stops at some phrase – like getting stuck and letting your head wander off after hearing a line in a song, like in Beast In Black’s ”Blind and Frozen”, where we have the line ”…as I read those letters you wrote me” – what letters, what did they say? I will just never know.
And they manage to stay that way even though they are constantly admired, getting their egos fed, put under pressure and tested by their surroundings. Even though they have fans that are not always behaving nicely, they still have trust and faith and allow you to connect with them, they dare to open up and let you in.