|Bloodbound - photo taken from AFM Records press kit|
Stormborn begins with a 1:43 intro, "Bloodtale", that I suppose is intended to be creepy or devilish, but serves to me as not much more than a waste of time. "Satanic Panic" turns things around and rips out of the gates running rampant with piercingly tight vocals, riffs, thrash style pace and a huge chorus. "Iron Throne" is a little high pitched and screechy at times for my particular likes but it has been chosen as the lead single/video, included below. "Nightmares From the Grave" is more like my expectations from Bloodbound with a chanting chorus and a children's choir segment. The title track "Stormborn" is a stomping power metal anthem beginning ominously with the clap of thunder and rain falling, to choir vocals, to the pounding beat driving the track forward. "We Raise the Dead" begins with a charging riff, powering forward into the thumping track for one of the best of the compilation and probably my top pick. Anthemic "Made of Steel" had my air drumming off to the races and is exactly what the title would suggest, hard driving, first pumping, chanting metal, perhaps this will be my top pick instead. "Blood of My Blood" keeps things moving in the same vein as Stormborn just seems to get better and better as it moves forward. A truly epic track with "When the Kingdom Will Fall" appears next and "Seven Hells" is a thundering delight. Stormborn wraps up with the ripping "When All Lights Fail" to bring the album to a nice close on a high note.
BUY: Bloodbound - Stormborn
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PHOTO CREDIT: AFM RECORDS PRESS KIT 2014