|Bloodbound Nosferatu||Metal Heaven|
What's this? Swedish AOR guru and ivory tinkler Fredrik Bergh (Street Talk) performing melodic metal and dressed to the nine's in gorefest make-up? What is the world coming to? Is AOR truly an artform at risk of total annihilation?|
In answer to those questions – no idea and yes indeed! But the end is not quite upon us yet.
Previously responsible for some of the finest and sweetest AOR this side of Air Supply, Bergh has 'turned nasty' and is now showcasing his great talents to a new audience.
No one could blame any devout AOR legend for trying something new. And due to the fact Fredrik is recording a new Street Talk album now; we will allow him this excursion into metaldom.
Fredrik joins with long time pal Tomas Olsson on guitars and Urban Breed, the highly regarded frontman from the Tad Morose.
In all seriousness, this is a pretty fine record. I'll skip putting a poster of these guys on my wall (that's a frightful look), but Bergh certainly adds something worthy to his resume.
On the strength of this debut, I can see the band continuing on for some time.
Yes, this is pure European melodic metal with the furious double time drumming and wailing guitar riffs, wrapped up in a polished production.
As the name suggests Bloodbound is certainly not a 'must-buy' for Street Talk fans – but tose with diverse tastes could find something new to enjoy here. Like all things involving Burgh, there is a certain class to the songwriting here and a definite melodic touch shining through.
Tracks such as Behind The Moon, Nosferatu, Crucified and Fallen From Grace contain some great lead vocals and in tune with the furious guitar and rhythm onslaught are some strong melodies.
As stated, one must have an ear for the sonically intense music on offer here. If it's something a little more laid back you are after, then grab Street Talk and relax!
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