Bloodbound is a Swedish power metal band formed in 2004. They released their first studio album, Nosferatu, in 2005 and their second, Book of the Dead, in May 2007. The brainchild of former Street Talk members Fredrik Bergh and Tomas Olsson, the band has also included Michael Bormann (Jaded Heart), Urban breed (Tad Morose) and Pelle Åkerlind (Morgana Lefay). Their debut album Nosferatu featured former Tad Morose singer Urban breed on vocals. Released on 16 December 2005 (in Japan; European release date 24 February 2006), Nosferatu features artwork by Mark Wilkinson (Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Marillion) and received an early rave review from the Swedish rock magazine Power Play. Based solely on the strength of their debut album, the band opened for Evergrey and headlined day one of the Gothenburg Metal Festival.
After Urban breed announced his departure from Bloodbound in fall 2006, former Tad Morose singer Kristian Andrèn briefly joined the band for some live dates. In March 2007, they announced their new singer, German Michael Bormann, who laid down vocals on the band’s second album Book of the Dead. Bormann, however, played no live shows with Bloodbound: for their first performance after releasing Book of the Dead (9 June 2007 at Sweden Rock Festival), Urban breed handled the vocal duties. Urban also performed with the band at subsequent shows, including Bollnäs Festivalen, 21 July 2007. Bloodbound played two sets, both backed up by a symphony orchestra. For the second set they backed Paul Di’Anno of Iron Maiden fame. In October 2007, they announced that original singer Urban breed had officially re-joined and would sing during the band’s tour in support of HammerFall. On 13 April 2010, breed announced on his forum that Bloodbound had decided to continue with another singer, ending his second tenure with the band. They had recruited Patrik Selleby (back then known as Patrik Johansson), from the band Dawn of Silence.
Despite the band’s apparent black metal image (the band members have worn make-up in the “corpse paint” style in the promotional photos on their albums and Web site, and during some live shows), Bloodbound’s music does not fit into the black metal category. Instead, it is more similar in style to heavy metal bands such as Helloween and Iron Maiden, although the lyrics sometimes approach darker subjects. Stormborn (2014) marks a thematic shift of the band’s lyrics into more medieval fantasy topics, with numerous references to the hit TV series Game of Thrones. From War of Dragons (2017), the lyrical themes have departed completely into medieval fantasy themes, with a particular emphasis on dragons and keeping up with the references to Game of Thrones, which are carried on in the newest album Rise of the Dragon Empire (2019).
In 2009 the band signed a worldwide deal with the label Blistering Records for their third album release, titled Tabula Rasa. The album was set for release on 26 April 2009. As of 2014, they are currently signed to AFM Records.
|Book of the Dead||Full-length||2007|
|In the Name of Metal||Full-length||2012|
|One Night of Blood||Live album||2016|
|War of Dragons||Full-length||2017|
|Slayer of Kings||Single||2019|
|Rise of the Dragon Empire||Single||2019|
|The Warlock’s Trail||Single||2019|
|Rise of the Dragon Empire||Full-length||2019|
|When Fate Is Calling||Single||2021|
|Creatures of the Dark Realm||Full-length||2021|
|Oskar Belin||Drums (2004-2006)|
|See also: ex-Detonator|
|Urban breed||Vocals (2004-2006, 2007-2010)|
|See also: Serious Black, Project Arcadia, ex-Pyramaze, ex-Tad Morose, ex-Trail of Murder, ex-Dark Empire|
|Jörgen Andersson||Bass (2006)|
|See also: Soul Source, The Citadel, ex-Torch, ex-Baltimoore|
|Johan Sohlberg||Bass (2006-2011)|
|See also: ACe of DC, Blue DeVilles, Coverdales, Emerald (Swe), Greystone (Swe), Special Edition, ex-The Storyteller|
|Pelle Åkerlind||Drums (2006-2016)|
|See also: Morgana Lefay, Trail of Murder, ex-Lednote, ex-Rock Tools|
|Markus Albertson||Guitars (2006)|
|See also: Gormathon, ex-Tad Morose, ex-Dizaster, ex-Nexcis, ex-Saint’s Addiction, ex-Seven Sins, ex-Taleswapper|
|Kristian Andrén||Vocals (2006-2007)|
|See also: ex-Fifth Reason, ex-Tad Morose, ex-Wuthering Heights, ex-Memento Mori|
|Michael Bormann||Vocals (2007)|
|See also: PowerWorld, Redrum, Silent Force, ex-The Sygnet, ex-TAX, High Voltage, J.R. Blackmore Group, Michael Bormann, Michael Bormann’s Jaded Hard, Rain, The Trophy, ex-Biss, ex-Bonfire, ex-Jaded Heart, ex-Letter X, ex-20th Century Boys, ex-Charade, ex-Zeno|