Bloodorn - Official Website

Let The Fury Rise

International Country of Origin: International

1. Overture XIS
2. Fear The Coming Wave
3. Under The Secret Sign
4. Rise Up Again
5. Tonight We Fight!
6. God Won't Come
7. Forging The Future
8. Let The Fury Rise
9. Six Wounded Wolves
10. Bloodorn
11. Square Hammer (Ghost Cover)

Review by Brexaul on May 29, 2024.

A new power metal band formed by some well known names in the scene is always interesting right? "Very fast and technical, sometimes even brutal, but also very melodic and catchy: Extreme Power Metal!" is how the band describes their music, and I must admit it’s not too far from the truth.

Bloodorn plays a Dragonforce type power metal, much better than current Dragonforce, but with all the shortcomings of the one-trick ponies. Songs are for the most part super-fast with very little variety or staying power after the initial “wow – this is FAST” impression. Sure, there is a lot of shredding involved and everyone is a highly competent player, but we were promised “catchy and melodic”, and the sheer machine gun performance doesn’t let either of those aspects to fully come in the foreground. I’m sure there will be a lot of “make power metal fast again” afficionados that will see no problem with it, but I don’t find the appeal on an album with eight tracks being “Through Fire and Flames”.

My biggest problem with this album though, is that it’s noisy as hell. Everything is chaos. It’s one of the rare moments that the cover perfectly describes the content. The mix suffers from plastic overproduced drums, which hinder the tremendous performance of Michael Brush to a point where you think everything is programmed. The bass of Francesco Saverio Ferraro is there, but buried under the massive wall of sound. Nils Courbaron can shred his ass off and the solos are a masterclass of technique, but I rarely found myself rewinding to appreciate a melody or a phrase. Mike Livas should take a chill pill and get some control of his performance. He gets so invested in the quest for the aggressive ferocity they promised to deliver, that his performance is borderline comedically over the top at times. That’s not to say he has an impressive set of pipes, but listening to his performance (and honestly, to the whole band) feels like you’re watching a boiler building up pressure to the point of explosion. Even in their more (scarce unfortunately) mellow moments, you just can’t catch a breath. Jesus Christ, let off some steam Bennett!!

I may have been more critical than usual, but fear not, the album is not without its redeeming qualities. There are a handful of songs that are a great display of “modern” aggressive power metal, like 'Rise Up Again' or 'Forging The Future'. I particularly enjoyed 'Six Wounded Wolves' which offers a slight change of pace and has the band experimenting with some much-needed respite, even Mike Livas tries his hand (throat?) to some more operatic vocals that are a most welcome change of pace. Nils offers some great riffs which is something power metal is missing in general, and Livas hits some impossible notes effortlessly, being possessed by the Gods of power metal. When everything falls into place, you get a glimpse of what could be, and it’s promising.

The Ghost cover ironically offers what most of the album is missing, and that is some calmer moments. Even with the extreme makeover Bloodorn did, it still is much easier on the ears than the non-stop bludgeoning, and I suppose a smart way to each into fans of an entirely different scene.

Wrapping things up, Bloodorn makes a promise they don’t quite deliver, mostly due to the jumbled-up songwriting and their reliance on speed rather than substance. They are extremely well equipped on the technical side of things, but their song writing (and mixing) needs a significant amount of improvement if they want to go toe to toe with the big boys. We’re talking about a band that could potentially release something as impressive as Angra (which they cite as one of their main influences) but they have to understand that the strength of Angra is not their unmatched technical ability, but the ability to showcase that when it’s needed.

Rating: 7.1 out of 10