Σάββατο, 15 Οκτωβρίου 2016

Enbound - The Blackened Heart (2016)




Enbound was formed in 2006 by Mike Cameron Force, who previously had played with bands like Zonata and Poem. Some years were spent working on material, finding the right direction for Enbound, and also the right members. The experienced bass player Swede “Machine gun fingers” Odén was added to the line-up, as well as the extremely talented guitar virtuoso Marvin Flowberg. And finally in 2009 the band found their singer in Lee Hunter [Lars Säfsund] who is famous for his work in the band Work of Art and performances in musicals like Jesus Christ Superstar, TV shows like "Let's Dance", Eurovision Song Contest and working with musicians like Bill Champlin [Chicago], Joseph Williams [Toto] and more.

The debut album "And She Says Gold" was released in 2011 and was received very well by fans and the media, and songs like "Combined The Souls" and "Under A Spell" are by many considered classics.

Now Enbound, following the praised album debut “And She Says Gold” finally present their second album, entitled "The Blackened Heart".

Jacob Hansen [Amaranthe, Volbeat, Primal Fear] was chosen to master the album, and awesomely did so. The Swedish famed photography and illustrator duo of Robert Elmengård and Niklas Lundberg created the spot on artwork. Layout was made by Stefan Heilemann [Kamelot, Epica, Rhapsody].

Guest appearances on the album includes the vocalist Linnéa Wikström [Kamelot, Therion] on "Falling" and Mike LePond [Symphony X] is responsible for the first of two bass solos on "Feed My Flame".
 



The Blackened Heart has a nice mix of heavy and up tempo songs, all with their own strong and grasping melodies. Some songs has a more aggressive, modern metal tone like "Give Me Light". A track like “Feel My Flame” has classic metal influences, while “They Don't Really Know” beautifully combines sensibility with force. Enbound prove with "The Blackened Heart" that they can handle any angle of melodic metal. Like their debut, their characteristic powerful arrangements remain with fantastic and emotional vocals on top.

Enbound continues to deliver and whatever you do, listen to this album!

Enbound line-up:
Lee Hunter [Lars Säfsund - Work of Art] - Vocals
Swede - Bass
Marvin Flowberg - Guitars
Mike Cameron Force - Drums

Enbound discography:
2011: And She Says Gold [Inner Wound Recordings]
2016: The Blackened Heart [Inner Wound Recordings]

Mastered by: Jacob Hansen [Amaranthe, Volbeat, Primal Fear]
Artwork by: Stefan Heilemann [Kamelot, Epica, Rhapsody]

Guests on the album
Linnéa Wikström [Therion, Kamelot] - Vocals on "Falling"
Mike LePond [Symphony X] - One of two bass solos on "Feel My Flame"




Website: enbound.rocks
Facebook: facebook.com/enbound

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