Coldbound are a band from Finland that has been featured before in this zine and on this recording moves away from their more atmospheric and melodic style of black metal and goes into more of a melodic death metal direction and this is a review of their self released 2018 album "The Gale".
Water and thunder sounds along with some atmospheric sounding synths start off the album before going into a more heavy and melodic musical direction while the solos and leads also use a great amount of melody as well as the music also mixing the atmospheric and heavy parts together.
Vocals are mostly death metal growls while elements of doom metal can also be heard in the slower sections of the music along with some grim screams which also adds in a touch of black metal as well as a good portion of the tracks being very long and epic in length and as the album progresses whispers can also be heard in certain sections of the recording and when the music speeds up a small amount of blast beats can also be heard and one track also brings in female vocals.
On this recording Coldbound moves way from an atmospheric style of black metal and goes into more of a melodic doom/death metal direction, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover personal struggles, nature and darkness themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Coldbound and while some black metal fans might not like the new direction, I can see this album winning over fans of melodic doom/death metal. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Invocation" "The Gale" and "Towards The Weeping Skies". 8 out of 10.