Tomas Olsson Q&A
It was a cold December morning at 4 a.m. when I managed to connect with Bloodbound guitarist Tomas Olsson across the pond in lovely Sweden. This winter, November 7 to be exact, Olsson and his merry band of metal brethren dropped their fifth studio effort, “In The Name of Metal“.
Tomas was happy to discuss the new record, his new singer, and making the band’s very first video. Plus he shared the guitarists who influenced his style also talked seeing AC/DC and Metallica at Monsters of Rock 1991 in Copenhagen, as a key moment on his path to music.
Olsson formed Bloodbound in 2004 with keyboardist Frederik Bergh. The group sound is a combination of classic and power metal genres. Memorable riffs that recall the likes of Accept, but often with massive spiraling melodies, ala Helloween and Hammerfall.
The new record marks the second with new vocalist Patrik “Pata” Johansson (Dawn of Silence), who replaced former frontman Urban Breed (Tad Morose, Pyramaze) and German throat-for-hire, Michael Bormann. Olsson discussed how Patrik’s arrival has impacted Bloodbound:
“We’ve had some problems in the past with singers, but when Patrick joined the band, we feel like we found our guy. The atmosphere in the band is a lot better now. He’s a really easy going guy, and easy to work with.”
Bloodbound’s style has usually stemmed from a foundation of power metal, but with their 2011 album “Unholy Cross” and the new record, the band is tapping more into a straight forward classic metal style. I asked Tomas if this was intentional or the by-product of a new singer or creative muse.
“It is intentionally. We wanted, especially the last album, to be a bit more epic and classic sounding. Kind of an extension of the first half of the ‘Unholy Cross’ album. We’ve moved in that direction now and it feels like it’s the right thing for the band.”
Despite being five albums into its career, Bloodbound had never made a video until they filmed one for the title track of the new album (which can be viewed below) which has sort of a Twisted Sister meets the NWOBHM vibe. The idea of releasing four albums in this age of social media and YouTube, without the benefit of a video seems almost implausible.
“It’s sad but true,” laughs Olsson. “We’ve been talking about videos for a long time and we never got around to doing one. I think mainly because of finances. I mean, we wanted to do a video that looked really good and this time we got the chance to work with Thomas Tjäder who’s done videos for In Flames, and all these great bands. So we thought it was a great idea to do it now. In the past we’ve had some offers to make videos, but still not on a professional level so we decided to wait.”
You can listen to the full interview with Tomas Olsson below, check out the band’s debut video, then go buy the album, “In The Name of Metal“!