Released by: Frontiers Records
Release Date: February 22nd, 2019
Tim Owens – Lead and Background Vocals
Chris Caffery – Lead, Rhythm and acoustic guitars Background vocals
Steve DiGiorgio – Bass Guitars
Mark Zonder – Drums
Light Speed Marchin
Temple Of The Soul
All Comes Together
Spirits Of Fire
Stand And Fight
Meet Your End
Never To Return
Alone In The Darkness
Oh good another super group. What are they called? Spirits of Fire. Whatever, what kind of music? Pretty badass metal! Really? Yeah, really. OK, if they’re so good, who is in the band? And that my faithful readers is when I took notice. Every single person in this band is an absolute Metal badass, and I am not kidding at all. When I saw the line-up of musicians involved with Spirits of Fire I knew then I was gonna have to get on that. Once I spun it a few times I was blown away by the album, but again, taking in consideration who makes up the band I’d be mighty shocked if it fell flat. Now, with the release of their debut s/t album I’m going to have to wait and see if this is a one and done or if they’re going to keep doing it.
So who exactly is in the band? Let’s take a gander shall we. Fronting the band is none other than Tim “Ripper” Owens, he of Judas Priest fame as well as countless other bands and solo offerings over the years. He’s sounding at the top of his game on this one delivering a vocal performance of a lifetime. Fresh off his most recent stellar solo album you have on Mr. Chris Caffery of Savatage and TSO fame, burning up the fretboard as he demonstrates that he truly is one of the best and most versatile guitarists out there. Next we offer up Mr. Steve DiGiorgio of Death, Sadus, and Testament fame (as well as a lengthy list of other performances.)
Easily one of my top favorite bass players of not only the metal world, but in general. His skills are simply astounding. Rounding out this already magnificent grouping is one Mark Zonder of Fates Warning fame. Certainly one of the top Progressive Metal drummers to pick up the sticks, but to hear him lay down these immaculately tasty metal drums…wow! It’s like they spun four wheels of musicians, chock full of the best of the best, and created Spirits of Fire. Add Roy Z to the mix as producer and you have a guaranteed Heavy Metal classic. Unabashedly Metal, Spirits of Fire deliver a list of powerfully heavy and deeply catchy songs with titles like “Stand and Fight,” “Light Speed Marching,” and “Meet Your End,” that will satisfy any headbanger out there.
If Spirits of Fire the album doesn’t force you to break out the leather studded armbands, the patch adorned denim vest and propel you to throw the horns up and bang your head, then you might want to check your pulse, because you might be dead. This album fucking jams, and only gets better with each spin. This is one super group that damn certain delivers the goods, and will hopefully make it happen again. But if this is the only album for them, what a way to do it.
Written by: Chris Martin