It’s always a bit of a bold move when an already well-established brand, with a lengthy discography, decides to make a self-titled release, especially when such a release comes after a major lineup change. Needless to say, that’s exactly what’s happened with multi-national power metal band Firewind, a very well known, rather popular band within their field, who are now set to release a self-titled album as their ninth full-length release. After being quite impressed with their last album, Immortals, I was interested to see whether this new album would be as good as that one and after several listens, I am quite pleased to say it is indeed every bit as good, if not even better in spots.
On our way to the tour, we stopped by Hamburg in our record label AFM to discuss the next album. So we have already made plans and settled that it will be released next year.
The new material and the focus for the night sits comfortably with the old and uber guitarst Gus G peels off lick after lick like the consummate professional he is. That doesn’t stop lead singer Henning Basse teasing him with a few glances at his watch as Gus pulls another solo out of the bag.
As a power metal fan, there are a few rather major bands in the genre I still haven’t looked into as much as I probably should, and one of those is Greek band Fire
While known for his work with Firewind, Dream Evil, Nightrage and Mystic Prophecy, the wider American audience will probably recognize Gus G for his performance on Ozzy Ozbourne’s 2010 album “Scream.” To me the guitar sounded like second hand Zakk Wylde and it left me unimpressed. But try not to think of that album — Gus’ second solo L.P. is a pretty decent blast of melodic metal.
massing worldwide acclaim as a guitar superstar, Marty of course has helped sell millions of records with Megadeth. He has also continued to record solo records, often embarking on adventurous musical forays far removed from his work with Megadeth, including an album with Golden Globe winner Kitaro.
DORO is still going strong and the release of her latest album RAISE YOUR FIST shows that she has plenty more to offer…
Every time I hear a song about “dimensions” I can’t stop but to think about Pagan’s Mind, the chorus in this one tune here “Another Dimension” sounds like a song off PM’s catalog, very nicely done. The duet with Apocalyptica on the power ballad “Edge of Dreams’ is hauntingly well a touching guitar solo by Gus. The rest of the repertoire follow the same vain from the rest of the record.
I have to give some mad props for hearing the man Jon K back on the vocals here as guesting in the tracks “Solar Eclipse” and “Emblem of Light”, it had been a long time since I heard him in singing back in the scene, anybody remember Balance of Power and Biomechanical? Been a while.