Sometimes, no matter how good your favourite magazines are, they occasionally do you a disservice by inaccurately reviewing a band. If you're lucky, you realise they made a mistake. That is what happened with Firewind. Terrorizer, stupidly, referred to them as 'retro' so I consequently ignored them for several years. Having accidentally stumbled upon them via YouTube, when I wanted to check out Ozzy's new guitarist ( Firewind's Gus G. ), I realised how grave that mistake was.
Quite simply, they are AMAZING. I think probably what the magazine meant by 'retro', was a reliance on classic songwriting, great musicianship, and - above all - fantastic vocals. You know, like the good old days, when you had to actually be GOOD to even bother trying to form a band.
In the influences, you will hear Rainbow, Dio, Whitesnake, Scorps, Metallica, Testament, even Dream Theater - such are the levels of skill on display. Above all, it's HEAVY AS HELL, so in that way, it fits perfectly with current metal music trends.
There are no gratuitous displays of tempo, shredding, or vocal histrionics. Everything is laid down to serve the song to its maximum capacity. Of course, you may find the single BREAK THE SILENCE, with the guest female vocal by Tara, a bit hammy, ( and possibly aimed at the teen metal compilation market ), but I don't. Like many of the tracks, it's a spine-tingling metal anthem that will get fists in the air from here to Vladivostok. They are going to be huge.