Death By Fire is album number three from Swedish traditional metal revivalists Enforcer. Now signed to the Nuclear Blast label, Enforcer has become one of the more successful young bands in the so-called New Wave of Traditional Metal movement. They got to this point by playing the kind of high speed, high energy heavy metal that dominated the scene nearly 30 years ago, and doing it extremely well.
With Death By Fire, Enforcer picks up right where their previous albums (2010's Diamonds and 2008's Into the Night) left off. It's another highly polished, extremely energetic heavy metal album that's dominated by high speed guitar riffs and Olof Wikstrand's high-pitched vocals. Think Killers-era Iron Maiden meets Exciter, only with that decidedly Swedish sense of melody. Death By Fire is super easy to get into, with its catchy hooks and headbanging rhythms, not to mention the cheesy/awesome lyrical focus on all fire, the night, the devil and all things metal.
If traditional heavy metal is your genre of choice, there's really no way you're going to be able to resist songs like "Death Rides This Night," "Sacrificed," "Run For Your Life" and "Satan." They sound like the kind of classic heavy metal anthems that inspired so many young metalheads back in the `80s, only with the kind of vibrant urgency only a young, hungry band can deliver.
For the initiated, Death By Fire offers no real surprises. It's an extension of what we heard on the previous two Enforcer albums. Then again, you don't really expect much change or progression from this kind of band. You buy an Enforcer album because you want 40 minutes (give or take) of high speed, highly melodic, old school heavy metal, and Death By Fire does not disappoint. For the newcomers, Death By Fire makes an ideal introduction to Enforcer's sound, and one that will fit perfectly alongside your Cauldron, White Wizzard, Twisted Tower Dire and Widow albums.