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VINE VOICEon 15 December 2006
Ignoring all the Dream Evil comparisons, esteemed axe-wielder Gus G's current musical genius Firewind is possibly the most accomplished, sophisticated metal machines circulating around Europe's growing myriad of mediocrity. Their third full length "Forged By Fire" was as overrated as Jordan's sex video, and despite countless appraisals and accolades from the media, it failed to deliver for me and seemed to wallow in the swoon of earlier albums. Kicking out former screamer 'Chity' Somapala -he certainly embodied his name! - and swiftly replacing him with ex-Time Requiem frontman Apollo Papathanasio, Firewind have moved from the monotony like a phoenix from the flames and became an altogether brighter, more focused force in line with bands like Kamelot and Wingdom. The tracks are outstanding here, with the crushing power metal bombast of "Breaking the Silence" and "Falling to Pieces" being particular highpoints in terms of ingenuity. The beautifully composed "Deliverance" is admirable too, with a sentimentality not unlike those of the aforementioned Kamelot, weaving subtle melodies into a heavy patina of unbridled emotions. Current At Vance drummer Mark Cross does a great job on the skins, and the Helloween style attack of "Till the End of Time" is where his talent really shines. A true gem in the power metal circuit, and a band to watch out for in 2007.
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on 7 December 2010
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.
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on 4 September 2006
This album is full on Power Metal. The riffs are class, and as usual Gus G does have an instrumental on this. The new singer is good, better than their last but not as good as Stephen Frederick (Original singer). Ths solo's are class, this is just some top grade power metal.

If you like metal then get this album, you won't regret it.
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on 25 August 2007
Having heard there previous album i was really looking forward to this one. Its a shame its not quite good enough. Gus G can obviousley play as can the rest of the band but they need to be writing better tunes about now & to be honest there not. There are glimpses mind take "Falling To Pieces" a great piece of Power Metal big guitars catchy riff & Keyboard line well crafted song but its one of a very few on this album. "Aligence" "Falling..." "Ready To Strike" are the best tracks on this album with everything else being well recorded well played but ultimatley forgetable mediocraty.Come on Gus spend as much time on your writing as you do on your playing !For die hard Firewind fans only.
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on 5 February 2013
Another excellent offering from the best Rock band to come out of Greece. Met the band on their 2012 European tour in Southampton, great bunch of guys. Hey! Thanks for autographing the T shirt....
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on 10 June 2007
i saw firewind live suporting dragonforce in dec 06

they were wiked and really got the crowd going

well worth a listen
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