ALBUM FISTFUL OF FIRE
LABEL AFM Records
OUT April 3rd, 2020
OUR RATING 85/100
It’s a pity that an album such as FISTFUL OF FIRE, the new fatigue by BONFIRE, out on April 3rd, 2020, is out throughout this lethal pandemy, a strong attack also in the heart of our loved genre of music.
Led by HANS ZILLER, today the line up shows a new drummer, a solid name such André Hilgers Fanpage, honestly a step ahead, and confirmed ALEXX STAHL on vocals, Frank Pané on guitars and RONNIE PARKES
Overall ALEXX STAHL and ANDRE’ HILGERS are an added value, able to provides different new solutions for the band, especially in the heavier side of their sound.
FIRSTFUL OF FIRE sounds great, thanks to a fancy production and richer arrangements; no fillers but an album which you’ll appreciate since first song GOTTA GET WAY, opened by an instrumental intro entitled THE JOKER.
Powerful and strong they’re able to mix the modern verve of vocals with classic and melodic touch, trademark of the band.
THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT starts with a symphonic touch and they find new solutions; solo part is brilliant and it will be a constant of the platter.
Great rhythm in RIDE THE BLADE, with squared riffing but melody doesn’t lack; classy and with a brilliant texture .
A fancy ballad that grows second after second is WHEN AN OLD MEN CRIES while the anthem ROCK’N’ROLL SURVIVORS, with its fresh, strong hard rock, is the well-known single.
Side B of the vinyl, after a grandiloquent intro (THE SURGE), flows into GLORYLAND, one of our favs.
Squared and powerful next FIRE AND ICE, pressing and again with a more complex structure that we really appreciate.
If WARRIOR, with its keyboards and its 80’s touch, is closer to classic sound of the band, BREAKING OUT, opened by the guitar explosion of FIRE ETUDE, is another example of tasty heavy rock attack.
The title track ends in the best way this brilliant return, with its own style, with catchy chorus but with a more articulated structure.
BONFIRE..THE LEGEND GOES ON..AND ON..AND ON...AND ON!!!