|Review: Gods of Fire - Wrath of the Gods|
|Wrath of the Gods|
Label: Black Thirteen Recording Company
Year released: 2004
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: September 26, 2004
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
for:Wrath of the Gods
Rated 4.5/5 (90%) (4 Votes)
Gods of Fire are the poster child for the expression "never judge a book by its cover" (and variations.) With a producer having some crappy bands in his portfolio, and kind of goofy-looking photos, I was expecting this to be some kind of nu-metal band or something. Well did I ever get my ass kicked when I put this in the CD player. If I had to compare this to anything, I'd have to say mid-80s epic Iron Maiden but with a more "modern" sound. In fact, if you had Steve Harris' bass signature sound and Dickinson on vocals, this could almost pass as a Maiden album (and arguably better than what they've released after 7th Son.) Not that this band rips off Maiden, but there are a lot of similarities. The epic feel, the guitar playing (some of the solos scream Maiden, not to mention the galloping riffs), and no-nonsense lyrics. The singer has his own style but also hints at some Dickinson and Geoff Tate influences, to name only those. He does a great job overall, although I found the vocals a bit too over the top here and there - not to the point of ruining the album of course, but just enough to put a question mark on one's face during a couple of songs.
Without really going into a progressive style, there's quite a bit going on here and one can spend quite a busy afternoon dissecting it all. The album turns even more interesting when you focus on the lyrics, inspired by novels, poems and even some obscure video game in the case of album opener "Welcome to Hell". "The Long Walk", with a running length of almost 10 minutes, is inspired by a Stephen King novel (the inspiration for each song is described in the booklet.) It's not often that you see such a perfect harmony between music, vocals and lyrical contents. The only exception is "Nectar of the Gods" which is described as "a battle cry for saving metal" - this is really the most lighthearted song on here and even then it's not as cliché as your typical metal hymn. If anything I'd have to say these guys are top-notch storytellers.
This is something that ought to please almost any classic heavy metal fan. Strangely, it seems the album is only available through the band's web site. This is kind of a shame since this might prevent this little gem from getting into more hands. Head to www.gods-of-fire.com if this is your cup of tea. Highly recommended.
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