|Review: Iron Fire - On The Edge|
|On The Edge|
Label: Noise Records
Year released: 2001
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: June 15, 2001
Reviewed by: Pierre Bégin
for:On The Edge
This album was an excellent surprise for me. I bought it immediately after I heard it in the listening booth at the music store. To be frank, I wasn't expecting much, I thought I would hear yet another ultra-common power metal album with double-bass drums at full speed from beginning to end, well it wasn't the case! I was agreeably surprised by the powerful riffs. The album beings on an acoustic intro (Eternal Damnation) followed by the excellent The End of it All, a fast and very heavy song with a devastating riff. The lyrics are generally very dark. The voice of Martin Steene is very similar to Mötley Crüe's Vince Neil's except a few times where he uses a lower tone (he was previously a Death Metal singer!)
There's a lot of variety on the album, going from power to heavy metal and even to hard rock! It is important to note that, no matter the song style, the powerful rhythms are always there. A good example is Wanted Man, a song with an 80's US hard rock sound (even with a cow's bell), put at the same time very powerful. This song is very catchy and it is one of my favorites on the album. There are also some very heavy songs like Prince of Agony, On The Edge, and Into the Abyss. Lost 'N Alone is a very good ballad with a good guitar solo. The album ends on a very nice note with The Price of Blood, an excellent heavy song with a catchy chorus.
The production is also superb, it's now almost common to say that since most metal bands have been offering an exceptional sound quality for many years, even bands that are unsigned or on a small label.
It is very difficult to pick some favorite songs because I find the album very good from beginning to end, except maybe the two fast Thunderspirit and Forever Evil which are a bit too common in my opinion. Overall, an excellent album and one of my best surprises this year.
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