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Review: Gunfire - Thunder of War
Gunfire
www.gunfire.it
Thunder of War

Label: Battle Cry Records
Year released: 2004
Duration: 70:44
Tracks: 15
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: May 23, 2006
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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This is the debut from Gunfire, an Italian band in the general vein of a lot of True/Speed Metal bands emerging from the Hellenic part of the world the last few years, a trend which I hope continues, as it has already produced some very fine bands (ie Battleroar, Wotan, Lonewolf, Doomsword etc)

Gunfire play stripped-down metal reminiscent of a more primitive Wizard, they also sound like Wotan a good bit. They suffer from the Achilles heel of Italian bands – a thin production job that makes this sound like a demo at times. But nothing can completely mute the sometimes excellent riffs on this album. Opener "The King's Amulet" is not a good place to start, as it is not one of their stronger tunes, better to skip right to "Deceiver" and follow through "Gunfire" and the rocking title cut. The vocals on here aren't great, but they aren't bad, and I can see there is plenty of potential there with a bigger budget and some practice. Gunfire don't hit every time, as on the interminable "Fight For The Truth", which I always skip. But when they are on the money, this band shows real chops. The last four songs are their demo tacked onto the end, which wouldn't be so bad if two of the songs were not repeats, and if the addition didn't make the whole album over seventy minutes long. I'm all for the value of money, but this album is just too darned long for its own good, and the sheer length bogs it down.

Overall this is a pretty good album, and it definitely whets my appetite for more from this band, as they could make a really good album given time and a decent studio. One to watch for fans of the style.


Track Listing:
  1. The King's Amulet
  2. A Vision In Starlight
  3. Deceiver
  4. Gunfire
  5. Thunder Of War
  6. The Fight For The Truth
  7. I Shall Return
  8. Sailing Through The Gates Of The World
  9. Livin' In Sin
  10. Heavens Of Mars
  11. Twilight For The Gods
  12. Hard Steel
  13. Thunder Of War
  14. Gunfire
  15. Wings Of Death
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