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Review: Firewind - Firewind

Label: AFM Records
Year released: 2020
Duration: 47:27
Tracks: 11
Genre: Power Metal


Review online: August 3, 2020
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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Rated 4.14/5 (82.86%) (7 Votes)

I forget which Firewind album I bought back in the early 2000s as I was getting back into metal and that pretty much sums up what I thought about it; forgettable. Sure, Gus G. is a talented guitarist and the most well-known member, and the other musicians past and present are perfectly fine at what they do. It was the songwriting, which was so generic, a glossy exterior of guitar noodling and saccharine melodies with absolutely nothing underneath, that left me utterly ambivalent. That's why album 9, a self-titled affair, caught me completely by surprise. It's actually quite entertaining in a middle of the road, melodic metal way. Gus G. is Gus G. so the riffs are solid and the lead work strictly European, but the real difference maker is Herbie Langhans, who has been in a number of bands, most notably a recent run in Sinbreed with appearances on a couple of their better releases. Herbie has a perfect blend of gruff mid-range and higher screams for this type metal, with hints of Ronnie James Dio and Joachim Broden in his delivery. The songwriting is better than anything I've heard from this band in the past with stompers like "Welcome to the Empire" and the oddly titled but kick ass "Orbitual Sunrise." There are some dogs, too, like the boring, formulaic "Space Cowboy," but the good stuff outweighs the bad by a decent margin. I'm reminded of bands like Dio, Dream Evil and Primal Fear when Firewind is on, so if you've written off this band in the past, it might be time to give them another shot.

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