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Review: Iron Fire - On The Edge
Iron Fire
On The Edge

Label: Noise Records
Year released: 2001
Duration: 47:04
Tracks: 12
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: June 15, 2001
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
On The Edge

Rated 4/5 (80%) (11 Votes)

I didn't really like Iron Fire's first album for its very unoriginal power metal, practically a ripoff of everything out there (as is the case with most new PM bands.) Yet, it was obvious that they were competent musicians and I was hopeful that they could come up with something more original, putting more of themselves in the songwriting. In fact I didn't really want to check this CD out, until a friend of mine told me "no no, it's really good, check it out!". Well, I did, and my only regret is not having checked it out before! On the Edge actually diverts from the power metal genre to adopt a more heavy metal approach, resulting in a good blend of both genres. What we end up with is a very energic and entertaining release, and yes, I can now say that Iron Fire deserves its place - this actually sounds original, unlike their first album. The band retains an aggressive sound, dare I say more aggressive because of the flirt with heavy metal, yet manages to keep things catchy and even groovy at times.

The one thing that struck me the most are the vocals.. I had to think a little bit before finding which singer they reminded me of: Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe. Pretty much a love it or hate it voice. Actually I didn't like the first few songs I heard until I got the full album and was then able to take it all in. If I had to describe the sound, I'd say it is a blend of late 90's power metal with mid-80's heavy metal. The power metal sound still has the edge overall, but a couple of songs such as the excellent Wanted Man are definitely more 80's sounding to my ears. Special mention to Lost 'n' Alone, very good power ballad with catchy, powerful solos. A bit cheesy but what the hell! :)

Bottom line, if you're tired of power metal bands that sound all alike, you'll want to give On The Edge a try. This is one damn good release!

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