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Review: Gunfire - Thunder of War
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
Readers Rating
Thunder of War

Rated 2/5 (40%) (5 Votes)

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.

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