Guitar phenom, Gus G, after a whirlwind stint as Ozzy's go-to axe man, returns with a new Firewind album, Few Against Many. Gus (born: Kostas Karamitroudis) has to be one of the hardest working and prolific players in the last decade or more having done work with Mystic Prophecy, Nightrage, Arch Enemy and Dream Evil, besides his work with metal's still reigning 'prince of darkness.'
Few Against Many rings true to Firewind's musical motif: basically melodic heavy or power metal with a strong groove. Yet, with Jason Suecof and Eyal Levi (Trivium, All That Remains, Death Angel, etc.) at the knobs for the mix, you might say the album has a more modern sound, heavier, edgier, maybe even darker. You might hear this within Wall of Sound or Another Dimension. Yet, the latter is pure Firewind power metal. Even more is the anthem Glorious, with Gus and company at their blistering best.
The singular moment of Firewind genius may be Edge of a Dream which features Apocalyptica, those wild metal cellists from Finland. Disturbingly subtle, this song is also majestic and thrilling. Following, the band cranks out a catchy metal in Destiny and, at the end, with another heavy metal anthem, No Heroes No Sinners. Generally, in the end, this is Firewind delivering classic melodic, maybe heavier, power metal, as they know how to do so well. Easily recommended but, hey, I'm a longtime fan after all.