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Krossfire: Learning to Fly
Krossfire Learning to Fly

Krossfire: Learning to Fly

Melodic Heavy Metal
3.5/5.0

Hailing from Bulgaria, Krossfire re-releases their debut album, Learning to Fly, for international distribution on Germany's Pure Steel Records. To musical style Krossfire offers their version of traditional melodic heavy/power metal. Generally, the lean more towards the melodic heavy metal side as the speed normally found in power metal is significant, but overbearing. Sometimes Krossfire my remind of a cross between early Blind Guardian and mid-career Iron Maiden.

Krossfire Band Photo

Above, Krossfire: live in concert in their native Bulgaria.

Generally, Learning to Fly is a well-rounded album. Sound musicianship is lead by Dimo Petkov's clear, strong, and soaring vocal style. The addition of keyboards gives most songs a smooth texture, sliding between simple accent and film score depth. The piano on the ballad The One is quite emotional.

To the songs, the classic metal style is self-evident. The album opens with a pleasant symphonic overture, which gives way to some ordinary heavy power metal in Warmachine and How Can There Be? It's a rather average start. Another instrumental segue follows, better than the intro. The substance and stronger material begins with Learning to Fly and continues to the closing ballad, The One. Essentially, the arrangements are more aggressive in their creativity and depth in the latter part of the album.

Krossfire's debut Learning to Fly displays a band crisp and proficient at creating some very engaging classic melodic heavy metal. Certainly, this is a very strong start for the band.




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Krossfire's debut Learning to Fly displays a band crisp and proficient at creating some very engaging classic melodic heavy metal. Certainly, this is a very strong start for the band.

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