Much can happen in a span of four years, the last time Danish power metal monsters Iron Fire released an album. The band is now trimmed down to a power trio with long serving members Martin Steene (v,b) and Kirk Backarach (g) reunited with original drummer Gunnar Olsen. They arrive with their eighth album, Among The Dead.
And with this album, fans will find themselves in familiar territory. Iron Fire essentially combines speed, thrash, and traditional heavy metal to forge their power metal. The significant elements in this recipe are sharp steely riffage, soaring guitar solos, a brisk and pummeling rhythm section, and then Martin Steene vocal machination. He mostly sings melodic, yet with a generally gruff, razor wire, delivery, and not without sometimes dropping some death growls. That basically sums up Iron Fire and their music. There's little variation across the entire album, mostly riffs and racing along. Some exceptions can be found with The Last Survivor, a metal anthem with some significant rock groove. Also there's When The Lights Go Out, something of a metal ballad, but one with very sharp riffage within its slower pacing. You also get a cover of Metallica's For Whom The Bell Tolls as a bonus track. It's nicely done. Bottom line: if you like Iron Fire, then you will find that the band stays the course, delivering assertive heavy power metal with Among The Dead.
If you like Iron Fire, then you will find that the band stays the course, delivering assertive heavy power metal with Among The Dead.
Mat Sinner is both an icon and legend in the German, and the larger European, hard rock and heavy metal scene. Cranking out music since 1982, Sinner is an industrious and prolific musician and producer whether through his namesake band, the heavy metal heroes Primal ... [ Read More ]