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Firewind: Live Premonition

Firewind: Live Premonition

Melodic Heavy/Power Metal
Rating: 4.0/5.0

When it comes to consistent and satisfying melodic heavy and power metal with a strong virtuoso guitar presence, you can't go wrong with killer axe man Gus G. and Firewind. There last two studio albums 'Allegiance' (2006) and 'Premonition' (2008) were cohesive and masterful collections of guitar driven melodic heavy metal. Though I'm slightly more inclined to 'Allegiance,' 'Premonition' is still outstanding and has definitely placed Firewind as major players on the worldwide stage. To cement that status, Firewind has recorded and released their first live album, 'Live Premonition.' And it's a damn fine release!

'Live Premonition' displays Firewind's volcanic energy and masterful musicianship. The former is much due to the boys 'preaching to the choir' by playing before the hometown crowd in Thessalonika. The latter comes from the fact that these guys are simply very good. Gus G. has the certain ability to surround himself with great talent. Additionally, the mix is incredibly clear and precise (digital technology accounts for most of this nowadays). Though Firewind rips through a great many songs here (and this a full concert) and has the obligatory keyboard, drum and guitar solos, I found the real highlights to be stunning renditions of 'Into The Fire,' 'Mercenary Man,' 'Angels Forgive Me,' 'Destination Forever' and 'Till The End Of Time.' 'Live Premonition' comes in three forms: CD, DVD, and CD plus DVD. For my money and if you're a fan, get your heavy metal paws on the last; you'll love it.

Firewind's 'Live Premonition' is a picture of a phenomenal band captured during a most compelling performance. In this time, Firewind is riding a significant wave melodic metal mastery and recognition.

In Short

Firewind's 'Live Premonition' is a picture of a phenomenal band captured during a most compelling performance. In this time, Firewind is riding a significant wave melodic metal mastery and recognition.

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