Firewind – ‘Immortals’ (Century Media) Print E-mail
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Written by Marc Leach   
Thursday, 02 February 2017 04:30

Press Cover 01When it comes to the Greek kings of metal, only the power of Mount Olympus (and a certain Prince Of Darkness retiring his legendary band) can help bring forth new material from the one and only Firewind. With band founder and Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Gus G returning to the helm with a new lineup and a new producer, the band sing of the tales of the Spartan king, Leonidas for this eighth release, ‘Immortals.’ So, as the old saying goes, ‘Ready your breakfast and eat hearty... For tonight, we dine in hell!’

 

Of course, Gus G opens the album along with keyboardist Bob Katsionis for ‘Hands Of Time,’ a track that just oozes with a pure, power metal sound. It is also here where the listener is introduced to new lead vocalist Henning Basse’s (ex Metalium, Sons Of Seasons) sensational vocal range that is a lot higher pitched compared to this predecessor; Apollo Papathanasio. Henning is also an interesting case as he has sang for the band before back in 2007 but this is his first recorded release for Firewind and he does not disappoint.

 

The debut single ‘Ode To Leonidas’ adds some theatrics to this concept album as Henning opens up the track with a noble speech as Leonidas himself (no it is not one of Gerard Butler’s bad ass speeches from the movie 300.) It is here where I felt this track would have been the perfect opener for the album rather than ‘Hands Of Time.’ This track in particular will certainly have the listener join in with the ‘ODE! TO!’ parts of the chorus as well, almost like they are a part of the Spartan army.

 

So, let the battle commence as the power house tracks ‘Live And Die By The Sword’ and ‘Wars Of Ages’ bring depth to the album’s middle, primarily in the collection of vocal harmonies used; ‘Live And Die By The Sword’ especially, a track which is this reviewer’s favourite track of the album. ‘Lady Of 1000 Sorrows’ then brings a slower pace, where the guitar maestro Gus G shines through with a number of melodic guitar solos in both the intro and outro. These solos then continue for both the album’s title track, which is a two-minute instrumental. and the ground shaking ‘Warriors And Saints.’

 

 

As ‘Rise From The Ashes’ brings this album to a close it’s safe to say that this is one of the greatest albums I have ever listened to. Now, I am not saying that as a Firewind fan, but this is genuinely some of the best songs I have ever heard from them. If you, like me, are a fan of the band's earlier work then ‘Immortals’ is the album for you; it’s almost as if the band travelled back in time to their earlier power metal sound.

 

‘Immortals’ is out now.

 

Firewind kick off their European tour in Glasgow on 15 February:

 

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