Iron Fire - Thunderstorm

Year of Release: 2000
Label: Noise Records/T & T
Catalog Number: n/a
Format: CD
Total Time: 57:21:00

Finally, a new heavy metal/power metal band to come out of Denmark. Denmark do have a few great metal bands like Mercyful Fate, Manticora, and Pretty Maids, but to me Danish quality metal is rather rare. Being signed on Noise Records should give them the best start any power metal band could wish for. I was very surprised to see the low age of the band-members, they are all between 17 to 20 years old.

The music is fairly traditional up-tempo power/speed metal, the German way! The songs focus on big guitars, pounding drums and huge sing-along choruses. Fans of Helloween, Running Wild, Blind Guardian and especially HammerFall will most likely go bananas over this one. The instrumentation is good, so are the mid-ranged vocals, although I find his vibrating way of holding some tones a bit annoying at times. Overall the melodies are accessible and of good quality, perhaps some of the material tends to "sound the same" towards the end of the CD, but that is just me being picky.

Iron Fire won't bring anything new to the scene with their music but I am sure fans of power/speed metal will enjoy this CD as it is filled with good melodies throughout.

[This review originally appeared November 2002 at the ProgPower Online review site -ed.]

The Final Crusade / When The Heroes Fall / Rise Of The Rainbow / Metal Victory / Thunderstorm / Behind The Mirror / Warriors Of Steel / The Battle Of Freedom / Glory To The King / Angel Of Light / Until The End / Riding Free / Under Jolly Roger

Martin Steene - vocals
Kristian Martinsen - guitars
Kristian Iversen - rhythm guitar
Jakob Lykkebo - bass
Gunnar Olsen - drums

Thunderstorm (2000)
On The Edge (2001)

Genre: Progressive Rock

Origin DK

Added: January 1st 2005
Reviewer: Bjørnar Bevolden
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Language: english


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