The Departure - Firewind - Days Of Defiance (CD, Album) download full album zip cd mp3 vinyl flac
It is just not a highlight of the band's already impressive career. Taken without comparison to previous releases, it easily competes as a high-energy and melodically-based power metal album that any fan of the style should appreciate. Familiarity certainly has its benefits. That's enough for fans, but the rookies might want to start with "Allegiance" or "The Premonition".
NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. Stronger songwriting? A more definitive identity? Originally written for The Offering www. Firewind can all but be considered a household name, boasting a sound that is uniquely appealing to power metal fans straddling the long divide between the current European craze and the archaic USPM style, and a discography that spans 6 solid works over slightly more than a decade of activity.
This is an album that, like its powerful predecessor, plays off of a slight Metallica influence when looking at the employment of both acoustic and electric guitar sounds, while being tuneful and consonant enough to appeal to even the lightest of Helloween fanatics.
When things kick into full gear, the riff set goes into more of a post-Judas Priest direction, but a general sense of hard-edged thrash influences permeates the entire song. Johansson duel. This style of metal can be evolved into a number of different forms, but it usually works best when combined to an orthodoxy and is focused more on execution than innovation. Gus G has been among the busiest guitarists in the trade, and for very good reason given his exceptional chops, which are on full display throughout this album.
However, the real charm is in his ability to not only play well, but write well and work well with a fine batch of musicians. Greek power metal stalwarts Firewind have been one of the best-known power metal bands for quite a few years among American metalheads, anyway. But they got a huge boost when guitarist Gus G. Power metal is quite literally a mainstream genre throughout much of Europe, but here in the U, Album).
A lot of the reason for that is, it's just plain cheesy, and it reminds us too much of our own embarrasing mainstream metal of the 's. Europeans seem to still like that crap. Go figure. Firewind has always been more palatable, though, and Days of Defiance is no different.
Sure, it's European power metal--virtuoso guitars and dramatic clean vocals always take the forefront, keyboards play in the background and they get leads, and most of the songs could be considered ballads. But Firewind is far less cheesy Album), say, Rhapsody of Fire. The vocals are just barely over the top, and the keyboards rarely take the lead but see keyboard interlude "The Departure" or the intro and outro to "Embrace the Sun".
The guitar leads are strong, and despite Gus's obvious talent, he never goes out of his way to show it off at the expense of the song. Plus, they know how to keep the heavy in their brand of metal, with some melo-death leanings on tracks like "The Yearning". The music is catchy, and even when they do a straight-up ballad, it's not always embarrassing. It's even better when it's not a ballad, though. Still, the tracklist is geared a tad too much toward ballads for the average American trve metal crowd, with "Kill in the Name of Love" being the biggest crime.
But with all the things going for Firewind right now, they could be a big breakthrough act in the U. Most of Ozzy's youngest fans are far too young to feel any personal embarrassment by the similarities to 80's mainstream metal, and the music is catchy.
There's a small chance power metal could finally be hitting the mainstream in America. The Verdict: Firewind have released another strong album, which gets past the shortcomings Album) European power metal for the most part. It's still a little ballad-rich, but that may be just what they need to make a run on U. I find myself in the minority when it comes to opinion on their breakthrough CD right enough, so I suppose anything I say in relation to it may have to be taken with a pinch of salt.
Everything you would expect from Firewind is present, and although it offers a few unexpected twists, the CD is a continuation down the well-trodden path that has brought the band to where they are today. Gus G shows no signs of losing the creativity in his extraordinary lead playing even if his riffs are maybe becoming a little more predictable, and Bob Katsionis continues to keep him on his toes with some The Departure - Firewind - Days Of Defiance (CD keyboard noodling that sets up a few eye-popping solo duels.
What is a welcome surprise is the presence of some speedy European-style power The Departure - Firewind - Days Of Defiance (CD, something Firewind have been gradually edging away from over the years. The abandonment of this style has been part of the reason Firewind have slipped down the list of my favourite bands somewhat in recent years, and hearing them in joyous, double-bass-hammering full flight again like this is a heartening experience.
Aside from these songs, which by no coincidence are the standouts, the quality of the CD is in truth a bit up and down.
What makes up for there being a few forgettable songs are the bonus tracks that come with the digibook version of the CD. A roll of the eyes is maybe justified for that last one as it is one of the hardest classic metal songs to put a new spin on, but Firewind succeed through no more than switching the main riff onto keyboards for the first few bars and spicing up the bridge with a couple of solos.
That is just a cute little sideshow to the other 2 extra original songs though. For big fans of the 2 preceding releases this is a must buy, and there is plenty Album) enjoy for everyone else too.
But, as if the point needed re-stating by now, make sure you go for the digibook. The two latest releases before this one by Firewind, "Allegiance" and "The Premonition", were indeed good albums. They had a good focus of how the band sounded like now and the direction they were going to take from that point on, the problem was mainly that they weren't too experienced on this field.
Firewind is nothing but a Greek super group if you look properly at it: Gus G. With this line-up, is it possible not to make something like "Days of Defiance"? From the very beginning of the album you can notice the changes. As for the guitar work, they frequent much more the usage of the acoustic guitar, an element that has been around for long in Firewind but had become more present in the recent albums see Allegiance's "Deliverance"but in "Days of Defiance" it is shining in three songs out of thirteen, a relatively high cipher in comparison to previous endeavors of the band.
The work on the acoustic guitar is quite wonderful.
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