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Firewind

The band began in 1998 when the young Greek Gus G. decided to record a demo with some closemusician friends in the United States. The project was entitled Firewind, and was used as ashowcase for Gus' guitar skills in an attempt to earn a professional recording deal. The demoattracted the attention of Leviathan Records, but activity was put on hold when Gus was hired byDream Evil and Mystic Prophecy.

After the release of his other bands' debut albums, Gus' attention returned to the Firewind project.Only he remained from the original formation - Leviathan owner David T. Chastain b ...read more

The band began in 1998 when the young Greek Gus G. decided to record a demo with some closemusician friends in the United States. The project was entitled Firewind, and was used as ashowcase for Gus' guitar skills in an attempt to earn a professional recording deal. The demoattracted the attention of Leviathan Records, but activity was put on hold when Gus was hired byDream Evil and Mystic Prophecy.

After the release of his other bands' debut albums, Gus' attention returned to the Firewind project.Only he remained from the original formation - Leviathan owner David T. Chastain brought invocalist Stephen Fredrick and drummer Brian Harris (both ex-Kenziner), while Gus enlisted the helpof bassist Konstantine, a fellow Greek. this line-up recorded the debut album Between Heaven andHell.

In 2003, new changes were instituted as Norwegian drummer Stian Kristoffersen and Greek bassistPetros Christo joined the band. Harris and Konstantine had been replaced as Gus was looking for amore permanent rhythm section that was prepared to tour. This line-up recorded Burning Earth andwent on a tour of Japan with Rob Rock, but without vocalist Stephen Fredrick, who was not preparedto go on the road (despite prior guarantees to the contrary). His replacement on the Burning theEarth Tour, the Sri Lankan singer Chitral 'Chity' Somapala, was given the job full-time. Fellowtouring member Bob Katsionis was also hired permanently to play keyboards. Firewind got aworldwide deal with Century Media by the end of that year.

This line-up recorded the album Forged By Fire, but a few months after the release, Chity left due topersonal and musical differences with the rest of the band. When his replacement, ApolloPapathanasio of Time Requiem, was found, it was also announced that Stian Kristoffersen would beleaving, to be replaced with the veteran Mark Cross. The reason for the split was that Gus wanted tohave a set of Greek-based musicians willing to make Firewind their number one priority (probably toend the virtual revolving door of members) and Stian's main band was the Norwegian outfit Pagan'sMind. Gus also left his roles in Dream Evil, Mystic Prophecy and Nightrage between 2004 and2006.

This new line-up recorded the album Allegiance, which was released in July 2006.

During November - December 2006, they toured the UK supporting Dragonforce with All ThatRemains « hide

Similar Bands: Dream Evil, Bob Katsionis, Gamma Ray, Mystic Prophecy, Powerwolf

LPs
Few Against Many
05/22/2012

3.5
41 Votes
Days of Defiance
2010

3.7
72 Votes
The Premonition
2008

3.6
118 Votes
Allegiance
2006

3.5
113 Votes
Forged by Fire
2005

3.3
63 Votes
Burning Earth
2003

3.4
60 Votes
Between Heaven And Hell
2002

3.7
43 Votes
EPs
Mercenary Man
2008

3
3 Votes
Breaking the Silence
2007

2.3
2 Votes
Falling to Pieces
2006

2.3
2 Votes
Live Albums
Apotheosis - Live 2012
06/24/2013

3
2 Votes
Live Premonition
2008

4.5
3 Votes
Compilations
Nocturnal Symphony (Demo)
1998

2.3
2 Votes

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