Firewind
Forged by Fire


4.0
excellent

Review

by King Henry VIII USER (63 Reviews)
May 15th, 2012 | 9 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A surprising return-to-form of a similar sound to their debut.

As we all know (or at least the majority) Gus G. was in quite a few bands in his early musical career. Actually scratch that out, he was in a bunch of bands! He never had a specific main band with a side project; he had four bands that were all consistent “side-projects”; two power metal bands, one melodic death metal band, alongside his respectable speed metal band that will soon become a power metal, Firewind (a band that he has been demoing stuff since 1998). After releasing so many albums with all four of his bands he finally decided to “call it quits” with a mutual departure from Dream Evil, Mystic Prophecy, and Nightrage during the years of 2004-2005. Surprisingly enough, Gus initially left those bands to focus more on Firewind, but Nightrage's Descent into Chaos was released months after Firewind's Forged by Fire. Just fun trivia...


Anyways. After seeing the so/so album that was Burning Earth with mixed feelings musically of speed metal and power metal, that left a bitter-sweet aftertaste. Yet, there's a line-up change within, which brings back a newer sound. A new sound that's very similar to Firewind's debut, which makes Forged by Fire arguably their heaviest album to date. Amongst the new line-up that replaces the previous singer is the infamous power metal vocalist from Sri Lankan, Chitral "Chity" Somapala, who has been known to leave after one album being with a band, the other being an addition who becomes a consistent member in the future that's featured on keyboards and later on rhythm guitar as well, Bob Katsionis.

Let's be honest, line-up changes are a bitch. We all know musically it's going to change, but how? Sometimes it's for the better or for the worse. In this case it's for the best. Gus finally brings back crushing speed metal riffs with excellent solos that are highly remembered by the listener, consistent song structures with only a few burps, the introduction of a more promising later-on sound from Bob Katsionis's keyboard solos, solid drumming, and melodic vocals that aren't forced to the point of being off key. Forged by Fire is an overall improvement from its predecessor; the song writing isn't washed-up, the vocalist matches with the rest of the group. The only beef I have with this album is the fact that every ballad featured on this album, including the bonus track, all sound the same and the song “Perished in Flames” is repetitive to the point of tears. As an fan of Firewind I recommend Forged by Fire to anyone, but it takes time to grow on you.



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The7thVermicide
May 15th 2012


925 Comments


Not a bad album but I prefer The Premonition

rockandmetaljunkie
May 15th 2012


3453 Comments


Good review, i pos'd but i think you could elaborate a bit more.

FictionalFlames
May 15th 2012


1516 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So do I, but Forged by Fire is better than Burnung Earth.

FictionalFlames
May 15th 2012


1516 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Good review, i pos'd but i think you could elaborate a bit more."

I'm trying my best from describing every single song and stumbling into a track-by-track review (even if it's mixed up a bit). I want the reader to listen to it more so and rely on their own opinion then mine. But, thanks anyways.



rockandmetaljunkie
May 15th 2012


3453 Comments


Don't try to describe each single song separately, cause it is sure your review will end up being tbt.

Instead, try to describe the whole album as a unique single entity. Add info about what makes it
special and pleasant and why someone should waste his/her time to listen to. What emotions are
provoked by the atmosphere etc. In general try to be a little bit poetic.
It's difficult i know, but with each review you will get improved.

FictionalFlames
May 15th 2012


1516 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've done that before, mainly my first two reviews. This album is one of those albums that are fun, but it's not like some Opeth album where you have to recite every single detail that makes it such an awesome album.
There's just not a whole lot to mention; it's just another Firewind album.

I'll take your word of adive and do so in my next reviews.

rockandmetaljunkie
May 15th 2012


3453 Comments


Complicated descriptions/reviews, can be applied for each and every album.
There's always something more you can add to make your review a little bit more informative.

That's a friendly advice though, you don't have to do as i say. :-)

KjSwantko
May 15th 2012


9443 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Albums has some sick songs

ZedO
May 16th 2012


1096 Comments


line-up changes are a bitch

haha, great! have a pos...



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