Firewind
Days of Defiance


4.0
excellent

Review

by Cactupuss USER (3 Reviews)
October 25th, 2010 | 23 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An absolutely satisfactory release, the best of Firewind till now. Real POWER metal.

A video introducing the album track by track was enough to create an unexpected feeling of impatience for this it to come out. To be honest, this was what I expected from Firewind, but on the same time, it was what I wanted to see as well. Power metal at its best...

To start, all five members of the band play equally important roles. In fact, Firewind seem to fully understand that, so the album has an extra advantage: nothing is overdone. Thanksfully, Gus G. doesn't try to show off every moment, but he uses his imagination to make this album better, where needed. Most already know how genius he is anyway. However, not all credit goes to him. Apollo Papathanasio shines in this record, prooving for once again what hell of a melodic voice he has. Bob Katsonis is also quite remarkable: he did a great job with the mixing and as second guitarist and keyoboardist. Petros Christodoylidis and Michael Ehré complete the album with their skill, especially the second one who was recently recruited and adapted very well. The instrumental part of this easily surpasses any previous work.

It is true that at first, the impressions weren't so good. Although the single "World on Fire" is a nice song, which reflects the style of the band, I wouldn't call it trully original. On the other hand, "The Ark of Lies" is a great opener for the album, with a calm acoustic intro and a storm of riffs that follows and acclimatizes us for the rest. Generally speaking, the first four music pieces of the disk are the best ones, not meaning that you will ever get bored listening to this 55 minute masterpiece. "Embrace the Sun" is one of the greatest songs Firewind have ever written, with an amazing rhythm that is going to excite you immediately. Chariot is a kinda commercial but strong and cathcy song, "Broken" is a beautiful ballad that takes advantage of the high potentials of Apollo's voice and finally, "SKG", although I have no idea what it stands for, is a unique five-minute instrumental duel between Gus G. and Bob.

As always, Firewind do what they know best, what they have been doing since their current formation. Although a decent continuation, "Days of Defiance" is not just a "The Premonition #2"; they go one step further; they perfect their music. Well, the lyrics are not innovative or something, but metal needs at least anger, hate or love in order to be powerful and thus succesful. No, cheesy choruses with a thousand of layers are still here too. They have actually been a characteristic of the genre, and when surrounded by so much talent and creation, they just cannot work negatively.

Overall, a quite balanced album without weaknesses, which is definetly going to please you, especially if you liked "The Allegiance" or "The Premonition". Firewind tend to improve with every release of theirs and turn into one of Greece's most notable bands of all time. This is the most power metal can offer to its fans. You should certainly check it out.


user ratings (91)
3.7
great


Comments:Add a Comment 
Irving
Emeritus
October 25th 2010


7498 Comments


Good first review. That said, there are some minor spelling errors here and there; also, do try to make sure that your ideas flow a bit better next time. Here you kind of "lurch" around from one point to another a little. Try and afford a bit of a segue next time.

Here's an example of what I am trying to convey:

The instrumental part of this easily surpasses any previous work.

It is true that at first, the impressions weren't so good. Although the single "World on Fire" is a nice song, which reflects the style of the band, I wouldn't call it trully original.


Impressions of what, exactly? The instrumental bits? That would be my guess using a logical thought progression - but apparently it is about how the individual songs work together as a coherent whole. Try and indicate what you're trying to do in a clearer, more signposted method.

I hope that helps.

Cheers! And welcome to Sputnik.

Cactupuss
October 25th 2010


52 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

First of all, thank you for your comment. It's true that the transition should have been smoother, especially there where you mentioned. English is not my native language and I cannot express with much comfort, hence the spelling errors and any other mistakes. I hope I will improve in the future

pizzamachine
October 25th 2010


14382 Comments


Good first review, pos! I'll definitely listen to this. I didn't know they were releasing an album this year.

Poet
October 25th 2010


6088 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ugh having hard time to determine what to listen to first. This or Helloween

Irving
Emeritus
October 25th 2010


7498 Comments


I understand how you feel mate - English isn't my first language too. Overall, I think you did a good job though - keep hacking at it and eventually you'll come into your own as a reviewer, and with your own style.

Look forward to hearing more from you here =)

Asiatic667
October 25th 2010


4651 Comments


I only have Firewinds first album, but it slays

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
October 25th 2010


9099 Comments


@ Cactupuss

your avatar is awesome lol

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Cactupuss
October 27th 2010


52 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Thanks!

It's a bit offensive, but it's for fun :D

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
October 27th 2010


9099 Comments


Yeah it's funny in a cynical kind of way lol

Poet
October 28th 2010


6088 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Omg The Ark of Lies is amazing.

Scoot
November 6th 2010


20528 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

they get like no recognition

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Poet
November 6th 2010


6088 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They have arguably been the best power metal band in the past five years too.

jrowa001
November 6th 2010


8752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fans of this band should probably listen to Bob Katsonis's solo album

Cactupuss
November 7th 2010


52 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Wow, it is amazing!

SomethingSimilar
November 26th 2010


57 Comments


Hm. I wasn't a huge fan of The Premonition, but this and listening to Embrace the Sun may just convince me to give them another chance.

Nice review, pos.

FatChickIrl
December 10th 2010


4095 Comments


I grew out of these guys

BludgeonySteve
April 20th 2011


558 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good album - everything is very memorable and the shred is as good as ever.

Pachelbel
April 22nd 2011


192 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

SKG is so good.

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
August 9th 2011


15919 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

In my opinion The Premonition is their best album however Days of Defiance is also a great record. My favourite songs are The Ark Of Lies, World On Fire, Embrace The Sun, Cold As Ice and the astonishing SKG (instrumental).



In my opinion Firewind is the most inspired Power Metal band out there.

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rockandmetaljunkie
Contributing Reviewer
February 13th 2012


9556 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good album. Sth between 3 and 3.5



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