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Firewind - Allegiance
Another release assigned to our recently departed colleague for me to review. The Greeks of Firewind create melodic metal, something I work a very little bit with. So let’s see what their Allegiance has to offer us.
I must say that this stuff is good. Damn good. And if there were different vocals and no keyboards I would play this over and over again. But what comprises their melodic metal? Well, hard rock and heavy/thrashy metal attacks comprised of excellent guitar work and keen drumming are the foundation. Add very good hard rock/heavy metal singing and atmospheric keyboards and you’ve got Firewind. Although, not all the melodic parts are that great. In the song structures the choruses tend to be a little cheesy and cliché.
Now for some background information; there was a line-up change since the last album, namely drummer Mark Cross (ex-Helloween, ex-Metalium) joined the ranks as well as vocalist Apollo Papathanasio (ex-Majestic, Time Requiem). But to make it really interesting, founding guitarist Gus G. has a very impressive heavy metal history, considering his young age. He plays in Mystic Prophecy, Dream Evil and Nightrage and he acted as a touring guitarist for Arch Enemy on the giant Ozzfest trek. Applaud this man!
As you can see this is an impressive and musically very good release. Add a good production, a duet with Swedish singer/songwriter Tara and you can pull on your tight leather jeans and rock those curly hairs all night long! Metaaaaaaaaaaaal!!!
Firewind - Allegiance
81/1001Details Century Media
Released on Tuesday Jul 25th, 2006
melodic metal

Writer @DemonDust on Friday Oct 13th, 2006

Tags: #Firewind
Tracklisting 1. Allegiance
2. Insanity
3. Falling To Pieces
4. Ready To Strike
5. Breaking The Silence (feat. TARA)
6. Deliverance
7. Till The End Of Time
8. Dreamchaser
9. Before The Storm
10. The Essence
11. Where do we go from Here?
Line up Gus G. - Guitar
Mark Cross - Drums
Petros Christo - Bass
Bob Katsionis - Keyboards&Guitars
Apollo Papathanasio - Vocals