Fifth album of a career that began in 2002 sees the enigmatic shredder Gus G take his cohorts along for yet another supremely polished slice of Power Metal, albeit a slice masked with a renaissance for all things Melodic.
Last years ‘’The Allegiance’’ was a definite step up for the fortunes of the band. Rammed full of soaring Power Metal, FIREWIND seemed to making strong headway in a cluttered market. That in no small way could be put down to the mercurial guitar skills of Gus G but the addition of singer Apollo Papathanasio, a man bathed in the same light as Coverdale or Lande, has brought the band more focus, no surprise that this line up remains the same for both albums then.
There’s little doubt that when required to FIREWIND unleash tectonic riffing with controlled abandon, but married with deft Melodic Metal touches, embellishes ‘’The Premonition’’ with that bit more class and ingenuity. It wouldn’t be disrespectful to suggest that if WHITESNAKE where to put on the Metal muscle then this might well be somewhere near their sound. At any rate this is top quality Metal.
For the Power Metaller, ‘’Into The Fire’’ (the slightly pseudo METALLICA opening beside) will detonate like a solar flare as will the ferocity of ‘’Remembered’’; ‘’Head Up High’’ with echoes of early DIO will raise a wry smile, or the catchy commercialism of ‘’Mercenary Man’’ coupled with energy of ‘’Angels Forgive Me’’ will seek out the Melodic Rocker in you and grab you with ease.
Scintillating stuff indeed from a band very much on form.
(Online April 26, 2008)