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Stormhammer - FireBall (7/10) - Germany - 2000

Genre: Power Metal
Label: Century Media
Playing time: 55:22
Band homepage: Stormhammer


  1. Seven Gates
  2. Prisoner
  3. High On Devotion
  4. Guardians
  5. Destiny
  6. Holy War
  7. Possibilities
  8. Sacred Heart
  9. Forever
  10. FireBall
  11. Shadow Dancer
Stormhammer - FireBall
Before known as STEAMHAMMER, the Munich-based sextet had to rename itself to STORMHAMMER, but it fits just as well.

The style without doubt is Power Metal, but it amalgamates British Steel, the European and the American school and thus cannot be put into any of these categories, while the vocals of Michael Schinkel might be a decisive factor in liking this CD or not.

The band has managed to offer a good debut with tracks like the easy-going double-bass-songs "Seven Gates" or "FireBall", the Eighties-Melodic Metal-piece "High On Devotion", the balladesque "Guardians", which gets faster and faster at the end to culminate in double-bass, and the mid-paced cracker "Sacred Heart".

Of course there still is enough room for improvement, especially the sometimes quite thin backing vocals should be strengthened for the second effort, then they should be able to put out a great album.

Alexander Melzer

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