Come Taste the Band - Vol 4 - Firewind

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Source: Frank Riester from "I'm a South African Rocker!"
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Tuesday, August 25th 2009

Howdy Rowdy!

So…what you been up to this week thus far?

Hope all is good on your side, wherever you are. Am pretty hyped to bring you another incredible band tonight in what is already the 4th volume of the new ‘Come Taste The Band’ feature. I’ve been playing this band's tunes a lot in recent weeks and they most definitely conquered my metal heart!

Greece’s FIREWIND belong to the most impressing and hard-working melodic metal bands of our time and their current album “The Premonition” is sure to reinforce the band’s unstoppable rise to the worldwide top within their scene.

Enjoy it and…….play it LOUD…and…scream for me!!


“whenever you dream you’re holding the key, it opens the door to let you be free”……
Ronnie James DIO


++++++++++++ BIOGRAPHY +++++++++++++

There is an unstoppable force exploding out of Greece that is sure to satisfy all of the needs and desires of any fan of heavy music with its powerful, epic metal assault, melodic hooks and bombastic guitarwork. This phenomenon is better known as FIREWIND, led by the young guitar sensation Gus G. (ex-Dream Evil, Nightrage, Mystic Prophecy, Arch Enemy), who recently turned heads with his stunning “Betcha Can’t Play This” feature in Guitar World, and whose signature ESP guitar – already a best-seller in Japan, where he’s revered as a guitar hero!

FIREWIND developed a loyal underground fanbase with “Between Heaven and Hell” (2002) and “Burning Earth” (2003), but quickly caught the entire metal community’s attention with 2005’s “Forged By Fire”. The group have triumphantly returned with “Allegiance”, a dynamic display of traditional heavy metal with more of an emphasis on speed, technicality and catchy songwriting. This effort marked the first album with vocalist Apollo Papathanasio (ex-Majestic, Time Requiem) and drummer Mark Cross (ex-Helloween, Metalium), whose talents had a prominent impact on the creative process. Allegiance was mixed at the famed Studio Fredman with the acclaimed Fredrik Nordstrom (Hammerfall, Arch Enemy, Opeth), and the results are breathtaking.

Gus G. described his thoughts on the “Allegiance” album as follows: “We’ve always recorded our albums in three or four different studios, but this time, we stayed with one, relocating to Gothenburg, Sweden for a month to record with Fredrik Nordstrom (my old bandmate in Dream Evil) engineering and the band co-producing. We all feel this is the best result we’ve achieved so far, and we hope you feel the same.”

Allegiance peaked on the Greek album charts at #10 and spent six weeks in the Top 20, a further testament of the group’s growing presence throughout Europe, where the group kicked off the Allegiance world tour by supporting Dragonforce on a four-week European trek. The album is a must for any fan of Dragonforce, Iced Earth, Hammerfall or anyone who claims to be a heavy metal fanatic.

FIREWIND have returned in 2008 with a phenomenally inspiring new album programmatically entitled “The Premonition”, a warning for great things to come.

Once again powerfully recorded and mixed with Fredrik Nordström (In Flames, Dimmu Borgir, etc.) at Sweden’s Studio Fredman and mastered at Peter in de Betou’s Tailor Maid Productions (Dark Tranquillity, Meshuggah, etc.), all 10 songs on “The Premonition” offer about everything that a lover of quality modern melodic metal can ask for: The furious first track “Into The Fire” marks a classic and 100% metal grand opening to an album full of highlights, including the catchy powerhouses “Head Up High”, “Remembered” and “Circle Of Life”, the album’s first single “Mercenary Man”, the semi-ballad “My Loneliness”, the melodic firework that “Angels Forgive Me” is as well as a cool version of the song “Maniac” (known from the “Flashdance” soundtrack).

FIREWIND’s ability to combine heavy riffing and classic metal structuring with immense catchiness and glorious hooklines all in an up-to-date and ever-entertaining way are outstanding and triumphantly elevate “The Premonition” is one of the melodic metal highlights.


Studio Album Discography:


Current Line-Up:

Apollo Papathanasio? Vocals
Gus G. ? Guitar
Bob Katsionis ? Keyboards & Guitars
Petros Christo? Bass
Mark Cross ? Drums


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Guestposted on Friday 28th of August 2009 at 14:08

Great band this! Rock on Frankie!

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