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Ring Of Fire's story begins in the year 2000. Having completed a successful mini-tour with Yngwie Malmsteen in late 1999 on the heels of the 'Alchemy' album, vocalist Mark Boals set about creating his second solo album, a collection of songs very neo-classical in their nature. When deciding on a line-up for the album, Tony MacAlpine came highly recommended and Tony in turn recommended Virgil Donati (Planet X) on drums. The impressive line-up was rounded out by classically-trained Artension keyboardist Vitalij Kuprij, with Boals and MacAlpine splitting bass duties.

Combining melodic metal songs with fantasy-based lyrics, topped off with virtuoso performances from the line-up, the resulting RING OF FIRE albums proved to be exactly what many neoclassical-metal fans had waited for, creating a solid fan base for the band all over the world.

'Battle of Leningrad' is the band's fourth studio album, coming after a 9 years hiatus a period which has seen the band members getting involved in other projects, most notably with singer Mark Boals becoming singer for Royal Hunt and Kuprij and MacAlpine touring with Trans Siberian Orchestra and Steve Vai respectively.

Ring of Fire reconvened with Boals, MacAlpine and Kurprij during 2012, when they agreed to work on their unfinished business and develop a new album from the true story of the siege of Leningrad during the WWII.

Mark Boals explains: 'It is a true story of the strength and resilience of the Russian people throughout history and particularly in this instance of 900 days of being surrounded on all sides with no food and no hope of rescue, under siege of the Nazi army. The magnificent city of Leningrad with millions of people trapped, found a way to withstand the daily attacks of rockets and bombs, the lack of food, water, and fuel for heat. Although more than 1 million starved to death, most survived, and the Nazis were never able to overtake the city completely. They were finally forced to retreat by the Russian army. Not widely known by most, this was an amazing story and one of World War II's finest examples of heroism in the worst circumstances imaginable'.

Musically the album is all the fans have been waiting for. True 'Neoclassic' Power Metal with technical and exciting musical passages which promise to reignite the RING OF FIRE flame among the fans!

Timo Tolkki (ex Stratovarius) mixed the album and played bass with Jani Huovinen playing drums.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 28, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Frontiers Records
  • ASIN: B00GC2KHGM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,263 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By strangesaint on January 31, 2014
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No matter what your favorite Ring of Fire album, I believe you will find something to really enjoy here! Mark is in top form with his textured and layered vocals, and even displays a wonderful gritty quality on this outing. Tony's guitar work is superb (as always), and I found the classic rock tone he used on this album to be absolutely perfect! And Vitalij is, well... Vitalij! A commanding master of his craft, Mr. Kuprij puts on a fireworks display of brilliant keyboard work here! All in all, the production on this album is top-notch, and it makes for an experience worthy of the brave people it honors. I can honestly say something about this album that I can say about very few... it is a listen-through work of art. No skipping tracks, just a solid straight enjoyable listen. Fans of quality Neoclassical will do well to give this album a fair shake, and will not be disappointed as the writing is strong... simplistic and catchy at times, complex and profound at others. This was worth the wait, and I for one hope to hear more!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Justin G. TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 7, 2014
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Progressive/power metal supergroup Ring of Fire returned after a decade-long absence this year with Battle of Leningrad, their fourth full-length album. Founding keyboardist Vitalij Kuprij is back on board and he’s again joined by guitar hero Tony MacAlipine and vocalist Mark Boals. Former Stratovarius guitarist Timo Tolkki is also on board, but playing bass, oddly enough.

Battle of Leningrad is a concept album focusing – you guessed it – on the famous siege of Leningrad during World War II. If that sounds more like a Sabaton album than something Boals and company would take on, rest assured this is very much a Ring of Fire album. It has that neoclassical, Malmsteen-inspired foundation, and in keeping with their previous release (2004’s Lapse of Reality) there’s a more progressive, Symphony X sound on Battle of Leningrad.

It should come as absolutely zero surprise that the musicianship on display here is top notch. The guitar work alone is worth the price of admission. And Boals continues to impress. If anything, he’s getting better and better with each new album. On the songwriting side, the band does a good job balancing technicality with accessibility, and while the whole concept is effective in tying the songs together, you can still get into individual songs.

It’s good to have Ring of Fire back and making high quality progressive/power metal albums. If you’re a fan of the genre – anything from Threshold to Sonata Arctica to Stratovarius to Royal Hunt to Symphony X – Battle of Leningrad is an album that’s well worth checking out.

Disclosure - I was given an MP3 copy of this album by the label for review.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By frank on February 4, 2014
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Wasn't really sure what to expect with this album, but what I got was certainly surprising. This is an excellent example of modern progressive power metal and hopefully, an indication of the future of the genre.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Izer The Terrible on March 19, 2014
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Mark's singing is fantastic as usual.
The music is well composed, and well played.
I recommend this for any Mark Boals fan, or fans of Ring of Fire!
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