Days Of Defiance
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Allow me to say, I feel totally rewarded by `Firewind' and their brand new album as it turned out to be what I hoped for and so much more. For that matter, `Days of Defiance' will do justice to any long-term fan of the band- It is the king of album that gives one more than expected.
Before moving into technical details, one can not escape but advice that you choose the limited edition including three bonus tracks, raising the play list to 16 tracks (the largest `Firewind' album to date) coming in a book-like cover with bonus sticker and guitar pick.
As the artwork very much hints, `Firewind' has gone back to the sound of their first two albums. Such shift implies a more guitar oriented album and far more aggressive vocal performance and lyrical concept that come with it. So you can rightfully expect more guitar melodies, faster and more complex arpeggios as well as furious heavy metal riffs. To be fair, one has to acknowledge that the presence of keyboards has been substantially decreased, while the drums are not as largely produced as on the previous two albums (although that could very much be attributed to the new entry of Michael Ehre on drums).Read more ›
The Good: Now, with that said, there are definitely some great songs on this album. The Ark Of Lies is a blistering opener, World On Fire (the first single) is another great song. Heading for the Dawn is my favorite, it even has its own little intro track. This album also has an instrumental (FW's previous album The Premonition did not have an instrumental). SKG is, in my opinion, FW's best intro since Fire and the Fury, it goes back and forth between breakneck speed and sort of mellowing out with ethereal sounds. Apollo's vocals, while slightly less strong than they were on Allegiance and The Premonition, are still very good. Gus G as usual can still come up with amazing solos like nobody's business.
Unfortunately, even the standout tracks on this album aren't nearly as memorable (or as good) as ones on their previous albums. I know for many people this will be their introduction to Firewind (because of Gus G's newfound fame as Ozzy Osbourne's guitarist) but if you think this is a great album, then you'll be totally mind-blown by albums such as Allegiance and Burning Earth (the latter of which had a different vocalist) which I believe are their two best albums.
I've been a huge huge Firewind fan since Allegiance and i'm pretty disappointed in Days of Defiance. Overall this album seems somewhat half ass, literally. While there are certainly good songs on DoD, there isn't much that the hardcore Firewind fan hasn't heard yet.
Top 3 songs: Heading For The Dawn, The Ark Of Lies, World On Fire
The heavy/power/melodic metal that we are presented with here is clean, polished, well-produced, and at the same time raunchy and with an attitude. Heavy riffs, nice solos, powerful melodic vocals, non-distorted production, good song writing both musically and lyrically...these elements are present all throughout this album. From the heavy intro song, to the very addictive "Embrace the Sun", to the emotional "Broken", to the insane instrumental "SKG", to the final breathtaking solo on "When All is Said and Done", this album does not give much room to mediocrity at all. Let me be the one to say that to find music of this great quality is pretty darn rare these days.
A very strong 4.5 stars out of 5. This is a great band, I can't wait to see them Live if/when they decide to tour in the U.S. If you are new to this band, I also *highly* recommend their previous record, "The Premonition".
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great musicianship, ripping guitars, bass, and drums with vocals you can actually understand! The more I listen to this the more I like it. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Terry Hurlbutt
The Bad: More than half of the songs are forgettable, I only listen to 4 songs semi regularly ("Kill In The Name Of Love" 's lyrics are so cheesy its cringe worthy, "Embrace The... Read morePublished on March 28, 2011 by Sean Thomas
If, you haven't listend to this band, you should, from the opening track Firewind takes no prisoners! Read morePublished on February 23, 2011 by Richard Clemmons
In short,this is one of the best metal albums of 2010.Period!!.To all good music lovers,you will fell better after hearing it,actually it is better than the final album of Iron... Read morePublished on January 6, 2011 by Good music lover
this is an awesome album with Gus G. on guitar who people might know from Scream by Ozzy Osbourne. The Ark of Lies is amazingPublished on December 29, 2010 by electronicreviewer96
Okay, here it is. I listened to it again, which hurt. This Gus G. guy only plays when vocals are not present, and it's pretty repetitive, couldn't really be called melodies. Read morePublished on December 9, 2010 by Spaced Cadet
Well constructed material, hard and heavy speed metal with the right balance of powerful ballad and Gus G's guitar riffs ooze with talent. Read morePublished on December 4, 2010 by Max Metal