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For their seventh studio album, the Greek Metal legends, who feature Grammy nominated Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Gus G. in their ranks, holed up in Valve Studios in Greece (with additional recording sessions in Sweetspot Studios in Sweden) late 2011 to begin work on their masterpiece, Few Against Many . Produced by Gus G., Few Against Many sees the band taking a more aggressive stance musically, whilst still retaining their melodic edge that has made them famous throughout the world. From the album s opening statement of intent, the driving Wall of Sound through to the hook-laden Glorious , onto the sweeping, epic ballad Edge of A Dream (featuring Finland s Apocalyptica) or the brooding Losing My Mind , Few Against Many is arguably Firewind s most cohesive and powerful release to date and one that sits proudly in the Firewind canon.
Mixed at Audiohammer Studios by Jason Suecof and Eyal Levi (Trivium, Devildriver, All That Remains, August Burns Red, Death Angel etc.), Few Against Many is packaged as a Special Edition digi-pak with two bonus tracks.
Top Customer Reviews
Objectively, this is a solid metal album. The guitar work is honestly incredible. The riffs are heavy and catchy, the solos are blistering. The song structure is nice, and the solos are usually longer this time around, which is always a pleasant thing.
But somehow, the rest of it is just... lacking. Apollo's vocals have definitely diminished. The production is average at best, but in certain parts of the record it is simply terrible (as another reviewer pointed out, the backing vocals sound disgusting most of the time). More tracks on this album sound alike than in previous Firewind releases.
It's not a bad album by any means, and it definitely has some great songs on it. However, the replayability of it is probably not going to be as high as some of the other work by this band. These guys are very talented and I have no doubt that they will be back in no time with another great record.
Don't get me wrong. Few Against Many is not some radical departure. It sounds like a Firewind album. Actually, it sounds exactly like Days of Defiance, which is part of the problem. Natural growth and progression seem to have been replaced by a formula (like an Axel Rudi Pell disc), and as a result the album is just a bit less impressive. Even Apollo Papathanasio's vocals, which to me have always been one of Firewind's main selling points, seem off here. It sounds like there's a filter or something else slightly distorting his voice. Of course, Gus G's guitar work is still awesome, and he delivers some blistering solos throughout the album. It's his overall songwriting that could use some help. There are a couple of really good songs on Few Against Many ("Wall of Sound," "No Heroes, No Sinners" and the title track), but there's plenty of filler too.
Firewind seems to be caught in a holding pattern here. Few Against Many is a perfectly solid power metal album, and hey, an average Firewind album is still going to be better than most other power metal offerings. Still, it doesn't measure up to past Firewind efforts, and that is a bit of a disappointment.Read more ›
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There isn't anything they can do wrong. They bring it yet again for another great album, and the guitar solos are great, along with the lyrics. Buy it now.Published on September 14, 2013 by Jeremy Rynek
Excellent Melodic Metal - FIREWIND Rocks ! Buy This ! Also buy albums by these melodic metal bands I discovered here on AMAZON MP3 -- MAGNITUDE 9 -- KAMELOT -- THRESHOLDPublished on March 22, 2013 by MelodicMetalWarrior
If this band is truly from Greece, then they Share the throne of Metal Gods of Greece with Dragonland in their own way ! Read morePublished on November 21, 2012 by Mettalorr7
Wall of Sound and No Heroes, No Sinners are my favorites. But I really do like all the tracks on this album.Published on November 8, 2012 by Ms. Ghost Opera
These guys keep putting out good albums, especially since they replaced the original singer. Gus G. and his crew have done another good one worthy of your attention.Published on September 7, 2012 by Cecil A. Allen
Just....bad. Get a real producer boys. The backing vocals sound like they were recorded and mixed in a portable toilet. There is no weight to the music's sound. Read morePublished on June 9, 2012 by Luke Trout