Days Of Defiance
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Audio CD, Audiobook, CD, January 17, 2012
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2010 release from the Greek Metal band led by the young guitar sensation Gus G. (Ozzy Osbourne). Days of Defiance is easily their defining moment. The much anticipated disc is a truly ambitious and dynamic opus featuring some of the most brilliant guitar playing the genre has seen in many years. Days of Defiance will undeniably satisfy the tastes of every metalhead out there, combining the best elements of modern melodic Hard Rock and powerful epic Metal into a versatile, dynamic and highly entertaining release.
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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".
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