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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 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".
Gus G. has kept the Firewind lineup responsible for the amazing Premonition album mostly intact (Michael Ehre is now on drums), so my expectations were high for this album. Days of Defiance continues with the same basic sound heard on Premonition and Allegiance, though I have to say it doesn't immediately resonate the way those albums did. The key elements are there - Gus's trademark guitar pyrotechnics, the crushing rhythms, Apollo Papathanasio's increasingly powerful vocals (seriously, this guy gets better each year) and those amazing melodies - but it doesn't quite have the same magic that made the previous Firewind albums instant favorites. "World on Fire" and "Cold as Ice" are amazing singles, and the instrumental "SKG" is astonishing (and I'm not easily impressed by instrumentals), so there are obviously some great songs on Days of Defiance. Taken as a whole though, it just doesn't seem like an essential album. It may just be that the band set the bar too high with Premonition. I will say this though; I've had the album for a couple of weeks now and I like it a little more each time I hear it.Read more ›
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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
The Bad: Half of the songs are forgettable ("Kill In The Name Of Love" 's lyrics are so cheesy its cringe worthy, "Embrace The Sun" is a ripoff of one of FW's best songs "Falling... Read morePublished on March 24, 2011 by Sean Thomas
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
Oh how I despise the label of "Power Metal". 95% of music tagged with this label represents anything but "power". Read morePublished on December 22, 2010 by Peter Linn
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 Kindle Customer