Released: 2014, Limb Records
As the time of writing, Belgium just kicked America’s ass in the round of 16 in the 2014 World Cup. I can almost guarantee the Belgian team were listening to the Belgian band Fireforce in the locker room for inspiration. Fireforce have just released their sophomore album, DEATHBRINGER. I reviewed the bands debut, MARCH ON back in May of 2011 and I loved it giving it a high rating of 4 out of 5. It seems like it has been a long three years between albums, but in reality three years in the music business these days is pretty normal. The wait is over DEATHBRINGER has arrived.
There have been some significant changes in the Fireforce camp in the past three years. The band has jumped to the bigger label, Limb Music. More importantly to the bands sound, three members left (a guitarist, the bassist and drummer) and have all been replaced. They did keep the same mascot (a very cool, warrior with a fiery sword naturally) and the same logo so there is a sense of continuity. It is good to know they are still going and they now are self-describing what they play as ‘Combat Metal’. Sounds good to me!
DEATHBRINGER jumps right out at you as the title track possesses a great opening riff and then a mighty scream from vocalist Filip hits you and it is off to the metal arena! Up next, the majestic glory of ‘Highland Charge’ and then they follow that one-two punch with a kill-shot of ‘Combat Metal’. The Metal beating doesn’t stop there…the whole album is loaded with pounding, classic Metal. The production is very good with the big gang choruses coming nicely to the fore. The pace is almost always fast as they 13 track, 55 minute album roars by. It is isn’t until the 5th song ‘To The Battle’ that songs slow down, very slightly. The album also ends off with a very punch version of the old Tygers of Pan-Tang cut, 'Gangland'.
There is very little variation in the songs, they are almost all of them four minutes long and we do hear an occasional splash of acoustic guitar, but really the mission of the Deathbringer is to keep it simple and as pure as possible. DEATHBRINGER avoids the second album slump and Fireforce now can stand along other such titans of straight-up, no frills-Metal, such as Wizard, Lonewolf and Dungeon. This is one of the purest Metal albums I have heard this year.