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Bonfire – Legends
Released: 2018
Label:  AFM
Reviewed:  November 2018
Rating:  4.5/5
Reviewed by : JP

There are a whole host of long-running cool, European, melodic Metal bands that don’t get much attention or exposure in North America.  I’m thinking of bands like Krokus, Pretty Maids, Axxis, Fair Warning and one of the oldest of all of them, Bonfire.  Bonfire have just released their 16thstudio album, 18thif you count the early days as Cacumen and LEGENDS is their 30threlease overall.

LEGENDS is a double covers album.  I’m automatically sold!  I love Bonfire.  I love covers albums.  So a double covers album from Bonfire put me in heaven, even before I saw a track-listing!    This set is a monster with 32 tracks running over 2.5 hours.   One thing I really liked is that the band often cover not one, but two or even three songs by the same band.

The next obvious highlight is the track selection.  The band covers all sorts of great, classic bands…from the 70’s, awesome classic cuts by UFO and Rainbow to some 80’s pop (Toto and Survivor) to under-rated late 80’s melodic Metal such as Hardline and House Of Lords.  These is probably the first cover versions I’ve heard of House Of Lords, a favourite band of mine and Bonfire do the songs justice!    Also in the mix is heavier stuff like Queensryche and Grave Digger and they are brave enough to tackle the signature Grave Digger song, ‘Rebellion’.   Other bands and artists covered are Jennifer Rush, Cher, Leonard Cohen and some deeper album cuts by Rainbow and Deep Purple. It is a sweet mix.

The production is slick and modern, the songs flow nicely and they add the Bonfire crunch to many of them. I’m rating this pretty damn high for the nostalgia factor and the novelty element as well, but I mean that as a sincere compliment, I really enjoyed this collection.   I can imagine some small cadre of humourless Death Metal fans shuddering in fear at the thought of Bonfire covering ‘Africa’ by Toto but for me LEGENDS is legendary.



Track Listing:

01. Africa
02. Hold The Line
03. Rosanna
04. Man On The Silver Mountain
05. I Surrender
06. Stone Cold
07. Death Alley Driver
08. Black Masquerade
09. Burning Heart
10. Eye Of Tiger
11. Caught In The Game
12. Doctor Doctor
13. Lights Out
14. Rock Bottom
15. Child In Time

01. Jet City Woman
02. Silent Lucidity
03. Eyes Of A Stranger
04. Tears In The Rain
05. The First Time
06. Save Up All Your Tears
07. Hot Cherie
08. Dr. Love
09. Hallelujah
10. Rebellion
11. Heavy Metal Breakdown
12. Love Don’t Lie
13. I Wanna Be Loved
14. King Of Dreams
15. Frei Wie Die Geier
16. Erinnerung
17. Alt Wie Ein Baum