Coming into the same power metal scene as bands like DragonForce and Blind Guardian, and featuring former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Gus G, Firewind hold quite a heavy hitting sound. In the case of ‘Immortals’, the band’s eighth record, Gus G really comes into play, giving a thrash built complexity and technicality that makes heavier inspired power metal as great a genre as it is.
The band give a perfect sense of creative flair on the track ‘Live And Die By The Sword’. “It’s my choice to live and die by the side” is heard with one of the best acoustic guitar intros to come from power metal in a long time. The song picks up with chanting before the guitars pick up once more to give the speed that fans have come to love from Firewind.
The bass from Petros Christodoulidis on the album’s ballad ‘Lady Of 1000 Sorrows’ makes for quite an interesting element in what is considered the emotive message on the album. This moment seems perfect and gives a creative nature that few bands could rival.
‘Immortals’ might not be an album that completely recreates the wheel, in a style as loved and well established as power metal everything has been done before. But, to see Firewind in the upper echelons is something that this release proves. Whilst it may not be the next pure burst of creativity to hit the styling of power metal (such as Symphony X/Sonata Arctica), it takes well-loved tropes and stylings and creates an album with immense power.
This is an album which will only sound better live, and, as the closing track ‘Rise From The Ashes’ states, the band are a long way off from creating their swansong, and will power through in this nature for many years to come.
Written by Bradley Cassidy (@bradcassidy170)