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SPIRITS OF FIRE

(UNITED STATES)

TITLE:
SPIRITS OF FIRE
RELEASE DATE:
2019
LABEL:
FRONTIERS RECORDS
GENRE:
HEAVY METAL
""Spirits Of Fire" honors its specifications and its formidable line-up, offering a pure lesson in heavy metal with a killing look"
CHILDERIC THOR - 17.06.2019 -
Since he replaced Rob Halford in Judas Priest and Matt Barlow in Iced Earth, Tim "Ripper" Owens has had a somewhat difficult career to follow. One day, he plays  with the former Swedish virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen, the time of the very good "Perpetual Flame" and the very average "Relentless", another, we find him solo, under his own name, not to mention the many collaborations that, for the moment, have never really crossed the doors of a recording studio (Tourniquet). 

But what the mercenary seems to like most is the super-group, these bands where big names meet, often in a very ephemeral way, for the duration of an album or even a tour. After Charred Walls Of The Damned and, to a lesser extent, the recent The Three Tremors, Spirits Of Fire associates him with a casting that leaves you dreaming because animated by guitarist Chris Caffery (Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra), bassist Steve DiGiorgio (with a pedigree as big as dictionary) and drummer Mark Zonder, a loyal Jim Matheos (Fates Warning etc...). Producer Roy Z. completes this choice set. The band was formed in 2018 and offers the fruit of this mating under the seal of pure heavy metal. But what is this album, simply called "Spirits Of Fire", worth? 

If, given the frightening technical level of its progenitors, we suspect that its menu is solid as reinforced concrete, what about the quality of its compositions? Knowing that virtuosity does not necessarily rhyme with inspiration, we are wary of the result. However, against all odds, this trial run ends in a pleasant surprise. Eager to evoke the main bands to which its members are attached, the quartet signs a heterogeneous disc that is nevertheless cemented by a powerful metallic sap. 

With Tim Owens on the microphone, Judas Priest's shadow inevitably covers a number of tracks, from "Light Speed Marching" to "All Comes Together" to "Stand And Fight" which sounds like a fall from "Painkiller". So we find these glaring flights typical of the man. However,'It's Everywhere' or 'Alone In The Darkness', the only (relative) lulls of a well-testiculeous ensemble show that it excels just as much in a more nuanced if not more balanced register than we would listen more often. 

His companions are of course not to be outdone. Chris Caffery's guitar gallops and shoots notes in all four winds, combined with a thick roller-compressor rhythm ('Meet Your End'). And there is something for everyone, from the heavy ('Temple Of The Soul'), the threatening to the epic finery ('The Path'), the fast of course (the already mentioned 'Stand And Fight') even the most sentimental ('Never To Return'). 

"Spirits Of Fire" honors its specifications and its formidable line-up, offering a pure lesson in heavy metal with a killing look. It remains to be seen what future will be reserved for this band, whose nature perhaps condemns it to limit itself to a training without tomorrow....

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TRACK LISTING

01. Light Speed Marching
02. Temple Of The Soul
03. All Comes Together
04. Spirits Of Fire
05. It's Everywhere
06. A Game
07. Stand And Fight
08. Meet Your End
09. Never To Return
10. The Path
11. Alone In The Darkness


LINEUP

Chris Caffery: Guitares
Mark Zonder: Batterie
Steve Digiorgio: Basse
Tim "Ripper" Owens: Chant


TAGS:
Technical, Acute voice
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