Review: Bonfire – Fistful Of Fire
AFM Records (April 3rd 2020)
Reviewer: Paul Saripo
I enjoyed this album throughout however I didn’t begin to truly absorb the album until I fired up the amps and subs to truly appreciate the composition and production. Don’t hold back on this one, play loud.
‘The Joker‘ is a short instrumental opening the album with a sense of mystery, anticipation and adventure which almost seamlessly leads on to ‘Gotta Get Away‘ , power rock track that has catchy riffs with heavy delivery.
‘The Devil Made Me Do It‘ is a classic dual lead guitar showcase with symphonic undertones and high reaching vocals and a sing a long chorus.
‘Ride The Blade‘ exercises the vocal dexterity of Alexx Stahl delivering operatic highs with husk lows alongside fast melody of guitar work.
‘When An Old Man Cries‘ changes direction and tone with more than a nod over to a New Jersey sound, this track delivers on a ballad with smoky flames.
‘Rock’n’Roll Survivors‘ brings everything needed for a Bonfire spectacular that underlines this new albums approach and originality.
‘Fire And Ice‘ is perhaps the meltwater of the album with franticly fast yet precision guitar work.
‘Fire Etude‘ is a short and complex instrumental that pumps high velocity Oxygen into a burning inferno.
‘Breaking Out‘ has energy and precision timing administered by André Hilgers delivered with a crushing beat.
‘Fistful Of Fire‘ is an anthem and title track of this fresh rock ‘n’ roll album, Hans Ziller remains true to a pedigree and doesn’t compromise, building intrigue with ‘The Surge‘ and ever impressive onslaught of ‘Gloryland‘, reaching up to the heavens and opening up a fuming fire of intense heat.
The album closes with a rather special acoustic version of ‘When An Old Man Cries‘.
If I had to pick some stand out tracks from this album I’d be spoiled for choices, but perhaps ‘Gloryland‘, ‘When An Old Man Cries‘ together with ‘The Devil Made Me Do It‘ are ones that resonate the most.
This is a remarkable album and deserves to be played loud to appreciate the detail and energy.