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On disc: Dragonsfire

Visions Of Fire - Claudia Ehrhardt - 8 stars

Visions Of Fire

Visions Of Fire
(Pure Steel - 2008)

The band Dragonsfire was founded in 2005 and soon had enough songs to play live and then recorded the 5-track EP Burning For Metal. More shows followed and in 2008 it was time for their full-length debut Visions Of Fire. The Hessian quartet is based in heavy / true metal and they try to keep alive the spirit of the 80's heavy metal.
They kick off with Devil's Road, a catchy tune which shows some reminiscences to bands like Manowar - but you can also find a dash of Rage.... They vary the speed and bassist Thassilo Herbert's deep, raspy voice fits well to the bands sound. At Wings Of Death they offer some Maiden-esque riffs, but then the rhythm section is forcing them forward! Okay, the lyrics are a bit simple - some would say cheesy -, but that can be said about Manowar & co., too. On the other hand is makes it easy to sing along - and live these songs are perfect for a metal party! The fast band anthem is called Dragonsfire Rockxxx - and is a fun song. Simple, catchy and you will never forget the bands name after hearing this one! At this one you can hear a bit Saxon in their sound. Very Maiden-ish they kick off Rebellion - The Kingdom Of Heaven, but then the song takes a different direction... Reminds me a bit of Grave Digger, but there is something more... A dash of Rage and Gamma Ray. One of the weaker ones is Shine One, at least in my opinion. Don't get me wrong, it isn't a bad tune, but... With The Other One they show a different facet of their sound, is this the way they want to head? I don't know, but it's interesting to see them create different atmospheres and combine this sound piece with their typical sounds. With Oath Of Allegiance they end the album in a more typical way.
Okay, Dragonsfire don't present something new, they offer a true metal with similarities to the 80's. But their songs are good to party and live they will be even more fun. For the ones who look for modern sounds and socio-critical lyrics, this isn't what you are looking for! But if you want to have a good time and party, then check them out!

8 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt


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