|Review: Fireforce - March On|
Year released: 2011
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: March 27, 2011
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Are you ready for a sentimental journey through the 80s? That's what Belgium's Fireforce take you on as you listen to their debut, March On. While that may imply there's not a lot of originality here, and that is true to a certain extent, these guys emulate the greats so well, it's easy to overlook that aspect of the music. March On may tread well worn paths but it's a hell of a lot of fun.
The band makes the rounds of their 80s heroes, changing, chameleon-like, from thrashy staccato riffs a la Helstar on "The Only Way," to more anthemic riffing on "Fireforce" and "Horus (Bringer of Order)." Along with singer Flype's gravelly vocals, those songs sound similar to classic, UDO-led Accept. Fireforce make sure to touch upon Iron Maiden's twin guitars on "Mona Lisa" and "Shadows in My Mind," then it's over to early Helloween's double-kick drums on "Moonlight Lady" and "Born to Play Metal." Everything is played with such conviction and high energy, you'll be playing air guitar before you realize you broke the damn thing out.
Fireforce isn't about changing the world, far from it. You may have heard it all before but that can't hide the fact that March On is excellent, well-played and all around highly enjoyable old school Heavy Metal from Fireforce.
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