FIREFORCE – March On
Should it be Force of Fire or Fire of Force, better? I’m sorry folks, this is not really my cup of tea. I like Angel Dust, but that’s about it, I’m afraid. This is power metal, which, admittedly, is not my forte, in the vein of Manowar and Blind Guardian. Okay, it’s actually a little heavier than that but the concept is still there. The band’s name and the title is the big give away here. Add generous helpings of Iron Maiden and Mercyful Fate and you have a masterpiece of epic proportions.
The lyrics vary from asinine to unintelligible. Guys sing about ships and warriors around, I must say, quite impressive solos. The riff of “Coastal Battery” is pure Shadows Fall from the grossly underrated “Retribution”. You know, that Bob Marley’s “War” cover song? Indeed, thrash and metalcore make appearances on what, essentially, is rather a mediocre affair, overall. Or I’m just an asshole. One of the two. Or both. I don’t know. I’m sorry, I have heard it all before and in far better shape. This just doesn’t move me at all. But I can still recognize the effort behind the craft, thus the score. Besides, I like the vocalist. Even if he does sound like Bruce D. A LOT.
Okay, some transitions within the songs are, indeed, a little original, like the one in “Horus (Bringer of Order)” (like that Egyptian mythology, eh?). But overall package – just okay. Please lose the Iron Maiden tribute impression, though. It’s searing. Keep ‘em coming, maybe next time.