Here we go with yet another new band coming out of Sweden but the musicians making up the band are not a set of hopeful newcomers but a team of skilled and very well established names with a wealth of quality music already in their back catalogues. Flames Of Fire is a power metal outfit trading in typically powerful and soaring metal with a stand out vocalist who makes the most of a soaring voice with a delicious hint of Ronnie James Dio in his delivery and that is always the way to get into my good books.
The line-up features some serious talent from Sweden, Norway and Finland with Christian Liljegren (Narnia, The Waymaker, Audiovision) on vocals, Mats-Åke Andersson (Zaragorn) on guitar, Jani Stefanovic (The Waymaker, Solution .45, Miseration) on guitar, keyboards and drums, Stephen Carlson (Brotthogg, Peter Carlsohn’s The Rise, Tales, Viva) on guitar and Per Schelander (House of Shakira, Astrakhan, ex-Royal Hunt and ex-Pain of Salvation) on bass. Now that is a lot of experience and all of it has been used to bring us this most excellent power metal/hard rock album that was born in the 1970s but given the usual make-over to make it vibrant and modern for today’s demanding music market.
Flames Of Fire is short at only 37-minutes but the band has most definitely gone for quality rather than quantity with a selection of perfectly written and delivered power metal classics. The music has been very much influenced by the music of Dio and his superb works with Rainbow and Sabbath with the near 10-minute Solution being a real homage to the great man. To the list of influences you can also add Michael Schenker, Axel Rudi Pell, Yngwie Malmsteen, Narnia and also Stryper given the lyrical nature of the music which very much puts the band well and truly in Christian rock territory.
Christian Liljegren is a simply wonderful vocalist with so much power and an incredible range and he wins you over to the sound of the new band immediately with the twin guitarists laying down some pretty amazing and fluid solos and there are the usual layers of keyboards too ensuring a really lush and symphonic soundscape. I just wish it had been a little longer but what you do get is quite magnificent and remember that Rainbow Rising is only 34-minutes so revel in the quality of some seriously good symphonic power metal.
If you are a fan of the bands mentioned as influences of Flames Of Fire then you are most certainly going to love this and I, for one, cannot wait for the next instalment.
Flames Of Fire
- New Dawn (1:23)
- Gloria (4:06)
- Flames Of Fire (3:09)
- Madness (3:47)
- I Am (4:22)
- Time To Live (3:58)
- Solution (9:38)
- Soldiers OF The King (4:55)
- Ending Theme (1:30)