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Spitfire - 1987 First Attack



ARTIST: Spitfire (Greece)
ALBUM: First Attack
LABEL: EMI Greece
SERIAL: 062-1701221
YEAR: 1987
CD REISSUE: 2001, Minos-EMI (Greece), 7243 5 37867 2 4

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Dinos Costakis - vocals * Elias Loginidis - guitars * Thanon Kremides - bass * George Velentzas - keyboards * Costas Kirlakidis - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Street Fighter * 02 Lead Me On * 03 Whispers * 04 Lady Of The Night * 05 Explosion * 06 Walk Alone * 07 Evil Thoughts Around * 08 Guilty Dreams

WEBLINKS: www.spitfire.gr


Background
Spitfire are considered to be one of the best Greek hard rock bands of the eighties. Many of the pundits put them into the heavy metal category, but really, upon listening to them, they are better classed as a melodic hard rock band. Their use of acoustics and keyboards keeps the metal angle less so, Vocally, Costakis has a bit of an accent, not unlike Genki Hitomi of Vow Wow. Spitfire were unusual for a Greek band .They were formed in 1984, and eventually signed to a major label in Greece (EMI), a path not usually taken apparently, given the small niche-based market for hard rock and metal in that country.


The Songs
The band deliver us eight tracks of exceptional material, considering this was 1986/87, and Spitfire came from Greece, the home of Ouzo not melodic hard rock! 'Street Fighter' despite the patient build-up, bursts forth with a flurry of hardened riffs thanks to riff-meister Elias Logindis. He continues to impress on the punchy 'Lead Me On', which walks the same line as Praying Mantis. 'Whispers' is a roomy breathy big ballad, followed by the acoustic venture of 'Lady Of The Night'. This pairing show the band's softer side, though the latter tracks fires up with some hot riffing and solos toward the end. 'Explosion' is a definite nod to the NWOBHM movement, the sound taking us back a few years to its heyday. 'Walk Alone' is another roomy ballad which again, fires up at the tail. 'Evil Thoughts Around', by comparison, sounds slightly ploddy, though still very melodic, but the album closer 'Guilty Dream' is a frantic metal-oriented track in the same vein as Texan outfit Helstar. A great way to bow out.


In Summary
The initial promise of the band was curtailed due to a serious car accident inflicted on singer Dinos Costakis. However, the band resurrected themselves in the 90's, released an excellent live set called '100% Live', with a new singer and new name Speedfire (they couldn't use Spitfire anymore, probably the RAF took an interest. lol). Renowned drummer Mark Cross was also helpful in trying to get this much loved band back into action during the 90's, but this seems to have bore no fruit despite the fact the band reappeared for live work.


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