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Divinefire - 2011 Eye Of The Storm

ARTIST: Divinefire
ALBUM: Eye Of The Storm
LABEL: Liljegren Records
YEAR: 2011
SPONSOR: S Eder (Connecting Music)


LINEUP: Christian Liljegren - vocals * Jani Stefanovic - guitars, bass, drums, orchestration * German Pascual - vocals

Guests: Pontus Norgren, Markus Sigfridsson, CJ Grimmark, Thomas Vikstrom, Andreas Passmark

TRACK LISTING: 01 Time For Salvation * 02 Hold On * 03 Unchain My Soul * 04 Bright Morning Star * 05 To Love And Forgive * 06 Even At My Lowest Point * 07 Send Me Out * 08 Masters * 09 The World's On Fire * 10 Never Surrender * 11 Masquerade * 12 Close To The Fire



Back in 2005 GD reviewed Divinefire's then latest album called 'Glory Thy Name'. It was actually their debut album, and the Swedish/Finnish band have since gone onto release another four albums including this latest offering in 2011 called 'Eye Of The Storm'. Back then I stated that their music was 'full-on' epic power metal. Well six years later, nothing has changed. Perhaps if anything, Divinefire have gone even heavier and even more dramatic, because 'Eye Of The Storm' features some of the most intense prolonged power metal I have ever heard. The longstanding duo/core of the band is retained, with Sweden's Christian Liljegren and Finland's Jani Stefanovic now joined by new singer German Pascual, adding to even more vocal theatrics all round. 'Eye Of The Storm' features a whole bunch of guest players including: Pontus Norgren (Hammerfall, The Poodles, Great King Rat), Markus Sigfridsson (7 Days, Harmony, Dark Water), CJ Grimmark (Narnia, Rob Rock), Thomas Vikstrom (Talk Of The Town, Therion, Candlemass, 7 Days, Covered Call) and Andreas Passmark (Royal Hunt, Narnia). All fantastic players with impeccable pedigrees, and right at home with Divinefire's bombastic music!

The Songs
Characteristic of this genre, a huge sweeping atmospheric choir precedes the bombast of the opening threads of 'Time Of Salvation'. The symphonic power metal on display is sensational. I know many of you remain unperturbed, but I go through phases where heavy stuff such as this remains high on my playlist, and at this point in time, prog metal is in vogue. The tempo is ramped up to Dragonforce speed for 'Hold On', and you do literally have to hold on to your deckchairs! Divinefire turn the lights out for the rather dark and demonic 'Unchain My Soul', clean vocals unite with cookie monster vocals to make for a unique blend of power metal. 'Bright Morning Star' shifts between clean and melodic layers that float on top, versus the heavy earthbound thunderous roar that underpins the song. The piece de resistance of the album would be 'To Love And Forgive', at nearly 7 minutes this is as epic as Divinefire gets. The intro section plays like a cinematic piece for a sci-fi movie as it gallops across the soundscape. Then into the furnace we go as the band heavy it up. Still, you can hear a celtic like rhythm wafting over the entire song. Fans of Dio and Astral Doors will love this. 'Even At My Lowest Point' is incredible power metal, and the surprising thing, is how clear the vocals are in amongst the musical thunder. 'Send Me Out' is pure headbanging material with wicked riffs and double-kick drums in abundance. Male choir vocals introduce 'Master', for which the tempo is then turned up to rapid-fire mode. It really is musical blitzkreig at this point, though there are a couple of tempo changes within. More symphonic epic metal is delivered on 'The Worlds On Fire', you don't really get a chance to breathe on this one. If you can imagine Michael Angelo's Nitro doing prog metal, then this is what it would sound like. As the songtitle suggests, 'Never Surrender' is brutal and unrelenting, it sounds similar to Rob Rock's recent material if that is anything to go by. 'Masquerade' is delivered at machine gun pace, you have to wonder if it is physically possible to play this intensely for 4 minutes without sending your BPM rate over 150! You would hope Divinefire ease off for the finale 'Close To The Fire'. The classical symphony intro would suggest they are easing off, but big riffing guitars sends that thought out the window. However, it is an instrumental, and the song switches between classical symphonic pieces and heavier parts, but without doubt, Divinefire wind down nicely after all the thunder that preceded the finale.

In Summary
Well what can I say? I wouldn't have thought of anything less in terms of the pure power delivered in the typical Divinefire way. Christian Liljegren and Jani Stefanovic continue to bring us unrelenting epic metal. There's no holds barred, and little room for ballads and mid-paced songs. As an album, 'Eye Of The Storm' pretty much operates on two speeds: fast and faster. If you can handle that, all power to you. If you are a wimpster, then look away and go find the recent Houston album to revert back to. Divinefire are truly on fire!

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