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Bonfire - 2015 Glorious

ARTIST: Bonfire
ALBUM: Glorious
LABEL: Borila Records
SERIAL: 4260276940042
YEAR: 2015


LINEUP: Hans Ziller - lead guitar, backing vocals * David Reece - lead vocals * Harry Reischmann - drums * Ronnie Parkes - bass, backing vocals * Frank Pane - guitars, backing vocals

Guests: Paul Morris, Alessandro Del Vecchio - keyboards

TRACK LISTING: 01 21 Guns Salute (Goes Boom) * 02 Nothin' At All * 03 Can't Break Away * 04 Remember * 05 Fallin' Outta Love * 06 Glorious * 07 Supernatural Disguise * 08 Shooting Star * 09 Lies * 10 Put Out The Flames * 11 Free Wind Desperado * 12 Sweet Obsession (re-recorded) * 13 American Nights (re-recorded) * 14 With A Little Help From My Friends (re-recorded)



It's been years since we featured Germans Bonfire in the hallowed halls of GDM. I think Luigi did a review of 2001's 'Strike Ten', but that's been it unfortunately. If we wind the clock back, Cacumen was probably our first encounter with this band. Well, singer Claus Lessmann more likely. This band morphed into Bonfire in 1985, and set heads turning with their next couple of releases: 1986's 'Don't Touch The Light' and 1987's OTT 'Fireworks' which set that year alight. Amidst their drive for American success, the band got hit with internal politics with lead guitarist Hans Ziller being fired from his own band essentially. From there, the band went downhill, despite numerous releases during the 90's. Let's forget the political bullshit and bring everyone up to date. We're in 2015 and believe it or not Hans Ziller is back in charge with his hand on the tiller. This is how it should've been all along, as he is the man with the songwriting and musical nouse. He bought his EZ Livin' band-mates for the ride, and now they are part of the re-energized Bonfire fold, including former Accept and Bangalore Choir mouthpiece David Reece.

The Songs
'Glorious' has been turning heads 2015 and rightly so. Though the band has a markedly differently line-up and don't sound like they did back in 1987 during their heyday, there's a lot to like about the new-look Bonfire. Fourteen tracks all told. Probably a bit of an ask to go through all of them. We'll cherry pick instead. As mentioned, the Bonfire of old isn't on display here. The obvious difference is the comparison between the helium-induced and accented vocals of Claus Lessmann to that of current warbler David Reece. They couldn't be any different really. However, that doesn't stop songs like 'Nothin' At All', 'Supernatural Disguise' and 'Free Wind Desperado' from lifting the metronome to the faster end of the scale. Mostly, the other songs on offer all have something to give. Super crunchy rockers such as the opener '21 Gun Salute', 'Can't Break Away' and 'Put Out The Flames' keep the sound more on the metal side of rock, while Bonfire mix it up with a couple of power ballads such as 'Fallin' Out Of Love' and 'Shooting Star'. The title track is slightly different, veering down a symphonic path a la Zeno and Fair Warning. The last three songs are additional material. Revamps of 'Sweet Obesession', 'American Nights' and the 60's chestnut 'With A Little Help From My Friends'. The first two are pretty good, the latter is played in a heavy style, and sounds reaasonable considering the songs history. Certainly different.

In Summary
As mentioned, a heap of tracks to listen to. Mostly good, and great to hear Hans Ziller back on form again. Reece too is sounding OK, but I'm thinking his vocal style isn't quite what the Bonfire legacy was all about, but I'll take that over any singer that might have aspirations about stepping up to the plate. Great album title, but it would be presumptious of me to think that the music lived up the name. Not quite..

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