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Blade of Triumph

1 rating: 5.0
An album by Iron Fire

  Song List: Disc 1  1. Dragonheart  2. Bloodbath of Knights  3. Dawn of Victory  4. Lord of the Labyrinth  5. Bridges Will Burn  6. Follow the Sign  7. Steel Invaders  8. … see full wiki

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  • Sep 14, 2008
Rating:
+5
Pros:

Epic metal at it's best.



Cons:

Need to expand out their work. Give it the length it deserves.



The Bottom Line:

Great bombastic metal with a flourish that is a very good time.  Enjoyable from start to finish.



Just so you all know, Copenhagen is not just something that you put a pinch of between your cheek and gums. It is also the capital of the country of Denmark.

In this city, dwells a group of men who with their own personal arsenal of musical might, chose to defend the land from all of the would be invaders. Bands of rogue metal warriors have tried to overrun this land such as the fierce group from across the ocean called Manowar. They only have been led to the slaughter as mighty axeman Kirk Backarach lays waste to all who have tried to enter his domain.

When the powerful marauders from the south called Judas Priest tried to wreck havoc on the legions, Martin Steene called forth the multitudes with his dynamic vocals, to devastate their foes.

Taking advantage of all their power, the group who is known as Iron Fire, raise the Blade of Triumph in the heavy metal wars.

They can be called a lot of things. Bombastic for one. They bring to the world a plethora of over the top loud metal like few have ever seen. They bring to light the days of Vikings and fierce battles which decided the fates of man. With a power and majesty that is steeped in the history of their homeland, Iron Fire delivers a huge dose of heavy metal fire that gives hope to all metal fans that this brand of music is still alive and well.

If there was even an album that defined the term "Live by the sword, die by the sword", this is it. From the moment that the crunching guitar introduces you to this disc with a flourish on the track "Dragonheart", you are thrown into the world of sword and sorcery only to be released about an hour later at the end of the disc. This first song sets a pace that is relentless. Furious and captivating this brand of metal is as loud and proud as anything out there.

The thing that sets this band apart is their ability to weave truly magical melodic sections in between the heavy metal onslaught. That and the very unique vocals of Martin Steene. The closest comparison I can come up with is Rob Halford from the aforementioned Judas Priest. He brings a mixture of pure raw energy and dynamic range that delivers a mystical quality to their work. You can easily imagine the Viking warrior fighting for his life as Martin describes it.

The epic quality of their music is never more evident than on this disc. With a dynamic flourish songs like "Dawn of Victory" and "Bloodbath of Knights" take you right onto the battlefield. Both are harsh and brutal yet retain the grandeur that makes this music so alluring.

When they turn to the more mystical aspects such as the world of Elves and magic in the tale "Lord of the Labrynth" or the legend of King Arthur in the historic "Legend of the Magic Sword", the band gives a melodic turn that gives the tales a regal majesty that is truly overwhelming. If Tolkien or any such author spun his tale with music instead of words, this is what it would sound like. Iron Fire, captures the spirit of this genre just as you would think it should be done.

If I have a critizisim of the band, it is that they don't expand their epic tales often enough like on the title track "Blade of Triumph". They spin some very bold tales and the only problem is that they are over just as you get into the storyline. The title track clocking in at about seven and a half minutes is the most elaborate piece and the centerpiece of the disc rightfully so. Maybe they could do a concept album with each piece expanded to to fully tell the tale. It is not a stretch for these guys and I would love to hear them tackle something like Lord of The Rings or even the Thomas Covenant series this way.

This band deserves to be heard. They have crafted some of the most interesting music to grace our planet. It is a real treat to listen to a grand story set against such a wicked metal backdrop. I bet that they are amazing live. I would love to be the one who designed their stage and show. Just think how much fun that could be. There is a place in northern Michigan called Castle Farms. It use to have concerts and the stage looked like a medieval castle. This would be the place to see Iron Fire. I can envision the crowd as they break into the song "Steel Invaders" and Martin sings the chorus

"Raise your metal fist in the air".

That is a concert I want to be at!

The track listing for this epic album is:



1. Dragonheart
2. Bloodbath of Knights
3. Dawn of Victory
4. Lord of the Labrynth
5. Bridges Will Burn
6. Follow The Sign
7. Steel Invaders
8. Jackal's Eye
9. Legend of the Magic Sword
10. Gladiator's Path
11. Blade of Triumph

I would highly recommend that any metal head out there pick this album up. It is one of the real classics that is in the league with Judas Priest or Manowar. If not better!



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Great Music to Play While: Cleaning the House

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Label: Napalm
Artist: Iron Fire
Release Date: July 17, 2007

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