Temple Of Lies - Bonfire
- Release date:
- April 13, 2018
- AFM Records
For many campfire songs
The album's structure has received a great deal of criticism in this review, and the conclusion must be that the Temple of Lies contains many delicious, well written 80's anthems, which are played with a renewed sound and energy, but is far from being able to achieve the same renewed relevance as, for example, Accept and Pretty Maids have done it. There are simply played too much on nostalgia and easily accessible concepts, to the otherwise great potential of being outlived. The next time must be very much like to get more songs like the first two and otherwise, the metal world could easily cope with the huge amount of uniform powerballader that have already been written. Temple of Lies ends, therefore, of six skulls, though the songwriting and sound is higher up on the scale.
The fire relit in the 70's
When the band's name Bonfire is mentioned, the reader will probably either recognize the classic German heavy band or be completely in the lord's mark (as this reviewer was within the notification). The easiest introduction would be a comparison with the Danish Pretty Maids, american Aerosmith or irish Thin Lizzy. So that is the first edge in the reference set, and it may be added that the band has been around since 1972 – previously under the name Cacumen. It is, however, as in Thin Lizzys case, only one guitarist that has survived since the eighties, and the band's now 17. the album is the second album with it in the context of young singer Alexx Stahl. The modern line-up has been in place since 2015, and the band has, despite the reincarnation retained the old name of Bonfire. On the 2017s Byte the Bullet , we got a presentation of the five tyskeres new sound on a somewhat cliché-infested album. Temple of Lies could with his more serious song titles and its complete concept of the additional power in the new magic.
The torch is held high
The first you meet, when the Temple of Lies is put on, is an epic, two-minute-long introsang, which, with its rapid and picturesque guitarmelodier whips up expectations. The intro goes at the intimate show in hovedriffet in the title track "Temple of Lies" and the mood continues throughout the first number through. It is well written and in the style of the music that has been grundingrediens of Pretty Maids' revival of the past 10 years. It runs for the Bonfire, but the intensity disappears, however, unfortunately already with the next number, "On the Wings of an Angel". The song is quite well written, but get a little inappropriate after the energetic title track and takes the pace out of the plate. A little time in the come again with the "Feed the Fire (Like the Bonfire)", however, lyrical is relatively uninteresting. Unfortunately, the account picture then fast for the rest of the album, as the one powerballade after the other sounds out of the speakers.
There will not be spared on the balladegenren. First we get three songs in the epic, magnificent Avantasia-esque style in "On the Wings of an Angel", "Fly Away" and the slightly faster "Stand or Fall". In addition, three powerballader more in the slow, heartfelt "Coming Home", and "I'll Never Be Loved by You" and "Crazy Over You", that) no the band's classic 80's sound, and at the same time pull the threads to Bon Jovi, and Pretty Maids. Most of the songs are individually quite catchy, but combined the ballads to fill up too much. Bonfire is a band that already has countless songs that can bring the lighters among the audience; they do not need to fill over half of the Temple of Lies with tempoudtrækkende numbers, when the title track have shown their potential to write more interesting numbers.
"Love the Way You Hate Me" gives us a little pace to the last, but the lyrics are boring and recycled. For, it must not be enough, we must also hear the most melancholy of the ballads again as an acoustic number. "Coming Home" is a really fine balladenummer with a well-written lyric, but it will come, unfortunately, to stand as a symbol of it, which, to me, is the album's biggest weakness. Then we get an absolute what the fuck-moment in the form of randomly mixed quotes and sound bites of the almost 20-minute-long "Friedensreich II", which require a very special German humor of the listener – and otherwise seems absurd and out of place.
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