Title: Temple Of LiesLabel: AFM Records
are one of those bands that have stood the test of time,
since their incarnation back in 1972 under the banner of
Cacumen, till the decision was taken back in 1986 to change
the name to Bonfire.
it was the bands 1987 album 'Fireworks' that really put the band well
and truly on the rock map.
years have passed since then, along with it many changes in line-up, but
at the core of the band has always been founding member
guitarist Hans Ziller. This the bands 2018 incarnation is one
that sees the band taking a firm hold on its own destiny,
leading the charge is frontman Alexx Stahl, who brings a new
passion for rock to the band.
album opens up with a narrative intro, before the full force
of the album is unleashed with the title track ‘Temple of
Lies'. This is the heavier side of the classic Bonfire
sound, that has carried the band when all others have fell
by the wayside. This is a rip snorting teutonic slice of
hard rock, where Stahl just unleashes his pure rock n' roll
might that could give Rob Halford a run for his money.
with the towering riff building of Ziller and aided by rhythm
guitarist Frank Pane, as well as the powerhouse rhythm section of
Ronnie Parkes on bass and Tom Breideband’s skin busting
drums, the band really set out to take no prisoners.
album continues with ‘Wings of an Angel’, this is classic
Bonfire soaring melody rich hard rock at its very best, with
Stahll showing why he was the right choice to lead the band
ever forward. His vocal control is second to none on this
classy hard rock pours out of every molecule of this album,
as it continues with ‘Feed the Fire’ and hard hitting
‘Stand or Fall’. A track that should become the bands
motto, as this is five guys standing up for Rock n' Roll and
making their music do the talking.
Bonfire album wouldn’t be complete without a ballad and 'Temple of Lies' is no different,
with the six minute splendour
of ‘Comin’ Home’.
band really show their hard rock credentials once more with
the excellent 'I’ll Never Be Loved By You’ and the lick
laden ‘Fly Away’. The latter being one of my favourite
tracks from the album, along with the next one, ‘I Help You
Hate Me’, just pure hard hitting, power infused rock.
tremendous album closes with that classic Bonfire sound in
‘Crazy Over You’, which wraps up one of the best Bonfire
albums for years. There is a harder than normal edge to this
album which I like. This isn’t a total change in style for
the band, this is the band taking steps to not only keep the
diehard fans happy, but also to appeal to the whole new army
of younger rock fans who are just getting into this style of Rock.
fear not, enter the Temple and worship the gods of Teutonic
Hard Rock once more, the Bonfire is burning and burning brighter than
Review by: Barry McMinn
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