GODS OF FIRE


"Wrath of the Gods" (Black Thirteen Recording Company; 2004)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

A rough and ready celebration of pure heavy metal, "Wrath of the Gods" plays most often like a raw demo of an early Iron Maiden album and ... for a band on their first CD and who produced this themselves ... that ain't a bad place to be.

In fact, like more recent Iron Maiden CDs, all "Wrath of the Gods" needs is some time with the incomparable Roy Z to give the CD some more production balance and punch.

With subjects that range from video games to classic horror novels, the songs on "Wrath of the Gods" are all epic metal tunes (with lengthy running times from over five minutes to nearly ten) featuring throaty vocals, blistering leads (some of which really stand out) and galloping rhythms that draw the listener instantly into the music.

The stand-outs here are the first track, "Welcome to Hell," the very Maiden-like "City of Gold" and an ode to tequila, "Nectar of the Gods" (okay, that song isn't really about tequila, but that's what I call nectar of the gods). The CD closes with a number that's somewhat different than its predecessors: the prog-tinged metal of "Prometheus Unbound."

As mentioned above, the production is the only downside here. It's not bad for a demo, but a metal producer could eke quite a bit more power out of the band and that would improve an already impressive CD.

Gods of Fire: Prometheus- Vocals; DJ Blood Sacrifice- Guitars/keyboards/background vocals; Saucy Jack- Guitars/background vocals;  Doctor Time- Bass; Fra Diavolo- Drums. 

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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