Sunday, January 19, 2014
Ring of Fire - Battle of Leningrad
Ring of Fire - Battle of Leningrad (2014) Frontiers Records
Produced by Ring of Fire
Tracks : 1.Mother Russia 2.They´re calling your name 3.Empire 4.Land of frozen tears 5.Firewind 6.Where angels play 7.Battle of Leningrad 8.No way out 9.Our world 10.Rain
2 out of 5
The 9 year hiatus for Mark Boals powermetal band Ring of Fire is over, during this time he was the frontman for Royal Hunt that resulted in two albums and also released an album with his new band Seven The Hard Way plus a countless of guest appearances on other albums.
The line up of Ring of Fire in 2014 feature Mark Boals - Vocals, Tony McAlpine - Guitar, Vitalij Kuprij - Keyboards, Timo Tolkki - Bass and Jami Huovinen - Drums.
The story of the album is about the siege of Leningrad during World War II and soundwise, it´s pretty much the same stuff as earlier from ROF. Lots of cliche´s but what strikes me is the low budget production. This is the downside of recording digitally, especially the drumsound is rather poor here.
I miss the time when bands headed into big room studios to record their albums but it´s expensive and since the recordsales are going down the drain, we just have to get used to the fact that people are satisfied with compressed mp3´s on Spotify and iTunes.
"Empire" is a great track though, true pomp and stance!