Iron Fire is one of the power metal bands that have been around for a long time, but that contrary at their peers of Hammerfall, Stratovarius and Sonata Arctica, they have count with almost no luck on strike a major impact on the metal scene. Leaving that behind, this year Iron Fire returns with a new album, Voyage Of The Damned, a new image and musical proposal that breaks away from the traditional power metal imaginary of dragons, knight quests and space sci-fi stories, that have been the core concepts of this genre for years.
With Voyage Of The Damned the band takes their music to a different level, still in the power metal path but with a fresh approach, more faster, and stronger. Songs like Enter Oblivion OJ-666, Leviathan or Voyage Of The Damned are example of that change. Another new feature on Iron Fire‘s music is the addition of semi-growling vocals on tracks like Realm Of Madness, Dreams Of The Dead Moon and Warmaster Of Chaos, that makes the album even more aggressive and daring. This changes shows a new attitude on the band at the time to make music.
Voyage Of Damned is probably the strongest album the band have put out so far, still power metal, but done with a different prospective that surprises and leave you craving for more. A great album to head bang hard and throw the horns up.
Last week we had the chance to talk to Martin Steene vocalist and founder of Iron Fire, we talked about the new album, the production, the power metal scene and the plans of the band for the near future. Here is what he told us:
Iron Fire is about to release their 7th studio album Voyage Of The Damned, what can you tell us about the album?
What are the main differences between Voyage Of The Damned and your previous album Metalmorphosized?
The producer on this album is Jacob Hansen, who had work with Volbeat, Pretty Maids, Aborted and Dragonland. How was the experience of working with him on the new album?
Voyage Of The Damned includes guesses like Dave Ingram from Benediction and Nils Rue from Pagans mind, how they come to be part of the album? and how was the experience working with them?
Your vocals are a bit more aggressive on this record than in your previous work, what influence the decision of include semi growling voices on the album?
Iron Fire has been broken apart from the rest of Euro-Power metal bands out there, how do you see the power metal scene now in contrast with 10 years ago?
Can you name new bands that you listen now and that had impact you or surprise you in any way?
Are there any tour plans for 2012?
What is next for Iron Fire?