Genre: Oldschool Heavy Metal
Foundation: 2009Location: Antwerpen
- Flype (Vocals)
- Erwin (Guitars)
- Steve (Guitars)
- Geert (Bass Guitars)
- Christophe (Drums)
Crew Members: 3 fix members
- Official Website
- Official Facebook
- Official Myspace
- Official Reverbnation
- 2009: Moonlight Lady EP
- 2011: March On
Band Management: Erwin Suetens
Booking Agency (BE): Dieter Leemans
Booking Agency (NL): Black Pearl
Press Review "March On":
"March On" is pure Heavy Metal adrenaline. It's an album that is being driven forward relentlessly by its riveting riffs and thundering drums and rhythms that grab you by the throat. The NWOBHM-like vocals in "Fly Arrow Fly (Crecy 1346)" remind listeners instantaneously of the early feats of HELLOWEEN, while "Born To Play Metal" is a speedy piece of raw steel reminiscent of RUNNING WILD, especially since it features an awesome chorus.
"The Only Way" will definitely get your head moving, too, and the phat and groovy mid-tempo breaks that keep on popping up in this song will absolutely blow you away. None of these twelve songs seem to show any kind of weakness.
On the contrary, the album grows and becomes more powerful with each song.
With "March On", FIREFORCE deliver a calling card that proves their True Metal and Old School heritage worthy. Metal rages on.
Fireforce is the name of the phoenix that emerged from the ashes of the Belgian Metal band Double Diamond. Very quickly, Fireforce became well-known for their excellent live gigs and their 2009 EP "Moonlight Lady" succeeded in attracting the attention of the recording industry. As a result, 2010 was a very creative year for the band. Their debut album "March On", which is due to be published towards the end of March 2011 throughout Europe, is guaranteed to propel the band out of the underground Metal scene from which it emerged and into the hearts of the larger public, i.e. Metal fans everywhere. The strong drive of the band's Heavy Metal roots constantly interacts with their obvious affinity with the Power Metal genre. However, a melodious harmonic component is always present in their work. The twelve songs on the album are characterized by solid riff structures accompanied by an excellent drum baseline that keeps on driving them forward. The vocals truly deserve to be described as authentically Metal and never falter once throughout the album. Summing up, "March On" is a thrilling, well-structured Heavy Metal album with definite Old School tendencies complemented by the albums contemporary production.
Quite soon after the formation of the band, FIREFORCE were able to play its first gigs, among which the Ages Of Metal Festival with JAGUAR, AVENGER and CLOVEN HOOF. They were also able to play some shows with KILLER and HELLISH WAR. During this initial period, the band also recorded their EP "Moonlight Lady", which featured four songs and was primarily used for promotional purposes.
For most of that time, the band had been playing in its original constellation: Flype on vocals, Erwin Suetens on guitar, TH Bulsara on drums, Metalpat on bass guitar. They were accompanied by Joeri Brion on solo guitar. However, towards the end of that period Joeri left the band for personal reasons. FIREFORCE were able to replace him with ex-GWYLLION guitar player Steve Deleu.
Very shortly afterwards, drummer TH Bulsara also decided to leave the band. This time, it proved to be much more difficult to find a replacement. On short notice, the band were able to find a drummer to sit in at their live shows, viz. DYSCORDIA's Wouter Debonnet (ex-GWYLLION). This meant FIREFORCE were able to go ahead with their gigs supporting BLAZE BAYLEY, MYSTIC PROPHECY and VICIOUS RUMORS. However, due to other commitments Wouter was not able to join the band full-time.
This proved to be a serious problem as the band had finalized their negotiations with 7Hard Records in Germany in the meantime and had found a willing producer in MYSTIC PROPHECY vocalist R.D.Liapakis (producer for SUICIDAL ANGELS, CRYSTAL TEARS, WINTER`S VERGE, ELDRITCH and others). The band were now ready to start recording but were still without a drummer. In the end, they were able to call on Tom Heijnen (ex-JUDAS RISING, CONQUESTADOR, MYTHLORIAN), who did a truly remarkable job.
The band were able to add the finishing touch to the album by adding a guest appearance by guitarist Constantine (MYSTIC PROPHECY, DESCENDING). The now finished masterpiece will easily provide a new benchmark for the Belgian Heavy Metal scene.