Mastercastle - On Fire

(CD 2013, Lion Music LMC337)

The tracks:
  1- Silver Eyes
  2- Chains
  3- Platinum
  4- Quicksilver
  5- Gold Violet
  6- The Final Battle (instrumental)
  7- Leaden Roads
  8- Titanium Wings
  9- Almost a Fantasy (instrumental)

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After The Phoenix (2009), Last Desire (2010) and Dangerous Diamonds (2011), On Fire is the fourth album of Mastercastle, an Italian melodic female fronted metal band. This album features their new drummer John Macaluso (Yngwie Malmsteen, Ark). On Fire is also their most melodic album so far. It contains neo-classical influences and the vocals of Georgia Gueglio are again rather dominant, but nice to listen to. However, the two instrumental tracks The Final Battle and Almost A Fantasy are still my two favourites as guitar player Pier Gonella really shines here. Chains, Leaden Roads and Titanium Wings are solid rock songs with nice grooves and good melodies. Quicksilver is a fast song with superb neo-classical guitar passages, while Gold Violet is a sort of ballad. As far as I'm concerned On Fire is not only their most melodic album, but also their heaviest and their best. Play at maximum volume, please!

***+ Martien Koolen (edited by Peter Willemsen)

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