|In Reply To:||Firewind - Immortals by Nosferatwo|
Is this the biggest release of January?Man, you're so hard to please it's unbelievable... I think the first 2 songs that were released (especially Ode To Leonidas) were very good and I can't wait to hear the whole thing. I also loved Apollo a lot, but feel Henning Basse is excellent and a great fit for the band.
Having just given it a spin, I would call it one of the biggest disappointments of the year, if I had been expecting anything out of it. It's not just that Apollo was a better and more distinctive vocalist. The entire album doesn't even feel like Firewind anymore. Between the sound, and the whole thing being about historical wars and battles, it comes across as a rip-off of Sabaton and Civil War.
Gus is a great guitar player, but his writing is very generic. Couple that with Dennis Ward co-writing everything with him (Dennis is good, but he's had a hand in so much that he's stale), and you get an album that is incredibly bland all the way around.