We were not particularly into FireForce until they have released their third brand new issue for Limb Music. Now, when we have discovered them its time to present the band on Metal Sound’s page. In fact, the band comes from belgium and they’re playing more aggressive sort of power metal.
As a matter of fact you have a new record Annihilate the Evil so tell us something about the newer record? Could you present it from your point of view?
Well, the album is a logical extension from the former two albums “March On” and “Deathbringer”. You can find, just as before, lots of songs with historical background in our Combat Metal style. On the cd you have, as a bonustrack, a metal version of the Rolling Stone classic “Gimme Shelter”. ATE is a classic metal album with lots of songs to bang your head and shake your fists with!
Please, also could you present the band FireForce to our readers since this is the very first time that we have a chance to have an interview with you?
Fireforce was started by me, Erwin (guitars) and Flype (vocals), in 2008 after we left Double Diamond because that band had no future anymore. The other members were not motivated to reach a more “professional” level. We, Flype and I, wanted to do something more intense and with bigger goals. We recorded our first demo “Moonlight Lady” in 2009 and found ourselves a record company that wanted to release “March On” in 2011. In 2014 we teamed up with Limb Music and released “Deathbringer”. We toured a lot and played some fine concerts and festivals. We started to record “ATE” in 2016, and in 2017 we recorded three video’s to accompany the release. Flype and me are the ‘metal heart’ of the band…
How would you like to describe your style of playing? Tell us something about your influences as well.
Our style is a combination of power metal meets thrash metal meets old school metal. Our main influences are the German power metal, bay area thrash, American power metal and the UK NWOBHM. There are so many bands that I like that I can’t say “this or that band or style is my main influence”. I leave that up to the critics, they always know the best what we are doing ,haha!
Could you tell us something about previous full-lengths since you have released also two more studio albums?
“March On” was the first album after we left Double Diamond and 75% of the songs on this record were already composed by me for DD. I wrote a few new songs and that was it. I had met Lia (RD Liapakis, singer of Mystic Prophecy and Devil’s Train) a year before, at a Mystic Prophecy gig, and we talked a lot about recordings and the fact that he also did producer work. After this conversation I knew that Lia would be the best producer for future recordings. But, I didn’t knew at that time, it would not be with Double Diamond, but with Fireforce! When our first demo was recorded in Belgium, I asked Lia if he could mix/master it in the Prophecy Studio and if he was interested to work for us. He agreed and after a while he was not working FOR us, but WITH us. I can easily say that Lia became one of my best friends. When we wanted to record “Deathbringer” it was logical for me that Lia would be the producer again, and Christian (Schmid), who is a great too, the technician. So, ATE is no different story – never change a winning team!
Since this is your third full-length record could you compare your new record with your previous records?
I don’t really think there’s a big difference between the albums. I still wrote every song so the only thing you should hear is probably a natural progression in song writing, haha! But of course we spent a lot of time on a better production, better leads and better melodies…because every album should (at least you should try) be better as the previous one. No change of style, I would never do that, only better… I think with ATE we have reached this goal!
When it comes to FireForce do you have any live shows in mind soon? Are you active actually when it comes to live performances?
Yes, we are. We will do a big release show in Antwerp, where we will bring the best performance to our fans. With a lot of show-effects because people deserve a show to remember. Because Belgium is a very small country, we choose to play one big show over here, and the rest of the year we will try to play in the rest of Europe…if it’s possible to do our big show, we will do it for sure!
What is the next step for FireForce since you have just released your third album?
Like I told you before: We will try to play as much as possible in 2018. And, I started to write already for the fourth album because I have lots of idea’s on this moment… so watch out in 2019 for the next album, haha!
- Interview by Marko Miranovic
- Erwin Suetens, Guitarplayer for Fireforce