OK, let’s all be perfectly honest. When we think of countries that produce quality, killer heavy metal bands, very rarely will Greece show up on the radar. Nothing personal, Greece! Beautiful country, great food, and pretty much the creator of intelligent civilization. So, you will have to forgive us if we don’t think of you as a bastion of hard rock. But, guess what? Firewind and their eighth album Immortals will change all that.

People probably don’t realize that Firewind‘s main man, guitarist Gus G., has been playing with Ozzy Osbourne for seven years. If the “Prince of Darkness” taps you to be in his band, that is pretty much one hell of a seal of approval. Immortals is basically a concept album telling the story of the Greeks getting their asses handed to them by the Persians in the Battle of Thermopylae. In the Greek army’s defense, they were heavily outnumbered and held off the Persians for a week. Firewind at times remind me of another band I love, Iced Earth. Great songwriting and even better playing gets me every time.

I guess if you had to pigeonhole Firewind into any specific genre it would be “power metal,” so if you dig Iron Maiden, Scorpions, Ozzy in his prime, or the aforementioned Iced Earth, Immortals is a must-listen-to in my book.

Immortals is out January 20 on AFM Records. Pre-order it here!

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