Bonfire – Legends

Bonfire “Legends” is a cover only album, or if you prefer, a tribute album. It doesn’t matter to me. Some say bands do tribute albums when they aren’t inspired enough to write a new album. There is no way of agreeing with it. Take this Bonfire “Legends” for instance. There are 32 tracks in it! Yeah, that’s right! Thirty-two. Can you imagine how long it takes to prepare each song? Rehearsals, all the band learning the songs, all the band discussing the songs – more important -, explaining manager and record company your choice – lots of time indeed -, and actually recording them. See? Put in this way it’s not that easy. Still, some bands do that. And some result in great albums.

Bonfire made a great selection of songs. Some of them aren’t even Metal as Toto’s “Africa” and “Susana,” but they are delicious. Just delicious. Bonfire respected the essence of the songs, all of them. Most important, they didn’t try to cover songs very far from their own essence. Wise choice. All the songs fit perfectly to Bonfire’s music. There are also three songs taken from German bands Puhdys and CRO, if I’m not mistaken. If I, you always have Google to blame .

Of course, Bonfire also knew the risk they were taking to cover songs like UFO’s “Doctor, Doctor” and other classics like Deep Purple’s “Child of Time” – they did it better than Joe Lynn Turner did – just to name a few. Remember there are 32 tracks in “Legends.” But they did it well. However, it’s ironic to check out that UFO still sound heavy enough. When it comes to covers, a band can choose to mess with success or to follow the rules. Both are valid options, and both bring their own load. Bonfire chose not to mess with success. The songs are pretty near their originals. Bonfire touch are on details. I respect that. The cover to Queensrÿche’s “Silent Lucidity” is pristine. This song deserves all the respect.

In a nutshell, “Legends” is a delicious album if you like famous band’s covers. Bonfire did a great job here, there’s no doubt about it. If I were to choose, I’d keep with Toto’s “Africa” because besides respecting the essence of the song, Bonfire managed well to add their personality to it. It got simply delicious.

Bonfire “Legends” will be released on October 19th via AFM Records.

Track Listing:

CD1

  1. Africa
  2. Hold The Line
  3. Rosanna
  4. Man On The Silver Mountain
  5. I Surrender
  6. Stone Cold
  7. Death Alley Driver
  8. Black Masquerade
  9. Burning Heart
  10. Eye Of The Tiger
  11. Caught In The Game
  12. Doctor Doctor
  13. Lights Out
  14. Rock Bottom
  15. Child In Time

CD2

  1. Jet City Woman
  2. Silent Lucidity
  3. Eyes of a Stranger
  4. Tears in the Rain
  5. The First Time
  6. Save Up All Your Tears
  7. Hot Cherie
  8. Dr. Love
  9. Hallelujah
  10. Rebellion
  11. Heavy Metal Breakdown
  12. Love Don’t Lie
  13. I Wanna Be Loved
  14. King Of Dreams
  15. Frei wie die Geier
  16. Erinnerung
  17. Alt wie ein Baum

Watch “Africa” official video here:

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