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Cry For Help
(LZ Records - 2012)
There is no need to introduce Bonfire to any hard rock fan and some might wonder why they release Cry For Help - a song off Double X - as an EP.. Well, that's easy to answer. Bonfire is supporting PETA which also explains the cover artwork. The song Cry For Help is about animals how are caged and abused, the guys want to raise awareness for animal rights and so they offer an EP with 3 versions of Cry For Help (radio version, long version and acoustic version) plus 2 live songs and a special version of I Need You. PETA gets a share of every sold copy, so even if you have the song in your collection, join the cause!
"Who sheds a tear for the crocodile
The live versions were recorded at Czech Masters Of Rock 2011 festival and once more it's obvious that Bonfire is an excellent live band, so enjoy You Make Me Feel and Just Follow The Rainbow. Between the live versions they placed I Need You and the version is called 'private version', it's a piano-based tune featuring Claus Lessmann's vocals. Personally I'm happy that they show they still rock with the closer Just Follow The Rainbow.
In my opinion they should have done only 2 versions of Cry For Help and instead of doing a 3rd version add a new track or something rare to the EP to give die-hard fans reason to buy it, even if I hope that supporting PETA is reason enough...
Fireworks Still Alive
(LZ Records - 2011)
Almost 25 years after Bonfire released Fireworks, their second album, they present a live album with the classics - plus a few other tracks. The opening sounds a bit strange with a German traditional song, but then they kick off with Ready For Action. And soon it's obvious that the guys still know how to rock. I remember well when Fireworks was released and the following tours... No surprise that this album got Gold status in Germany - even if it took quite awhile... The Fireworks album soon became a classic and even if with Point Blank they delivered a strong follow-up this their masterpiece. The first songs are presented the same way as on the album, then they skip Champion, but this one they had on the set list later on - only the closer Cold Days is missing. Songs like Rock Me Now haven't been played for years and it's nice to hear it live again - and hopefully some of the old tune will now be played frequently again. With You Make Me Feel they present a tune from their debut, a beautiful semi-ballad which always reminded me a bit of the Scorpions.... With Sword And Stone they added a song which some might not know as it was only released on as a single in 1989. But they also play a song from their latest studio album Branded, Just Follow The Rainbow fits perfectly to the old tunes. Bonfire pay tribute to Steve Lee and dedicate I'm On My Way to the Gotthard singer who passed way too early. And with Let It Grow off Branded they close this chapter. Personally I would like to get a live version of Point Blank... But so far, so good. This album is fun and shows that Bonfire are alive and kickin'!
Fuel To The Flames
(BMG - 1999)
The German hard rock quintet release another album and this is again with English lyrics. It's kicking off with the track Daytona Nights which is a heavy rocker which lives from Claus Lessmann's charismatic voice. The album offers 14 tracks rockers and ballads. With Proud Of My Country mainmen Claus Lessmann and Hand Ziller make the statement that they as Germans as well as any other German doesn't have to feel guilty about what happened during the 2nd World War and that in the German history are many things we can be proud of. Everybody who's listening to the words will easily find out! But there are also less serious tracks like the cover tune Sweet Home Alabama which they present in a more rocking way then the Southern rockers. A powerful ballad is Goodnight Armanda, but in the tradition of the Bavarians. Unusual is Ode an die Freiheit which is an instrumental their interpretation of Ludwig van Beethoven's musical piece. A hard rocking power ballad is Break Down The Walls which is very intense and is slowly sneaking in to your mind and keeps spinning...
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