Iron Fire
Style: Power Metal
Release date: October 1st 2010

10 years of existence and 7 albums (UFO-tribute included) is quite an effort for these sympathetic Danes. Musically they pick up where their last album 'To the Grave' ended. Melodic true power metal with 80's influences embedded. In general the songs are rather up-tempo and the vocals of Martin Steene are most of the time clean power metal vocals, but every now and then he puts in some grunts. 

"Reborn to Darkness" and "The Underworld" are two tracks with some grunting and "Still Alive" is a heavy track in Nocturnal Rites style. With a title like "Back in the Fire" you expect a fast and heavy track and that is correct. The double bass drums hammer away and a shredding kind of solo finishes the song. "The Underworld" continues with the fast tempo, then it is time for an up-tempo ballad where female vocals and Martin's are exchanged. After this resting point, one of the fastest songs on the album "Riding through Hell" puts you with both feet on the ground again. After the mid-tempo song with heavy riffs "Left for Dead" once again the tempo is going up in "The Graveyard". All the tracks have nice melodies and nice vocal parts.

As cream on the cake they end with a majestic bombastic song with mighty keyboard parts, here they show that they still can explore themselves in the years ahead. Perhaps this album doesn't get the label original, but Iron Fire show with 'Metalmorphosized' that heavy melodic power metal is still one of the nicest styles you can play and for us to listen to. With this album it shouldn't be a problem to celebrate their 20th anniversary in 2020. For the moment, buy this one and you will not be disappointed.


01. Reborn to Darkness

02. Nightmare

03. Still Alive

04. Back in the Fire

05. The Underworld

06. Crossroad

07. Riding through Hell

08. Left for Dead

09. The Graveyard

10. My Awakening

11. Drowning in Blood

12. Phantom Symphony

Label: Napalm Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Reviewed by:

Reinier de Vries

Date: September 19th 2010