Bonfire - big time band not known in the states

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Post by Superjuice on Tue Apr 11, 2017 11:06 am

I never heard of these guys until I went through Michael Wagener's discography and found out he produced one of their albums along with the best albums by Dokken, White Lion, etc.  I thought, "who the heck is Bonfire?"  So I figured it's gotta have a good sound cuz I dig me some Wagener 80's production sound and love nearly everything he ever worked on as a producer sound-wise.

I was right.  Wagener's Bonfire album is tremendous, but unlike other 80's bands they kept it going and didn't change style putting forth great hard rock.  King's X is the most underrated band of all time, but these guys got serious chops and songs, possibly contending with KX for most underrated title.  They are not known in the states at all, but have had a tremendous career making arena rock/metal in Europe.  Unlike King's X their latter day stuff is really strong.
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Post by Black Rider on Tue Apr 11, 2017 11:31 am

I know Ult actually likes these guys. I've listened and would compare them to someone like Gotthard.
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Post by Staybrite on Tue Apr 11, 2017 2:55 pm

I have listened to a few of their tracks and keep meaning to get one of their albums.  I dig their sound.
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Post by metaldude on Wed Apr 12, 2017 8:50 am

I was first introduced to Bonfire when Sword And Stone appeared in the  soundtrack for the horror flick Shocker. I liked them enough that I bought Fireworks. It was a pretty good album, but I didn't give it too much play because I had gone metal thrashing mad and the melodic stuff wasn't grabbing my attention. I should give them another chance since I listen to more melodic stuff now than I did then.

I went and listened to Sword And Stone for the first time in a very long time and it's still pretty darn good.

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Post by metaldude on Wed Apr 12, 2017 8:53 am

Black Rider wrote:I've listened and would compare them to someone like Gotthard.

Dude, that's what you said about Saffire, too.  Very Happy
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Post by Black Rider on Wed Apr 12, 2017 12:45 pm

Gotthard has a very definitive sound. But listen to this and hear the similarity. 
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Post by H.M. Murdock on Thu Apr 13, 2017 2:25 pm

Strangely enough, I had never heard of them until a month ago, and then by accident. I was browsing Howling Mad Murdock videos on youtube, and one of them had Bonfire-Crazy as the music.

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Post by alldatndensum on Thu Apr 13, 2017 4:47 pm

I may have to check out both Bonfire and Gotthard.
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Post by Black Rider on Thu Apr 13, 2017 11:28 pm

Be warned, both bands morphed over time.
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Post by alldatndensum on Fri Apr 14, 2017 9:12 am

All bands do for the most part.
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Post by arttieTHE1manparty on Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:51 am

I love 80s/early 90s Bonfire. Fireworks is a killer album! I've had it since it was released.


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Post by oldschooldoom on Sat Apr 22, 2017 10:37 pm

Bonfire just came out with a new album entitled Byte the Bullet
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Post by arttieTHE1manparty on Sun Apr 23, 2017 12:39 pm

oldschooldoom wrote:Bonfire just came out with a new album entitled Byte the Bullet


Yeah...it's decent but doesn't hold a candle to the classic era of the band.


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Post by Jessrox on Sat Apr 29, 2017 8:25 pm

I have been cranking their cover of Jethro Tulls Locomotive breath. They had some success back in the 80's. From their new album. It's a cool video to boot. https://youtu.be/JSEGnNocOIs
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Post by TMLMKE on Sun Apr 30, 2017 9:05 pm

I think the singer is also in a band called Phantom5
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