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Ring of Fire – ‘Gravity’

Frontiers Records
Yngwie Malmsteen, Symphony X, Artension, Mark Boals, Royal Hunt, At Vance
Release Date
November 11, 2022
Frontiers Records
Progressive/Power Metal

                There is an age old saying about always go for quality over quantity. When this is applied to music, it often means that we sit around with our thumbs up our arse waiting for a new release by a band, but when it does, more often than not, it has been worth the wait. One band who seem to live by that very mantra are Ring of Fire (RoF) and this year has the American metal veterans back for the first time since 2014 with their latest album ‘Gravity’.

                As an album, ‘Gravity’ keeps its feet on the ground and in all honesty, it really needs to because through passages of supersonic shred guitar, this album could easily float off into the cosmos. Straight off the bat ‘Gravity’ is a really likeable album, it has a modern flair but manages to stretch back into the glory days of shred where it wasn’t just flurries of notes for notes sake, it was combined with power and progressive metal to create something really enjoyable. What RoF deliver here are quickfire melodic minor runs trading off with some superb keyboard work as Aldo Lonobile and Vitalij Kuprij battle endlessly to assume dominance. Furthermore, the whole thing is reigned in by the indomitable Mark Boals who delivers a great performance up front as tracks like ‘King of Fools’, ‘Storm of the Pawns’ and ‘21st Century Fate Unknown’ have all the appeal of Yngwie Malmsteen, Symphony X and Artension.

                The only real downside to ‘Gravity’ is that at times, it does feel as if it drags a little more than it needs to do, and certain points make the listener feel every second of its hour running time. However, if you’re looking for some nostalgic shred the way Malmsteen used to play then ‘Gravity’ is a bloody good album.

"a bloody good album of shred"

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