FLAMES OF FIRE – Flames Of Fire

FLAMES OF FIRE - Flames Of Fire
  • 7.4/10
    FLAMES OF FIRE - Flames Of Fire - 7.4/10


Label: Melodic Passion Records
Release date: March 18, 2021

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Swedish Christian Metal Soars

Although technically a new band, Sweden’s Flames of Fire is made up of Metal veterans, all coming together to create the tight, well written album: Flames of Fire. Longtime friends vocalist Christian Liljegren and guitarist Mats-Åke Andersson came together in 2021 to create their music of faith, bringing in multi-instrumentalist and producer Jani Stefanovic (Solution .45, The Waymaker, ex-Divinefire) to produce and co-write the album. Rounding out the lineup is guitarist Stephen Carlson and bassist Per Schelander, giving the band the twin guitar attack they needed, and the rock solid bottom end that anchors their sound.

Twin Guitar Attack

Flames of Fire gives us 8 songs and a short instrumental intro, coming in at just under 38 minutes. Right out of the gates “Gloria” hits hard with a nice galloping, harmony guitar tune that harkens back to earlier Iron Maiden. The title track “Flames of Fire” is a bit more commercial sounding, with a more pop approach to the vocals that work well over the layered guitar work. With the song “Madness” the band returns to the twin guitar galloping themes that worked great on the opener. The album was self-produced, and mastered by CJ Grimmark (Narnia).

Final Notes

The self-titled album from Flames of Fire is a good listen. The music is well written, well performed and has great production values. The lyrics get a bit heavy handed as far as religious content goes, so if that’s an issue for you just listen to the music and enjoy with the notion that we all sing about what’s important to us personally (or whatever strikes our fancy). Overall a very strong first release by a very talented Christian Metal band that’s more than worth a listen.

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Christian Liljegren – Vocals
Mats-Åke Andersson – Guitars, composer
Jani Stefanovic – Guitars, keyboards, drums & producer
Stephen Carlson – Guitar
Per Schelander – Bass

Flames of Fire – Tracklist

1. New Dawn
2. Gloria
3. Flames Of Fire
4. Madness
5. I Am
6. Time To Live
7. Solution
8. Soldiers Of The King
9. End Theme


  • Bryce Van Patten

    Bryce is an audio engineer and a graphic designer here at Metal Express Radio. From the day he purchased his first album (Machine Head by Deep Purple), he has had a passion for heavy music, which has influenced his whole life. Bryce is from the great Pacific Northwest in USA, and has played in metal bands like Babylon, Holy Terror, The Wild Dogs, Warhead and Egypt through the 80s. He had his first interview for the Portland, Oregon publication The Rock Rag with guitarist Paul Gilbert in his Racer X days. Then he was honored to get to have drinks, and talk for an hour with the legendary Dan McCafferty of Nazareth for his second interview. In 2013, he spent an amazing hour talking to Andi Deris of Helloween, which was the high point of his heavy metal journalism.   In the year 2001, he formed Man in Black Music Publishing. They released recordings by several local bands, and in the spirit of the old Metal Massacre compilations, he created a 2-album series called The Defenders of Metal. The albums featured classic styled Metal bands from all around the world, with bands from Australia to England, and from Argentina to Russia. Currently, he is the producer/creator/vocalist of the Metal band The Black Tuesdays.

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