Raging out of the wilds of Belgium is the mighty Fireforce, a dynamic power metal band who has just unleashed their debut magnum opus entitled March On! Produced by R.D. Liapakis of Mystic Prophecy fame, March On is an absolute triumph for Fireforce as well as for adventurous metal types from all across the globe. Presented here is a recent interview we conducted with one of the members to find out more about this amazing new entity…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Fireforce, and how long the band has been together?
Hi, I’m Erwin, guitar player in Fireforce who exists from September 2008!
Where is the band based out of and what is your local music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
We’re located in Antwerp, Belgium. The metal scene is mostly death/black and there aren’t that many heavy metal bands based. You have Everglow and the Guardian over here…
Is there any story or concept behind the CD title March On?
Just keep on going, believe in what you do, never give in!
Where do you get the ideas for some of your lyrics? Please select two songs in particular and what inspired you to write the lyrics.
I’m very interested in history and science (and metal of course haha) so that’s were I get my ideas. So that’s why you can find songs about medieval and more modern warfare and about the life of Leonardo Da Vinci for example… but other things also will come out of my pen… it depends on what passes my mind… and what happens in my life…
1302 – Battle for freedom: Is about the battle of “the golden spurs” where the Flemish peasants slaughtered the French army… it’s one of the great medieval battles here in Flanders…
Horus: Need I say more? Ancient Egypt and their religion fascinates me, so this is the story of Horus – Bringer of Order. In fact I wrote in my former band Double Diamond a song called Anubis and this was a logical “sequel” haha!
What was it like working with R.D. Liapakis of Mystic Prophecy and what did he contribute to the overall production of the album?
It was great to work with him (and also with Christian Schmid – the engineer, who is always very cool and calm) there were lots of jokes but also “to the point” comments if he was thinking something could be done better! He really can push you to were you never have been 😉
I’m very grateful to him – he was like a 6th member! And I am glad I can call him a friend now!
Who did the artwork for March On and how much input did you have on it?
Eric Philipp did the artwork. He is in fact a good friend of ours and worked for lots of great bands like Gamma Ray, TNT, Feinstein and many more!
What could one expect from a live Fireforce show?
Power my friend, power…
What was it like supporting Blaze Bailey and did you get to meet and hang out with him at all?
It was great to support Blaze. It wasn’t the first time for me…I supported him already 2 times with my former band. There wasn’t much time to hang out this time…tight touring schedule!
How did the show with Vicious Rumors go and did you get to meet them?
It was very cool with the VR guys. They’re very nice lads. We even did a few songs with Larry Howe as guest drummer – he’s great!
What is your favorite beer from Belgium you can recommend and do you like any American beer at all?
Hoegaarden is my favorite…never had American beer…maybe I can taste some soon 😉
What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most after hearing March On for the very first time?
That they still make some fine power metal over here in Belgium 😉
Do you have any messages for metal fans here in the States?
Keep the flag of metal high!
(Interview by Kenneth Morton)
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