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CD review BONFIRE "Temple of Lies"

Veröffentlicht am 30. März 2018 von Markus W. in Bonfire, Temple of Lies, News, CD Review, Hardrock, Melodic Metal, Melodic Rock, Heavy Metal, AFM

CD review BONFIRE "Temple of Lies"

(8/10) Since a few years Bonfire is gaining more and more momentum again. The latest releases have been all pretty good, showcasing a band that found their way back into the spotlight.

Bonfire these days is very much Hans Ziller, founding member and main driver of the Bavarian metal outfit that celebrated bigger successes in the late 80’s.

Four years ago Ziller had to face a major line-up change. Singer and founding member Claus Lessmann left the quintet from Ingolstadt, Germany and was replaced by former Accept singer David Reece. In 2016 Reece left Bonfire and it was German vocalist Michael Bormann who should have become Bonfire’s new frontman. Due to legal reasons a certain time period needed to be bridged and it was Alexx Stahl who took over vocal duties for the time needed. Unexpectedly things worked more than well and Stahl’s voice fit so good to Bonfire’s sound that the singer became a fix member of the five-piece band. The quintet recorded with “Temple of Lies” their 16th studio album and it’s the first one with Stahl at the mic.

An intro, entitled “In the Beginning”, sets the stage. It feels like a mixture of Manowar and neo-classic metal that welcomes you before title song takes over. “Temple of Lies” is the first surprise since it blows the speakers with heavy riffs and Stahl presenting his pure metal siren capabilities. I had to get used to the high-pitched vocals since I haven’t expected such a powerful beginning, but already with the second spin I started to really like the tune.

After such a start it’s “On the Wings of an Angel” that brings back the hard rocking Bonfire vibe and it’s the slowly rolling “Feel the Fire (Like the Bonfire)” that could become a classic on Bonfire’s setlist.

These tracks stand pretty much for what you can expect of “Temple of Lies”. Hans Ziller and crew wrote good melodic rockers like “Fly Away” and also “Love the Way You Hate Me” belongs to the specularities on a good rock album. While listening to the album I had to think several times of Axxis since Stahl has partly a similar voice than Bernhard Weiss. And talking about comparisons/influence: am I the only one that hears some Queensryche guitarlines being part of “I’ll Never Be Loved By You”?

Anyhow, “Temple of Lies” is an excellent melodic metal /hardrock album that might not bring a lot of new to the table but satisfies listeners and fans with great melodies, well-crafted hooks, pure power and a really good singer. If you like melodic metal you will like “Temple of Lies” too. The album might not be able to compete with the early Bonfire classics, but it’s getting pretty close.





  1. In the Beginning
  2. Temple of Lies
  3. On the Wings of an Angel
  4. Feed the Fire (Like the Bonfire)
  5. Stand or Fall
  6. Comin’ Home
  7. I’ll Never Be Loved by You
  8. Fly Away
  9. Love the Way You Hate Me
  10. Crazy Over You


Label: AFM Records

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: April 13th, 2018


Line-up ROCK ON festival 2017

Veröffentlicht am 30. Juni 2017 von Markus W. in Rock On, Live, Melodic Metal, Hardrock, Rock, News, Festival, Bonfire, Kissin Dynamite, Battle Beast

Line-up ROCK ON festival 2017

Here comes the line-up of this years edition of the Rock On festival in Switzerland. I guess Friday and Saturday could be quite interesting for fans of powerful and melodic metal music.


Freitag 11. August 2017





Samstag 12. August 2017







Sonntag 13. August 2017







CD review BONFIRE "Byte the Bullet"

Veröffentlicht am 18. März 2017 von Markus W. in Bonfire, Heavy Metal, Hardrock, Melodic Metal, UDR, News, CD Review

(8/10) The comeback of German rockers Bonfire is quite impressive. The band went through some ups and downs over time, releasing records under header of Bonfire as well as Lessmann/Zeller and EZ Livin’, to mention just some. However, Bonfire never came close to the peak they had in the days of “Fireworks” and “Point Blank”.

A turning point of all the mentioned happened almost two years ago when Bonfire released with “Glorious” an album that contained very good songs with a singer that also was a perfect match. Next to Bonfire’s main man Hans Ziller it was David Reece who gave each of the songs a strong identity. The energy level was raising and it felt like the band’s coming back. This trend was fed by the compilation “Pearls” that included many re-arranged Bonfire classics.

While the line-up on guitar, bass and drums showed some consistency it was the role of the singer that was the more fragile element in the group. David Reece left the band in summer 2016 and a replacer was found in no time. German singer Michael Bormann joined and thing looked like getting back into shallow waters. Nobody could foresee that 2 months later the news was spread that Bornemann left again. Fortunately Ziller could hire with Alexx Stahl a new singer rather quickly and Bonfire could continue working on the next longplayer “Byte the Bullet”.

After having heard the album a few times I must say that it is an impressing piece of music, filled with great Bonfire songs.

The opener "Power Train" sets the scene, a good song and with seven minutes a surprisingly long one too. What's better is the second shot on this tracklist. "Stand Up 4 Rock" is a powerful rocker that comes with a good punch, a catchy melody and chorus that's made for live show.

Also the moderate grooving "Some Kinda Evil" belongs to the good ones on "Byte the Bullet", followed by "Lonely Nights" which reminds of "Who's Fooling Who" and in the end it's another version of "Sweet Obsession" that rounds off the album..

What needed a bit time to grow is the cover version on the album. Ziller & Co. took Jethro Tull’s milestone “Locomotive Breath” and turned it into a powerful hardrock number. Actually it sounds pretty good but the first 1,5 minutes still give me a bit of a harder time. The piano intro of the original version is so much branded that Bonfire almost has no chance to live-up to it. I don’t want to say that it’s a bad cover version, it’s just an iconic classic that's more than a hard cookie to interpret newly.

Next to all the good music there’s also a short moment of comedy weaved in. It's bass player Ronnie Parkes, native English speaker, who repeats words like ‘Friedensreich’ and some more crazy German words. A nice break, but also not more.

To sum up. Bonfire releases with “Byte the Bullet” there strongest album since “Point Blank”. It comes with songs that are fresh, dynamic, melodic and powerful. And the fact that the guys teamed up with UDR Records feeds the hope of a sustainable continuation of this revitalized German metal dinosaur.





  1. Power Train
  2. Stand Up 4 Rock
  3. Praying for a Miracle
  4. Some Kinds Evil
  5. Lonely Nights
  6. Byte the Bullet
  7. Locomotive Breath
  8. Reach for the Sky
  9. Sweet Surrender
  10. Friedensreich
  11. Instrumental
  12. Too Far From Heaven
  13. Without You
  14. Sweet Obsession


Label: UDR

Genre: Melodic Metal

Release Date EU: March 23rd, 2017

CD review BONFIRE "Byte the Bullet"

Some news from BONFIRE

Veröffentlicht am 12. August 2016 von Markus W. in Bonfire, Melodic Metal, Heavy Metal, Hardrock, News, Rock

There are some news from Bonfire that announced a line-up change. Here comes the official announcement:

"Because of the sudden departure and separation from David Reece after two very successful charting CDs GLÖRIOUS & the double album PEARLS the place of the lead vocalist and Frontman of BONFIRE became vacant.

Originally BONFIRE found a new shouter in Michael Bormann, however, prior obligations kept him from starting his duties with Bonfire until mid-October 2016.

As so-called "transition singer" ALEXX STEEL (MASTERS OF DISGUISE, ROXXCALIBUR) spontaneously offered his help so BONFIRE where able to play the agreed 16 summer events .

ALEXX STAHL uses this time and concerts in order to sing himself into the hearts of the fans and the band members.

That he is a great musician, BONFIRE knew, but that it would also function as human friendly and makes so much fun to work with him to act and to travel, that was already a pleasant surprise.Alexx is a real gentleman!

Therefore, the musicians around band founder HANS ZILLER decided to undertake Alexx permanently as the new Bonfire singer.

Our big thank you goes to Michael Bormann - which is certainly an absolute exceptional singer , and this he has been proved for years in various projects - for his willingness to enter into BONFIRE and also for his understanding to our final decision and wish him for his future musical path only the very best. And we all mean that honestly!!!!!"

Some news from BONFIRE

David Reece leaves BONFIRE

Veröffentlicht am 3. Juli 2016 von Markus W. in David Reece, Bonfire, News, Hardrock, Heavy Metal, Melodic Metal, Melodic Rock

Bonfire and David Reece part ways after some years of a very successful cooperation.

Read here the official statement:

"After two successful charting albums Glorious (2015) and Pearls (2016) and over 100 shows performed Bonfire and David Reece part ways citing the reasons as personal and professional differences. These differences are irreconcilable so both parties decide it is best to just part ways. Bonfire wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.

Returning to Bonfire will be former Bonfire singer Michael Borman (1993/94). Michael is a very accomplished singer in his own right. A seasoned veteran of Germany's music scene and also well know for his appearances on the Television show "The Voice Germany". This reunion of sorts with Mastermind Hans Ziller at the controls has all the ingredients for a truly incredible future. With all the missing pieces finally in place this alignment will prove to be the strongest Bonfire ever."

David Reece leaves BONFIRE

CD review PHANTOM 5 "Phantom 5"

Veröffentlicht am 7. Mai 2016 von Markus W. in Phantom 5, Casanova, Bonfire, Melodic Metal, Hardrock, News, CD Review

(8/10) It's again Frontiers Music that managed to bring together some musicians that are well known in metal, to work on a common album. This time it's a combination of five German guys that are the persons behind Phantom 5. Claus Lessmann, Michael Voss, Robby Boebel, Francis Buchholz and Axel Kruse are the gones that recorded this album which features 11 songs.

First thing that catches your attention is the tracklist of "Phantom 5". Titles like "Don't Touch the Light" and "Since You've Been Gone" sound like the band having recorded cover versions of these tracks. But while listening to the album it becomes clear to you, that it's just the naming and not more that is in common. There might be reasons behind this or it was just coincident, however, the question if these tracks are providing good music.

Yes, they do. Phantom 5 is focussing on melodic metal that transports quite some power. The album is harder than what I have expected. Phantom 5 combines everything German melodic metal stands for. Well done hooks can be heard on "Phantom 5" as well as gritty guitars and a solid rhythm section. "Renegade" as an example, stands for all the mentioned.And also "Ahaha" sing-a-long sections are built into this track, that also comes with some Whitesnake-like melody lines as well.

The opener" All the Way" is a pushing hardrocker that functions well as an introduction for what's coming next on this album. Softer sounds are included in "We Both Had Our Time", a song that's no ballad, with a chorus that is actually a well rocking one. The verse instead is highly melodic with a touch of AOR.

All in all there is nothing wrong with Phantom 5's release. The only thing I have a problem with these kind of record is the fact that these projects are done purely with the purpose for realsing one album. There is no organic growth and development, it;s just for the here & now. But on the other hand, who cares if the songs are OK, something I can confirm for this release.





  1. All the Way
  2. Blue Dog
  3. Someday
  4. Don't Touch the Light
  5. Renegade
  6. Flying High
  7. Since You've Been Gone
  8. They Won't Come Back
  9. Frontline
  10. We Both Had Our Time
  11. Why


Label: Frontiers Music

Genre: Melodic Metal

Release Date EU: May 15th, 2016

CD review PHANTOM 5 "Phantom 5"

Interview with Hans Ziller from BONFIRE

Veröffentlicht am 25. April 2016 von Markus W. in Bonfire, Hans Ziller, Hardrock, Melodic Metal, Heavy Metal, Interview, News, David Reece

German metal dinosaurs Bonfire gaining momentum again. The latest studio album "Glörious" got very good feedback from media and fans, followed by the new album "Pearls" which contains the band's highlights, all re-recorded and party arranged in a different way. So it's the right moment to ask some questions to Bonfire mainman Hans Ziller. See what he has to tell:


Markus Heavy Music Blog: Hello Hans, first of all congratulations to 30 years of Bonfire. It must be a really good feeling, right?

Hans Ziller: Thank you. Yes, it’s a very good moment in time but there is also a bit of a melancholy since the years have gone by so fast.

MHMB: If you had to summarize in 1-2 sentences all the 30 years of Bonfire, which ones would it be?

Hans Ziller: I have experienced with Bonfire all ups and downs of the business, but I don't want to miss a single second of it.

MHMB: „Don't Touch the Light" and especially "Fireworks" were commercially very successful and you were even on the road with bands like Judas Priest. In retrospect, how would you describe this time?

Hans Ziller: Right, „Firework“ even reached gold status and we sold 250,000 copies in Germany. This was a really great time, days when rock music was still worth something and it was an intense period too. As I said, I'm glad that I could have been a part of all this.

MHMB: With "Pearls" you have a sort of "Best of ...“ album in the starting blocks, a record that includes interesting new arrangements for some "Classic Pearls". How did this idea come up and how easy was it to realize the album?

Hans Ziller: I avoid the words 'Best Of...', because it is not such an album. A 'Best Of...' is a compilation with ready-recorded songs. The songs on „Pearls“ are all re-recorded and partly new arranged in a way how I would record the tracks today. The idea behind „Pearls“ is to provide our fans with something different than just a 'Best Of...'. Additionally, we want to use the opportunity to bring our new singer David (Reece) a bit closer to the Bonfire fans.

MHMB: Although you had a 'time out' from Bonfire for a few years it always felt like you never lost your passion for the band. Is Bonfire for you a matter of the heart?

Hans Ziller: OK, a few years is a bit exaggerated. It was exactly 2 years. Bonfire is my life's work. I would even go that far saying, it's my life. So it's more than just a matter of the heart.

MHMB: How important was Lessmann / Ziller for you and how important was it for the further development of Bonfire?

Hans Ziller: I have to say that I regret this period with the German lyrics. It was a big mistake, that was a waste time and it took away a lot of energy from the band. Unfortunately this idea was not even from me, but one also have to admit the mistakes made. Retrospectively it was more damaging than helpful for Bonfire’s development.

MHMB: With „Die Räuber“ you went even one step further since you transformed a drama from Schiller into a metal opera. Whose idea was this and would you do such a project again?

Hans Ziller: It was Peter Rein, director of the Ingolstadt Theater, who approached us with this idea. Today I would say it was good money, but it didn’t help the band to develop.

MHMB: In 2015 David Reece became a part of Bonfire. How did you meet and how easy / difficult was it to persuade him to sing for Bonfire?

Hans Ziller: I know David for many years. He was part of Accept and we were in the same studio for a recording session, the Dierks Studios in Cologne. I met him again in 2010 at the Fire Festival in Nottingham and already there we briefly talked about a common project. The fact that David finally became the new Bonfire singer in 2014 is based on his contribution to my solo band EZ Livin'. The rest is well known history 😉

Photo: Promotion

Photo: Promotion

MHMB: Bonfire now seems to have a more stable line-up again. "Glorious" was a great album and "Pearls" also clearly shows again what the band is capable of. Hence the question: What are the plans following the „Pearls“ release and a tour planned for 2016?

Hans Ziller: I’ve already written an almost complete new full-length album. The planning is to record it in autumn this year and release it in April 2017 via UDR. Next to a new album we have plans to tape a show at one of the bigger German festivals for releasing the show as a live DVD. So, there isn’t a lot of time for taking a deep breath. Bonfire’s heading for their next Indian summer.

MHMB: Talking about the tour, most shows are planned for Germany. Are there any plans for more shows in Europe too?

Hans Ziller: Of course. Just check our calendar. We will play gigs in Switzerland, Sweden, Italy England, CZ, Austria and Finland. Furthermore some US shows are in a planning phase and the same goes for South America is planned. Besides we want to do Japan as well.

MHMB: What is the status of EZ Livin'? Does the current Bonfire success put EZ Livin' on ice or are also there some activities planned?

Hans Ziller: EZ Livin’ is currently on hold because I simply do not have time for it !!!

MHMB: Hans, is there something more you want to mention, something special for the fans?

Hans Ziller: Yes. To all the true Bonfire fans…don’t knock yourself off course and keep the Bonfire burnin' !!!


Interview with Hans Ziller from BONFIRE

PHANTOM 5 - the new project of Claus Lessmann & Michael Voss

Veröffentlicht am 17. März 2016 von Markus W. in Phantom 5, Bonfire, Casanova, News, Video, Hardrock, Rock

Former Bonfire singer Claus Lessmann teamed-up with Casanova, Mad Max and Michael Schenker guitarist Michael Voss to work on a new project. Phantom 5 is the result of this cooperation and the band is completed by Robby Boebel (Frontline), Axel Kruse (Jaded Heart) and Francis Buchholz (former Scorpions).

The first track of this five-piece can be listened to via the link below. You can expect professional made hardrock from Germany, at least when it comes to this track.

Michael Voss states: “For me it sounds like we did a follow up to the famous Bonfire ´Fireworks’ album with a touch of Frontline meets JADED HEART groove… it is a driving monster with huge walls of guitars, powerful soaking drums and fine catchy melodies…we took a trip back into the world of the eighties!!!”

Claus Lessmann adds “I am very proud of being part of a very fine piece of melodic rock and I hope that many people will like and love it the same way we do. Everything came together very naturally and I had the feeling, that our flow of creativity never seemed to run dry, just like it should be. After the more than painful situation with Bonfire, it was exactly the right thing, at the right time to do for me and it just felt and feels so damn right!”

Release date of "Phantom 5" is March 13th, this year and the longplayer comes via Frontiers Records.


PHANTOM 5 - the new project of Claus Lessmann & Michael Voss

CD review BONFIRE "Pearls"

Veröffentlicht am 10. März 2016 von Markus W. in Bonfire, Hardrock, Heavy Metal, Rock, News, Classic Rock, CD Review

(*/10) I follow Bonfire since they released their debut "Don't Touch the Light" in the eighties. Already at this early stage the Bavarians wrote songs that were meant to stay, something that continued with "Fireworks". Unfortunately the band went through several ups and downs, combined with many line-up changes, something that was a killer of constant development and continuity.

In the end it was, and is, founding member Hans Ziller, who never gave up on Bonfire and it seems that this passion is paying back in these days.

Bonfire found with ex-Accept singer David Reece an excellent replacement for Claus Lessmann. Reece's voice fits excellent to the band's sound since it is rough and melodic in one. When I heard the news that Reece is joining Bonfire, my first thought was more like this being a one time contribution. Fortunatelly I was wrong.

Bonfire released with "Glörious" a pretty good new album a few month ago, supported by heavy touring through, mainly, Germany.

Facing the fact the Bonfire celebrates its 30 anniversary this year Ziller & Co. decided to do something special for the fans that hold faith with the band for those three decades. The band took a list of Bonfire classics and made a two-CD release out of it. The first disc is called "Rock Pearls" and contains, as the title promises, the heavy rockers. I was happy to see my faves like "Sweet Obsession" and "Under Blue Skies" on the tracklist. The only classic I'm really missing is "S.D.I." from the debut album.

The second part of this release is entitled "Classic Pearls". Ziller and his gang took the effort to re-arrange those nine songs. Highlights such as "Who's Foolin' Who" and "You Make me Feel" got an new expression by becoming acoustic tunes which is a great reward for Bonfire fans.

This "Best of..." collection makes sense to me since it marks, together with "Glörious", a kind of Indian Summer for the band from Ingolstadt. Bonfire regained some stability and hopefully the combination Ziller/Reece will stay for some more years.





CD 1: Rock Pearls

  1. Strike Back
  2. Under Blue Skies
  3. Diamond in the Rough
  4. Proud of my Country
  5. Sweet Home Alabama
  6. Don't Go Changing Me
  7. Sweet Obsession
  8. American Nights
  9. Good Time Rock'n'Roll
  10. Heat in the Glow
  11. Can't Stop Rocking
  12. Down to Atlanta
  13. Loaded Gun

CD 2: Classic Pearls:

  1. You Make me Feel
  2. Give it a Try
  3. Whos Foolin' Who
  4. I Need You
  5. Goodnight Amanada
  6. Southern Winds
  7. If It wasn't For You
  8. Why It's Never Enough
  9. Lets' Fly Away


Label: UDR

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: March 18th, 2016

CD review BONFIRE "Pearls"

CD review CAULDRON "In Ruin"

Veröffentlicht am 1. Februar 2016 von Markus W. in Cauldron, Dokken, Bonfire, Heavy Metal, Melodic Metal, Power Metal, US Metal, News, CD Review

(7/10) Canadian powerhouse Cauldron is back with "In Ruin", their new longplayer that features nine new tracks. The guys from Toronto released their last full-length album back in 2012 and in the meantime it was only an EP from 2014 that was published. The waiting comes to an end now.

Melodic metal is mentioned in big letters on Cauldron's invisible banner. Routed in the eighties, the guys from North America are sometimes melodic like the early Dokken while also having raging tracks ("Burning at Both Ends") in their portfolio.

And like often done in metal, there is a longer hymn on an album that starts slow and builds up towards a real metal song. Cauldron follows this pattern too and in their case the tune is called "Corridors of Dust". Unfortunately this number doesn't belong to the best ones on the album since it is too predictable and doesn't offer the really unexpected moments.

The following "Delusive Serenate" does a better job. Actually it's build up in a similar way as the before mentioned track but it is more diverse; something that's also very much needed since it's an instrumental.

The closer straight to the point done "Outrance" rounds off an interesting that combines traditional metal with a good sense for melodies. Not innovative but good and passionate.





  1. No Return / In Ruin
  2. Empress
  3. Burning at Both Ends
  4. Hold Your Fire
  5. Come Not Here
  6. Santa Mira
  7. Corridors of Dust
  8. Delusive Serenade
  9. Outrance


Label: High Roller Records

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: January 29th, 2016

CD review CAULDRON "In Ruin"

BONFIRE "Best Of..." album and 30 years anniversary tour

Veröffentlicht am 30. Januar 2016 von Markus W. in Bonfire, News, Hardrock, Rock, Heavy Metal

German hardrockers Bonfire will release a new album, 30 years after the band published, with "Don't Touch the Light", their debut. "Pearls" will be available in the record stores from March 18th on and features 22 songs. The chosen tunes are a journey through three decades of Bonfire, featuring classic pearls like "Who's Foolin' Who" and "Sweet Obsession".

Next to this "Best of..." album the five-piece will by on tour in Europe and here are the dates:


30th Bonfire Anniversary Tour 2016

"Burnin` Tales`n`Pearls "

18.03. NEW - CD Release worldwide

07.04. GER - Osnabrück / Rosenhof

08.04. GER - Essen - Turock

09.04. GER - Memmingen / Kaminwerk

10.04. GER - Obermarchtal - Kreuz

14.04. GER - Bruchsal - Fabrik

21.04. GER - Bremen / Aladin

22.04 Spain - San Sebastian - Euskal Metal Fest

23.04 Spain - Zaragoza - CCLARRATXO - Club

24.04. GER - Mannheim - Alte Seilerei

29.04. GER - Bensheim - Musiktheater Rex

30.04. GER - Flensburg - ROXY

11.05. / to 13.5. Bulgarien - Poolinerrock-Open Air

14.05. CH- Wetzikon Hall of Fame

21.05. CZ - Klatovy - Winterstadion

27.05. A - Bike-Festival Kufstein

03.06. GER - Würzburg - Posthalle

24.06. GER - Hamburg Harley Days

07.07 / 08.07. GER - Rock Harz Festival

09.07. GER - Horn- Bad Meinberg Open Air

22.07. GER - Pförring Open Air

23.07. SWEDEN - Väsby Rock Festival Open Air

28.07. GER - Headbangers Open Air

05.08. CH- Gossau Rock on Open Air

06.08. Spain - Festival Bilbao (Txarly)

26.08./27.08.GER - Baltic Open Air

09.09. Spain - Barcelona - Dr. Metal Fest-Sala Boveda

02. or 03.09. Bikerfestival Thüringen ( tbc )

23.09. GER - Rostock/Lübeck/ or Kiel

24.09. GER - Rostock/Lübeck/ or Kiel

29.09. GER - Nürnberg - Hirsch

06.10 GER - Milterberg - Beavers

07.10. GER - Metzingen - Stadthalle

08.10. GER - Straßkirchen - Plutonium Club

09.10. GER - Augsburg - Spectrum

15.10. GER - Peine-Gadenstedt / Black Hand Inn

12.11. GER - Regensburg - Airport-Obertraubling

18.11. GER - Rostock - M.A.U. Club

19.11. GER - Herford - X-Club

01.12. GER - Hamburg - Logo

02.12. GER - Siegburg - Kubana

03.12. GER - Bochum - Matrix

09.12. GER Mörlenbach - Music Hall

28/29.12. GER - Ludwigsburg - Rockfabrik


BONFIRE "Best Of..." album and 30 years anniversary tour
BONFIRE "Best Of..." album and 30 years anniversary tour

BONFIRE tour dates for 2015 & 2016

Veröffentlicht am 10. Oktober 2015 von Markus W. in Bonfire, Hardrock, Rock, Classic Rock, News, Tour, Heavy Metal

German hardrockers Bonfire are on the road this autumn. They are also playing quite some shows in 2016 - the bands 30st anniversary. Here are the dates:


07.11. CH - Wetzikon / Hall of Fame

11.11. GER - Flensburg - ROXY

12.11. GER - Hamburg – Logo

13.11. GER - Siegburg / Kubana Live Club

18.11. Belgium - Vierwiers - Spirit of 66 Club

19.11. GER - Bruchsal - Rockfabrik

20.11. GER - Burglengenfeld - VAZ Pfarrheim

26.11. GER - Bensheim - Musiktheater Rex

11.12. GER - Stuttgart - Bonlanden - Alte Mühle

12.12. GER - Bochum / Matrix

27.12. GER - Crailsheim - Ingersheim Sporthalle

28.12. AT - Kufstein - Kulturfabrik

29.12. GER - Augsburg - Spektrum



BONFIRE …….30th Anniversary 2016

07.04. GER - Osnabrück / Rosenhof

08.04. GER - Recklinghausen / Vest-Arena

09.04. GER - Memmingen / Kaminwerk

21.04. GER - Bremen / Aladin

11.05. / to 13.5. Bulgarien - Poolinerrock-Open Air

14.05. CH - Wetzikon Hall of Fame

27.05. A - Bike-Festival Kufstein

03.06. GER - Würzburg - Posthalle

11.06. GER - Ingolstadt - Thriatlon Open Air

09.07. GER - Horn- Bad Meinberg Open Air

23.07. SWE - Väsby Rock Festival

05. & 06.8. CH - Gossau Rock on Open Air

06.10 GER - Milterberg - Beavers

07.10. GER - Metzingen - Stadthalle


Photo: Promotion

Photo: Promotion


CD review MICHAEL BORMANN "Closer"

Veröffentlicht am 5. Juni 2015 von Markus W. in Michael Bormann, Silent Force, Hardrock, News, Rock, Calss, Bonfire, Jaded Heart

(6/10) Jaded Heart, Bonfire and Silent Force - these are just a few bands Michael Bormann was singing for. Next to those career highlights Bormann also particpated in the latest season of "Voice of Germany" - something that asks for respect.

In addition the German singer also released four solo albums and number five is now in the record shops. "Closer" is the name of the longplayer that includes twelve new tracks. The entire album was done in a very fast and efficient way. "Closer" took three month, from songwriting to production.

One of the songs on the album is the one that Bormann performed in the mentioned "Voice of Germany" show. "Warrior", the demanding Demi Lovato cover, is the name of the track that got the role of the bouncer on the longplayer. It's a soulful ballad and Bormann's interpretation is done very well. He added the rock to the tune.

The rest of the album offers a wide range of different numbers. Hard rockers like the opener "I'm not your entertainment" have been recorded, but also classic rock tracks like "Never say die" found their way on the tracklist. 

Another excellent track on "Closer" is "I wanna be a rock star". The song has a good hook and a catchy melody - both combined with a good riff and a bluesy solo.

On the other hand I can't understand why "Can't get a touch too much" have been placed on the disc. The track which combines rock, soul and rap sounds to me like a trival version of the old Aerosmith/Run DMC cooperation. I appreciate experiments, but in this case it didn't lead to a good result.

All in all we can conclude that Michael Bormann is an excellent rock singer with a voice that fits perfectly for this kind of music. "Closer" has some really strong moments, but also a few weaker parts. In the end it became a solid hardrock album that has good songs. Not more, but also not less.





  1. I'm not your entertainment
  2. Let's make history
  3. Never say die
  4. Can't get a touch too much
  5. Because we are the world
  6. Livng it up
  7. I wanna be a rock star
  8. For this one time in life
  9. Closer
  10. Rich men's world
  11. Down to the bottle
  12. Warrior


Label: RMB / Pride & Joy

Genre: Hardrock

CD review MICHAEL BORMANN "Closer"

BONFIRE tour dates

Veröffentlicht am 25. Mai 2015 von Markus W. in Bonfire, News, Heavy Metal, Hardrock, Sleaze Rock, Tour

Bonfire is on tour in Germany plus a few dates in Europe. Here are the dates:


11.07 GER Berlin Weissensee-Open-Air    

17.07.  Greece - Chania Rock Festival

18.07.  CZ - Tarock Festival

25.07.  Cypres - Power of the Night - Open Air

30.07. GER - Miltenberg / Beavers

31.07. GER - Günzburg Open Air

28.08. GER - Dresden . Tante Ju

29.08. GER - Magdeburg - Festung - Open Air

05.09. Greece - Thessaloniki - Rock on the Beach

17.10. USA  - llinois - Rock n Skull Festival 

23.10. GER - Flensburg  / ROXY

24.10.  GER - Lübeck / Hafenschuppen 6

30.10. GER - Peine-Gadenstedt /  Black Hand Inn

05.11. GER - Hamburg – Logo

07.11. GER - Osnabrück - Rosenhof

13.11. GER - Siegburg /  Kubana Live  Club

14.11. GER - Geiselwind /Eventzentrum

20.11. GER - Burglengenfeld - VAZ Pfarrheim

21.11. GER -  Löffingen-Unadingen  / Bürgerhalle

26.11. GER - Bensheim - Musiktheater Rex

12.12.  GER -  Bochum / Matrix

27.12. GER - Crailsheim - Ingersheim Sporthalle

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