Nima : This Brazilian band has been active for some years in the underground (the band was founded in
2002 as Hole Of Hell and changed names in 2005). Having released a couple of demos and undergone several line-up changes, the band was ready to unleash its debut EP, ‘Lion And Tiger’, which came out via Thirteen Records past summer. Nowadays they have found shelter in Infernö Records and the EP has been made available for a broader audience. And that’s a good thing, because this band absolutely deserves to be heard.
Those of you who are a bit familiar with Infernö’s releases should know that the label has a love for old-school (heavy) metal and , in my opinion, has strikingly much releases by female-fronted bands to its name. Regarding that, Fire Strike in another perfect band for Infernö. This quintet plays true heavy/speed metal straight from the 80s. The lady and gentlemen are quite obviously inspired by the early works by the likes of Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Accept, Grim Reaper, and of course female-fronted legends such as Acid, Warlock and Hellion.
Well, I don’t think it’s necessary to say that there are no traces of originality or innovation to be found here! But as most of you should know by now, I really don’t give a single damn about this fact in general, and have always embraced this type of music and all its clichés, as long as the total picture is convincing and hits the rights spot. And in Fire Strike’s case there is nothing to worry about. This band and the EP simply have everything a decent release in this genre needs. The compositions are solid, the riffs are delightfully edgy and immediately take you in their grasp, there is a big role for lead guitars and solos, and the whole thing is delivered with the necessary tightness and enthusiasm. On top of that, every single track rocks and blasts from start to finish, with the magnificent ‘Streets Of Fire’ as, my personal, highlight.
In Aline Nunes the band has a strong vocalist in the ranks, who fires it up even more with her loud, sharp, yet clear voice, and who in all her femininity comes across delightfully angry and generated. Her voice will be a matter to get used to for some, but the shouting, somewhat “bitchy” vocals and singing style, that at some point reminds me of a combination between Ann Boleyn (Hellion), Dawn Crosby (Détente) and Jen Foster (Princess Pang), fits perfect to this type of music, and this lady delivers it highly convincing. And finally, thanks to the proper and clear production, which doesn’t go at the cost of the old-school character, the music comes well into its own. Fans of straightforward 80s heavy metal can definitely add this band to their favourites, and I hope that the first long player will be a fact soon, because this absolutely hungers for more!