The "MMXXIII" editions are out now on AFM Records, order at THIS LOCATION!
Today, hard rock veterans BONFIRE are celebrating the release of the "MMXXIII"re-recordings, featuring their most wanted albums "Point Blank", "Fireworks" and "Don't Touch The Light" in a new shape with an entirely new artwork! Available for the very first time as digital formats on all streaming services, as colored limited and none limited vinyl and as CD digipack, the "MMXXIII"editions are out now on AFM Records, order at THIS LOCATION!
To celebrate the "MMXXIII" release in glorious style, today, BONFIRE are presenting a new music video for the "Fireworks" classic "Ready 4 Reaction"! Says founding member and main composer, Hans Ziller: "....one may think time stands still. 1987 was just yesterday. But no, that brutal guitar sound, the colossal production, that can't be from yesterday. It isn't. It's Ready 4 Reaction 2023. It's so contemporary and fresh that it's a real joy. The video is raw, straightforward and goes all the way up to 12. Now that's how Bonfire is unrestricted fun!"
Since more than 35 years, BONFIRE are the embodiment of "Hard'n'Heavy made in Germany“, and belong to one of the most iconic hard rock bands to date; their latest, 2020-offering "Fistful Of Fire" garnered high positions in the German album charts. Their first three releases, "Don’t Touch The Light" (1986), "Fireworks" (1987) and "Point Blank" (1989), which have shaped a whole era, still hold a special position in BONFIRE’s career. As Hans Ziller came up with an ambitious idea: How would the songs from those now slightly dated releases sound if they were re-recorded in contemporary studio conditions? This concept was particularly exciting because the band’s current line-up is one of the strongest of their entire career.
And so his idea began to take shape: The outstanding, current BONFIRE line-up, featuring new, exceptional vocalist DYAN, has completely re-recorded all three albums, supported by updated cover artworks. As Ziller recently said: “What we wanted to do was to record the songs as if Bonfire had been a metal band in the eighties!”
In addition to DYAN and Ziller, the current BONFIRE line-up features solo guitarist Frank Pané (Valley’s Eve, Sainted Sinners), New York bassist Ronnie Parkes and drummer Fabio Allesandrini (Annihilator). What literally screams metal by name definitely sounds like it: These recent recordings of "Don't Touch The Light", "Fireworks" and "Point Blank" see BONFIRE deliver a timeless momentum from the original albums in a powerful sound that, despite its unbridled power, has lost none of its complexity. Ziller: “Of course, we kept to the original arrangements as much as possible, perhaps slightly changing a riff now and then or updating the sound of a guitar part. But all the essential elements, right down to the lyrics, have remained untouched.”
Hans Ziller – Lead Guitar
Frank Pane – Lead Guitar
Ronnie Parkes – Bass
Fabio Alessandrini – Drums
DYAN – Lead Vocals
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