Bonfire - Cry4help (2012)
the eighties, Bonfire
belongs to the biggest ones in the german hard rock area. The formal birth of
the band, coming from Ingolstadt, was in 1986. But actually, we have to look
some more years back, because Hans Ziller founded the band, former known as
“Cacumen” already in 1972, they were really successful and released 3 albums.
Finally after that, they renamed themselves to “Bonfire” and launched their
debut album “Don’t touch the Light”. Now, 26 years later, they have not lost
their fire. On 25th May 2012 the new EP “Cry4help” was launched, and
with it, the band supports the animal rights group PETA (“People
for the Ethical Treatment of Animals”), 1 Euro of every sold record is a
donation for them.
The CD starts with the radio edit of “Cry4help”, despite of the serious content,
this song rocks. The drawn-out guitar plays and the voice of Claus Lessmann are
very nice, I’m really stoked on this song. In addition, the next two tracks are
the long and the acoustic version of “Cry4help”, whereas the acoustic version
has more soul and the character of this song is better underlined.
The fourth song „You make me feel“ is a nice, rock ballad, the drums and the
guitars create an atmosphere that creates creeps. That’s the kind of hard rock I
like! The song is also a really good Livesong for this EP. The fifth song “I
need you” is very soulful, maybe not that suitable for die-hard Metaler, but
your girlfriends will love it. “Just follow the Rainbow” is a properly
ending for this hardrock wreck.
Result: Bonfire does not invent the wheel new, however they succeed in showing
their musical message. The songs are variable and despite of the serious themes,
it’s fun to listen to the album. Additionally, to be engaged for animal
protection needs respect.
Sound quality: 10/10 Variation: 9,5/10
Cover: 9/10 Booklet: 0/10