BONFIRE was always one of my favourite bands. I also strongly believe that they are underestimated as a band in the world of hard rock. Some of their albums are true gems in this music and the guys should have played in big arenas back in the 80s. The past decade they returned with a bunch of really good albums and they show the music world that they are in great form (just check them live…). Here we have their new album called “Branded”. I have to say that the first three songs hit me straight through the heart!!! Classic BONFIRE with big hooks strong guitars and Claus Lessmann at his best! “Deadly Contradiction”, “Just Follow The Rainbow” and “Save Me” are songs that could star in any BONFIRE album. The fast Teutonic rocker “Do or Die”, the nice ballad “Hold Me Now” and “Close to the Edge” are all superb songs which can keep the BONFIRE legacy for many years. It’s a very good album a little bit better than the previous one, “The Rauber”. All the fans of German hard rock should go and buy a copy.
8/10 Chris Kappas