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InterviewsIron Fire's Guitar Player JJ Checks in with Sea of Tranquility!

Posted on Wednesday, July 05 2006 @ 18:26:34 CDT by Pete Pardo
Progressive Metal

With the release of their third album Revenge, Denmark's Iron Fire seem poised to make their mark in the power metal universe. With dueling twin-guitar riffs and harmonies, soaring vocals, rapid fire rhythms, and fanciful lyrics, Iron Fire's latest release on Napalm Records is sure to appeal to fans of Manowar, Edguy, Hammerfall, Blind Guardian, and Rhapsody. Sea of Tranquility writer Jack Toledano caught up with guitarist JJ, who shared some insight on the band and the new album Revenge.

Read on for the full interview!

Sea of Tranquility: Does Iron Fire have any plans on doing a tour in the US anytime soon? If so, did they have any particular band in mind to tour with?

JJ: Well, not at the moment. Probably there'll be no touring in the US this year... But touring "over there" would be great!

SoT: What countries does Iron Fire currently have their greatest success in so far, in CD sales and touring?

JJ: Germany, I'd say. And Switzerland. We had a blast down there! Generally Iron Fire is popular in the German speaking countries, where the approach to heavy metal is quite different from that in Denmark. As far as I know sales are going quite well.

SoT: What made Iron Fire decide to use the word "iron" in their title, knowing that so many other bands have also done the same?

JJ: When Iron Fire were started in 1997, they didn't know what to call the band, but it seemed obvious to use the word "iron" to indicate the heavy metal legacy from the 80's. Of course the band was inspired by legendary bands and tunes from that period.

SoT: Any thoughts of breaking out of the mold of bands like Hammerfall and Manowar, who use alot of medieval themes in their music?

JJ: Well, yes and no. On our next album there will be quite a number of medieval themes, but they'll differ somewhat from what you hear on "Revenge". Actually, the new album will be more progressive. That's only to be expected as we are all inspired by different groups and styles. You'll find some interesting things on it, guaranteed.

SoT: Any plans on playing at any of the European Metal fests this summer? Which one(s) do you ( or would you) enjoy playing the most?

JJ: No, we have no such plans. Playing at Sweden Rock Festival would be a blast! Martin played there last year with Force of Evil, and that was pretty cool. Earthshaker, Dynamo, Wacken etc. would also be great. But we're interested in all heavy metal festivals. Playing for a cheering and enthusiastic audience is always a thrill. Actually I'm hard to drag down from the stage after we've finished a gig, hehe.

SoT: Here's acommon question that I always ask-who are your favorite bands, and who are your influences?

JJ: Hehe, right now I'm actually listening to Nevermore. It changes from time to time depending on my mood. Actually I listen to a wide selection of bands. Old as well as new. Among the guitar players I'd say Al Di Meola, Zakk Wylde, Alex Skolnick, Ricthie Blackmore, Jeff Loomis, Allan Holdsworth. But of course there are many other really great guitarists.

SoT: What are some of the projects that are in store for Iron Fire for the next year?

JJ: First and foremost our new album! Hopefully it'll be out in the spring of 2007. There are no concerts the next couple of months. But maybe the "Revenge" cd will open some opportunities. Who knows?

Jack Toledano

(Click here to read our review of the CD Revenge)

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