Τρίτη, 14 Ιουλίου 2009

Spitfire - First Attack


Spitfire are one of the most important groups of the underground scene from the 80's in Greece. Their debut and only studio album First attack is considered a classic cult album by the Greek heavy metal audience and its compositions only confirm such characterizations. The band dives into NWOBHM sounds with influences from Saxon, Iron Maiden and Dio and has a Deep Purple feeling while it also explores power metal territories on numerous occasions. The album throughout contains a highly commercial echo (80's style) which gives listeners a better opportunity to enjoy its music. Unique it is not and it could have used a better production but the compositions are almost perfect which leaves unanswered questions to why such a band remained buried by the media and unknown to the mass. Songs like "Lady of the night", "Lead me on", "Evil thoughts around" and "Whispers" are brilliant examples of skillful songwriting and have the sound and style necessary for their era to become classics. Still, although Spitfire remained famous only to those who searched music to its depth they were worthy of a brighter future which never met with its expectations as the band split up after the unfortunate injury of the singer Dinos Kostakis in a car accident who spent two years in a coma. Highly recommended to NWOBHM and power metal fans.

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