> EZO is yet another Japanese metal band that was introduced to me by a
fellow heavy metal fan in the late 80s. He worked at a local record
shop and knew that I loved Japanese metal, so he told me about this band.
'Fire Fire' is EZO's second album, to my knowledge. I'm working on
getting their first album now...
> This album is great from start to finish, and follows a certain theme
throughout. Shoyo Iida's guitar performance is very precise (as expected
from Japanese bands). The vocals of Masaki Yamada are in the raspy
range (the pleasing type) with a distinctive Japanese flair. Yes,
it's in English and fits well with the music. The drum and bass are
done well, but nothing exceptional.
> Although it was released in 1989, I'd say 'Fire Fire' is a throw-back
to early 80s power metal. EZO has a fantastic sound, complete with
melodic bridges and inspired guitar solos. What's missing?
No ballad. Strange but true. It doesn't matter because the
11 songs on this album range in tempo and intensity. My favorite
song is defintely track #5, which is titled 'Burn Down the Night'.
Keep your eyes on the MP3 OTM...