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Yet another power metal ensemble showcasing the widely acknowledged and always in-demand talents of Greek guitar hero Gus G. (whose real name is Kostas Karamitroudis, and whose other credits include Dream Evil and Mystic Prophecy, among countless guest spots), Firewind blurs the lines between serious band and casual side project with its fluid multinational membership and surprisingly busy musical output. The latter has been represented by dependably regular releases such as Between Heaven and Hell (2002), Burning Earth (2003), Forged by Fire (2004), Allegiance (2006), The Premonition (2008), Days of Defiance (2010), and Few Against Many (2012), while the former has seen musicians like American vocalist Stephen Fredrick (also involved with Finland's Kenziner), Greek keyboardist Bob Katsionis (Septic Flesh), and American drummer Mark Cross (Helloween, Nightfall, Winters Bane, etc.) come and go. On November 25, 2016 the band dropped a new single, "Hands of Time," in anticipation of the release of its eighth studio long-player, Immortals, which arrived in early 2017. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia