Andy B. Franck:
BRAINSTORM are one of Europe‘s most successful power metal acts. With albums like “Soul Temptation“ (2003) and „Liquid Monster“ (2005) the band has released classics of the genre and made unmistakably clear what BRAINSTORM is all about: gutsy melodic metal of highest quality. Now the Swabian bunch strikes again and their brand new album „Firesoul“ impressively bridges to the band’s mid-2000’s releases in several ways: not only does the cover artwork remind of 2003’s “Soul Temptation”; with Achim Koehler also the man who gave the polishing to „Liquid Monster“ und „Soul Temptation”, finally returned to the BRAINSTORM mixing desk. Combined with the band’s characteristic, high-class songwriting and vocalist Andy B. Franck in incredible shape, BRAINSTORM show how you can return to your roots but at the same time live in the now and here. In the video clip that was filmed for the album‘s title song, the Southern Germans display a completely new and unexpected side of themselves.
Gitarrist Torsten Ihlenfeld comments:
„Firesoul“ is breathing the kind of spirit that „Soul Temptation“ and „Metus Mortis“ possess, but for us personally it even exceeds the earlier albums because the songs are refreshingly heavy and anthemic. Good example is the opening track, "Erased By The Dark" - every time I listen to its double-bass power, I’m amazed once again and goosebumps all over when it heads towards the choir. The title song "Firesoul" just makes you want to drive on the highway at full speed. „Firesoul“ is our 10th studio album and we are damn proud of the facts that this might be a piece of work that will become the yardstick for our further musical career.”
BRAINSTORM were founded in 1989 by Torsten Ihlenfeld, Milan Loncaric and drummer Dieter Bernert. The first years saw the band build a solid groundwork with several demo releases and live appearances. In 1997 then BRAINSTORM signed their first record deal, the self-produced “Hungry” album was released and received good critics.
Just a year later the band was back in the studio to record their second album “Unholy”, this time under the aegis of Charlie Bauerfeind and Dirk Schlächter.
On the following European tour with Iced Earth all expectations were fulfilled, before BRAINSTORM made the next important step in their career with the addition of new vocalist Andy B. Franck to the band´s ranks.
The third album “Ambiguity” was released shortly after and again received lots of praise from the press. In October 2001 BRAINSTORM released their next album “Metus Mortis”, which should become their international breakthrough. Numerous European magazines awarded it as “album of the month”. In 2003 “Soul Temptation” was unleashed, an album that should further increase the band´s status. Chart entries in numerous European countries followed and the intense BRAINSTORM live performances were solidifying the band in the champion´s league of metal.
Who would have thought that their next album „Liquid Monster“ (2005) should again be a huge progress? – In fact it was: Europe-wide chart entries and a successful hit single (“All Those Words”) caused that BRAINSTORM were invited to play all important festivals. Some of these appearances were released on the
“Honey From The B’s” double-DVD that came out a bit later and was also used to shorten the time before the next studio album.
“Downburst” was then released in January 2008. Not even 2 years after, BRAINSTORM celebrated their first release for AFM, “Memorial Roots”, which will was followed by “On The Spur Of The Moment” and extensive touring activities.
04.04.14 will be the date when the Swabian metal masters deliver their „Firesoul“ to you. There will be no escape for all lovers of high-class power metal, that’s for sure!
BRAINSTORM - Firesoul
Release Date: 2014-April-04
Media: CD, Ltd. 2-Digipak, Ltd. Fanbox, Gtf. Clear Red Vinyl, Gtf. Black Vinyl
BRAINSTORM - Firesoul (Single)
Release Date: 2014-March-07
Media: Digital 1-Track
BRAINSTORM - On The Spur Of The Moment
AFM CD 360-2
AFM CD 360-9
AFM FBX 360-6
Release Date: 2011-09-30
Media: CD/ Ltd. Digipak/ Ltd. Fanbox
BRAINSTORM - Memorial Roots
Release Date: 2010-02-03
BRAINSTORM - Memorial Roots
AFM LP 262-1
AFM CD 262-2
AFM CD 262-9
Release Date: 2009-10-16
Media: LP/ CD/ Ltd. Digipak