Bonfire

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Nazione:Germania
Attività:dal 1986

Line up

  • Alexx Stahl: vocals
  • Hans Ziller: guitar
  • Frank Pané: guitar
  • Ronnie Parkes: bass
  • Tim Breideband: drums
Few German rock acts can look back at as long and successful a career as Bonfire. Counting their predecessor – a group called Cacumen, which was also founded by Hans Ziller and featured more or less the same line-up – the band has been around since 1972, has operated under its current moniker since 1986 and released more than two dozen albums. During the most successful phase of their career, Bonfire counted – alongside the Scorpions and Accept – among Germany’s three internationally most acclaimed acts, celebrating major success all over Europe and worldwide.

Bonfire’s trademarks are and have always been deeply melodic hard rock songs, driven by captivating guitars, grooving rhythms and haunting vocal melodies.

All the features that came together so perfectly on their most popular releases Fireworks (1987), Point Blank (1989)
and Branded (2011) are present on their current release Temple Of Lies. Thanks to their new vocalist Alexx Stahl, who joined
the fold two years ago, and a first-rate line-up on all instruments, the band’s creativity explodes on Temple Of Lies and is bound to wow a younger generation of rock music fans, too.

“We were extremely lucky to find Alexx,” offers guitarist Hans Ziller in explanation of the group’s current creative and musical
high. “He’s a team player who looks after his voice in a totally professional way and treats it like the important tool that it is.
He doesn’t smoke and prepares optimally for every show. In addition, Alexx is a really nice guy. Being at the helm of the
band, I couldn’t be happier to have him in the band.” Ziller is just as enthusiastic about his rhythm section consisting of bassist
Ronnie Parkes and drummer Tim Breideband (“they seem to have reinvented the groove”), and of course guitarist Frank
Pané (“one of the most awesome musicians I’ve ever worked with”). Ziller: “With this line-up, we’ll be able to increase the
hardness level of our material whenever we feel like it.

Numbers such as ‘Temple Of Lies’ and ‘Stand Or Fall’ wouldn’t have been possible with previous line-ups.”
It’s not only the occasionally tougher pace that impresses on Temple Of Lies (produced by Hans Ziller at the Flatliners
Recording Studios in Ingolstadt) from the first to the very last note, but also the album’s diverse high-quality songwriting in
general. Driving midtempo tracks (‘Feed The Fire’, ‘On The Wings Of An Angel’, ‘Fly Away’, ‘Crazy Over You’) support the
afore-mentioned uptempo rock numbers and are expertly broken up by the ballad ‘Comin` Home’ and ‘Love The Way You Hate Me’, which surprises with a reggae groove verse. Temple Of Lies kicks off with the intro ‘In The Beginning’, featuring American voice actor David Michael Williamson.
So the fun factor is back in the Bonfire camp, manifesting itself also in the 20-minute bonus track ‘Friedensreich II. – The
Return Of The Zünsler Into The T.O.L.’, a humorous sound collage which frequently brings to mind Frank Zappa. The
programmatic album title and expressive cover artwork prove that Ziller & Co also live up to their responsibility as socially
aware musicians, taking to task “the lies of our world and politicians”. No doubt about it: Temple Of Lies sees Bonfire live up not only to their own history.

Discografia

Copertina 7
Temple Of Lies (AFM Records / 2018) 

1. IN THE BEGINNING / 2. TEMPLE OF LIES / 3. ON THE WINGS OF AN ANGEL / 4. FEED THE FIRE (LIKE THE BONFIRE) / 5. STAND OR FALL / 6. COMIN’ HOME / 7. I’LL NEVER BE LOVED BY YOU / 8. FLY AWAY ...

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Branded (LZ Recprds / 2011) 

1. DEADLY CONTRADICTION / 2. JUST FOLLOW THE RAINBOW / 3. SAVE ME / 4. LET IT GROW / 5. BETTER DAYS / 6. DO OR DIE / 7. CLOSE TO THE EDGE / 8. CRAZY / 9. LOOSERS LANE / 10. HOLD ME NOW ...

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The Rauber (LZ Records / 2008) 

1. THE RAUBER / 2. BELLS OF FREEDOM / 3. REFUGEE OF FATE / 4. THE OATH / 5. BLUT UND TOD / 6. LOVE DON’T LIE / 7. BLACK NIGHT / 8. HIP HIP HURRAY / 9. DO YOU STILL LOVE ME ...

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The Rauber DVD (LZ Records / 2008)  Dvd

1. LIVE THEATRE PERFORMANCE / 2. BELLS OF FREEDOM / 3. THE GOOD DIE YOUNG / 4. THE OATH / 5. BLUT UND TODT / 6. DO YOU STILL LOVE ME / 7. LASS DIE TOTEN SCHLAFEN / 8. DRUMSOLO ...

Copertina 7,5
Double Vision (NL / 2007)  Dvd

1. DAY 911 / 2. BUT WE STILL ROCK / 3. NEVER MIND / 4. UNDER BLUE SKIES / 5. HOT TO ROCK / 6. DON'T TOUCH THE LIGHT / 7. TONY'S ROULETTE / 8. GIVE IT A TRY / 9. AMERICAN NIGHTS ...

Copertina 7,5
One Acoustic Night (E-M-S / 2006)  Dvd

1. FREE / 2. WHAT ABOUT LOVE / 3. HOT TO ROCK / 4. DON’T TOUCH THE LIGHT / 5. WHO’S FOOLIN’ WHO / 6. GIVE IT A TRY / 7. S.D.I. / 8. PROUD OF MY COUNTRY / 9. UNDER BLUE SKIES / 10. AMERICAN NIGHTS ...

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Double X (BMG International / 2006) 

1. DAY 911 / 2. BUT WE STILL ROCK / 3. CRY FOR HELP / 4. BET YOUR BOTTOM DOLLAR / 5. WHAT'S ON YOUR MIND? / 6. BLINK OF AN EYE / 7. RAP IS CRAP! / 8. NOTION OF LOVE / 9. RIGHT THINGS RIGHT ...

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Free (TB Records / 2003) 

1. ON AND ON... / 2. I WOULD DO ANYTHING 4 U / 3. WHAT ABOUT LOVE? / 4. ROCK 'N' ROLL STAR (BORN TO ROCK) / 5. FREE / 6. PREACHERS & WHORES / 7. LOVE CCA / 8. GIVE A LITTLE ...

Copertina 7,5
Live Over Europe (LZ / 2002) 

1. DAYTONA NIGHTS / 2. DON'T GO CHANGIN' ME / 3. BANG DOWN THE DOOR / 4. HOT TO ROCK / 5. DON'T TOUCH THE LIGHT / 6. SWEET OBSESSION / 7. DOWN TO ATLANTA / 8. PROUD OF MY COUNTRY ...

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Strike Ten (BMG International / 2001) 

1. REVELATION DAY / 2. UNDER BLUE SKIES / 3. STRIKE BACK / 4. DOWN TO ATLANTA / 5. SOUTHERN WINDS / 6. GOOD TIME ROCK 'N' ROLL / 7. UNTIL THE LAST GOODBYE / 8. DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH ...

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Fuel to the Flames (BMG International / 1999) 

1. DAYTONA NIGHTS / 2. DON'T GO CHANGING ME / 3. PROUD OF MY COUNTRY / 4. SWEET HOME ALABAMA / 5. REBEL PRIDE / 6. GOODNIGHT AMANDA / 7. ODE AN DIE FREUDE / 8. THUMBS UP FOR EUROPE ...

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Rebel Soul (Saraya Recordings / 1997) 

1. BACK TO YOU (REMIX) / 2. WAKE UP / 3. JUST TO SAY WE DID / 4. BEFORE WE SAY GOODBYE / 5. SOMEBODY'S WAITING / 6. LAY YOUR HEART ON THE LINE / 7. HEARTS BLEED THEIR OWN BLOOD ...

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Feels Like Comin' Home (LZ Records / 1996) 

1. EASY COME EASY GO / 2. BACK TO YOU / 3. FEELS LIKE COMIN' HOME / 4. MAMA / 5. I'D LOVE YOU TO WANT ME / 6. SAY / 7. RIGHT NOW / 8. HIGHWAY TO YOUR DREAMS / 9. YOU ARE ALL ...

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Knock Out (BMG International / 1991) 

1. STREETS OF FREEDOM / 2. THE STROKE (BILLY SQUIER COVER) / 3. DIRTY LOVE [DIRTY VERSION] / 4. RIVERS OF GLORY / 5. HOME BABE / 6. SHAKE DOWN / 7. HOLD YOU / 8. DOWN AND OUT ...

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Point Blank (BMG International / 1989) 

1. BANG DOWN THE DOOR / 2. WASTE NO TIME / 3. HARD ON ME / 4. WHY IS IT NEVER ENOUGH / 5. TONY'S ROULETTE / 6. MINESTRONE / 7. YOU'RE BACK / 8. LOOK OF LOVE ...

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Fireworks (BMG International / 1987) 

1. READY 4 REACTION / 2. NEVER MIND / 3. SLEEPING ALL ALONE / 4. CHAMPION / 5. DON'T GET ME WRONG / 6. SWEET OBSESSION / 7. ROCK ME KNOW / 8. AMERICAN NIGHTS / 9. FANTASY ...

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Don't Touch the Light (RCA Records / 1986) 

1. INTRO / 2. STARIN' EYES / 3. HOT TO ROCK / 4. YOU MAKE ME FEEL / 5. LONGING FOR YOU / 6. DON'T TOUCH THE LIGHT / 7. SDI / 8. NO MORE / 9. L.A.

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