FireForce Interview

By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Saturday, July 2, 2011

Belgian heavy metal band FireForce formed in 2009 and quickly caught the attention of 7hard Records, who released their debut album March On earlier this year. I had the opportunity to talk to guitarist Erwin Suetens about the creation of the band, their debut and more.

FireForce may have formed in 2009, but all of your members have been a part of other groups (everyone has been involved in Double Diamond in the past as well). Did this previous experience make it easy to get together and just start creating music, and what kind of goals did you have when you started playing together?

I create all of the music so it was not really a problem to work “together” πŸ˜‰ The experience made it a lot easier to get into the songs so that’s why we were pretty fast getting back on the road.

Your debut album March On comes two years after the Moonlight Lady EP. I have not had a chance to hear the EP just yet, but how do the versions of the same songs on March On compare to the earlier ones? Did you change them significantly or do they still sound fairly similar?

They sound familiar but the production has changed a lot and a few minor arrangement changes were mad. You haven’t heard the EP because it was only made for promotion and label shopping πŸ˜‰

I was really impressed by the amount of variety that your instrumentals had, as it really seemed as though you were trying something a little different on each song. What kind of music inspired you as you were writing the album and are there any influences that might surprise people?

Hehe, thanks, but no surprises here…just the things I like myself I think. Okay, I grew up with the NWOBHM and I’m into power/heavy metal and I like some classic stuff also, but no intentional influences πŸ˜‰

Your biography mentions that you had some problems with finding a permanent drummer, but it appears that you now have Kris De Bie in your ranks. How did you start working with him and how long has he been with the band?

We knew Kris from his work with Patriarch and were impressed by him, so after a long search for a drummer we finally contacted him. He was very enthusiastic and playing in two bands (we were afraid of that) was no problem for him so now he’s a permanent member and has been with us for 3.5 months!

Constantine from Mystic Prophecy provides some guest guitar solos on March On. How did this arrangement come about, and what do you feel that he added to the songs that he appears on?

Well, the wife of our guitarist Steve was pregnant and had a blood vessel in her head that could explode any moment. They found out during our guitar sessions and Steve had to go back home because his wife needed surgery urgently. Studio time was running out and because we had no idea how long it would take before Steve was available again, Lia had the idea to ask Constantine, who was free at that moment. We contacted Steve and he had no problem with it because it was all too much at that moment. Constantine did a very good job and gave an extra “push” to the album – thanks mate! πŸ˜‰

What do you personally feel is the best element of FireForce’s music, and is there a particular song that you like playing the most?

The best element in my opinion is that Fireforce is like a panzer…50 tons of steel doing 100km/h and crushing everything that stands in its way…no ballads (for now – hahaha!) “Horus (Bringer of Order)” is my favorite at this moment, a lot of variation and Egyptian mythology…yesss!

So far FireForce has done a number of live performances in Europe with a wide variety of bands. What are your tour plans for the rest of 2011, and is there any chance that North American fans will have the opportunity to see you in the next year or so?

We will do some more club shows and probably a bigger tour next year. North America would be fine…maybe one day…;-)

Is there anything else you’d like to say?

Yes, thanks for being interested and for your support, it’s highly appreciated – the metal will rage on!

For more information on FireForce visitΒ http://fireforce.be/.

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