Bonfire - Sword & Stone (Maxi CD) (1989)

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Bonfire - Sword & Stone (Maxi CD) (1989)

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Bonfire - Sword & Stone (Maxi CD) (1989)

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Year : 1989 (Maxi CD)
Style : Melodic Hard Rock
Country : Germany
Audio : 320 kbps + all scans + Video
Size : 169 mb


Bio:

Bonfire (originally Cacumen) is a German heavy metal band, founded in Ingolstadt, Germany in 1972. Bonfire started 1986 from Cacumen where the members just changed the name into Bonfire because of the advice of the Record Company and the Management. The original founders Hans Ziller and Claus Lessmann are still in Bonfire and are the only ones who have the rights on the name Bonfire.Bonfire's worldwide debut album was released in June 1986 with the title Don't Touch the Light. During the recording of the follow-up album in May 1987, Hülshorst was fired due to musical differences and Bonfire proceeded to release their Gold seller album Fireworks as a quartet, with the drums played by Ken Mary from the American heavy metal band Fifth Angel.Two versions of this album exist, the worldwide version and the North American version, which cover features the four members and contains the song "You Make Me Feel" from the first album.Between the second and third albums, Bonfire went through many changes. Although Tommy Wagner filled the drum kit for a TV spot, the band needed a new full-time drummer, which appeared in December 1987, when Edgar Patrik from Sinner, Samson and Tyran Pace joined.In July 1988, during the Fireworks Tour, Maier had to leave due to his rheumatism becoming too much of a crippling factor to play guitar and be on stage. Taking his spot in August was Angel Schleifer, formerly of Doc Savage, Red Alert, Sinner, Mad Max, Pretty Maids and Helter Skelter.The tour went on and once it was completed, the band settled down to collaborate for a new album. It was then that Hans Ziller had problems with the record company and the band's management due in part to his family commitments at the time. Against the band's better decisions, he was fired from the group for not having his focus on the band and in June 1989 and Bonfire carried on as a quartet.It should be noted that Bonfire's first two albums were the only ones that were released commercially in North America.Despite the business decision, Lessmann and Ziller maintained a great friendship. When Ziller formed his own group, Lessmann was asked to write songs as well as perform vocals. The record company's policy did not allow him to do so, leaving Ziller the task to find a replacement singer for his new band, EZ Livin'.Bonfire playing at Global East Rock Festival 2010 The decision to remove Ziller from Bonfire began to show on Lessmann, who had remained in the band. After many attempts to break through in the North American scene and what he thought was a disappointing fourth album, Lessmann left the band on September 25, 1992.His announcement was not a total shock to the rest of the band, but it did leave them with the dilemma of who would take his place. One vocalist that had the group's attention was Michael Bormann, who was singing for Letter X and had his own side-group called Jaded Heart. Moreover, he was previously in High Voltage and the J.R. Blackmore Group. Even though he was willing to sing with Bonfire, he was committed to his other two projects so the group continued looking. The unsuccessful attempt to find a full-time vocalist led to Bormann becoming the new frontman of Bonfire in March 1993.Although he did leave Letter X, he maintained his band Jaded Heart.Despite the new singer, Bonfire were in a rut now. Their record company refused to release any new material that did not have Lessmann singing and the years of grunge music had started.The band felt that the end was in sight and released a live album featuring concert recordings from the Point Blank Tour with Lessmann on vocals. The album Bormann had sung on was shelved (but later released as a bootleg called Bonfire - End of an Era Demos) and Bonfire performed for the last time on July 29, 1994 without officially breaking up.While Bonfire was trying to carry on with their new lead vocalist, Lessmann and Ziller reunited in 1992 to form the project Lessmann/Ziller, after Hans Ziller had disbanded EZ Livin'. In 1993, they released the German sung EP Glaub Dran. The EP was followed by a few single releases of songs that were not on the initial recording. The project had limited success, not as was initially expected. In 1995, Lessmann/Ziller evolved to become a group called Ex, which in May featured Joerg Deisinger on bass and Dominik Hülshorst on drums, almost a reunion of the 1986 Bonfire line-up. EX was a good band, but Lensmann and Ziller realized that the only means of recapturing their old fan base was under the name Bonfire.In 1996, Lessmann and Ziller decided to start legal proceedings to get the rights to the Bonfire name as well as to the music from 1986 to 1992. On July 3, a one-time payment was made to the last Bonfire members of 1994 and Lensmann and Ziller renamed their Ex project to Bonfire. The second coming began with the reissue of Glaub Dran with other songs in English in 1996. In 1997 they hired Chris Lausmann on guitar and keyboards, who had played with Affair and Frontline; Uwe Kohler on bass, formally from Black Tears, Paradise Leaf, Big Apple, Lipstikk, Blitzkrieg and British Steel; and finally Jurgen Wiehler on drums, who had played with Backdoor Affair, Heaven Sent, Chain Reaction, Loud & Proud, EZ Livin', Parish Garden, Wet Paint and 88 Crash.Also in 1997, Michael Bormann and Angel Schleifer got back together and wanted to release the shelved Bonfire album they had recorded in 1993. Joerg Deisinger was not interested and Edgar Patrik had other commitments, so the reunion was only for the duo composed by Bormann and Schleifer. Because of the change of ownership for the Bonfire name, Bormann and Schleifer decided to call themselves Charade. The shelved album was released in 1998 in Japan, becoming a highly sought after CD. The partnership between Bormann and Schleifer ended in May 2011, releasing 2 albums in total.

Album:

“Sword and Stone” is a single released by the German band Bonfire. It was recorded during the session recordings for their third studio album, Point Blank. This song appeared in the Wes Craven movie, Shocker. Included on the single are songs by Saraya and Voodoo X. “Sword And Stone” is written by Paul Stanley and Bruce Kulick of KISS together with producer Desmond Child and was originally a demo for the KISS album Crazy Nights.All titles from the Soundtrack "Shoker" Various - Wes Craven's Shocker (No More Mr. Nice Guy - The Music).I first heard Bonfire's "Sword and Stone" in 1989, the year it was included on the film soundtrack to Wes Craven's Shocker. I had read about the German melodic hard rock band in Kerrang! magazine, but hadn't actually heard them 'til I saw the "Sword and Stone" video on Headbangers Ball. Its million-dollar chorus had me hypnotized from the first pass. Angel Schlepper's guitar hooks that intro the verses complement the song's mid-tempo arrangement, while Claus Lessmann's powerful vocal approach makes "Sword and Stone" one of the finest long-lost tracks of that era."Sword and Stone" was written by Paul Stanley and Bruce Kulick of KISS, along with famed songwriter Desmond Child. It was demoed by KISS for their Crazy Nights album; but, strangely, it didn't make the final cut. You can listen to the KISS demo of "Sword and Stone" on YouTube. Loverboy guitarist Paul Dean released his version of the song on his Hard Core album in 1988, but it's nowhere near as good as Bonfire's take on the song, or even KISS' demo.

Line Up:

Claus Lessmann - Lead & Backing Vocals & Acoustic Guitars
Joerg Deisinger - Bass & Backing Vocals & Mouth Drums
Edgar Patrik - Drums, Percussion & Backing Vocals
Angel Schleifer - All Guitars & Backing Vocals

production:

Producer – Desmond Child
Art Direction – Guido Waberski
Cover – CCG Werbeagentur
Photography By – Barbara Lutterbeck

Tracklist:

01. Bonfire – Sword And Stone 3:56
02. Saraya – Timeless Love 4:06
03. Voodoo X – The Awakening 6:01

+ Video "Sword And Stone" (Official Video)

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