IRONFLAME – Kingdom Torn Asunder (July 26, 2024)


🤘New release from: IRONFLAMEKingdom Torn Asunder (July 26, 2024)🤘

Since the eighties, Cleveland has always been a hotspot for great heavy metal music. Ohio-based Andrew D’Cagna continues this tradition in true style. Over the past years, the multi-instrumentalist has been active in more than half a dozen bands, among them Brimstone Coven and Icarus Witch. His main priority, however, is his own project IRONFLAME, for which he writes the music, lyrics, handles all the instruments and sings.

Originally formed in 2016, IRONFLAME have released four full-length records to great critical acclaim and fantastic fan reactions. 2017’s Lightning Strikes The Crown was followed by Tales Of Splendor And Sorrow (2018), Blood Red Victory (2020) and their High Roller debut Where Madness Dwells (2022).

And now it’s time for the brand new studio album bearing the name of Kingdom Torn Asunder, of which Andrew D’Cagna says: “If I had to describe the album to anyone who is already familiar with IRONFLAME and is a fan of our music, I would say you will not be disappointed. To my ears, Kingdom Torn Asunder is a classic IRONFLAME album. All of the elements that make an IRONFLAME album are present: twin guitar harmonies, memorable hooks, catchy choruses and good album flow. The writing formula has not changed for us, neither has the recording formula. I handled all of the vocals, guitars, bass and drums as usual. Everything except for guitar solos, which were once again done by Quinn Lukas and Jesse Scott.

In places, IRONFLAME’s fifth album sounds a lot like classic European power metal in the vein of prime-time Kiske-era Helloween and also Hammer Fall. The singer/bassist/drummer/guitarist nods: “I can absolutely agree with you when it comes to the faster songs on the album, like “Blood And Honor” or “Standing Tall”. I was a huge fan of Kiske and Helloween since I was a kid in the late eighties, Keeper Of The Seven Keys was a very powerful album to me. Hammer Fall was not what I would call a direct influence but I do respect and appreciate all they have done to carry the torch for heavy metal for so many years.

The CD version of Kingdom Torn Asunder contains two bonus songs, namely “Cold Flesh Falls” and “Exile Of The Sun”. Why didn’t these two make the album proper, didn’t they fit musically or were they considered not as strong as the rest of the material? “I think the two bonus tracks are just as strong as any other on the album,” stresses Andrew D’Cagna. “But I had to make a choice about which eight tracks would be on the LP, so I went with the songs that I felt complimented each other the most. As can be said for songs that have ended up as bonus tracks in the past. I predict that some fans will claim that these songs are some of their favourites on the album.


01. Blood and Honor

02. Soul Survivors

03. Majesty of Steel

04. Mistress of Desire

05. Standing Tall

06. Sword of a Thousand Truths

07. Riding the Dragons

08. Shadow of the Reaper

09. Cold Flesh Falls (CD Bonus Track)

10. Exile of the Sun (CD Bonus Track)


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