There is a growing, vibrant movement in the UK of new melodic rock bands.
Some have termed this the “New Wave Of Classic Rock” or “NWOCR”, with bands like Stone Broken and Inglorious leading the way in recent years. This has seen an exciting new and growing UK scene emerge with bands like Bigfoot and Mason Hill making melodic waves.
Recently the band that most press and fans of this scene are talking about is the Birmingham based melodic rock giant, DEVILFIRE.
It’s said that some of the greatest bands of our time have been forged on the road, and British Melodic Hard Rock act DEVILFIRE is no exception to that. Created in Birmingham, England during a studio session in 2013 when producer and singer, Alex Cooper (Shy, Spike of the Quireboys, Ginger) was working with Uli Jon Roth drummer Lars Wickett, revealing to him his plan for a Birmingham-based Melodic Rock band. After 3 years of planning and writing, things finally fell into place in 2016, when the band (at that time known as Devilstar) was offered to open for Tarja Turunen during her Eastern European tour in the beginning of 2017, blasting their flammable music to rock and metal fans from places like Hungary, Romania, Greece and Turkey, as well as to a sold out festival crowd at Hard Rock Hell AOR 2017 in the UK as the icing on the cake.
And the year of 2017 couldn’t have been better for this five-piece act formed by Alex Cooper on vocals, Baz Blackett and Kieran Topp on the guitars, Dan Bate (Monument) on bass and Lars Wickett on drums, as they’re ready to conquer the world with their debut album Dark Manoeuvres, released last October.
Mixed by acclaimed producer Romesh Dodangoda (Motörhead, Bring Me The Horizon, Bullet For My Valentine) and co-produced by Romesh and Devilfire frontman Alex Cooper at Long Wave Studios in Cardiff, ‘Dark Manoeuvres’ is a mammoth 13-track album calling on several distinct influences with a darker melodic sound. Pushing the boundaries of Rock N’ Roll while at the same time remaining loyal to their British roots. Recently they have been added to the European label AOR Heaven’s catalogue with melodic rock bands such as H.e.a.t, Magnum, Micheal Schenker and Santa Cruz.
10/10 “‘Dark Manoeuvres’ is going to blow your mind… without doubt THE debut album of 2017”
– The Metal Gods Meltdown
9/10 “Dark Manoeuvres is one of the most impressive debuts I’ve heard in a while”
– Woodys Rock Reviews
“It’s a blistering display of high quality melodic rock, with a dark fire in its belly, a force with whom to be reckoned.”
– Uber Rock
“Devilfire have released a charismatic and alluring debut… the whole album is a masterpiece.”
– Jace Media
Devilfire are set to take the rock scene by storm.”
– Music 224
” Huge anthems… a great album. Quality.”
– The Rock Pit
Support on the night comes from RIFT and Favela.