Title - Fire & Soul
Artist - Bodyguerra
For those not in the know, as a modern rock band, Bodyguerra embodies heavy and punchy guitar driven rock that is characterized by Guido Stoecker’s virtuoso guitar playing.
Complemented by Christian Antwerpen´s heavy drumming and Bassist Daniel “Danij” Perl’s driving bass playing, the band provides the foundation for Ela Sturm’s vocals. With its four octave range, her voice sounds equally impressive in the lows as in the highs.
Bodyguerra published their debut album, Freddy … nothing as it seems, in 2013 via Dust on the Tracks Records (MIG) / Sony and soon other projects followed, among them the compilation album For the Ocean – a Tribute to Sea Shephard (Bellaphone).
In 2018, Bodyguerra impressed the crowds as special guests for Graham Bonnet (former Rainbow / MSG vocalist) and his band on a tour through Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and the Netherlands.
In spring 2020 the confirmed tour with David Reece Band (Accept, Bonfire) got cancelled due to Corona.
In late 2019, Guido and Ela started writing new songs. The result is the band’s new album Fire & Soul featuring eleven brand new rocking-blues tracks, plus two rather special bonus tracks recorded at Empire Studios, mixed, mastered, and co-produced by Rolf Munkes (Crematory).
1. Stay Free
2. Danger Zone
3. You Never Know Why
4. Behind The Clouds
5. Magical Touch
9. Fire & Soul
10. Out Of Control
12. 100 Mann Und Ein Befehl [Bonus Track]
13. Xmas Is Special [Bonus Track]
This quite stunningly opulent new album opens on the triumphantly emphatic rock of Stay Free and the thunderously addictive Danger Zone and backs those up neatly with the foot-stomping AOR of You Never Know Why, the mid-tempo rock balladry of Behind The Clouds and then we get both the guitar-laced wonderment of Magical Touch and the rambunctious melodies of Steelheart.
Up next are two of my own personal favorites, the heavier onslaught of both Soultrail and the drum-led Breakout, which are in turn followed by the down south, swamp blues of the title track Fire & Soul, the lighter 80s AOR of Out Of Control and the soaring guitar work found within Believe, with the two bonus tracks being the beautiful acoustic, yet strong, German-sung ballad 100 Mann Und Ein Befehl and finally the festive Xmas Is Special.
In closing, Bodyguerra will impress you with powerful rock as well as melodic songs with catchy hooks like those found within Stay Free and Steelheart, while the title track Fire & Soul proves that the band is not afraid to include soul influences as well.
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