Finnish melodic heavy metal band Merging Flare will release their dÃ©but album titled Reverence on May 11th, 2011, under the label of Disentertainment. The album was preceded by a split single and two demos, as well as a few gigs at festivals in Finland and opening for acts like Blaze Bayley, Enforcer, Nightingale and Seventh Wonder.
The band's style combines influences from bands like Accept, Judas Priest and Helloween with Queen-esque choirs and elements from the 80s game music. Reverence will also feature a special guest appearance by Kai Hansen (Gamma Ray, ex-Helloween), the German power metal godfather, on four tracks of the album.
The album was recorded and mixed at Content Union Studio by Eero Kaukomies and mastered at Unisound Studio by legendary Dan SwanÃ¶. The band promises that the production on this album is crisp and a vital nod to the old school, summoning the spirit of 80â€²s metal back to life.
The album consists of 11 songs:
- At Daggers Drawn
- Carved in Stone
- In the Line of Fire
- Steel Redeemer
- Pride and Bravery
- Killing Ground
- Under the Fire
- Star Odyssey
- Sign of the Crimson Storm (Riot Cover)
Members of the band have previously played in various bands: Amberian Dawn, Heavy Metal Perse, Domination Black, Elenium, and also in different tribute bands (Judas Priest, Gamma Ray, Running Wild). Kasperi Heikkinen, the lead guitar player of Merging Flare, has also played several shows with Gamma Ray, substituting Henjo Richter.