Allegiance (Firewind album)

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Allegiance
Studio album by Firewind
Released 10 July 2006
Recorded JM Studio, Mölnlycke, Sweden February 2006
Genre Power metal
Length 48:37
Label Century Media
Producer Gus G.
Firewind chronology
Forged By Fire
(2005)
Allegiance
(2006)
The Premonition
(2008)
Singles from Firewind
  1. "Falling to Pieces"
    Released: 13 June 2006
  2. "Breaking the Silence"
    Released: 2 July 2007
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [1]
HCS.net 3.5/5 stars [2]
Kerrang! 4/5 stars[citation needed]
Alternative Press 3/5 stars [3]

Allegiance is the fourth full-length studio album by Firewind, first released on 10 July 2006. Vocalist Chitral Somapala was replaced by Apollo Papathanasio and Stian L. Kristoffersen made way for Mark Cross on drums ending the previous tradition of changing line-up between albums. It was recorded at JM Studio, Mölnlycke, Sweden in February 2006, mixed by Fredrik Nordström with Patrik J. Sten in Studio Fredman, Göteborg, Sweden, March 2006 then mastered by Peter In de Betou at Tailor Maid productions in Stockholm.

Release history[edit]

Allegiance was initially released in Greece on 10 July 2006 almost a fortnight before the rest of the world. It was later released in Benelux (Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg), Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy on 21 July 2006 and three days later on 24 July 2006 in the UK, France, Spain, Denmark, Norway and most of the rest of Europe and finally in Finland, Sweden and Hungary a further two days later on 26 July 2006.[4]

Singles and promotion[edit]

A month before the album's release, on 13 June 2006 the "Falling to Pieces" maxi single was released to the Greek market, with a music video directed by Patric Ullaeus, and peaked at #11 in the Greek Singles Charts. Approximately 5 weeks later the album was released and peaked at the same position in the Greek Album Charts.[5] Then following the Inhuman Rampage tour with DragonForce and their own World Allegiance tour they released their second single off the album, "Breaking the Silence" almost a year later on 2 July 2007, again only physically to Greece with a video directed by Patric Ullaeus guest starring Tara Teresa,[6] this time peaking at #16 in the Greek Singles Charts.[7]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Allegiance"   Gus G., Papathanasio, Cross Gus G. 4:41
2. "Insanity"   Papathanasio, Gus G. Gus G., Katsionis 4:29
3. "Falling to Pieces"   Papathanasio Gus G. 4:03
4. "Ready to Strike"   Papathanasio Gus G., Katsionis 4:35
5. "Breaking the Silence"   Tara, Papathanasio, Cross Gus G., Katsionis 4:03
6. "Deliverance"   Gus G. Gus G. 6:07
7. "Till the End of Time"   Gus G., Papathanasio Katsionis 4:36
8. "Dreamchaser"   Cross Cross 4:07
9. "Before the Storm"   Katsionis, Gus G. 3:42
10. "The Essence"   Gus G., Papathanasio Gus G. 4:19
11. "Where Do We Go from Here?"   Papathanasio Papathanasio, Gus G. 3:57
Japanese Bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
12. "Healing Tool"   Papathanasio, Cross 4:43
13. "Demon Nights"   Katsionis, Gus G. 4:23
Total length:
57:48
Video clip enhancements
No. Title Length
14. "Falling to Pieces" (Director & Producer: Patric Ullaeus) 3:20
15. "The Firewind Documentary 2005/2006" (Editor: Bob Katsionis) 17:26

Personnel[edit]

Band members[edit]

Guest musicians[edit]

  • Tara Teresa – vocals on "Breaking the Silence"
  • Markus Palsson – backing vocals on "Allegiance" and "The Essence"

Technical staff[edit]

  • Fredrik Nordström – engineering, mixing
  • Patrik J. Sten – mixing assistant
  • Martin Kronlund – additional engineering
  • Rickard Bengtsson – vocal coach, additional engineering on "Insanity" and "Falling to Pieces"
  • Peter In de Betou – mastering
  • Patric Ullaeus – photography, producer and director of the video clip for "Falling to Pieces"
  • Carsten Drescher – artwork

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Henderson, Alex. Allegiance (Firewind album) at AllMusic
  2. ^ HCS.net review
  3. ^ Alternative Press review
  4. ^ An E-card about the Allegiance Album ecard.centurymedia.com, Cited 9 October 2007
  5. ^ Firewind.gr news update 31 July 2006, Cited 8 March 2008
  6. ^ Firewind.gr news update 14 June 2007, Cited 8 March 2008
  7. ^ Firewind.gr news update 8 August 2007, Cited 8 March 2008

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