REVIEW: NEONFLY – 10 YEARS LIVE AT MASTERS OF ROCK (2024)

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It’s probably a good job that MV didn’t exist until 2014. If it had been live from 2011 to  2013, we would have been called Maximum Volume Neonfly.

It’s fair to say we were fans of the band, who took Power Metal and gave it a modern touch and this EP reminds us that we haven’t seen them for way, way too long.

Anyway, the five tracks here document their appearances at the Masters Of Rock festival in the Czech Republic, and they are wonderful.

Doing things in (near) reverse chronological order, with a couple from their triumphant return in 2022, after the pandemic, the version of “World Is Burning” (a track from their most recent record) in particular, is sensational.

That is not to say, though, that anything is less than stellar. Right from the ominous beginning of “Highways To Nowhere” or “A Gift To Remember” from the incredible debut album, this is almost like a re-introduction to a band that should need nothing of the sort.

Their second album – produced by Dennis Ward – is mined for a 2013 appearance of “Heart Of The Sun” and the one that always used to finish their shows does so again, as “Morning Star” absolutely soars.

That one was also recorded in 2015, the debut of guitarist Fredrick Thunder’s fire-breathing trick that they now do at all festivals as if they needed any more fireworks than these five songs.

Hopefully, this second release since their return after a seven-year hiatus, is the precursor to more sustained Neonfly action, because if ever a band deserved a breakthrough it is them.

Master tapes these may be, but this is either a masterful introduction to a band you’ll love or a reminder of why you loved them in the first place.

Rating 8.5/10

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