VII Gates – Fire, walk with meVII Gates – Fire, walk with me

Fire, walk with me

Album cover

Fire, walk with me

After struggling with 3 demos, we finally managed to release this first album. There are no exact release date for this, because it was released in different countries at different dates. If I don’t remember to wrong, it was first available in Germany in january 2004. Then country after country followed, 27 countries in total.

The album got a lot of great reviews. Remember that I once calculated some sort of average grade for the album, based on around 100 reviews. The method was to transform every grade into a number between 0 and 1. E.g, 4/5 -> 0.8, 5/7 -> 0.71 and so on. If someone, like some german magazines, used the opposite grade (i.e. 1/5 is the best) I changed that to 5/5.

So, the average number based upon this was a little bit more than 0.7, which I liked a lot. Because, among all good reviews, there were  reviewers who really seemed to hate the music. And as you might now, getting one low grade takes a lot of good grades to keep up with the good average 🙂

And I guess it’s a good thing when people really don’t like the music at all. It must still mean that you made some kind of impression, right? Much better then getting a mediocre grade.

Unfortunatly the sales where very poor. If I could have choosen about this, I would much rather prefer awful reviews and good sales!

I would have loved to share ALL the tracks from this album with you. But due to some copywright issues, I can only share the songs I composed on my own. I suppose the rest of the songs can be find somewhere anyway 🙂 However, to kind of compensate for this, I’ve added 7 rare demo songs to the commercial service links. Enjoy!

Tracks

Song / Stream Download YouTube Lyrics
01 – Bounded by hate
320 kps mp3 Link Link
02 – The saviour
320 kps mp3 Link Link
03 – Seconds left to live*
No streaming available
N/A N/A N/A
04 – Under the crossed bones
320 kps mp3 Link Link
05 – So far away
320 kps mp3 Link Link
06 – Tormented
320 kps mp3 Link Link
07 – Love bullet*
No streaming available
N/A N/A N/A
08 – A dark room of my mind
320 kps mp3 Link Link
09 – Like a rock**
No streaming available
N/A N/A N/A
10 – The madman inside
320 kps mp3 Link Link

Via other services

Cant find your favorite service? It might still be available there, check this link!

Credits

JJ Rockford – Guitars
Mick van Slowfoot – Drums
Criss Blackburn – Vocals
Robert “Basti” Makek – Guitars
Tim Diaz – Keyboards
Moe A:son – Bass

Music and lyrics by JJ Rockford except:
* Music by Basti/Blackburn, lyrics by Blackburn 
** Music and lyrics by Basti 

Special guest performances by
Apollo Papathanasio – Backing vocals 
Stefan Ingelstrand – Backing vocals 
Kee Marcello – Guitars
Chris Amott – Guitars 
Tommy Denander – Guitars 
Janne Stark – Guitars

Recorded, mixed and produced by Rickard Bengtsson on various dates between june 26:th and october 30:th at Slaughterhouse Studios in Halmstad.

Mastered at Digital Master Studios.
Cover art by David Wyatt.
Cover design by Louis Rodrigez.

Donate

The music is free download for anyone who want to. However, if you like to contribute with something, but don’t want to use any of the commercial services listed above, use the Flattr button on the rightmost menu, or some of those donate buttons:

Pay with Visa, Mastercard or Payson account

Additional info

If you prefer to have a physical copy of this CD, I might be able to help a little bit. Here is package containing some of the original graphics from the album. Cover, inlay card and CD label. Which means you can download the songs, download those graphics, burn a CD, print out the pics and then you have something nice to put in your CD shelf! 🙂 Fire, walk with me Graphic Pack

 

Fire, walk with me

Album cover

Fire, walk with me

Efter att ha kÀmpat oss igenom 3 demos lyckades vi till slut slÀppa vÄran första skiva. Det finns faktiskt inget exakt release-datum för denna, eftersom den slÀpptes vid olika datum i olika lÀnder. Om jag inte missminner mig alldeles sÄ var Tyskland först ut nÄgon gÄng i januari 2004. Sen följde land efter land, slÀpptes i totalt 27 lÀnder sammanlagt.

Skivan fick vÀldigt mycket bra recensioner. Vet att jag satt en gÄng och rÀknade ut medelbetyget pÄ alla recensioner jag letat upp, omkring 100 stycken. Gjorde som sÄ att jag omvandlade alla tal till ett vÀrde mellan 0 och 1. T ex, 4/5 blev 0.8, 5/7 blev 0.71 o s v. Om nÄgon, som en del tyska tidningar anvÀnda omvÀnd betygsskala (dÀr 1 Àr bÀsta betyget pÄ en femgradig skala) sÄ inverterade jag detta tal.

Medelbetyget pĂ„ detta drygt 0.7, vilket var en fantastiskt bra resultat. Det var nĂ€mligen sĂ„, att bland alla bra recensioner fanns en del som verkligen verkade ogilla musiken. Och det blir ju sĂ„, fĂ„r man ett riktigt dĂ„ligt betyg, sĂ„ krĂ€vs det ganska mĂ„nga bra för att balansera upp det 🙂

För övrigt kÀnns det som ett ganska gott betyg nÀr nÄgon sÀtter ett lÄgt betyg ocksÄ. Det betyder ju att man ÀndÄ lyckats beröra personen pÄ nÄgot sÀtt, eller hur? Mycket bÀttre Àn nÄgot trÄkigt medelbetyg.

TyvĂ€rr gick försĂ€ljningen uselt. Om jag hade fĂ„tt vĂ€lja, hade det sĂ„klart varit mycket bĂ€ttre tvĂ€rtom! Usla betyg och god försĂ€ljning 🙂

Skulle gĂ€rna dela ut ALLA spĂ„r frĂ„n skivan hĂ€r till er. Men pĂ„ grund av upphovsrĂ€ttsliga skĂ€l kan jag bara dela ut de spĂ„r jag sjĂ€lv har skrivit. Men det gĂ„r sĂ€kert att hitta dom andra spĂ„ren nĂ„gon annanstans, om nĂ„gon Ă€r intresserad 🙂 Men jag har i alla fall, för att pĂ„ nĂ„got sĂ€tt kompensera detta, lagt till 7 stycken gamla demo-spĂ„r pĂ„ den version av skivan som finns att fĂ„ tag pĂ„ via de kommersiella tjĂ€nsterna som lĂ€nkas till nedan. Trevlig lyssning!

Tracks

Song / Stream Download YouTube Lyrics
01 – Bounded by hate
320 kps mp3 Link Link
02 – The saviour
320 kps mp3 Link Link
02 – Seconds left to live*
No streaming available
N/A N/A N/A
04 – Under the crossed bones
320 kps mp3 Link Link
05 – So far away
320 kps mp3 Link Link
06 – Tormented
320 kps mp3 Link Link
07 – Love bullet*
No streaming available
N/A N/A N/A
08 – A dark room of my mind
320 kps mp3 Link Link
09 – Like a rock**
No streaming available
N/A N/A N/A
10 – The madman inside
320 kps mp3 Link Link

Via andra tjÀnster

Hittar du inte tjÀnsten du helst anvÀnder? Kolla denna lÀnk, musiken kan mycket vÀl finnas dÀr ÀndÄ!

Credits

JJ Rockford – Gitarr
Mick van Slowfoot – Trummor
Criss Blackburn – SĂ„ng
Robert “Basti” Makek – Gitarr
Tim Diaz – Keyboards
Moe A:son – Bas

All musik och text av JJ Rockford förutom:
* Musik av Basti/Blackburn, text av Blackburn 
** Musik och text av Basti 

GĂ€st-artister:
Apollo Papathanasio – KörsĂ„ng
Stefan Ingelstrand – KörsĂ„ng
Kee Marcello – Gitarr
Chris Amott – Gitarr
Tommy Denander – Gitarr
Janne Stark – Gitarr

Inspelad, producerad och mixad av Rickard Bengtsson under sommaren/hösten 2003 i Slaughterhouse Studios i Halmstad.

Mastrad i Digital Master Studios.
Omslag av David Wyatt.
Design av omslag av Louis Rodrigez.

Donationer

Musiken hÀr Àr helt gratis att ladda ner för den som vill. KÀnner du ÀndÄ att du vill bidra med nÄgonting, men inte vill anvÀnda nÄgon av de vanliga kommersiella tjÀnsterna, sÄ fÄr du gÀrna anvÀnda Flattr-knapp i menyn till höger, eller nÄgon av följande:

Pay with Visa, Mastercard or Payson account

Övrig info

Om du skulle vilja ha en fysisk kopia av denna skiva, sĂ„ fĂ„r du lite hjĂ€lp pĂ„ vĂ€gen hĂ€r. Har lagt upp en zip-fil som innehĂ„ller lite av original-grafiken som anvĂ€ndes till skivan, cover, inlay-card och CD-label. SĂ„ du kan alltsĂ„ ladda ner lĂ„tarna, ladda ner dessa bilder, brĂ€nna en skiva och skriva ut bilderna, och sen har du nĂ„got vĂ€ldigt snyggt att sĂ€tta i CD-hyllan! 🙂 Fire, walk with me Graphic Pack

 

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6 Responses

  1. Jonas says:

    Hehe, det Ă€r vĂ€l klart det mĂ„ste vara pĂ„ ett bra sĂ€tt, hur skulle man annars kunna fĂ„ Dio-vibbar? Det enda dĂ„liga jag kan komma pĂ„ att han har gjort vĂ€l vĂ€l videon till “Holy diver”, men den har ju definitivt sitt underhĂ„llningsvĂ€rde 🙂

  2. FixarFarsan says:

    “Under the crossed bones” – En riktig drĂ€parlĂ„t.. S*t*n va bra 😀

    “The madman inside” – En annan fĂ„r lite sköna “DIO” vibbar av denna.. pĂ„ ett bra sĂ€tt!

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