A much-loved veteran German melodic hard rock/heavy metal unit, Bonfire was formed in the city of Ingolstadt in 1980 under the name Cacumen.
The personnel changed over time, with the only permanent member being founder Hans Ziller. The band, which has drawn comparisons to like-minded decibel-pushers like the Scorpions
, and Saxon
, released its debut long player, Don't Touch That Light, in 1986. The group issued three more full-length albums, Fire Works (1987), Point Blank (1989), and Knock Out (1991), before closing up shop for a short period of time in light of the peaking grunge and alt-rock scene. They returned in 1996 with the aptly named Feels Like Comin' Home, followed closely by Rebel Soul (1998) and Fuel to the Flames (1999). The turn of the century saw Bonfire continuing their newfound prolificacy, releasing a string of LPs and concert albums, with highlights arriving via 2003's Free, 2006's Double X, which celebrated their 20th anniversary, and their ambitious 2008 rock opera The Räuber. In 2015, the band released Glorious, their 15th LP, and in 2016 they issued their first double album, Pearls, which featured newly recorded versions of some of their best-loved songs. ~ James Christopher Monger, Rovi