During the most successful period of their career, the much-loved veteran German melodic heavy metal unit Bonfire were one of the most acclaimed international hard rock acts.
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 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. Byte the Bullet, an album of all-new originals, arrived in 2017, with another new set, Temple of Lies, dropping the following year. ~ James Christopher Monger, Rovi