After several years being put together by Alex Cooper, the band's producer, songwriter and lead singer, Devilfire only took to the stage for the first time in 2016. It was while they were playing a support slot for the former Nightwish singer, Tarja Turunen, that Devilfire turned from a studio project into a real band. In fact, Devilfire began operating in 2013, during a studio session in Birmingham. The producer for the session, Cooper, was recording the drumming of Lars Wicket, the percussionist with Uli Jon Roth. Cooper, who had previously worked with bands such as Shy, Spike of the Quireboys and Ginger, informed Wicket that he planned on putting together a Midlands-based melodic rock band that would be worthy of the region that has produced so many metal and heavy rock acts.
The two began working on some of the songs Cooper had sketched out, and they decided to approach Davey Bennett, of Pop Will Eat Itself, as a potential new member. Due to Bennett's touring schedule and other musical commitments at the time, the project stalled. Three years after their first encounter, the band would finally make it onto the stage. In the meantime, Devilfire recruited two talented guitarists, Baz Blackett and Richard Bloomer-Davies, who completed the lineup.
Devilfire's career milestones
When the band first started out, it was known as Devilstar. It was this incarnation of the band that would be offered the support slots for Turunen's tour of Eastern Europe. Accepting the offer, the melodic rock band departed to Budapest to play their first gig; one that was undertaken with their hastily rearranged billing of Devilfire. The five-piece performed their music for the first time and by all accounts, the songs went down a storm, despite none of them being previously known to anyone other than the musicians themselves. This pattern continued on the next legs of the tour, which took in gigs in Romania, Greece and Turkey.
As the tour continued, so did Devilfire's burgeoning reputation, with many clips of their performances finding their way onto social media platforms. As such, a home network of fans built, despite the band never having played in the UK. When the group finally returned to Birmingham, they were, therefore, able to stage their own headline show, which ended up being a sell-out event.
In 2017, Devilfire put out a one-off single called “Waiting for a Rockstar”. The band's debut LP followed, entitled Dark Manoeuvres. Co-produced by Romesh Dodangoda, the album was warmly received by many heavy rock music critics.
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