made their step on the musical stage to enlighten their scene with some of the finest Gothic Rock and Dark Wave known to this date.
Their first EP 'Longing for Light' was released on the famous label Hypnobeat/Hyperium from Nuernberg, followed by the albums 'Ekhnaton' (1992) and 'Illumination?' (1993), among the tracks on these CDs where such legendary songs like 'Lovice', 'Raise Your Wings Like Fire', 'The Mask' and 'Feuer'.
During the release of their third album 'Je Suis' in 1995 their audience during concerts increased more and more and Josef K
's reputation as a charismatic singer also spread beyond their regular fans.
Being on tour/on stage with bands like Cassandra Complex
, Secret Discovery
, Love Like Blood
, Marquee Moon
, Das Ich
, Theatre Of Tragedy
even the toughest metal heads fell in love with the band. At the same time the musical style of Forthcoming Fire
opened up to new elements like the 'Neue Deutsche Härte' movement, especially with titles such as 'Der Unbesiegte Sonnengott' and 'Eure Kinder bringen Licht', which during this time was backed with the band Weissglut
(also featuring singer Josef K
. and Keyboarder Bernhard). In 1998 Bernhard, previously responsible for the majority of compositions left Forthcoming Fire
The albums 'Watching Rome Burn' (1999) and 'In Flammen!' (2004) never found their way on the stage and were mainly collections of unreleased material combined with some very sensitive and still shining acoustic tracks by Josef K
. and guitarist Lars Wehr
, who then where discovered by the Neo Folk movement. But still Forthcoming Fire
was well in the memory of their fans as a unique combination of powerful gothic and industrial rock, mythological symbolism and the multi-faceted voice of Josef K.
who sung his lyrics in English, German, French and Spanish language.
This album CD 'Set The World On Fire - Mixes, Hits and Last Temptations' gives the fans of Forthcoming Fire
the full spectrum of what the band was known for - with a better sound, new mixes and new versions plus the two new songs 'Set The World On Fire' and 'Sonic Horse Ride' that have been performed and recorded by the band's founding members.
Epic songs like 'Der Unbesiegte Sonnengott', 'Feuer' or 'My Way Back Home' have been newly mixed and remastered and the tracks 'Summergold', 'Erde, Feuer, Wind und Wasser' and 'Sun Child' are featured as brand new versions with guest vocalists.
Whatever Forthcoming Fire
or its members will release in the future, 'Set The World On Fire' is their testament and a love letter to a gone by era, when Gothic Rock was more transparent in sound, focussed on its melodic heritage from the eighties and also closer to the heart.