After the release of his other bands' debut albums, Gus' attention returned to the Firewind project. Only he remained from the original formation - Leviathan owner David T. Chastain brought in vocalist Stephen Fredrick and drummer Brian Harris (both ex-Kenziner), while Gus enlisted the help of bassist Konstantine, a fellow Greek. this line-up recorded the debut album Between Heaven and Hell.
In 2003, new changes were instituted as Norwegian drummer Stian Kristoffersen and Greek bassist Petros Christo joined the band. Harris and Konstantine had been replaced as Gus was looking for a more permanent rhythm section that was prepared to tour. This line-up recorded Burning Earth and went on a tour of Japan with Rob Rock, but without vocalist Stephen Fredrick, who was not prepared to go on the road (despite prior guarantees to the contrary). His replacement on the Burning the Earth Tour, the Sri Lankan singer Chitral 'Chity' Somapala, was given the job full-time. Fellow touring member Bob Katsionis was also hired permanently to play keyboards. Firewind got a worldwide deal with Century Media by the end of that year.
This line-up recorded the album Forged By Fire, but a few months after the release, Chitral left due to personal and musical differences with the rest of the band. When his replacement, Apollo Papathanasio of Time Requiem, was found, it was also announced that Stian Kristoffersen would be leaving, to be replaced with veteran drummer Mark Cross. The reason for the split was that Gus wanted to have a set of Greek-based musicians willing to make Firewind their number one priority (probably to end the virtual revolving door of members) and Stian's main band was the Norwegian outfit Pagan's Mind. Gus also left his roles in Dream Evil, Mystic Prophecy and Nightrage between 2004 and 2006. This new line-up recorded the album Allegiance, which was released in July 2006. During November - December 2006, they toured the UK supporting DragonForce with All That Remains.
Firewind accomplished their 2006/2007 world tour in Copenhagen at the Scandinavian Prog Power festival on November 10. The band went around the globe almost twice being on three continents including Asia, Africa, the US, Canada and Europe and played nearly 100 shows. Firewind recently recorded a new album in Sweden which was released in spring 2008. The album is titled "The Premonition".
Also the band recently announced their first European Tour dates with Kamelot and Visions of Atlantis to start in London, England on April 4. However Visions of Atlantis have recently pulled out of the tour due to changes in their lineup. They were replaced by Forever Slave. They also announced that, in May, they will be touring with Arch Enemy. Gus G has said they are planning for a headline tour of Europe in September 2008.
Gus G has said that the band plans to release their first offical DVD in 2009.
|1998||Brandon Pender||Gus G.||N/A||Gus G.||Matt Scurfield||Nocturnal Symphony|
|2001-2003||Stephen Fredrick||Konstantine||Brian Harris||Between Heaven and Hell|
|2003||Petros Christodoylidis||Stian Lindas Kristoffersen||Burning Earth|
|2004-2005||Chitral Somapala||Babis Katsionis||Forged by Fire|
|2006-2008||Apollo Papathanasio||Mark Cross||Allegiance|
|Date of Release||Title||Label||Producer|
|1998||Nocturnal Symphony (Demo)||self-released/mp3.com|
|June 24, 2002||Between Heaven and Hell||Leviathan/Massacre Records||David T. Chastain|
|November 17, 2003||Burning Earth||Leviathan Records||David T. Chastain|
|January 24, 2005||Forged by Fire||Century Media||Gus G.|
|July 24, 2006||Allegiance||Century Media||Gus G.|
|March 25, 2008||The Premonition||Century Media||Fredrik Nordström|