Who Will You Run To Now, Heart Full Of Fire, Out Of My Head, Chasing The Angels and I Am Rock. These are songs that will rock your world for the rest of the year, mark my words. And most likely for a much longer time that that. I am normally not the guy to review soft rock like this, because I have never been a fan of the genre and will probably not ever be, but parts of this album give me the chills. In short, Brother Firetribe is a band from Finland consisting of Emppu Vuorinen (Nightwish) on guitar and Pekka Heino (Leverage) on vocals among other talanted musicians, and their mission is to, in their own words, "play like the major players back in the day when melodies and good time were what rock music used to be about".
As said, I am not at all familiar with this genre but at least I know that much that I can back up the statements that there are strong influences from classic melodic rock bands such as Journey, Boston and Van Halen in this. The reason to why I have never taken this rock style to my heart is that everyting I have heard throughout the years have been so utterly boring and I have always become restless, almost crawling out of my skin, listening to it. Brother Firetribe manage to do the unprecedented; to keep my full focus through a whole album and on top of that also make me dig like there is no tomorrow.
This is a powerful production with one hit after the other containing an abundance of incredible melodies and choruses. Simple, easily digested but still very captivating with a big, spacious sound picture and the sing a long factor is of course sky high. This makes me feel very good. Stand out tracks are the brilliant opener Who Will You Run To Now and the title track Heart Full Of Fire with Nightwish's newfound singeress Anette Olzon on incredible vocals. It's really starting to sink in now how good of a singer she really is. No shadow should fall on Pekka Heino either who really is a singer in top class in this genre.
There are of course a few songs on the album that are dangerously close to cross the cheezy border, like for example Wildest Dreams and Runaways, but they are never bad enough to lower the level of the overall impression. Unfortunatly these mentioned songs are placed in the beginning of the album, so it takes some time before the album kicks off but from that point on, there is a good tempo and a high quality level all the way to the finish line.
But perhaps there are many albums in this genre sounding like this nowadays? Who am a simple heavy-, thrash- and death metal fan like myself to know? All I know and care about is that this is damn good. The perfect album for the upcoming and welcomed summer season. I tried to do some research before this review and checked up the band's previous album False Metal and that did not speak to me much, actually, even though the style is the same. This is quite a bit better, as of course the songs are way better but everything else has in my eyes and ears grown to the better when it comes to sound, arrangements and production.