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Brother Firetribe: Heart Full Of Fire And Then Some EP

Generally, the EP is a teaser for a forthcoming album. Other times, it's often used to grab some more cash from unsuspecting buyers. I don't ordinarily review EPs unless they are from new bands wanting to promote their first efforts or, possibly, a seasoned band on the edge of a change; Nightwish is a good example. But because I'm a huge fan of Brother Firetribe, I'm going to make an exception. This EP contains the excellent 'Heart Full Of Fire' from their most recent album. What follows is a clever but not-so-inspiring remix of the same song. The third song 'Two Hearts' is new and shows Brother Firetribe at their AOR ballad best. It seems like simple second nature for them to craft such a song.

The final track is a cover of Dio's 'Hungry For Heaven' from 1985's 'Sacred Heart,' but may be best remembered from the movie 'Vision Quest' (which also featured Journey's 'Only The Young'). For Firetribe, which finds it's inspiration from this era, this a suitable choice to cover. They easily rev up and revive this oft forgot classic making it brighter without diminishing Dio's original performance. I'm a huge fan of Dio, too, and I like Brother Firetribe's take on 'Hungry For Heaven,' maybe even a little more than the original.

With these things said, should you fork over the extra cash for this short disc of tunes? If you're a fan of BF like I am, the answer is a clear 'yes.' Otherwise, except for 'Hungry For Heaven,' which you can probably buy as a single download, I say take a pass.

In Short

Brother Firetribe offers an EP hot on the heels of their Spring release. The 'And Then Some' includes one new song and a cover of Dio's 'Hungry For Heaven,' the only true highlight on this short disc.

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