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Brother Firetribe: Heart Full Of Fire

Consistency matters; it's that simple. All fans of melodic rock were astonished by Brother Firetribe's freshman release 'False Metal' in 2006. Ignoring the sophomore jinx that cripples most bands, Brother Firetribe returns with 'Heat Full Of Fire.' On this work, Brother Firetribe continues their consistent and excellent melodic rock. Without exception all the songs are brilliant.

Again Pekka Ansio Heino excels on vocals; Emppu Vuorinen's guitar work is varied and extraordinary; and, Tomppa Nikulainen laces the whole album with wonderful layered keyboard sounds. As a whole, the band is tight and as triumphant as on 'False Metal.'

Opening the album is a fine melodic rocker 'Who Will You Run To Now' where the vocals soar, the guitar blisters, and keyboards glisten throughout. And is this only the beginning. Other exemplary tracks include arena-like rock ballad, 'Play It From The Heart,' where Mr. Vuorinen's guitar solo is short and sweet. The title track, 'Heart Full Of Fire,' is likely the best song on the album thanks to duet with Anette Olzon (Nightwish) where she sounds more like a rocker than a symphonic siren, and Mr. Nikulainen's excellent keyboards. Wow! The pace quickens from this moment. 'Going Out With A Bang' and 'Chasing The Angels' deliver the best sound that we remember from great melodic days of the '80's. The closing number 'I Am Rock' has profound bass and drum opening that leads to a hard driving rocker, nearing a vibrant metal style. By this time, I did not want the album to end.

Overall, 'Heart Full Of Fire' is as a good if not better than 2006's 'False Metal,' and that is saying a lot. Brother Firetribe is why we love melodic hard rock: great melodies, powerful vocals, focused and thrilling guitars, glimmering keyboards, and a tight rhythm section. 'Heart Full Of Fire' is definitely one of the best this year. Highly recommended!

In Short

To say I was anxious for Brother Firetribe's second release is not saying enough. I loved 'False Metal' from 2006 and this year's 'Heart Full Of Fire' completely fulfilled my expectations. This is wonderful melodic rock from a band that knows the meaning of the genre. Look for the title track and enjoy the duet with Anette Olzon (Nightwish). Another excellent accomplishment by Brother Firetribe.

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