BROTHER FIRETRIBE False Metal Spinefarm/Universal(2006)
What does Nightwish guitarist, Emppu Vuorinen, do in his spare time ? Record one of the greatest AOR albums of all time, is what he does alright.
Yes I can't believe I just said that, to me, today's AOR is just a rehash of former glories, with nothing great coming from the genre in 20 years or so. Each time I hear a new band that is being raved about I am always disappointed in the end product, until now.
Finland is usually associated with every genre you care to name, except AOR, so where this came from is I don't exactly know, but I sure am glad it did.
When I say this is THE perfect melodic rock album, I mean perfect. Not a note, not a melody or chorus is nothing short of sensational. Every hook big enough to land a huge whale, every chorus as big as an ocean, every riff is played as it could the last Emppu ever plays.
It's not often that everything in this genre (AOR) comes together and gels to create a perfect album.
Opener, ‘Breakout', is massive, the sheer velocity hits you like a blow to the head from a wrecking ball.
Vocalist, Pekka Heino's, smooth, dreamy and emotive voice grabs your heart and takes your soul to a higher place.
His voice is pure gold, perfectly suited to Brother Firetribe's step back into the future, with their sound that is built on a very solid foundation of quintessential 1980's melodic rock.
So often these type of albums have a couple of good songs then turn into a load of tripe that stinks. This time ten songs that don't have one second of filler, not a moment is less than magnificent.
With summer almost open us, this album begs to be played loud in an open top car, with the sun beating down. The glorious melodies of Brother Firetribe need to be heard.
If this album isn't massive, I am going to listen to all boy bands for the rest of my life. This album is so good, it would be criminal not to be heard by the masses.
One of the greatest AOR come melodic rock albums of all time ?
NO, the greatest, there I just said it, now buy this and make Brother Firetribe the stars they greatly deserve to be.
Review by Graham Boyle