Brother Firetribe is a hard rock band located in the heart of Finland. With Pekka Ansio Heino on vocals, Erno “Emppu” Vuorinen on guitar, Jason Flinck on bass along with backing vocals, Tomppa Nikulainen on keyboard, and Kallie Torniainen on drums, they are extremely album-oriented rock at it’s finest.
Recently, I had the opportunity to listen to their latest album which releases on June 3, 2014 – Diamond In The Firepit. What do I think?
As the album begins, the intro is a 21 second sample of what you can expect from the album.
The first track, Love’s Not Enough is an uptempo tune that takes me in a heavy hard rock redux. Reminds me of 90s rock. It is very Van Halen meets Bon Jovi meets Europe. Everything from the lyrics and message to the delivery is excellent here. Heino’s vocals are amazing, which really kicks off the album.
As I continue listening to the album, I find myself really loving the second track, Far Away From Love. This uptempo song reminds me of Journey in many ways. I love everything from the vocal delivery and message this song projects, as I love the entire arrangement. The lyrics are quite catchy, as I find myself singing along after the song is over.
For Better Or For Worse is the third song on the album. At first you think it’s going to be ballad, but then pretty much picks up after about 30 seconds into the song. As soon as Heino comes in, the song pretty much takes off. I could hear this song being played in a Sylvestor Stallone or Jean Claude Van Damme movie.
For the fourth track, we get to hear the softer side of Brother Firetribe. Desperately is an uptempo ballad that really delivers an amazingly epic storyline. The message projected is fantastic and what I love about this song is how I am reminded of 90s hard rock. This is one of my favorite tunes so far.
I am loving the drums in Edge Of Forever, the fifth track. The song takes off as soon as Heino comes in. I am highly reminded of Bon Jovi and Steve Perry with a hint of Alice Cooper. The vocal delivery is genius in this tune. I love the story and the chorus is very catchy.
Hanging By A Thread is the sixth song on Diamond In The Firepit. The song tells a story that a lot of people can relate to, which is why I find this to be a genuinely good tune.
As I continue listening to the album, I find myself at the seventh track, Trail Of Tears. At first I thought this song was going to be ballad, but once again it proves to be a strong uptempo. This is album-oriented rock at it’s finest.
Winner Takes All reminds me of a song that I would hear at a martial arts event. I am not sure what it is, but it totally reminds me of Europe meets Survivor. It’s a strong uptempo that sends a message. I love the guitar riffs in this tune. I could hear this song being played as an MMA fighter’s walk out song.
As I continue listening to this album, I find myself really appreciating Tired Of Dreaming. Everything from the vocals to the actual vocal delivery. The instrumental arrangement goes fantastic with the phrasing. This reminds me of late 80s/early 90s hard rock.
The tenth track is Reality Bites which is a really exciting uptempo. The story is something that is practical, as everyone can probably relate to this tune. I really love the chorus line in this song, as it is quite strong.
The last song on the album is Close To The Bone. The beat is very strong and I find myself reminded of Bon Jovi meets Survivor and Europe. I really love this song and find it to be one of the strongest tunes on the album.
Diamond In The Firepit by Brother Firetribe comes out Tuesday, June 3rd 2014. Would I buy this album? Absolutely. It reminds me of early 90s hard rock. Would I recommend it to a friend? Yes. Especially if they love bands like Bon Jovi, Van Halen, Journey, Europe, and Survivor. For more information visit www.brotherfiretribe.com today.