Review: Brother Firetribe – Sunbound

Record Info

Label: Spinefarm Records
Release date: March 24, 2017
Line-up: Pekka Ansio Heino (vo), Emppu Vuorinen (g), Jason Flinck (b), Tomppa Nikulainen (key), Hannes Pirila (dr)

Rating: 9,5/10
(10: A Master Piece / a future classic, 9: Superb, near perfect, 8: Great, 7: Very good, 6: Good, 5: Average)

The followup record to 2014’s “Diamonds In The Firepit” starts with a bombastic intro that makes you feel like you’re at the beaches in Baywatch. It’s also a great way to present the “new” drummer Hannes Pirila. Everyone that saw the band on the last tour knows he filled in for Kalle Torniainen, that after 4 albums (3 studio and 1 live) left the band, no announcement of why he left, so we leave it for what it is.

The album sound remains as solid as on the last album, and just by looking at the simple yet beautiful cover you know this is gonna be a fantastic AOR/Melodic Rock album. Brother Firetribe brings a 12-track masterpiece to your stereo system, they bring the elements of the 80’s in to a new fantastic sound as with all of their albums.

The first track Sunbound together with Help Is On The Way starts the album of just as great as Love Is Not Enough on the previous album. The chorus is catchy and get stuck in your head easily, just like the lead single Taste Of A Champion that we got from the band last autumn already, told everyone that is a “Triber” that they keep on doing what they do best. Taste Of The Champion might just be the perfect Melodic Rock anthem, their own Eye Of The Tiger!

The second single (also first video single) Indelible Heroes is a tribute to all the fallen celebrities and idols of the last few years and is a slower paced song and together with Shock it goes more AOR with a hint of Westcoast, but they both suits the album well and brings the perfect balance to the album as a whole.

Last Forever is a summer anthem and it leaves a guy like Jon Bon Jovi wishing he wrote something like this in the late 80’s. This song together with Give Me Tonight are the upbeat, catchy songs you want to hear after a bad day at work. Together with Big City Dream (the upcoming 3rd single), that is another 80’s upbeat keyboard driven song, with a great drum hock before the last chorus. Together they are the 3 best songs on the album.

Strangled brings the feeling of their two first albums with the guitar solo sound and the attack in the keyboards, as does Heart Of The Matter that has a groovy feeling with a great synth-bass going all over verses and it’s a great lead up to the John Parr cover Restless Heart. And as always they bring great justice to their covers, this time is no exclusion.

Now to the big final, Phantasmagoria, that works perfect as an outro to the album, the warm sound of the verses of this song is reflected perfectly in the cover, and the build up to the big pompous chorus with all keyboard and string element, leaves you breathless, and it’s a perfect end to the album!

To sum up the album, it’s the perfect melodic rock soundtrack, Brother Firetribe’s finest to date, and it grows overtime you listen to it. It’s all you can ask for if you already like Brother Firetribe, and surely it will catch many new fans along the way. If it had been released in the 80’s it would have been up their with Journey’s “Escape”, and many more!