One of the best parts of writing this online magazine everyday is making friends and learning of new music from all over the world. A few weeks ago, a Spinefarm Records executive dropped me an email about Brother Firetribe. The Finnish band is currently working on a new album, and they are not ashamed of their love for 80s glam metal.
Brother Firetribe lists Van Halen, Skid Row and Journey as influences and you can hear all these bands on the album False Metal. Brother Firetribe got together around 2002 and they started out as the band False Metal. Time passed and they became Brother Firetribe, but kept their original name as the title for their debut release.
False Metal was released in 2006 and features this track listing:
I'm On Fire
Love Goes Down
One Single Breath
Kill City Kid
While Brother Firetribe like some of the heavier glam bands, they describe their sound as "easy going." I would agree with this assessment. The tunes are too heavy for adult contemporary radio (thank goodness) but not quite heavy enough for Metal Mania. It's a tightrope walk, but Brother Firetribe seem to be making their own rules about music and the metal industry.
My favorite songs on False Metal are "Love Goes Down" and "Midnite Queen." The latter really does sound like a Van Halen-Journey hybrid with the dueling keyboard and guitar.
Brother Firetribe are:
Pekka Ansio Heino - vocals
Empuu Vuorinen - guitar
Jason Flinck - bass
Tompaa Nikulainen - keyboards
You can listen to some clips from False Metal on www.myspace.com/brotherfiretribe. The band also has "I Am Rock" posted on their page. I believe this tune will be on their next release.