The Finnish AOR-rockers Brother Firetribe hits the streets with their 4th full-length studio album called Sunbound. On Sunbound the band continues to deliver their typical trademarks and it´s filled with stunning hooklines, melodic melodies and huge choruses. This new album leans even more into pure AOR than before. Yes, it sounds like back in the days when Soundtrack AOR was huge. I think that this fits Pekka Heinos voice even more and he sounds top-notch. Emppu Vuorinen (Nightwish) delivers like always some outstanding guitarwork and the mixture with layers of keyboards makes their sound awesome. The album opens up with the pure AOR rocker Help Is On The Way with strong harmonies and a strong chorus, great opener. The second single Indelible Heroes is up next and is filled with layers of keyboards and wonderful melodies. Then one of the highlight of the album and the first single Taste Of A Champion thunders out of the speakers. This is a pure AOR-gem with a monster chorus in the best Survivor style, a real cracker. Last Forever is another AOR winner and sounds like it was on the Over The Top soundtrack and the chorus is catchy. Shock is a lovely mid-tempo song with nice hooks and the chorus is great. Strangled is pure AOR-heaven and one of this years best songs so far. The melodies are all over this song and the mix of guitars and keyboards is just outstanding. Then the chourus will hit you like a fist and you are hooked and the keyboards are all over it and it´s damn catchy. Try to get it out of your head. AOR don´t get much better than this nowdays. It just contiues with classy AOR songs and Heart Of The Matter is another winner with a superb chorus. They do a cover of John Parr´s Restless Heart and they can´t go wrong whatever they do, this is nothing but classy version. The comes another huge AOR-rocker called Big City Dream. Holy cow how good this is with pompish keyboards that runs all over it and the riff strong guitars fills in. The arrangement is done with quality with stunning harmonies and the chorus huge with brilliant hooklines.
If you miss AOR from the good old days then you don´t have to wait anymore because Brother Firetribe has saved us from that. This pure AOR-heaven and you don´t wanna be without it.