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Von Hertzen Brothers are:
Kie von Hertzen- Guitars, backing vocals.
Mikko von Hertzen- Lead vocals, guitar.
Jonne von Hertzen- Bass, backing vocals.
Mikko Kaakkuriniemi- Drums.
Juha Kuoppala- Keyboards.
"Love Remains The Same" produced by the Von Hertzen Brothers, released in Finland 2008 on Dynasty Recordings (Kwan, Killer etc)
~*~* Introduction ~*~*
First off, I have no idea why the link above for amazon says that this CD is £114.45... I mean as you'll see, I think the album is great but not THAT great!
Anyway, as this is an English website, it's likely that, unless like me you have a great interest in Finland, you will not have heard of the VHB's. The band consists of three actual brothers who have all played in relatively successful Finnish bands beforehand. Being a person who looks for individuality in bands, this band is definitely one of my best and unique finds. This is not mainstream music, and has such a progressive rock style that the VHBs' have claimed can only be created with such family chemistry. Their influences include the likes of Led Zepplin and Deep Purple, but as I don't particularly listen to these I can't really comment on whether that is evident in the VHBs' sound or not.
~*~* Tracks ~*~*
For this review, I have decided not to list every track one by one because they have many similarities and I will end up repeating myself. In most cases I would use this as a criticism, but with the Von Hertzen Brothers, this actually works well for them. This is because, if you like one song, you will most probably like the others. If you don't like one song, then you won't like the others. An obvious thing with this album is that some of the songs are very long, with the first track stretching for 10mins and the vocals only begin after 3:40mins for instance. This is fine by me because I think they are very talented musicians and I love that experimental style. Try these songs to see if they tickle your tastebuds(...or ears, whatever :) :
***Track 6: Faded Photographs- 9/10***
In this song, we are not kept waiting much more than ten seconds for Mikko's fantastic vocals to begin. And he really does bring some power into this song, especially in the awesome chorus. The best I can do to describe his voice is: think rock musician, almost, reaching choir-man level but not quite, in a good way. This song, as with all, combines truthful, hard-hitting lyrics accompanied with damn good rock music.
***Track 3: Freedom Fighter*** 9/10
This is a song which really should be on all rock lovers' ipods. The awesome guitar introduction really sets the scene, complimented by Mikko's vocals, for this brilliant society-challenging rant-in-a-song that really does the Von Hertzen Brothers justice.
***Track 4: In The End * * * 9/10
In my opinion, the best written song on the album; the imagery on this song is just fantastic, especially considering that English is not their first language. Definitely one which will be playing in your head constantly for a while.
~*~* Summary ~*~*
If I had written a review when I first got this album in my hands, there would be no hesitation in writing a solely positive review; I had never heard anything like it. Well, that's a slight lie as I had encountered this band before when they played Roskilde Festival 2008 and was hooked on their mind-blowing performance. That's basically it; Von Hertzen Brothers are at their absolute best live, when you can actually witness their enthusiasm for music which creates a wonderous amount of energy. On record, they're great to, but they are one of the bands that you have to be in the right mood for, so as great as it is, I can't say this is one of my all time favourites.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Bring out the Sun (So Alive)
2 Spanish 411
3 Freedom Fighter
4 Somewhere in the Middle
5 In the End
6 Faded Photographs
7 Silver Lover
8 I Came for You
9 Willing Victim