Published By: Metal As Fuck – September 2009
24 Sep 2009 – 3:30pm
Firenote is the self-titled debut album from this Finnish band with attitude. Producing an album, with the help of former Urban Tale member, Erkka Korhonen, in the style of bands such as Brother Firetribe, H.E.A.T, and The Poodles this is stadium rock at its best, and it makes listening a pure pleasure.
Lead singer Ricky has an intense, powerful rock sound that reminds me of Sebastian Bach, the addition of keyboards by Hammond at just the right moments keep this from going over the top and keeps the whole sound exactly as it should be. Isko‘s guitar works perfectly with the keyboard and vocals to hold the melodies and the rhythm section made up of Gene on bass and Mike on drums is second to none.
Firenote isn’t the strongest song on the album, but its catchy hooks and vocals will keep you listening, followed by the first single from the album Danger which is a catchy song that would be well deserved on anybody’s driving playlist. Sara La Fountain is a song about the Finnish celebrity chef, of whom it appears the band are pretty fond!
The up-tempo guitar riffs on Speed Freak live up to the name of this song while My Love Will Never Die opens as a keyboard accompanied ballad with guitar, bass and drums entering the mix slowly and deliberately. Epic, moving and a worthy offering that will have the rock ballad addicts waving their lighters and mobiles with rigour.
Don’t Ever Fall In Love is another song worthy of a place on your driving playlist. This is steering-wheel tapping, traffic light sing-a-long rock at its best. Love Me Or Let Me Live contains the catchy lyrics ‘you’re haunting me like a ghost’ repeated throughout the chorus, I can say no more, I love it!
Mayday is worth listening to for the guitar work throughout whilst the melodic and echo influenced opening of Suddenly, with what becomes an epic rock ballad worthy of a place on a movie soundtrack.
Heartbreaker opens with the lyrics ‘so you finally ditched me’ and continues in the same vein, this is is intense rock with a guitar break that catches your breath. Closing the album with the comically titled She Stole My Speedos, Firenote are walking a fine line between melodic rock and cheesy but they manage to stay on the right side of the line, producing a fun, catchy, memorable rock song that will have crowds singing along, and you singing it for the rest of the day whilst giggling to yourself that you keep singing the word Speedos!
This is an awesome album of intense stadium rock, Firenote are definitely a band to watch and their album is one to be purchased and played nice and loud.