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Release Date: 1st June 2012

Phil Kane

phil kane

gotthard firebirth

Now this, people, is how it's done!

This is melodic rock that mixes the bottomed out Gibson grunt of Black Stone Cherry with Europe's new found grit (without the keys); a not so southern Brother Cane or Sister Whiskey even. A rocked up AOR tour de force that hovers on the boundaries of Tyketto territory and deserves to be on every rockers CD shelf.

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'Firebirth' is Gotthard's tenth studio album of a long and illustrious career and is just about the best thing they've done in years. It's big, earthy, brash and brassy. It has the bottom heavy riffs that recall the seventies and howling guitars that simply will not shred. It's a bluesy hip swinger of a dance record that will be still going long after your replay button has jammed.

For killer tracks it's difficult to know where to start? 'Starlight' is a surprisingly melodic choice for the album opener that persuasively leads rather than shoves. 'Fight', 'I Can' and 'Right On' have a drive that a lot of AOR's real big hitters would kill for.

'Yippe Ay Yay' is a great dance floor stomper and 'SOS' and 'Give Me Real' would not disgrace a Tyketto (there they are again) album. Apparently trying to recall the band's roots, Gotthard wrote and recorded this in a laid back atmosphere. You can tell too because 'Firebirth' has a ton of swing and sass that comes only from being at ease with itself and its surroundings.

With only two proper lighter wavers the band have got the balance pretty much bang on; perfection.

When albums are this good there is not a whole lot to say except that 'Firebirth' is simply a fantastic record. Borrow a tenner off yer Mum and treat yersel' to a copy and have yourself a damn good time.

Shortly after Bon Scott died in 1980, AC/DC came up with their masterpiece 'Back In Black'. Gotthard have done the same thing here with new vocalist Nic Maeder. Rest In Peace Steve Lee.

Recommended without hesitation.




Here's a fabulous Aerosmith pictorial document as seen through the lens of famed British photographer Tony Mottram. Tony photographed the band over many years for various magazines and now has a monthly column here on MetalTalk.

As was often the case, only one photo ever got published and in the fast moving world of weekly magazines sometimes entire sessions would be done and left undeveloped.

Tony started shooting Aerosmith from towards the end of the period with Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay and onwards through the return of original members Joe Perry and Brad Whitford that resulted in the albums 'Done With Mirrors', 'Permanent Vacation' and 'Pump'.


As well as shooting the band several times in England, this collection includes images from a session at the band's rehearsal room in Boston. Littered throughout is a mixture of live and off stage photos including a selection of photos taken at London's famous Marquee club when they were joined on stage by Jimmy Page.

This limited edition hardback book, presented in a flight case and printed on silk paper, is an opportunity to own a unique selection of photos, most of which have never seen the light of day before.

This unique item is presented in an aluminium flight case and will be published in late November. Earlybird subscribers who order by 31st October will have their name printed within a dedicated page in the book.

To be sure not to miss out on this unique, future collector's item, hit the PayPal button here:

Publication date: 31st November 2017
ISBN: 978-1-908724-81-6
Format: Casebound.
Pages: 128 pages, printed on 170 gsm, silk paper.
Size: A4 landscape.


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