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Artist: Bonfire

Title: Rebel Soul

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Bonfire Rebel Soul Album Cover


Category: Hard Rock

Year: 1997

Label: LZ Records (G)

Catalog Number: 800017


Claus Lessmann lead and backing vocals
Hans Ziller lead, rhythm, and acoustic guitars, backing vocals
Chris Lausmann keyboards, rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Jurgen Wiehler drums, percussion, backing vocals
Uwe Kohler bass, backing vocals


1.  Wake Up  5:37
2.  Just to Say We Did  5:24
3.  Before We Say Goodbye  4:59
4.  Lay Your Heart on the Line  4:12
5.  Somebody's Waiting  5:15
6.  Hearts Bleed Their Own Blood  6:05
7.  Rock Me Til I Die  3:58
8.  Desire  5:32
9.  Good or Bad  4:01
10.  The First Cut is the Deepest  3:58
11.  You'll Be Alright  5:44
12.  Dixie  3:28
13.  Wild Dixie  2:50
Total Running Time:  61:03

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Existing comments about this CD

From: koogles Date: January 1, 2002 at 11:17
How a German metal band can convincingly operate in a Southern rock format is beyond me, but whistlin' Dixie aside, this album has its moments. Uneven, but 'Back To You' and 'Somebody's Waiting' recall the glory days of 'Fireworks' and prevent the album from being a complete bust.

From: Dizzy Date: March 22, 2003 at 9:01
I'm disappointed with this one.. where's the energy of 'Fireworks' and 'Point blank'?? Only 'Wake up', 'Somebody's waiting' are the only songs I would save.. the rest is boring although I think better than 'Feels like coming home'.

From: Agnar Date: March 24, 2004 at 6:00
I like it! pretty southern tunes for a German band. Of course, 'Fireworks' remains Bonfire's masterpiece, but this 1997's album is more adult and soulful than their others. Listen to 'Before we say goodbye', 'Lay your heart on the line', 'First cut is the Deepest', 'Wake up'...how can you dislike them?

From: Aero Force Mike Date: September 18, 2004 at 6:26
A pretty damn awesome release... but contrary to what everyone else says, there's barely any southern-rock on this - ignore the title and cover art. This is just melodic 80s-styled hard rock admiteddly with maybe the odd twangy lick here and there, as well as the cool double-whammy of the Dixie at the end (one relaxed, the second more rockin', they flow nicely together). Don't go expecting Skynyrd or something, it's nothing like that, it's just a more melodic and soulful Bonfire. Great CD 8/10

From: Geoff Date: September 19, 2004 at 2:37
'Lay your heart on the line' and 'Somebody's waiting' are great melodic rockers. 'Good or bad' is a riff driven killer and the cover of 'First cut is the deepest' is actually very good. Nice 4 track EP - unfortunately the rest is some of the most uninspirational, lack-lustre hard rock I recall hearing. Pretty dismal, especially from a band who had done so well. Overall, disappointing album, but not the worst.

From: metalmaniac777 Date: September 19, 2005 at 12:50
Better than 'Feels Like Comin' Home,' not as good as 'Point Blank' or 'Fireworks,' but still a good, solid melodic hard rock effort from this long-running German band. After the acoustic style of their previous studio album, the band fired up the guitars again, and it's good to have 'em back. Not really a lot of southern-rock influence here, despite what you may have heard. Bottom line, if melodic hard rock is part of your heart & soul, then this CD should be part of your collection.

From: Melodiker Date: July 31, 2006 at 12:29
Thank god,they are back ! Not as good as Fire Works or Point Blanc, but good enough to put a smile on my face !

From: Rick Thunder Date: August 24, 2008 at 21:34
No one says anything about one of the best tracks in this album: "GOOD OR BAD" what a song !, somebody's waiting, wake up, and lay your heart on the line are very good songs too.

From: hair metal again Date: October 11, 2010 at 7:38
very good release by the mighty BONFIRE,in their new more easy direction.basic elements of bonfire sound are all over the songs again :great vocal harmonies by claus,solid guitars by hans and excellent mix of melodic rockers and ballads.standout tracks are "somebody s waiting","lay your heart on the line" and "desire".another good one by this great band

From: rick kerch vzla Date: January 18, 2012 at 19:40
Plain and simple album IMO...the couple of AORish tracks "Before We Say Goodbye" & "Back To You" saved the nation ...tracks 1,2,5 & 9 has something to offer too but....80/100(the "high rate" goes because the compositions still has a special touch but nothing else)...

From: 123charpenay Date: May 22, 2014 at 11:59
yes bonfire come back with a vengeance.this record is excellent.of course it s not at the same level than the two classics (fireworks and point blank).the lone reproach i can make is that there is too many ballads on this album.but when bonfire rocks they rocks!!!!!the japan import is highly recommanded cause we have two very great bonus tracks live("wake up" and "the stroke".

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