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||Date: June 3, 2012 at 16:56|
|Just not the same without Steve Lee, This is a good record more heavier guitars than previously releases, But for me Gotthard died with Lee. The remaining members should have formed a new band with a new name. Just can't get into this record under the Gotthard moniker!
|From: Swedish Rocker
||Date: June 24, 2012 at 0:15|
|Another solid album from this band, although with a little run-of-the-mill feel. It's the typical mix of rockers and ballads (perhaps one or two too many of the latter for my taste, and too few really good killer tracks). A little bit more enjoyable than Need to Believe, though.
|From: rick kerch vzla
||Date: July 2, 2012 at 17:00|
|First album with the new "frontman" Mr Maeder...well personally talking i think that the band should have called a day after Steve's dead...they are living out of the band's name rather than living out of Steve's legacy IMO...ok,i know that a band is made of musicians and we don't have to focus only in one character but come on guys,Steve was one of those men on the mic that basically marked and identity...talking about the songs,more mid tempos than rockers...my personal faves are "Shine"(good softy),"I Can" & "Where Are You"(nice acoustic)..."Starlight" was selected as the single...i suppose we have to get used of the new vocalist...86/100
||Date: July 4, 2012 at 12:50|
|Like rick said Steve Lee was always going to be hard to replace as he brought that identity and extra zing to Gotthard, but ya know Firebirth manages to do something quite rare. Much like a 5150 Firebirth shows the band not only moving forward but managing to pay a ton of respect to both their former singer & previous sound at the same time. Getting past the vocal change isn't so hard when there's a healthy amount of similarities & besides, the tunes here are on par with the last couple Lee fronted releases anyway so delve in, embrace, and this might just win you over. Lead cut Starlight brings it, a ton of good riffery quite the opener, direct your ears straight to SOS or StorysOver for that familiar Gotthard, Shine & TakeItAllBack are the big chorus tunes & while WhereAreYou may not be lyrical brilliance its emotion and heartfelt finale are a treat. When all is said and done Firebirth is what it needed to be, a very strong start to Gotthard part 2 (and a bucket load of cool)! 88%
||Date: September 15, 2012 at 11:04|
|i am a big big fan of gotthard.i often say that it s the better hard rock band of the moment even if their last record "need to believe" is very very average.ok, with this new record the question is "how replace a so charismatic and extraordinary singer like steve lee ?".in october 2010 i said to my wife it s impossible gotthard is dead with steve.she answer no the life must go on and they will find a new great similar singer to steve.she was ok the new singer is excellent and he have a similar voice to steve lee.but....there is a big problem with this new record.the production of paul lani (who is this guy?° And leo leoni is absoluty rotten.hey leo play guitar not more.your production ruins the album.the sound of the bass is awful it s a nightmare,it s smother the sound who is not very clear.more the differents songs are not fantastic except track 3.9.12.the rest; they play very hard with a little modern touch.many choruses are great but verses very poor and where are the guitars ?smo
||Date: September 15, 2012 at 11:11|
|smother by this absoluty horrible agressiv sound of bass.for me it s a very big disapointment.nevertheless i will see them in concert october 16 in lyon at ninkasy kao.hope they will have a good sound and they wi ll play their old songs.
||Date: January 23, 2013 at 9:32|
|New singer is also a very talent guy.amazing the band could find such a great singer after that tragedy.Show must go on,right?
||Date: March 18, 2013 at 11:23|
|People say that the band should have changed names or not continued, yet know nothing of what kind decision making process was made to come to this decision, or take in consideration that these guys actually knew Steve, and would have a better idea of what he wanted. My guess is that Steve would not have wanted the Gotthard name to be buried with him. This album could so easily have been a morose piece of lyrically dark material, but thankfully instead of mourning their loss, the guys are celebrating Steves life by delivering an upbeat, positive album. There does seem to be a bit more of a heavier tone to some of the songs than has been heard on any of the more recent releases by the band, so its definitely a rebirth rather than a continuation. Nic does a fantastic job, in what must have been a very scary situation. I mean, following on from Steve must be such a tough act for anyone. Its still a Gotthard album with no doubt, but it certainly sounds new and fresh.
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