Von Hertzen Brothers – Live at Tavastia

8/10

“Von Hertzen Brothers is a Finnish rock group formed in 2000, by three brothers. Their music is a mix of classic rock and progressive elements, folk, punk and contemporary rock.”

Yes, Wikipedia is totally right in its description of this fabulous band. What Wiki’s missing is the vast emotional feasts that Von Hertzen Brothers invites you to in basically each song. That fact is, however, apparent on this, their first live album after eight studio records. For instance, here we have the mournful “Blue forest” with its very busy drumming. We hear a truly majestic “Peace patrol”. And suddenly, there’s “You don’t know my name”, an unbelievable combo malancholy emotion/punk speed. Not too mention the haunting elegance of acoustic ballad “All of a sudden you’re gone”.

Most tunes rest in obvious minor keys, still the songs lends the listener energy and hope. There’s ambivalence in Mikko von Hertzens voice, I suppose. On this album, Mikko, Kie (guitar) and Jonne (bass) are joined by Sami Kuoppamäki (Turisas, Apocalyptica) on drums and Swedish keyboard wizard Robert Engstrand (ex-Flower Kings).

The boys’ latest studio album “Red alert in the blue forest” quickly became my favoriter record of 2022. This live record sits easily as its’ stage sibling, but I would hade appreciated some visitations from the earlier days of the band. For instance, “Gloria” from 2011’s “Stars aligned” album might still be the greatest track of the Millennium. “Live at Tavastia” relies a little too heavily on the group’s most recent studio offerings.

Artist: Von Hertzen Brothers

Title: Live at Tavastia

Label: DoingBeingMusic

Grade: 8/10

Date of release: 16/2-2024

Stand Out tracks: “Peace patrol”, “All of a sudden you’re gone”

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Von Hertzen Brothers – Live at Tavastia

January 24, 2024

The boys' latest studio album "Red alert in the blue forest" quickly became my favoriter record of 2022. This live record sits easily as its' stage sibling, but I would hade appreciated some visitations from the earlier days of the band.

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