CD Reviews

Von Hertzen Brothers - 'The Best Of' Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     September 24, 2012    
0.0 (0)
3057   0   1   0   0   0


Brings together several tracks from each of the band's four studio releases.

I’m not sure whether there has been a glut of progressive releases for review this period (Yes, there has! Reviews Ed) or whether the editor has decided I need to broaden my musical outlook but I consider two prog reviews for the same issue overly generous. I know the von Hertzen Brothers are one of the Ed’s particular favourites but I refuse to let that influence my impartial opinion in any way…

This ‘Best Of’ brings together several tracks from each of the band’s four studio releases (‘Experience’, ‘Approach’, ‘Love Remains The Same’ and ‘Stars Aligned’), one new track and also a cover of King Crimson’s ‘21st Century Schizoid Man’. I am unable to comment on whether this is a fair representation of the band’s recorded output as, despite knowing the name, I am totally unfamiliar with any of their work. Hailing from Finland and including brothers Kie (guitar), Mikko (vocals/guitar) and Jonne (bass), the von Hertzens are certainly adept musicians but despite several plays (the CD has a running time of 80 minutes so there is a lot to digest) it is not something I could listen to all the way through on a regular basis. If I’m honest I was expecting to hate it but that is definitely not the case.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site

It is a modern take on the psychedelic arrangements associated with 70s era Hawkwind or 60s era Pink Floyd, at times epic in scope and often characterized by big Focus style multi-layered harmonies. Several of the extended workouts, such as ‘Disciple Of The Sun’ and ‘Kiss As A Wish’, are slightly over-bearing for me, coming across like heavy metal jazz and lacking a defining musical framework. The tempo changes and quirky idiosyncrasies which textures some of the material reminded me of early Genesis and Yes but there are so many styles fighting for room I began to be frustrated, longing for something more direct. I know that many of the magazine’s writers and readers find this to be the genre’s appeal but I found that the disc’s shorter, chorus based songs, such as ‘Thy Will Be Done’ (lifting a main riff directly from the early Rush handbook), had more impact. I know it sounds like I am being critical of progressive music in general rather than the von Hertzen CD but for me the Crystal Breed album, reviewed elsewhere in this issue, was far more accessible and had a greater musical dynamic.

As a bonus for fans there is a package including a DVD featuring over 30 minutes of promo clips (a couple of these are edited versions of songs that appear on the CD) and 50 minutes of live footage. The live footage, recorded in Helsinki at the back end of 2008, leaves me in no doubt that the guys are excellent musicians but also reinforces most of the issues I raised earlier in the review.

With such a short space of time to really listen to all the music that comes my way every couple of months (as well as delving into my collection for older well worn classics) it is difficult to pay respects to anything providing less than an instant fix. The von Hertzen Bothers ‘Best Of’ will be added to my collection but I can’t say when I’ll be playing it again. Having said that, someone with a greater appreciation of progressive rock music will be head over heals with this disc if they don’t already possess the VHB albums.

Dave Bott

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


Member Login


<<  October 2019  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
   1  2  3  4  5  6
  7  8  910111213

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 1 week ago
  • Rocktopia Te : @Johns Band: Can you please contact us here: «email»
  • Johns Band : Fireworks Magazine 88 did not arrive by post. paid by PayPal. Any Suggestion.
  • Berny : @bpomper: Can you pls. contact the Rocktopia team here: «email»
  • bpomper : i found the problem..old email i can not access.i have tried to change it by editing my info but it wont allow. any suggestions
  • Berny : @bpomper: A reply was sent yesterday, We recommend checking your spam/junk mail to see if our message was filtered there. The magazine was already sent to your shipping address. Please let me know if you do not receive it within the next couple of days. Thanks for your patience!
  • bpomper : Thanks didnt of that. I still have not heard about fireworks 88 was it sent out. Thankyou
  • Rocktopia Te : @bpomper: For security reasons, we removed your previous message. Please do not post your private e - mail address. Many thanks for your understanding.
  • bpomper : Thanks for the reply. I see download but can you confirm that hardcopy was or is sent ou .thanks.the email i used is inder the contact me info of the website
  • Berny : @bpomper: Apologies for your troubles. Where did you send the email to? We haven't received anything. I will send you a longer reply via mail. Also, you can download the free CD from the "Fireworks" menu on top, but the CD links are only shown if you are logged in.
  • bpomper : 3rd email inquiring about my purchase of fireworks #88. i purchased on the 2oth of sept and today is the 24 with no response...paypal has taken the payment. should i have a down load of the cd for mu usa magazine. Looking forward to an answer
  • bpomper : hello i purchased fireworks #88 through paypal on9/23 and have not recieved an email from rocktopia. purchase is for a hard copy of the mag. should i have cd download instructions.when should i expect it
  • Berny : @Johns Band: I've just sent you an e - mail. Best regards, B.
  • Johns Band : I have ordered FM Live video and £1.99 taken from my PayPal account. How do I download video. Something gone wrong at processing with Fireworks. The links to report it do not work.
  • Berny : @kevinw01: Have you received the mail containing the donwload instructions? It seems as if you are downloading the bonus CDs from the "Fireworks" menu, those are meant for our readers in the USA and Canada whose copies do not come with the CD. I will send you a mail now. Thanks, B.
  • kevinw01 : I have ordered several issues of Fireworks but when I press the download button I only get a copy of the MP3 but not the PDF files. I have an iPad. Am I doing something wrong? Kevin
  • Berny : @ARONITY: Thanks for your order. As stated in the item's description, it can take up to three hours for your purchase to be processed. You should have received a mail containing the download instructions by now. Thanks for your patience!
  • ARONTY : Hi, Just ordered #88 pdf, Paypal show the payment, but no d/l link, please help..
  • Berny : @John: Pls. check your mail, this should have been sorted by now. Apologies for the delay!
  • johnmason : Hi. I paid for #88 and it doesn't show up in the licenses/Downloads and I never received any email telling me how to download it.
  • Rocktopia Te : Fireworks Magazine #88 is out now!
  • SeaDog57 : Thanks Berny got it
  • Berny : @SeaDog57: Not sure why the password disappeared, but it's back. Pls. download your copy from the usual place (i.e. Fireworks - > Bonus CD 87 on the TOP menu). Have fun! :)
  • SeaDog57 : Berny looking for the link and password to Issue 87 free music
  • Berny : @yvesrock: Apologies for the troubles. I've just sent you an email.
  • yvesrock : Hi,I ordered the 11th june the new Fireworks' magazine (issue 87) and I didn't receive it. Can you see if you sent it ? Best wishes Yves
  • yvesrock : Hi,
  • Berny : @Gazza2005: Please accept my apologies for the delay in processing your order. You should have received a confirmation mail by now. We are really trying our best to fix the payment issue as soon as possible. Thanks for your patience! PS: It seems as if you sent the payment twice, we sent you a refund.
  • Gazza2005 : I have bought issue 80 and I still ha e not had confirmation of my download. Please could this be sorted out
  • Gazza2005 : Hello. Can someone direct me to my download please
  • Gazza2005 : Can someone help please

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us


This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site