With "Firebirth", the Swiss rock institution Gotthard made a remarkable new start in 2012. Two years after the tragic accidental death of their singer Steve Lee, the Swiss rocked their souls with strikingly rough material. But only now is the quintet from Lugano in absolute platinum form again. The band is open for new influences, probably also due to the influence of new singer Nic Meader, but brings them into harmony with the typical Gotthard sound in such a way that "Bang!" can be classified as one of their most compositionally potent albums. Apart from characteristic Gotthard rockers like "Get Up ʼnʼ Move On", "Red On A Sleeve" or "My Belief", it is above all the stylistic runaways that are the lasting inspiration. "I Wonʼt Look Down" sprays "Kashmir" vibes and "Spread Your Wings" has bluesy Whitsnake charm. And then there are three absolutely great ballads, of which the ten-minute, bombastically orchestrated "Thank You" (Maeder even reminds a bit of Robbie Williams) has to be mentioned. I can't think of a better way.
Top track: Get UpʼnʼMove One