|Bonfire - 'Cry For Help' EP (Yesterrock)|
|Written by Rob Watkins|
|Saturday, 19 May 2012 05:00|
Having celebrated their 25th anniversary as a band during 2011, endearing German melodic rockers Bonfire found themselves playing to sold out crowds in the Ukraine recently, and whilst there they discovered much to their disgust that the government was actively rewarding the slaughter of street dogs in preparation for the upcoming European Football Championships. As animal lovers the band felt the need to voice their concern in song regarding the unnecessary mistreatment and abuse by humans on all global creatures. So what better way to do this than by doing what they do best and re-recording their track 'Cry For Help' for charity, with a percentage of the monies raised being donated to PETA, the UK based charity established and dedicated to protecting the rights of all animals.
Starting off this six track EP we have the first of three different versions of said song 'Cry For Help' and this comes in the form of the ever so important "radio version" with its touching commercially edged re-written lyrics based on the original 2006 tune lifted from the band's 'Double X' album. Second up is the long version of 'Cry', but for me it is the third "acoustic version" of the tune that hits the subject matter home perfectly with a beautiful intensity and the poignant lyric of "What would God do if he was one of us, Would he stop the pain, What would God do if he was one of us, Would he feel the shame."
With the addition of three bonus tracks the first of these being a live rendition of 'You Make Me Feel' taken from the group's 1986 debut release. We then get 'Don't Touch The Light' and the softened melodic rock of 'I Need You' a re-recorded version itself, and a song originally found on 2001's 'Strike Ten' before being eventually re-issued with the side title (Private Version) on the 2011 album 'Branded' and that collection of songs also offers up 'Just Follow The Rainbow' another live tune from The Masters of Rock concert performance.
So time Uber Rockers everywhere to dig deep as others 'Cry For Help'..........