Fireworks

CD Reviews

Hartmann - 'Hands On The Wheel' http://rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/3b/7c/66/hartmann-hands-on-the-wheel-35-1535831141.jpg Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     September 01, 2018    
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
3995   0   1   0   0   0

Artist

Artist

Genre

I believe this to be the finest Hartmann release to date.

'Hands On The Wheel' is the seventh release (since their 2005 debut) by Hartmann, the solo vehicle for guitarist/song-writer Oliver Hartmann. He is joined on this outing by Mario Reck (guitar), Armin Donderer (bass), Markus Kullman (drums) and guest keyboardist Jimmy Kresc. The album is once again co-produced by Sascha Paeth who is best known for his work with Avantasia, Kamelot and Beyond The Black.

This is a much rockier album of twelve tracks with a harder edge than the most recent Hartmann releases, however, it still retains the melodic element. The opening track, 'Don't Walk Back Down', has light melodic verses, but really rocks out on the chorus, with the drums getting a serious pounding and a real guitar workout for the solo. 'Your Best Excuse' soon follows and it ups the pace with some hard riffing and a pounding rhythm as well as a good hook, yet once again, this song still displays that melodic facet. 'Cold As Stone' is up next and it opens with a guitar riff on full reverb, which slowly builds as the rest of the instruments join in; the chorus has a real catchy vocal hook and the keyboards add to the fullness of the sound.

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


Three songs in and you would think that it couldn't get any better. Then 'Simple Man' starts with a simple three-chord riff before recorder/pipes and violin join in to play the main hook/refrain, which is then mirrored by the lead guitar. The backing soon drops to a lower level to let the vocals take the lead – cue guest vocalist Eric Martin. This is an excellent song that reminded me lyrically of Tony Carey's 'A Fine Fine Day' and musically of The Hooters due to the Celtic/Folk influence of guest Irish Folk musicians The Vardigans.

'The Harder They Come' is a Led Zeppelin-styled bluesy Rock track with plenty of bass drum and keyboards filling out the sound. There are two light ballads with some fine acoustic guitar work in 'Soulmates' and 'Heart Of Gold', and a fine power ballad in 'The Sky Is Falling'. The remaining album tracks are decent enough Rock songs that suffer from the quality of the initial tracks.

With the addition of the harder edge, while still retaining great hooks and melodies, I believe this to be the finest Hartmann release to date. The album deserves to do well and the first four songs are guaranteed to blow your socks off!

Chris Mee

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


busy

Member Login



Calendar

<<  May 2020  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
      1  2  3
  4  5  6  7  8  910
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728293031

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 6 hours, 3 minutes ago
  • Berny : @Defron: Can you pls. check your mail? Many thanks, B. :)
  • Defron : Hi guys. Bought #90 couples of hours ago but still not in my downloads . Can you check pls regards Ro
  • Berny : @SoCal Rocker: Welcome back! There are 50 free issues of Fireworks Magazine for you (and of course all other Rocktopians) to download. Check out the news on the frontpage. Stay happy, safe & healthy. Best wishes to California!
  • SoCal Rocker : Hello from Burbank CA, I had to change my name and PW. How's anyone doing?
  • Rocktopia Te : @davidputnam: Could you please check your email? Many thanks & best regards, RT
  • davidnputnam : I ordered 86 - 90 and received paypal receipt, but cant find in downloads. Please advise.
  • davidnputnam : I ordered 86 - 90, but cant find in Downloads. i have the paypal receipt.
  • Berny : @rarock: Glad we were able to sort this out. Thanks for your purchase!
  • rarock : Hi there. I have similar problem with Issue 90, payed by Paypal, but doesnt show in Orders or in Downloads. Thanks for help
  • KI2000 : Thanks Fireworks Magazine and Rocktopia!
  • Hysteria : WOW! Thanks to the Fireworks Team for this AMAZING offer. YOU GUYS ROCK!!!! \m/ \m/
  • Rocktopia Te : Check out the Fireworks Magazine Corona quarantine give - away!
  • Johns Band : Royal Hunt new concept album in the works to be released in 2020.
  • Berny : @WardyS1: I will contact you by e - mail.
  • WardyS1 : Hi. Also purchased 90 couple days back but not in my orders have receipt. Cannot find an email to contact instead link sorry
  • Rocktopia Te : @tomandpam: Hope this is now sorted and you were able to download the magazine
  • tomandpam : I ordered a download of #90 and it's not in my orders and I have the PayPal receipt. Can you help with this? Thanks
  • Berny : @zom414: Apologies for my late reply. Could you please contact me directly at «email» ? Many thanks in advance!
  • zom414 : Trying to change my password but the security question won't accept my answer, can you help?
  • SeaDog57 : just an observation. I just got Issue 89 at the Bookstore and when i looked at the spine of the magazine it says "Fireworks Issue 85 Winter Jan - Mar 2019" Was this a misprint? The rest of the Magazine is Issue 89. Was just wondering did anyone else notice this?
  • Berny : Apologies! Magazine can now be accessed from your download section. Best wishes, B.
  • Berny : @Martykelly: We're sorry
  • Martykelly : Just purchased issue 89 hoping its going to be in my download soon.
  • Johns Band : Will "Watch & Listen" music videos make a comeback. Just order H.E.A.T. "Live In London" CD.
  • Berny : @the trapps: Apologies for the delay in processing your order. The magazine is now available in your downloads section.
  • the trapps : waiting for the issue 89 which we purchased to be in our downloads section ???
  • Berny : @tomandpam: Many thanks for your purchase. The download instructions were sent yesterday, please contact me at «email» should you haven't received the email.
  • tomandpam : I paid for a download on issue 89 and didn't receive the download. Please let me know when I can get it. Thanks
  • Berny : @zom414: Fireworks Magazine #89 will be available at selected UK based newsagents on December 16th. The digital version can already be purchased in our Download Store.
  • zom414 : When's the next mag due for release?

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us

FacebookTwitterYoutubeGoogle

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