Fireworks

CD Reviews

Collateral - '4 Shots!' (EP) http://rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/4b/e1/95/Collateral-4Shots-40-1545946336.jpg Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     December 27, 2018    
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
6791   0   1   0   0   0

Artist

Title

Label

Genre

The full debut album can't come quick enough!

The UK Rock scene is going through something of a renaissance at the moment, with a wealth of brilliant young bands vying for attention. The latest to throw their hat in the ring are Collateral, and their '4 Shots!' EP is a great introduction to what they have to offer.

Hailing from the Rock 'n' Roll Mecca that is Ramsgate in Kent, the four piece are Angelo Tristan (vocals, guitar), Todd Winger (guitar), Jack Bentley Smith (bass) and Ben Atkinson (drums), and were originally known as the Angelo Tristan band when they began five years ago, only altering their moniker to Collateral earlier in 2018. Seeing the photo of the guys that accompanied the EP, you would be forgiven that they would have a Sleaze/Glam Rock sound comparable to the likes of Mötley Crüe, Skid Row and Guns N' Roses, but the reality is so, so much better.

With this EP Collateral deliver '4 Shots!' of supremely crafted Melodic Rock that unashamedly pays homage to the Stadium Rock glory days of the eighties and early nineties, combining a thoroughly American sound that brings to mind prime-time Bon Jovi and Bryan Adams (you know, back when they actually made good music!) with a definite English flavour, while an acoustic guitar undercurrent that runs through all of the songs adds a distinct Tyketto vibe – something that will always get my approval. But what is key is the palpable sense of melody that pervades throughout – initially somewhat subtle, those melodies soon burrow into your subconsciousness and don't let go.

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


The mid-tempo opener 'Going With The Wind' demonstrates a grittier, dramatic sound and is probably the most "current" sounding song on the EP, while still bearing those wonderful eighties hallmarks, then the following 'Midnight Queen' is the polar opposite, being a lightweight but uptempo, bright 'n' breezy Rocker, perfectly blending Eagles-ish Country Rock with Bon Jovi circa the 'Lost Highway' album – irresistibly catchy and perfect as a debut single. 'Angels Crying' is the classic lighters-in-the-air Power ballad with some nice slide-guitar textures, and it actually also reminds me a little of Hinder in places (think 'Last Kiss Goodbye' or 'Red Tail Lights'), while 'Just Waiting For You' would also qualify as a ballad, though with a somewhat bluesier feel, but erupts into life with a distinctly 'Dry County'-ish fiery guitar solo from Todd Winger, who is mightily impressive throughout.

Though '4 Shots!' is a mere four songs, with it Collateral have demonstrated that they could have a very bright future ahead of them – the full debut album can't come quick enough!

Ant Heeks

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

<<  October 2021  >>
 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: 3 weeks, 5 days ago
  • Berny : RIP Alan Lancaster! :(
  • Berny : @Barneypippa: I forwarded your mail to the Fireworks team. You should receive a reply asap.
  • Barneypippa : My magazine (#96) hasnt arrived yet - should have been here last week
  • Rocktopia Te : @bakerstreetish: Pls. check your email for download instructions.
  • bakerstreeti : Hi, I just bought digital download #96. How will I be able to receive/access it? First time on this site. Thanks!
  • zom414 : Have they been posted out yet? Not received mine yet but may have the release date wrong!
  • Johns Band : Received glossy Fireworks 96 and one of best ever. I am still looking at pictures and "Revisit The Gods AOR Festive" should be great. Probably get download from issue 101 to save on space & it is read to me from audio voice. Already got Robben Ford Instrumental album "Pure" great stuff & Freddy King singing & guitar I love, so Bernie Marsden new album I will have on Amazon Prime. If you are into 70's Rock then new Help Yourself 6 CD Boxset + info will be good for you plus expert to pay no more
  • Berny : Fireworks #96 is out now! :)
  • Berny : @Paul wiv: Pls. check your email!
  • Paul wiv : I have paid for issue 92 but it hasn't downloaded yet.
  • Berny : @Adamson: Bitte kontaktiere mich direkt, meine Mailadresse lautet «email»
  • Adamson : kann man hier auch auf Deutsch schreiben? denn ich hätte eine Frage?
  • KI2000 : Wow, issue #95 has to be the BEST one so far. Congratulations guys!!
  • Hysteria : GREAT MAGAZINE! Keep on rockin' guys!!!
  • Berny : Fireworks Magazine #95 is out now!
  • Berny : @Paul wiv: Many thanks for your purchase, pls. check your mail.
  • Paul wiv : I have bought issue 89 on download but it has not appeared on my account
  • Berny : @pomper: BOTH of your mails were forwarded to the Fireworks Team, please contact me directly at «email» should you still haven’t received a reply.
  • bpomper : trying to confirm my fireworks 94 order with no answer from team rocktopia??
  • bpomper : i ordered fireworks number 94 but never got a conformation other than my paypal receipt. can you confirm it went out. i have transaction id if you need it
  • Berny : @ALL: Should you have any questions about your Fireworks orders, pls. contact me directly at «email»
  • Berny : Hi @Stuey6666: You are using two user names on Rocktopia. All current orders were assigned to your second account, pls. check your mail again.
  • Stuey6666 : Hi Berny - ordered 4 issues last week - still not arrived - have checked spam etc not there. cheers stu
  • Berny : @Adolfo: I've also just sent you the magazine via WeTransfer. But please check you junk mail folder, the mail was definitely sent earlier today.
  • Berny : Hi @Adolfo: Have you already checked your spam folder? If the mail cannot be found, pls. contact me at «email»
  • Adolfo : «email»
  • Adolfo : My e - mail
  • Adolfo : I don't have any e - mail.
  • Berny : @Adolfo: Pls. check your e - mail for download instructions.
  • Adolfo : I have order the #94 but I can't find the download

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