Fireworks

Presto Ballet - 'Invisible Places' http://rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/1a/3e/a3/1253_prestoballetinvisibleplaces_1305569037.jpg Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     May 16, 2011    
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
4013   0   1   0   0   0

Artist

Label

Label

PB are more Pomp than Progressive, but whichever they are, they're brilliant.

I'm not sure what happened with the marketing for this album but the first I heard it had been released and on-line retailers had already run out of stock. The reason I raise this is because Presto Ballet (PB) are one of a select group of artists whose albums I simply must have the moment they are released as I love what they do.

For the uninitiated, PB were formed by guitarist and songwriter Kurdt Vanderhoof (Metal Church) with the specific aim of paying homage to the style of Progressive Rock that has inspired him (and his band mates) over his lifetime but specifically music from the seventies, using classic analogue instruments and old recording techniques. This is their third album and I am delighted to say that it's unashamedly business as usual despite a new line-up of players, no tinkering at the edges or trying to be different it's just the third instalment of something rather glorious. This time round Vanderhoof has enlisted ex-Metal Church and Lillian Axe vocalist Ronnie Munroe, keyboard player Kerry Shacklett, who was discovered via videos on YouTube, who not only turns out to be a superb musician but has apparently added significantly to the writing and arranging side too. Bassist Bobby Ferkovich and drummer Henry Ellwood complete a fabulously talented quartet. So, if a heady cocktail of Styx, Kansas, Rush, Yes, Starcastle, ELP, Uriah Heep, Genesis, Procol Harum, Journey, Queensryche (amongst others) floats your particular boat then you are going to be in seventh heaven with this album, and its predecessors.

'Between The Lines' opens proceedings with a fabulous blast of synths and Hammond Organ before a Styx crossed with Boston acoustic guitar interlude is inserted in delightful style. When the vocals appear it's with great melody and really strong harmonies. On this song Munroe has a touch of Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden) in his delivery, but more tuneful. Elsewhere, he features some Geoff Tate or Steve Perry sensibilities in his range but without aping. A change of pace puts me in mind of Queensryche (it's the strummed guitar that's so redolent) whilst the instrumental section has huge verve.

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


As with most of the tracks on the album 'The Puzzle' is driven along by robust guitars and that Hammond but here we get a nice piano motif that's a treat before the organ returns followed by the synths and back to the piano, and that's what I call great arrangement. It's at this point that I concluded that PB are more Pomp than Progressive, but whichever they are, they're brilliant.

Musically, 'Sundancer' will have you thinking of Rush circa 'A Farewell to Kings' until a section where the synth sound is pure Saga. 'Of Grand Design' is one of two 12–minute tracks and like the closer 'No End To A Beginning' it wends its way through many themes and melodies across its course, remaining interesting, tuneful and plain entertaining throughout. 'One Perfect Moment' rollicks along and features yet more catchy refrains and hooks although I defy you not to start singing 'Delilah' to a particular piano motif, whilst penultimate track 'All In All' has a wonderful middle eight where the pace is relaxed and Munroe produces a superb vocal

I could write reams about all that's going on with this album, but I think you need to discover its considerable delights for yourselves.

Gary Marshall

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

<<  August 2019  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
     1  2  3  4
  5  6  7  8  91011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728293031 

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 1 week, 4 days ago
  • 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
  • Gazza2005 : It’s Fireworks 80
  • Gazza2005 : Just paid for my online version / download but I keep getting failure message. All paid for so what is going on
  • Berny : Sorted! Thanks for your patience, enjoy the magazine! :)
  • HenningHallq : Hey guys! I purchased FIREWORKS #87 yesterday and paid by my paypal, but there is still no download link on my account. Can you help me with this? Thanks a lot!
  • Siodmak : Really thanks !!!!
  • Berny : @Siodmak: Pls. do not worry about the error message, we currently have to process orders manually because of a n issue with our payment system. I do not want to bore you with technical details, but the redirection from PayPal to our shop does not work as it should, that's why your purchase is not assigned automatically. We are working on it! Sorry for the troubles & thanks for your understanding. We hope you like the new issue of Fireworks! :)
  • Siodmak : Hello guys : - ) same problem as with previous number: just purchased Fireworks Mag. 87, and this is the message: "We are sorry, but it looks like your transaction failed". I've paid it with paypol. Thanks for your help!!
  • Berny : @Raphone @colorvine: You should have received your download instructions by now, if you haven't, pls. send a mail to «email» - Sorry for the troubles!
  • colorvine : Hello! Purchased FIREWORKS #87 yeasterday and paid by my paypal, but there is still no download link on my account.Can you help? Thanks
  • Raphone : Hello! Purchased FIREWORKS #87 yeasterday and paid by my paypal, but there is still no download link on my account.Can you help? Thanks
  • Berny : Fireworks Magazine #87 is out now!
  • SeaDog57 : Thanks again Berny
  • Berny : Hi SeaDog57: Apologies!Password can be found in the forum, link was (again) added to the "Fireworks" menu.
  • SeaDog57 : Berny; need a download link for #86 and the pg number for the Code
  • Berny : @Siodmark: Pls. check your mail! Apologies for the troubles, we hope you enjoy the magazine! :)
  • Siodmak : Hello guys! Purchased FIREWORKS #86 and paid by my paypal, but there is no download link on my account. Can you please help me? tnks ; - )
  • Hombre 444 : Got mine reading it now,best Rock Mag out on Market by far.
  • Berny : Fireworks #86 is out now!
  • Johns Band : Happy New year Everyone. Will the music film return.
  • Rocktopia Te : The Rocktopia Team would like to wish you a Merry Christmas! :)

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