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Well worth your rock dollar.

Hailing from Sweden, Badmouth have just released their second album which is, to use an over-used phrase, “in your face”. Adding to this key attribute is the variety of rock genres on display in this very enjoyable album produced by Chips Kiesbye (The Hellacopters). He has certainly caught the band with a good crisp and clear sound with the guitars well up front.

Starting with ‘Son of Sam’ this sounds like Velvet Revolver at their best with a Slither-like hypnotic riff and menacing half spoken vocals. A more straightforward couple of songs follow or so it would seem - but halfway through the third track ‘Judas’, an Iron Maiden style gallop and arpeggiated solo appears out of nowhere and turns into a punk style breakdown complete with bass run. Not an everyday occurrence, which is then followed by a classy Alice Cooper sounding track ‘Silver Lining’. This band is clearly here to keep the listener on their toes.

Strong tracks, notably ‘City is Burning’ and ‘Blue Ribbon Days’ abound through the middle of the album and then we are upon the title track. I presume this is meant to be vaguely ironic and fits with the retro cartoon cover of an idyllic heavy rock community. A catchy chorus just about makes this track work and I’m sure I heard a cowbell there in the mix to add the atmosphere.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

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The strong song-writing and musicianship is displayed in full throughout the album. A minor quibble is the placement of the only ballad ‘Jakes Brakes’ as the tenth track. Such a distinctive song, it could easily get lost in the tail of the album. I can only imagine Badmouth would be fantastic live, with three of the band on guitar. Solos abound on the album, and as hinted at before, if you like Slash you will like what´s on offer here. Badmouth have been together since 2007 and the tightness of the band´s playing that has developed since then is very apparent.

To fans of medium to heavy rock who want to support and champion a newish band, I would recommend this album. It will repay multiple replays and so is well worth your rock dollar.

Rob McKenzie

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  • 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?
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  • 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.
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  • l.thijs : Hi Fireworks Magazine. I made a purchase on 10 nov and I paid by Paypall. I bought the #85 fireworks mag download for GBP3,50. But I didn,t receive anything. Please can you find out what's going on?
  • kazooba : I have digital versions of every issue from 27 thru 88, any way I can get issues 1 - 26 with cd's digitally?
  • Berny : @SeaDog57: The links are in the Fireworks menu. Have you tried scrolling down? Maybe your screen size is too small...
  • SeaDog57 : Berny; there are only links up to Fireworks 86. Which is kinda strange because i already downloaded CD 87 but i'm looking for the link to CD 88...Chris
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  • Johns Band : Fireworks Magazine 88 did not arrive by post. paid by PayPal. Any Suggestion.
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  • bpomper : i found the problem..old email i can not access.i have tried to change it by editing my info but it wont allow. any suggestions
  • Berny : @bpomper: A reply was sent yesterday, We recommend checking your spam/junk mail to see if our message was filtered there. The magazine was already sent to your shipping address. Please let me know if you do not receive it within the next couple of days. Thanks for your patience!
  • bpomper : Thanks didnt of that. I still have not heard about fireworks 88 was it sent out. Thankyou
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  • bpomper : Thanks for the reply. I see download but can you confirm that hardcopy was or is sent ou .thanks.the email i used is inder the contact me info of the website
  • Berny : @bpomper: Apologies for your troubles. Where did you send the email to? We haven't received anything. I will send you a longer reply via mail. Also, you can download the free CD from the "Fireworks" menu on top, but the CD links are only shown if you are logged in.
  • bpomper : 3rd email inquiring about my purchase of fireworks #88. i purchased on the 2oth of sept and today is the 24 with no response...paypal has taken the payment. should i have a down load of the cd for mu usa magazine. Looking forward to an answer
  • bpomper : hello i purchased fireworks #88 through paypal on9/23 and have not recieved an email from rocktopia. purchase is for a hard copy of the mag. should i have cd download instructions.when should i expect it
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