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Can they ‘save the world’? If they did, this album would be the perfect theme tune.

As a spotty teenager growing up in Birmingham in the late 80s Wolfsbane were our very own local heroes, they had released a number of raucous and fun albums, they had also been taken under a certain Rick Rubin’s expansive wing. We watched in awe as their ‘I Like It Hot’ music video aired on M.T.V. There was even talk of The Midlands having spawned UK’s version of Van Halen.

However as history has proved, Wolfsbane were to implode dramatically whilst on the crest of a wave, vocalist Blaze Bayley was lured by a certain heavy metal band called Iron Maiden. The rough diamond we knew well, was now going to be stepping into Bruce Dickinsons intimidating boots, we know the rest.

Fast forward a few years, Wolfsbane reformed for a few gigs to test the live waters again. Such was the chemistry the band decided to re-enter the studio and see if the ramshackle formula that served them so well was still alive. The album title is testament to a band who’s air for mischief is indeed still at the forefront of events. It is a statement of intent from a band with nothing left to prove.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

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Can they ‘save the world’?, well if they did this album would be the perfect theme tune, whilst the drama unfolded you would be blissfully unaware and laughing all the way to safety. ‘Blue Sky’ the opening track, with it’s yobbish attitude, and raw round the edges vocals instantly re-unite you with an old friend. This familiarity continues with the balls to the wall grit of ‘Teacher’, where the guitars of Jase Edwards border on clumsy, but somehow they keep it together. But hey, this is too much fun to be critical. The splatter punk of ‘Buy My Pain’ tips a nod to The Wildhearts, with its snarl and pop sensibilities.

Blaze Bayley has endured something of a nightmare of recent times, and he lets his guard down with ‘Starlight’, a tender song that lays itself bare; “All of the days I wasted - the hours that slipped away - I couldn’t see the future - I was already living in” The sound of a band who have matured. But, as if not wishing to dwell too long, ‘Smoke And Red Light’ sees them harking back to the early days, all verbatim and attitude; “we got 6 watt amps and an attitude that says f**k you, I know what I wanna do.”. Road weary memories of a young band against the world.

The pace eases up with the ‘Illusion Of Love’ where Bayley is joined by the impressive pipes of Givvi Flynn. It is a moment of class that doesn’t sit uncomfortably. Nor does the electro tinged ‘Who Are You Now?’ not unlike 90’s band Jesus Jones. The album ends in more familiar territory with ‘Did It For The Money’ a song of such simplicity it could well have been a left over from their early days, and as such is perfect, it leaves your stereo smoking, and your pint glass empty. .”Whos round is it next…?”.

Dave Evans

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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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  • 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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  • 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
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