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A terribly underwhelming release.

‘The Serpent’s Curse’ is the second album from the band featuring Emily Alice Ovenden (possibly familiar to some of you as one of the Mediaeval Baebes) on vocals. Drummer and founder member Marc Dyos, with guitarists Ross White and Tim Neale have a background in more extreme metal sub-genres while keyboards are provided by Richard Holland who is classically trained.

‘Cry Of Our Nation’ (at just over 6:30) is a stunning melodic power metal masterpiece to open the album but unfortunately nothing that follows quite repeats this grandeur, bombast and magnificence. Every time I have listened to this release, I am left with a feeling of anticlimax and disbelief that none of the subsequent compositions even come close to its quality. ‘Dark Star’ has its moments, while ‘Long Live The King’ has symphonic elements within a highly technical context. ‘The Circle’ is not bad, I suppose, in a style that emulates but does not eclipse Nightwish and ‘My Perfect Enemy’ shows that they can produce a dramatic story-led track and yet lacks the sought after infusion of melody. But aside from these I found the bulk of the album really rather dismal, and as one who normally loves rock and metal bands with female vocalists, it pains me to have to say this! ‘Just A Lie’ doesn’t work in a speed metal context and ‘Heartless’ and ‘Our Forgotten Land’ just add to the disappointment.

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I guess that within the band there is the dichotomy of stylistic influences to reconcile and it just seems that the speedy/thrashy metal side, which is likely to appeal less to readers of this magazine is in the ascendancy. From the evidence presented here, I do not think it goes well with Ovenden’s soaring operatic vocal style.

You may disagree dear reader, but for me this is a terribly underwhelming release, with insufficient strong songs and focus on quality, memorable melodies.

Paul Jerome Smith

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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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  • 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...
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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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