Fireworks

Hornet - 'Skies Are Falling' http://rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/f3/35/1c/hornet-skies-are-falling-51-1386882550.jpg Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     December 12, 2013    
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
7303   0   1   0   0   0

Artist

Artist

Label

Label

A talented band that combine metal with, arguably, some more listenable elements.

Endearing, isn't it, when you hear an album has been financed via fan donations? Here, it's the Pledge Music campaign. Sometimes this results in a less-than-average album, either due to rushed production or simply not enough funds. With Hornet's album, it's a mediocre mix.

'Skies Are Falling' packs a punch of metal with a lighter twist in the backing vocals. Joe Thompson's vocals are gutsy and full-bodied, providing a great counterbalance to a sometimes surprisingly treble guitar section. 'Down To The Bone' hisses and growls though at times the rhythm section could be doing more; without the vocals it often feels lonely. 'Second Hand Smore' gives the bass a leading role but the sound, though powerful and tight, remains too thin, as if something is missing, which can be awfully distracting. Though it thickens out on the chorus, it becomes one of those purely ceaseless thrashing tracks. 'State of Emergency' lets you in for another lengthy solo from guitarist Tollef Rikje-Pearson but the fast rhythm will carry you through without too many problems.

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


There's an element of punk here too, which makes this band more modern and unique than some of their metal compatriots. 'Under Pressure' slides in a melodic chorus fittingly, illustrating Hornet's writing talent. Though, like several tracks, it fails to capture the listener throughout. 'Bite Down' is aggressive but fails to be anarchistic in its safe structure while 'I'm Gonna Be The Man' will appeal to the more metal-headed fans while still maintaining Hornet's punk modernism.

The closing four are faster, more furious and would have been better at the beginning. Nevertheless, the raw and racy 'Sweet Lips' lets loose some of the band's live dynamism. 'Rock'n'Roll Riot' is short but it sure isn't a bad minute and half, if a little unguided in places. 'Storm the Gates' does well to harness this band's various strands of sound into a closing track. Thompson's voice doesn't suit the low pitch as much as you might think but the element of serenity shows off a band confident in their sound as they rip into a more characteristic chorus.

Not a bad album by a talented band that combine metal with, arguably, some more listenable elements.

JJ Lee

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

<<  January 2022  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
       1  2
  3  4  5  6  7  8  9
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
31      

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 5 days, 16 hours ago
  • Berny : @vialli999: I've just talked to the guys at Fireworks HQ, unfortunately, the print copy of #90 is no longer available. Sorry! :(
  • vialli999 : DO YOU HAVE A PAPER COPY OF ISSUE 90 BERNY ?
  • vialli999 : forget that last comment i found it....der
  • vialli999 : sorry but i must be really stupid how do i take out a subscription ?
  • vialli999 : I have the download i want a paper copy cheers tel
  • Berny : @vialli999: You get issue 90 from our download store. Would you like to purchase a physical copy?
  • vialli999 : STILL DESPERATE TO GET A COPY OF ISSUE NO. 90
  • Berny : You can pre - order FIREWORKS MAGAZINE #97 now!
  • Deeppurple#1 : Hi,I downloaded my free copy of issue #87 but I can't seem to open the file. Any advice?
  • 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»

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