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As debuts go this is very promising.

When this CD was passed to me at Firefest the gentleman who presented it alluded that the band were low-profile and he wasn't kidding, as information on them is pretty sparse; even down to their nationality, I think they're Norwegian. However, I suspect that with this album they'll be on a lot of people's radar in the near future.

Certainly they don't bring anything startlingly new to the Melodic Rock scene, but what they do is tasty enough to get them noticed and I'd put them higher up the ladder than any number of other bands who ply their trade in that particular genre.

The scant information on the promo suggests the album has had a three-year gestation period but if that's so they could hone the songs the time has been well spent. Although, if I'm being picky, the similarity in song structures needs some attention as the perception is that they seem to follow a very similar pattern. All the songs are imbued with great riffs, seemingly a band specialty, thanks to guitarists Frank Ørland and Daniel Olaisen whilst vocalist Jan Le Brandt has a strong delivery even if at times he reminds me of Lance King (ex of numerous bands including Balance of Power). He can sound a bit strained at times. The band is rounded out by Frank Nordeng Roe (drums) and Geir Inge Olsen (bass).

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

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'Midnight Train' opens the album with a riff that immediately grabs the attention and has a fine chorus, however it is trumped by the following track, 'Innocence of a Kill', where the chorus gets right into your head and stays there. A blistering start is followed by a quiet verse and before the pace picks up again for that infectious chorus. Fast fingered guitar solos are also the order of the day.

The title track starts quietly but another great riff soon arrives. 'Fire and Stone' is of the same ilk, slow opening then the big guns kick in for the chorus. 'Too Late' has another strong riff and the staccato guitar playing on this track is rather pleasing. 'Iseline' gallops along, at times on a quick-fire guitar motif. Some cheesy lyrics aside, 'Love Breaks the Heart' is a fine power ballad which will illicit the lighters in the air moment at a gig. The guitar solo is short, sweet and understated, being all the better for it.

'Harbor of Tears' (sic) combines a plucked riff with another strummed one to good effect, but again the quite verse structure is deployed. 'Will You Be Gone' closes the album with more fine guitar work.

As debuts go this is very promising.

Gary Marshall

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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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