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I've never heard anything quite like it before.

This is certainly a strange one. This Japanese outfit started out as an experiment with none of the members having any previous band experience. They simply got together and worked everything out from scratch – just like you would if you were jamming with a couple of mates in your bedroom. To say they have a very distinctive, inimitable style is bang on, as I've never heard anything quite like it before. They are certainly unique!

They were challenged to describe their style and chose to define themselves as 'Symphonic Metal'. However, having a Soprano vocalist does not automatically a Symphonic Metal band make. I could suggest they are utterly bonkers but that would be doing them a disservice.

When you weld a Jazz pianist with an operatic Soprano and a Metal influenced guitarist with the founding organ player, an anonymous bassist (sorry Mats – much better live though) and a drummer who studied Ringo Starr – this is what you end up with (their live drummer in their cover of Nightwish's 'Ever Dream' is the real deal).

The Soprano Nene is exceptionally talented as is the pianist Hisa who is trained in Classical as well as Jazz, but utilising effectively two keyboard players is certainly a break from the norm. What is on offer here is seven songs of Classical, Jazz and Metal with elements of Techno and Electronica here and there thrown in for good measure. It makes for a bizarre listening experience but then there is no Tuomas Holopainen, Martijn or Robert Westerholt, Charlotte Wessels or Sharon den Adel in their ranks.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

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The first song pretty much contains all of their elements but without any coherent pattern, although the opening sequence could easily be a film score set on an idyllic beach. The end of the song allows Nene to stretch her vocal chords and it's here you get an idea of what she's capable of. However, with her striking Soprano voice littered over an eclectic mish-mash of sounds it's quite obvious this is a band in full experimentation mode. The fact that fourth song 'Oedland' (Wasteland in English) features spoken German with piano accompaniment just adds to the bizarre factor.

Nene does in fact revert to some contemporary singing amidst the operatic, particularly on 'Forest Run', but there are plenty of strange intermissions that break up the flow. The rather compelling 'The Hypnotizing Forest' features some Metal riffs from guitarist Louisca and uplifting Japanese Opera throughout and is perhaps their most accessible song, but to end the album with Nene's vocals and a piano led ode to her shoes in 'I Like My Shoes' with some English lyrics just leaves more questions than answers.

Carl Buxton

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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
  • Berny : @Johns Band: I've just sent you an e - mail. Best regards, B.

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