Fireworks

CD Reviews

Cloven Hoof - 'The Opening Ritual' http://rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/67/50/8b/cloven-hoof-the-opening-ritual-19-1445541372.jpg Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     October 22, 2015    
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
4259   0   1   0   0   0

Artist

Label

Genre

If you're a fan of early Maiden and Priest, then this will be right up your alley.

The Occult-inspired NWOBHM act Cloven Hoof are considered local Metal legends in my neck of the woods even though they never attained the cult status of Diamond Head or International stardom of Judas Priest (their fellow Black Country NWOBHM bands of the late seventies and early eighties). A lot of this was down to a constantly shifting band line-up throughout their existence as well as a whole load of bad luck tripping them up before that break came, but they are still thought of fondly locally. The current line-up features Joe Whelan who got a few moments on TV appearing positively twice on X-Factor in recent years and the band are still recording and playing live.

This release though is a re-issue of their debut EP 'The Opening Ritual' with a few bonus tracks and a live recording to bulk up things up to a full album release. Sound wise they have a very typical NWOBHM vibe and song-writing style and structure. They echo along similar lines to Iron Maiden and Black Country brethren Priest. This collection of songs is very of its time and you can easily imagine spotty denim-clad teenagers in the early eighties swirling their greasy hair around to the heaviest music ever known – although by today's standards it may seem very tame but regardless, that epic, bombastic, fast and heavy sound eponymous with the NWOBHM movement is here in abundance.

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


I wouldn't go nuts about these songs but you can hear the promise the band showed and why they built a buzz in the media and a solid fan base foundation with its release. For me though, this collection of songs lacks that something... that little bit of magic which the likes of Maiden had at the time. They have some Progressive song arrangements which means, whilst tapping into the epic nature many similar genre bands were doing at the time, some songs just go off at a tangent and leave me disinterested. There is some nice variety in their song-writing with 'Stormrider' and 'Road Of Eagles' roaring along like early Maiden and more Rock 'n' Roll structured vibe of 'Back In The U.S.A.' and 'The Way It Goes' comparable to Priest and Saxon.

I think one of the stand-out songs is the live track 'Nightstalker' which oddly has the best production sound; the original EP's production was very much of its time and by today's standards leaves a lot to be desired. 'The Opening Ritual' is more of a curiosity piece than a "must rush out and purchase" item but if you're a fan of early Maiden and Priest, then this will be right up your alley.

Paul Woodward

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

<<  August 2020  >>
 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: 8 hours, 37 minutes ago
  • zigma33 : Hi! I purchased your latest issue #92 yesterday but never received my download.
  • daveomd : Got it along with my download, everything looks great! Thanks, Dave
  • Berny : @daveomd: We sent you a mail immediately after your purchase, and have just sent another email now. Please contact me at «email» should you not receive it. Many thanks!
  • daveomd : I purchased your latest issue #92 but never received my download.
  • Berny : @Hysteria & @KI2000: Many thanks for your kind words! :)
  • Hysteria : Received my download copy almost immediately and downloaded 50 magazines for free. Cannot complain! Thanks guys!!!
  • KI2000 : Love the new issue guys, great magazine!
  • Berny : @Mugi89: Your confirmation mail was sent on the 22nd, I've just sent it again. Please contact me at «email» should you not receive it. Many thanks!
  • Mugi89 : Hi! I purchased my digital copy of issue 92 2 days ago but still didn't receive it. When am I gonna be able to download it? thanks
  • Berny : @zom414: Your mail was forwarded to the Fireworks team yesterday, I am going to ask them again. Sorry for the delay!
  • Berny : @Mitch Perry: Your order was received at 4AM local time. As stated on the order page, all payments have to be processed manually. Your copy of Fireworks 92 was added to your download section, many thanks for the purchase.
  • Berny : @RobC68: I sent you two emails explaining the situation. There's not much more I can do for you at the moment, so I'd suggest you stop buying the magazine. Thanks.
  • zom414 : Still not received the latest issue by post, I've emailed as well but not heard anything. Can you let me know what's happening please?
  • Mitch Perry : Can I have my download link, please? Issue 92 22 Sep 2020 07:57:11 BST Paypal Transaction ID: 1BS38875MX3700248
  • RobC68 : purchased issue 92 in download version. been waiting more than a day....PATHETIC SERVICE as it happens with every purchase!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Berny : @rgilman: Please check your e - mail for download instructions.
  • rgilman : Hello I bought the Deep Purple issue how do I download it? Thanks
  • Berny : @jharper36: Please check your e - mail.
  • jharper36 : Hi, i purchased the download of issue #92. How do I download it?
  • Berny : @loudjlopez: Sorry for the troubles, pls. check your mail. Many thanks!
  • loudjlopez@m : Any word on my digital download of issue 91. Paid on Saturday. It is Tuesday. Thanks
  • loudjlopez@m : Paid for Fireworks #91 for digital download. No word since Saturday and it is Monday.
  • Berny : @fdr: Magazines were sent on Monday. Thanks for your purchase and best regards, B. :)
  • fdr : Hi, yesterday (august 12th) I sent you a payment for 21GBP for the purchase of issues 91 and 82 of Fireworks magazine. (code 7D3182072X778721A) but still haven't received a word od confirmation. Can you please check?
  • Rocktopia Te : @kbm1983: Currently, all orders have to be be processed manually. This could take a few hours. Sorry for the delay, you shoulkd have received a mail containing download instructions by now. @ all: Pls. do not worry in case you see a PayPal transaction error message. Your order was received, pls. do not order the magazine twice. Many thanks for your understanding!
  • kbm1983 : Hi, I bought #91 earlier today but its still not in my downloads. Can you check it out please. Thanks!
  • Rocktopia Te : @ Man Shaped Wolf: You should have received a mail containing download instructions yesterday. Sorry for the delay!
  • Man Shaped W : Hey, same as defron but for 91 :) excited to read our review
  • Berny : @Defron: Can you pls. check your mail? Many thanks, B. :)
  • Defron : Hi guys. Bought #90 couples of hours ago but still not in my downloads . Can you check pls regards Ro

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