Fireworks

CD Reviews

Casablanca - 'Miskatonic Graffiti' http://rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/81/d2/76/Casablanca-Miskatonic-Graffiti-81-1448913273.jpg Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     November 30, 2015    
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
4343   0   1   0   0   0

Artist

Label

Label

Genre

Put the effort in and my goodness, it'll pay dividends. Enthralling!

Most regard the second album of a band's discography as the most difficult to produce; however, there are those who would disagree and say it's the third. If that is indeed the case, then it must have taken a courageous decision from Sweden's Casablanca to make their third opus a concept album...and a complex one at that. It follows 'Apocalyptic Youth' (2012) and 'Riding A Black Swan' (2013), but thankfully the music remains fundamentally true to their Classic/Hard Rock past and isn't the intricate Prog that the 'Miskatonic Graffiti' storyline would suggest.

Based around H.P. Lovecraft's Chuthulu mythology (I dare you to read up on it!), it follows the fight for survival of The Originals (the first humans?) against The Old Ones (aliens?) in the town named The Mountains, a gateway to parallel dimensions. Rather than compile a PhD thesis I shall simply quote from the promotional blurb, and state the album "... is a record about individuality and collectivity, two equally important quantities, which must exist in harmony if humans are to stand a chance". It all sounds rather convoluted and ostentatious, and in some respects it is; but if the music is of good quality do we need to get weighed down with the whys and wherefores?

Anders Ljung (vocals), Ryan Roxie (guitar), Erik Almstrom (guitar), Erik Stenemo (guitar), Mats Rubarth (bass) and Josephine Forsman (drums) have understandably combined their talents, inspirations and creative juices to produce this smorgasbord of styles, rhythms and tempos, and utmost acclaim should be paid to them.

'Miskatonic Graffiti' is topped and tailed by two epics – 'Enter/Exit The Mountains'. 'Enter ...' commences in true Lovecraft fashion; a Hammer House Of Horrors build-up that evolves into an emotional guitar-driven Rocker. It appears that the Holy Trinity of Classic Rock – Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath – have been utilised as the sturdy foundations from which to construct the entire soundscape.

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


However, innumerable other influences are audible throughout; the barnstorming 'Closer', the heavy mid-tempo 'My Shadow Out Of Time' and the excellent 'RE: Old Money' all have a Psychedelic aura about them, especially in the vocal delivery, when Ljung switches from his Jeff Keith (Tesla)/Steve Tyler (Aerosmith) characteristics to those of the great Jim Morrison (The Doors).

It's no surprise that Roxie is one of the mainstays of Casablanca, as his Alice Cooper affiliation is also represented throughout, especially regarding the theatricality of the album (this begs to be played live in its entirety). 'This Is Tomorrow' with its Funky backbeat and the manic 'Name Rank Serial Killer' are also worth a mention.

'Miskatonic Graffitti' is no quick fix, that's for certain. But put the effort in and my goodness, it'll pay dividends. Enthralling!

Dave Crompton

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

<<  July 2020  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
    1  2  3  4  5
  6  7  8  9101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
2728293031  

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 3 weeks ago
  • 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
  • Berny : @SoCal Rocker: Welcome back! There are 50 free issues of Fireworks Magazine for you (and of course all other Rocktopians) to download. Check out the news on the frontpage. Stay happy, safe & healthy. Best wishes to California!
  • SoCal Rocker : Hello from Burbank CA, I had to change my name and PW. How's anyone doing?
  • Rocktopia Te : @davidputnam: Could you please check your email? Many thanks & best regards, RT
  • davidnputnam : I ordered 86 - 90 and received paypal receipt, but cant find in downloads. Please advise.
  • davidnputnam : I ordered 86 - 90, but cant find in Downloads. i have the paypal receipt.
  • Berny : @rarock: Glad we were able to sort this out. Thanks for your purchase!
  • rarock : Hi there. I have similar problem with Issue 90, payed by Paypal, but doesnt show in Orders or in Downloads. Thanks for help
  • KI2000 : Thanks Fireworks Magazine and Rocktopia!
  • Hysteria : WOW! Thanks to the Fireworks Team for this AMAZING offer. YOU GUYS ROCK!!!! \m/ \m/
  • Rocktopia Te : Check out the Fireworks Magazine Corona quarantine give - away!
  • Johns Band : Royal Hunt new concept album in the works to be released in 2020.
  • Berny : @WardyS1: I will contact you by e - mail.
  • WardyS1 : Hi. Also purchased 90 couple days back but not in my orders have receipt. Cannot find an email to contact instead link sorry
  • Rocktopia Te : @tomandpam: Hope this is now sorted and you were able to download the magazine
  • tomandpam : I ordered a download of #90 and it's not in my orders and I have the PayPal receipt. Can you help with this? Thanks
  • Berny : @zom414: Apologies for my late reply. Could you please contact me directly at «email» ? Many thanks in advance!
  • zom414 : Trying to change my password but the security question won't accept my answer, can you help?
  • 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?
  • Berny : Apologies! Magazine can now be accessed from your download section. Best wishes, B.
  • Berny : @Martykelly: We're sorry
  • Martykelly : Just purchased issue 89 hoping its going to be in my download soon.
  • Johns Band : Will "Watch & Listen" music videos make a comeback. Just order H.E.A.T. "Live In London" CD.
  • Berny : @the trapps: Apologies for the delay in processing your order. The magazine is now available in your downloads section.
  • the trapps : waiting for the issue 89 which we purchased to be in our downloads section ???

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