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Best Melodic Rock album of the year so far? That's a question for a whole pub crawl, but it's certainly up there.

'The Mail' points out that there were seven dwarves, Shakespeare wrote of the seven ages of man, Sinbad had seven voyages and it was 007, not 008. Whilst marvelling at their usual excellent standard of journalism, there is something in it. There are so many books around the power of the septimal; the week, the seven days of creation and seven tears from the Goombay Dance Band. Also, who hasn't seen the desperate blowing on the dice with the whispered imprecation "come on, lucky number seven".

Is this Seven as special? Not quite, but they are bloody good. Around first with some success in the late eighties, from pubs to Parr (they opened for John) and, ahem, Jason Donovan at places like Wembley and the NEC, they then did the fashionable thing, split up and await the regenerating rub of an influential mover and/or shaker. On this occasion, it was Khalil Turk from Escape who loved them then and aided in hooking them up with Lars Chriss to produce '7' in 2014.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

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Now we have 'Shattered'... and it is a pristine piece of AOR amazement. What isn't great here is purely because it sticks closely to what we've heard before, what is great is purely because...well, because it's great. To convince are tracks like 'Light Of 1,000 Eyes', a simple Euro Rock belter with parping galore, or the FM-tickling soar-away chorus in 'A Better Life'. Not to mention 'Fight' that shifts from soft AOR to a seventies Hard Rock middle and special mentions must go to the twisting, turning solo in 'Taking Over' and the killer chorus of 'Pieces Of You' which pulls a song that didn't want to try to the front of the queue.

The performances here are unfussy and just for the songs; no Freddie Mercury-esque flights of fancy from Mick Devine, little double neck debauchery from Chriss' solos (he also handles drums as well as guitars), just what they need to do – at times, this is amazing AOR with a mouth-watering melodic method. It really is that good and although there are lots doing what Seven do at the moment, when it's good, it floors you with its talent and assurance.

Best Melodic Rock album of the year so far? That's a question for a whole pub crawl, but it's certainly up there. Shattered? Yes, expectations. Seven lucky? They make their own.

Steve Swift

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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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  • Martykelly : Just purchased issue 89 hoping its going to be in my download soon.
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  • Berny : @tomandpam: Many thanks for your purchase. The download instructions were sent yesterday, please contact me at «email» should you haven't received the email.
  • 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.
  • zom414 : When's the next mag due for release?
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  • el nowy : Hi, how long does it take for my download license to be available? I purchased it 3 days ago. Thanks!
  • Rocktopia Te : @l.thijs: Apologies for the delay, your digital copy can now be downloaded from your "My Downloads" section.
  • 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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