Fireworks

CD Reviews

Kepler Ten - 'Delta-V' http://rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/1e/63/b2/Kepler-Ten-Delta-V-96-1505917177.jpg Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     September 20, 2017    
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
4302   0   1   0   0   0

Artist

Title

Title

Label

Genre

One of the best debut albums I've heard in a while.

This has to be one of the best debut albums I've heard in a while. Formed as a Rush tribute band (R2), they so enjoyed working together they decided to create their own music with this being the very tasty result. They fired off a demo to John Mitchell (Arena, IQ, Lonely Robot) when he announced his new label and not surprisingly he snapped them up; he also mixed the final product.

With the Rush connection one might imagine a rather too close similarity in sound, but with all credit to the band they've not fallen into that trap... too much. Sure there are the undeniable Rush tropes, but overall I get an amalgam of the likes of Enchant and Fates Warning alongside Scandi Melodic Rock providing a very nice crossover between Prog and AOR. It helps that James Durand sings in a lower register so the Rush comparisons are limited to the music.

The song-writing is incredibly strong, each of the seven tracks is terrific and their playing is top-notch. Steve Hales' (ex-Lionsheart and Steve Grimmett) drum sound is immense and Richie Cahill's guitar solos across the entire album are wonderful. Durand has a good, distinctive voice allied to both bass and keyboard skills.

The album's longest tracks bookend proceedings. 'Ultraviolet' opens with a Pink Floyd-ian soundscape before a delightful piano motif takes over which is gradually supplemented by synth, drums and then vocals. It then explodes into phase three with a huge riff and some fine guitar chops. The arrangement is terrific and whilst it's the heaviest track on offer, it lays down a marker for what is to come.

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


'Time And Tide' has an eighties synth opening that moves into almost Muse-like territory on the verses before a chorus that reminded me of Harem Scarem. 'The Stone' is a more straightforward affair with a great vocal arrangement and harmonies.

'Swallowtail' sees the pace taken right down; it's an acoustic number until the end when the orchestrated keyboards are redolent of Within Temptation. 'The Shallows' is the most Rush-like thing here, musically it's "very" Rush, while 'In The Sere And Yellow' is a cross between Enchant and Scandi AOR.

'Red Skies Rise' is a Prog epic but with judicious editing would easily fit on any self-respecting Melodic Rock album. These guys should appeal to a wide range of our readers.

Gary Marshall

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

<<  September 2020  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
   1  2  3  4  5  6
  7  8  910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
282930    

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 50 minutes ago
  • 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
  • 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.

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