Fireworks

CD Reviews

Kickin Valentina - 'Imaginary Creatures' http://rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/db/b6/21/kickin-valentina-imaginary-creatures-96-1515791355.jpg Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     January 12, 2018    
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
5360   0   1   0   0   0

As far as 'Imaginary Creatures' goes, it proves Kickin Valentina are doing everything right.

Every now and then, a new album from a band you're unfamiliar with arrives for review that is so goddamn good it makes you immediately investigate their entire back catalogue to see what you've missed – luckily for me on this occasion, 'Imaginary Creatures' is actually the second release from Atlanta quartet Kickin Valentina following 2015's 'Super Atomic' debut.

What's so good about this album? Simply put, it's good ol' kick-ass, riff-driven, punchy, Sleazy Rock 'n' Roll – nothing that hasn't been heard before but it's entertaining as hell so that simply doesn't matter. Imagine Buckcherry jamming with 'Appetite For Destruction' era Guns 'N' Roses, it's strewn with the kind of melodies and air-guitar-inducing riffs that also reminds me of The Scream's excellent debut (still one of my all-time favourite albums). Front-man Joe Edwards' gritty vocal style is just perfect for this kind of music, guitarist Heber Pampillon complements this by keeping his solos just the right side of flashy, while the tight-ass rhythm section of bassist Chris Taylor and drummer Jimmy Berdine drives the album along superbly.

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


You can stomp along and punch the air to it, but most importantly you can also sing along as well, the likes of 'Eyes', 'Turns Me On' and the rollicking 'Street' are impressive enough, but 'Devil's Hand', 'Eat 'N' Run' and the brilliant 'Roll Ya One' just about steal the show for injecting some great melodies into the choruses. I can't help but think of Jackyl when I hear the raucous 'Heartbreak', while Tyketto guitarist Chris Green lends his considerable talents to an immensely fun cover of Elvis Presley's 'Burning Love'. The pace is slowed only momentarily for the part acoustic/part electric 'Crazy' – I hesitate to refer to it as a "ballad" thanks to the F-bombs littered throughout the lyrics, but it's a welcome addition to the album nevertheless.

The band have previously supported the diverse likes of Queensrÿche, Skid Row, Doro, Fozzy and LA Guns, they've won the GA Music Awards for Rock Band Of The Year and Video Of The Year, and their song 'Get Ready' is used by the Jacksonville Axemen Rugby Team. As far as 'Imaginary Creatures' goes, it proves Kickin Valentina are doing everything right.

Ant Heeks

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

<<  February 2021  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
  1  2  3  4  5  6  7
  8  91011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 1 month, 4 weeks ago
  • Johns Band : Will videos appear again in watch and listen. Good way for who albums to buy. I have Wrathchild - Live From London on DVD that might have been here. YouTube have averts now.
  • Berny : @rocktu: We used to produce a series of podcasts that were available for download on Rocktopia. Other than that, there's no radio station I am aware of.
  • rocktu : Hi i would like to know was there ever a radio station of fireworks
  • rocktu : Hi
  • Rocktopia Te : Fireworks #93 is out now! : - )
  • Berny : Hello @zigma33, you should have received a download link two days ago. Could you pls check your inboxes? Many thanks, B. :)
  • 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?

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