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This is a really pleasurable first effort - more please!

Are you familiar with BK Morrison? No, it's a new name to me also, but what a find for the guys over at Escape Music. He's a Canadian singer with a rich, warm voice that moves between David Coverdale one moment, then Bobby Kimball and Brad Delp the next. He came to the attention of those "in the know" from videos posted on YouTube and one of the first people who sat up and took notice was Tommy Denander; he contacted Morrison, invited him to his studio and then started to write an album based around his vocals.

On the back of this, Denander seems to have been inspired to try something different for this record because he has thrown out the smooth AOR song-writing handbook that he's well-known for and gone for a set of Melodic Hard Rock tracks that lean towards Whitesnake/Bad Company (seventies/eighties era) with bits of Toto and AOR mixed in alongside an almost Mike Slamer-like vibe – sounds good, doesn't it?

The Toto/Bad Company-like 'Before I Will Know' starts things off and you know immediately that you're going to like this release. The song is coolness personified with a killer chorus and it's the perfect way to introduce us all to Morrison's voice. 'Bullet With Your Name', 'Fade To Black' and 'Confess To Your Demons' continue in the same vein where their earthy sounding vocals and powerful Denander guitar riffs combine to great effect.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

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However, where the magic really happens is on the slower/mid-paced tracks 'Come Home' and 'On The Other Side' which find Morrison putting in a vocal performance that is second to none; on both of these songs he comes across like the long-lost son of Coverdale and if you close your eyes you'd swear you were listening to "The Cov" back in the eighties.

The last track sums up this album perfectly; it's called 'Full Of Shit' (which it isn't) but just like all the tracks that came before, this is hook-laden, memorable and played with a sense of fun – in the end, it's just a great song.

Even though this is a showcase for the talents of Morrison, he and Denander decided to make this a band effort and not just a solo release. If these two gentlemen can keep it going and also put some live work under their belts, who knows what will happen? This is a really pleasurable first effort – more please!

Ian Johnson

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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?
  • 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 ???
  • 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?
  • Berny : @el nowy: Apologies for the delay in processing your order. Pls. check your mail!
  • 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
  • Rocktopia Te : @Johns Band: Can you please contact us here: «email»
  • Johns Band : Fireworks Magazine 88 did not arrive by post. paid by PayPal. Any Suggestion.
  • Berny : @bpomper: Can you pls. contact the Rocktopia team here: «email»
  • 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
  • Rocktopia Te : @bpomper: For security reasons, we removed your previous message. Please do not post your private e - mail address. Many thanks for your understanding.
  • 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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