Fireworks

CD Reviews

Soto - 'Divak' http://www.rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/2d/a7/d9/Soto-Divak-51-1470858058.jpg Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     August 10, 2016    
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
4294   0   1   0   0   0

Artist

Artist

Title

Title

Label

Genre

Essential for fans of Melodic Hard Rock and Jeff Scott Soto in particular.

Everything that can be said about Jeff Scott Soto has already been said... recurrently. However, one thing needs accentuating. Whether it be his early work with Yngwie Malmsteen, Talisman and Axel Rudi Pell, through to his latter-day performances with Journey, Soul Sirkus, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and W.E.T. (not forgetting his solo albums), there is absolutely no denying that this man epitomises the terms "consummate" and "longevity"; incessantly delivering vocal performances better than most of his peers could only dream of. An artiste of this calibre deserves more than just being a "voice-for-hire", therefore, nobody could deny him creating a band that is his and his alone.

'Divak' is the second Soto album, and one could say it's a natural progression from the heavier 'Inside The Vertigo' debut. That said, '...Vertigo' was deemed a little too heavy by some followers, and this appears to have been rectified somewhat within this record's thirteen track soundscape. Jorge Salan (guitar), David Z (bass), BJ (keys, guitar) and Edu Cominato (drums) all match Soto's vocal prowess with their exemplary musicianship throughout.

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


Commencing with the instrumental title track, it's abundantly transparent that this album doesn't intend to take prisoners; a short, intense, yet Symphonic overture that embodies all that is about to follow. My only grievance is that it's a stand-alone piece, and doesn't seamlessly segue into 'Weight Of The World', a barnstorming song with labyrinthine tempos and a rhythm section heavier than a crash of pregnant rhinos! If thunderous Rock isn't really your thing, fear not, as the melodies suitably compensate from start to finish. 'Freakshow' keeps the pedal to the metal with its tribal nuance, whilst 'Paranoia' and 'Unblame' maintain the power surge; 'Paranoia' in particular is a gem, and reminds me of early Pink Cream 69... on amphetamines!!

'Cyber Masquerade' is perhaps my personal fave; its riffing so reminiscent of Threshold at their best. By the time 'In My Darkest Hour' comes along you will be pleading for breath, and possibly an all-over body massage; it's an epic, melancholic ballad that Soto delivers as only he can. 'Forgotten' and 'Sucker Punch' are two more Threshold-esque songs that immediately return the tone back to hard and heavy. 'The Fall From Grace' and 'Awakened' both ensure an explosive finish.

'Divak' certainly isn't W.E.T. – it's a tinder box ready to self-combust! Essential for fans of Melodic Hard Rock and Jeff Scott Soto in particular.

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

<<  August 2020  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
       1  2
  3  4  5  6  7  8  9
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
31      

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 1 month, 1 week 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