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A fine album covering a number of genres.

This is the band's third release, behind an eponymous album and an EP ('Desolation'), but the first with new singer, Joseph Michael (Witherfall, Midnight Reign & White Wizzard); a fine album it is too. I don't know how our Reviews Editor is going to categorise it, as there is a wide variety of styles employed across the eleven tracks; that could be a negative, but not here. I enjoyed the album immensely. It's got a great sound quality too; no surprise really, when one learns that James "Jimbo" Barton (Queensrÿche, Rush....) was behind the control desk.

The title track opens the album; it's an instrumental, and like the best of its type has a great melody. 'Save My World' has a Neo-Prog feel not unlike Riverside, while 'Desert Horizons' starts out with an IQ vibe before moving in a Metal direction, with little hints of Iron Maiden and my old mates Balance Of Power. 'We The People' changes the tone and moves things into Melodic Rock territory with its really strong chorus whilst 'Take It Easy Now' throws in the next curve ball, as it's a Blues track straight out of the Jimmy Barnes school. If nothing else it demonstrates the band's versatility, and Michael's ability to adapt to any genre seamlessly. 'Flying High' is a full-on AOR number with an infectious chorus and lovely crisp drumming whereas 'Slow Groove' has just that; it starts off with a Sleazy feel before switching to a more Melodic Rock style.

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'My Sunshine' makes me think of mid-period Europe, with the vocal inflections being not unlike Joey Tempest. It's a more than decent power ballad with an added surge of energy at its conclusion. 'Kicking Down' is another Bluesy track; whilst by no means a poor song, it's not the most memorable of those on offer. 'Loving You' has a Country Rock feel thanks to the guitar refrain, but in essence it's another Melodic Rock song. 'Call An Angel' closes the album with a lighters-in-the-air moment; I can imagine the scene at a gig every time I hear this song – it's a ballad with all the hallmarks; the swaying beat, huge chorus, and a wonderful guitar solo which bizarrely fades out too quickly... huge mistake.

'Before The Storm' is a fine album covering a number of genres; but is none the worse for that.

Gary Marshall

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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
  • 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
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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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