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Franco Cerchiari

Fireworks & Rocktopia Contributing Writer
Franco Cerchiari
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Ever since I held Quiet Riot’s ‘Metal Health’ in my heathen hands, I was hooked, and knew hard rock and metal was going to be a huge part of my life. From there, my tastes in music have evolved into power, symphonic, melodic and progressive metal, with my favorites being from Europe. Something about losing myself in a metal recording that I can’t seem to turn up loud enough is as good as anything I can imagine, and few things I’d rather be doing. I’ve never met anyone famous, but to me, as long as I have a collection of my favorite bands within arm’s reach, I’m ok. One of my favorite past times is going to YouTube, scouring the internet, speaking with fellow music lovers, discovering bands I have never heard of, learning all I can about them, then going to my favorite CD purchasing sites, and adding them to my growing collection. 

While my top 5 list is shown below, a steady diet of Pretty Maids, Gotthard, Shakra, At Vance, Last Autumn’s Dream, Seventh Wonder, Firewind, Redemption, Pink Cream 69, Masterplan, Keldian, Lacuna Coil, In Flames, and others make up a huge part of my CD collection, I have an appreciation for those early classic rockers, Cream, Deep Purple, The Who, and Led Zeppelin who fused blues, gospel and rock, and came up with the sounds we today call hard rock and heavy metal. 

When not discovering new music, I work full time as a flight paramedic for a fixed wing critical care transport service, and also am a member of a national water rescue SCUBA dive team, and I teach EMS (Emergency Medical Services) classes for a local college, so always busy, always something going on, but I always make time for music.

I am honored to be part of the Fireworks & Rocktopia team and in the company of some truly great writers and music lovers. Please, don’t hesitate to contact me should you want to talk music, or ask about one of my reviews. I look forward to hearing from you.


Franco's TOP 5 BANDS:

1. Royal Hunt
2. Vanden Plas
3. Sonata Arctica
4. Nightwish
5. Primal Fear

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