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Firecracker - 2010 Born Of Fire

ARTIST: Firecracker
ALBUM: Born Of Fire
LABEL: Escape Music
YEAR: 2010


LINEUP: Stefan Lindholm - guitars, arrangements * Pontus Larsson - keyboards * Tommy Kerevik - vocals * Hasse Wazzel - drums * Fredrik Folkare - bass

TRACK LISTING: 01 Blind Date * 02 Second Self * 03 Gamekeeper's Song * 04 Speed Devil * 05 Back Broken * 06 The Refrain * 07 A Place Called Behind * 08 Instru(mental)



Firecracker is the melding of personnel principally from two other Swedish bands. Stefan Lindholm is from melodic prog metallers Vindictiv, while singer Tommy Karevik is well known to GD readers as being the voice behind Seventh Wonder. Though this was released in early 2010, I understand Firecracker is not a current project, and has its origins from a few years earlier. If this is so, why would Escape Music invest in this venture? Though there are only 8 tracks, all of them are over 5 minutes. Firecracker specialise in melodic prog metal, with a dash of neo-classical elements added to the mix. When I say neo-classical, I should stress that I actually mean Yngwie Malmsteen, who seems to have a hypnotic hold over guitarist Stefan Lindholm.

The Songs
A couple of these tracks are superb. The instrumental 'Speed Devil' is very impressive, and I liked the way the 'Second Self' weaved its way around a theme/motif, in much the same way that Tommy Karevik's other band Seventh Wonder does. Tommy's vocals stand out on the album highlight 'Back Broken', which though very melodic, sees Lindholm dazzling one and all with his soloing, not far behind the keyboard wizardry of Pontus Larsson. Great track. 'The Refrain' is much lighter fare, lush in places, Lindholm again firing in as many Yngwie Malmsteen guitar parts as humanly possible. Not a good idea. 'A Place Called Behind' sees Firecracker undertake many time/tempo changes, and though the song didn't do much for me, Karevik's vocals are a stand out. The closer 'Instru (Metal)' suffers from a very poor production. This has obviously been sourced from a different session altogether as the sound is muddy and quite frankly awful.

In Summary
Whether Firecracker return for a second bite at the cherry remains to be seen. I personally feel that Firecracker is nothing more than an attempt to push the Vindictiv brand, Lindholm's other band on Escape Music. In which case this all boils down to marketing and not music. Firecracker don't offer anything new, and though there are a handful of useful songs, I think their time might be better spent focusing on their current day jobs.

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