This was another of those things that one gets sent where expectations were quite low. I'm pleased to report that Royal Thunder surprised me with their addictive doom laden rock. I'm surprised because the first listen did nothing whatsoever for me except re-enforce my prejudices and mentally I prepared to banjo them all around the metaphorical park in my review. However, with each repeated listen the E.P. revealed something really quite special.
I'm not sure if it's the mournful riffs which permeate the album or the aching vocals of the strangely named Mlny Parsonz but there's something quite primal in Royal Thunder's appeal. Self-produced and therefore presumably on a tight budget Royal Thunder sound huge which is always a sign of a good power trio. Their sound is smouldering and bluesy and in "Sleeping Witch" they have produced an incredibly intense piece of work
Whether or not their music is progressive enough, metal enough or whatever enough for our readers it's quite a beautiful little thing in places and should earn the band wider recognition. When they fully hone their compositional skills they could become a real force to be reckoned with.
- Sleeping Witch
- Mouth of Fire
- Grave Dance
- Hotel Bend