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A Sound of Thunder: Out of the Darkness

Very strong production values, solid musicianship, powerful vocals, and catchy heavy metal songs are what instantly stands out on the new Nightmare Records release from Washington, DC band A Sound of Thunder. Out of the Darkness may not be your typical progressive/power metal type platter that we normal expect from the folks at Nightmare Records, but what A Sound of Thunder have delivered here is pretty damn enjoyable. The band is comprised of Nina Osegueda- Vocals, Josh Schwartz- Guitar, Chris Haren- Drums and, and Jesse Keen- Bass/keyboards, and together the band have put together a powerful collection of songs that bring to mind classic acts such as Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Deep Purple, Blue Oyster Cult, Dio, Rainbow, Primal Fear, Doro, and early The Gathering.

Osegueda has a tremendous voice, soaring to the heavens on crushing tracks like "The Nightwitch", "The Day I Die", "Murderous Horde", and the breakneck title track. Without a doubt, she's a talent to be watched. Schwartz too impresses, laying down thick, crunchy riffs throughout, as well as nimble solos, while the rhythms from Keen & Haren are rock solid. A nice touch are the occasional organ & synth bursts from Keen, which adds that vintage Deep Purple & Rainbow flavor to some of these tracks for a nice touch. Though a few songs border somewhat on generic metal ("Kill That Bitch", "A Sound of Thunder") and the lovely "This Too Shall Pass" might be a bit too mellow for some, overall there's a lot to like here.

While A Sound of Thunder probably aren't going to set the world on fire here with Out of the Darkness, this is still a very enjoyable slice of heavy metal that shows a band that have all the tools to make a name for themselves in the very near future.

Track Listing:
1.) The Day I Die
2.) The Nightwitch
3.) Kill That Bitch
4.) Murderous Horde
5.) A Sound of Thunder
6.) Out of the Darkness
7.) Calat Alhambra
8.) Flight Until the End
9.) This Too Shall Pass
10.) Discovery

Added: August 16th 2012
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Band @ Nightmare Records
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Language: english

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