Released: 2005, Nuclear Blast/Sound Pollution
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
Thunderstone was formed by Nino who earlier played with the Finnish thrash band Antidote. The band consists of Pasi, Titus and Mirka and that have been the steady line up until this day. The guys recorded a demo that gained quite good reviews in the Scandinavian press and shortly after that came Kari on keyboards along for the ride.
Some serious work on the material began and the band went shortly after that into Sonic Pump Studio in Helsinki Finland to record the debut album THUNDERSTONE. As a result of that the band landed a record deal with their current label and opened also up for a support tour through Europe with Stratovarius as head act. By that tour the band gained a lot of fans that waited eagerly to hear what their follow up THE BURNING would sound like. The bio says the following about that album “THE BURNING surprised people and press alike setting new standards for the band. The name THUNDERSTONE was spreading world wide and the reactions were incredible. The THUNDERSTONE virus spread out through fans in Finland and the rest of the world”.
As the bio already mentioned there are 10 tracks on the album and you can guess by looking at the titles what kind of metal these guys plays. The digi pack version of the album includes two bonus tracks and on the Japanese version it features a cover of the Dio track “Rainbow in the dark”.
Thunderstone delivers well played and strong melodic power metal jammed with different tempo changes and it sounds like the guys have worked really hard with the material. There are a lot of keyboard parts, melodic guitar tunes and a steady use of double bass pedal as always in this genre. The choruses are extremely catchy and stick in your brain instantly. The standard ballad is called “Another Time” that’s a mix of both ballad and uptempo ballad. The only uptempo ballad is “Land of Innocence”. To paint an even clearer picture of what this bands music sounds like I’d say that there are influences of both heavy metal and neo-classical metal here and there.
Pasi’s voice fits excellent to this bands music and Nino, as the only guitar player, are really skilled to say the least. The rhythm section lays a solid foundation for the other members to stand on and Kari is quite impressive behind his keys.
Even if this band doesn’t add anything out of the ordinary to this genre it works pretty good. I think they have a really nice production and set of songs as well as skilled people in the band and some pretty good and catchy songs. The only negative thing I can come up with is that the music has a slight tendency of being a bit too melodic sometimes.
Favorite tracks are “Tool of the devil”, “I will come again”, “Liquid of the kings”, “The last song” and “Feed the fire”.