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Thunder Tribe
War Chant
November 2013
Released: 2013, Nightmare Records
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: Waspman

Thunder Tribe (featuring most of the band Pownd in their lineup), are a new melodic metal band out of the U.S. Although WAR CHANT is the band’s debut album, the metal dogs that make up the band have been around for a while now, with Pownd being in existence since 1996. Turning our attention to this release, the album cover is decidedly power metal-looking, but that is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this band.



Indeed, the band’s sound is not easily categorized, as they hit on power metal, progressive metal/rock, and pure melodic rock throughout WAR CHANT’s 11 tracks. Vocalist Michael Duncan has no trouble keeping up with the stylistic changes, using his strong voice to really sell the songs. When the band sticks to the progressive power metal style, they unleash some choice riffs that show their talent and allow guitarists Ronnie Duncan and Rick Sargent to shine. It feels to me like the band would be better served sticking with that style, as it clearly suits them better than the ham-handed attempts at hard rock and balladry that pepper the album. Variation is a good thing, but only if the songs are up to par.



In the end, it feels like Thunder Tribe is trying too hard to be eclectic at the expense of excelling in one or two areas. However, there’s no question that WAR CHANT is a solid, enjoyable album that is right at home on the Nightmare Records roster. Hopefully this album will be a springboard for the band to kick more ass in the future.
Track Listing

1. More Wicked Than Not
2. Part of the Black
3. Say Goodbye
4. The Light
5. War Chant
6. Believe
7. Watching it Burn
8. Above the Blue
9. Echoes of a New Day
10. Fly
11. It’s a Lie

Lineup

Michael Duncan: Vocals
Ronnie Duncan: Guitar
Rick Sargent: Guitar
Tom Dawson: Bass
Chad Osborne: Drums

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