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Album of the Day: Royal Thunder – Crooked Doors

Posted on Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from ThisIsNotAScene: Often bands are formed for a shared love of similar tastes of music. Not only born out of eclectic tastes, Royal Thunder have absorbed these influences into their music to produce an unusual hybrid of Progressive Rock, Classic Rock, Indie, Goth and Grunge.

This makes Royal Thunder, at the very least, interesting.  And garnering interest and expectations is exactly what they have been gathering with a nomination for best new underground band in Metal Hammer’s 2015 awards.

Crooked doors is their sophomore album and they don’t hold back from creating an intriguing long-player, which is complex and layered with many subtleties and styles. The majority of the tracks require proper listening and are slow burners rather than instant catchy hooks and melodies.

Royal Thunder - Crooked Doors

The exception is the excellent ‘Glow’, especially the opening guitar riff, which builds to a supremely climatic ending.But be patient because with repeated listens this will seduce, captivate, and reward, especially with the opener ‘Time machine’, the slow chugging ‘Forget you’, and the staggeringly good ‘Forgive me, Karma’.

‘Wake up’ combines The Afghan Whigs soulful grunge with a sense of cathartic and life changing lyrics from Milny Parsonz. While the beautifully bold ‘One day’, is broad in scope and packed full of emotional weightiness. The addition of second guitarist Josh Coleman to aid founder Josh Weaver has definitely added an extra dimension to their sound with nuanced guitar playing throughout.

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Album of the Day: A Forest of Stars – Beware The Sword You Cannot See

Posted on Monday, February 9th, 2015

Lovingy pinched from ThisIsNotAScene: Ah, the great British eccentric, how we love them. We will accept all manner of outrageous behaviour and entertain all sorts of way-out ideas from the oddballs that we have decided to take to our hearts. I first heard of A Forest of Stars on this […]

Album of the Day: Primordial – Where Greater Men Have Fallen

Posted on Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Lovingly pinched from ThisIsNotAScene: Two decades on from their debut, Ireland’s premier merchants of Celtic catharsis don’t seem set to glide into the limelight and blow the minds of literally everybody like Behemoth did with The Satanist any time soon (the closest they’ve come being with 2007’s To the Nameless […]

Album of the Day: Joy – Under the Spell of Joy

Posted on Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from ThisIsNotAScene: Flutes! Kaftan! Action! Under the Spell of Joy begins with a smoky, swirling folky vibe of flutes and bewitching melodies before pounding in with thick, savage grooves, bug eyed, semi-shouted vocals on Miles Away – the sound bursting barely containable through the vintage gear. It takes […]

Album of the Day: Karma To Burn – Arch Stanton

Posted on Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from ThisIsNotAScene: West Virginian trio Karma To Burn have been plying their trade now for nearly twenty years, and whilst they might not have been given the credit afforded to the like of Clutch and Kyuss, they have been instrumental in crafting some of the finest stoner rock […]

Album of the Day: GOG – GOG

Posted on Friday, July 4th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from ThisIsNotAScene: Welcoming others into the confines of the lone wolf pack on this record, adding their own hypnotic vocal charms and pummeling beats to the consistently brilliant Michael Bjella work, GOG. This music never ceases to amaze me, engage all my senses with his creative concepts and […]

Album of the Day: Messenger – Illusory Blues

Posted on Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from ThisIsNotAScene: If music is the soundtrack to our lives, evoking memories of people and place then the debut album from UK progressive act Messenger, the enigmatically entitled Illusory Blues will, to these ears, forever be associated with the south eastern corner of Sicily where I first became […]

Album of the Day: Vallenfyre – Splinters

Posted on Saturday, June 7th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from ThisIsNotAScene: The word ‘supergroup’ is an often misleading term, as it rarely fits the output that much feted members of other bands produce for these side projects. Luckily, Vallenfyre are different, very different indeed. Born out of tragedy and loss, the group of assembled icons from punk […]

Album of the Day: Sea Of Bones – The Earth Wants Us Dead

Posted on Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

Lovingly pinched from ThisIsNotAScene: To anyone who claims to know what true darkness is; what it’s like to be drained of all hope, drag your feet through life in utter despair, knowing the thoughts you posses will never allow you peace; before hearing this album, you truly don’t know shit. […]

Album of the Day: Code – Augur Nox

Posted on Sunday, January 19th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from ThisIsNotAScene: Dealing with lineup changes is something almost every long running band runs into sooner or later. Priorities shift or people want to pursue a different direction. UK-based avant-garde / black metal outfit Code is no stranger to that. With guitarist / main composer Aort being the […]