(8/10) Thunderstone is one of these bands which proves that Finland has also a very solid melodic metal scene. The band, founded in 2002, always stood partly in the shadow of genre kings like Stratovarious and Sonata Arctica. But knowing the ups and downs of Startovarious and Sonata Arcica's latest release, I think that Thunderstone belongs to the more sustainable bands.
The five-piece has published so far five records and "Apocalypse Again" is the sixth release, this time again with Thunderstone's original singer Pasi Rantanen. This is good news, since the guys has a great voice which fits really good to the band's sound. Nothing wrong with Rick Altzi who enriched "Dirt Metal" with his vocals, but Pasi is a slightly better match.
The new longplayer comes with nine powerful metal tracks, all with a lot of melody and great hooks. From round one onwards these tracks just do their job: giving you a good time and make your head bang.
"Apocalypse Again" starts pretty fast with "Veterans of the Apocalypse", but most of the tracks are kept in a more moderate tempo. "Through the Pain" is one of them and it pleases the listener with big melodies, a steady beat and some bombast that's never overdone.
"The Path" has been the first single of "Apocalypse Again" and it's also one of the most commercial track. Verse and chorus are easy approachable and esp. the chorus has a lot of sing-a-long potential. Only the bridge is kept a bit more complex, something that doesn't limit a positive first impression.
The longest song on Thunderstone's newest kid in town is "Barren Land" which is also the last track on the album. It's a number showing Thunderstone's potential since it includes all you can expect from the band. And the idea of some spoken words in the middle might not be new, but it works for this tune and gives the epos another highight.
Thunderstone is back. This becomes very obvious with the new album that shows the band being hungry and re-vitalized.
- Veterans of the Apocalypse
- The Path
- Fire and Ice
- Through the Oain
- Walk Away Free
- Days four Lives
- Barren Land
Label: AFM Records
Genre: Melodic Metal
Release Date EU: April 1st, 2016