Thunderstick are a N.W.O.B.H.M. Classic Rock, Dark Cabaret band from London, UK. The band consists of Viixen (vocals), Lee Quenby (gtr), Baz Roze (gtr), Rex Thunderbolt ( bass) and Thunderstick (drums).
When I first heard of Thunderstick, it was a couple of months ago when I received the Something Wicked This Way Comes. Now, usually when I get music, I play it virtually straight away, and Thunderstick is no exception, when I heard the album for the first time, My initial thoughts were, OK, this is decent. But when I was listening to it, and again whilst I am doing this review, I kept thinking, I have heard this band before, but I can’t place when and where. So, I did a little research on Thunderstick. When I found out that they have been about, on and off, since the early eighties, I thought OK, I think that’s when I must of heard of them. Over the years the band had some line up changes, and from what I have found out, is that Thunderstick – the drummer – is the only consistent member of the of the band.
As I listened to the album, and knowing that the band has been around since the eighties, they still have that eighties vibe N.W.O.B.H.M. and to some point Prog Rock, to them, even now. The vocals of the album – to me anyway – reminds me somewhat of Rush. With all this being said, the songs that I have found that I liked or found interesting are: Dark Night Black Light, Don’t Touch I’ll Scream, Go Sleep With The Enemy (I Dare Ya), The Shining, Encumbrance, Fly ‘n’ Mighty, Lights (Take Me Away), Blackwing, Thunder Thunder and I Close My Eyes.
Throughout the album, the songs have been really good and my initial thoughts were pretty spot on, these guys are pretty talented musicians. On Dark Night Black Light this reminds me a little of Prog Rock of the era. Don’t Touch I’ll Scream is slowed down song, in its overall structure, but is still a good track with the guitars and drums. The guitars on Go Sleep With The Enemy (I Dare Ya) are really good, as they have that pacing that gets you up and dancing to the song, plus the vocals, drums and bass are good, as they add to the overall sound of the track. The Shining is one off the longest tracks off the album, coming in at just over seven minutes, and this is a brilliant N.W.O.B.H.M. track with its drums and guitars. Encumbrance is another track that will get you moving, as it has that foot tapping vibe to the song and is a brilliant song driving to. Fly ‘n’ Mighty is one of those songs at first I wasn’t to sure about, but after few listens to, it grew on me, because of the vocals and guitars. Lights (Take Me Away) is a good track, as liked the vocals, as they fit the music really well, the guitars, bass and drums are pretty good on this, as they work well together as they help drive the song along. Blackwing to me has a little bit of a mixture to it, to me it has a sort of Punk bass line to it, but it is still is a good Heavy Metal track. I really liked the guitars on Thunder Thunder, as they are fast and heavy, and so are the drums, and because of them Thunder Thunder might be a favourite of mine off the album. I Close My Eyes is another slow track, but it is still good, as liked the acoustic guitar, which is present from the start and it continues throughout the track, and the electric guitar is present on this track, but it has sort of taken a back seat as such.
Overall, I really liked this album from Thunderstick, as it has a brilliant vibe to it, which will appeal to the fans of the N.W.O.B.H.M. genre. So if you are into the N.W.O.B.H.M. genre or if you want to listen to something new, then I would recommend that you go and check Thunderstick out on there Facebook page.
I would give Thunderstick and their Something Wicked This Way Comes album a solid 4.5 out of 5.
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