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Review: Thunderstone - Thunderstone

Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Year released: 2002
Duration: 49:30
Tracks: 10
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: June 19, 2002
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
Readers Rating

Rated 4.23/5 (84.62%) (13 Votes)

This is the debut full-length album from this band from Finland. It is much in the same vein as fellow Finnish power/prog metallers Stratovarius. Hell Timo Tolkki even makes a guest appearance on the song "Like Father, Like Son" so the comparisons will definitely be made between the two bands. Although Stratovarius is a well-established band that has been putting out albums for more than ten years these new comers are not to far behind them in the quality of their songs or musicianship.

The album is full of excellent songs that run mainly in the power metal genre but there are more than a few prog and pure metal influences that creep in as well. The musicianship is top notch with the highlight being the far better than average guitar work. Some really cool groove oriented riffs and absolutely killer melodies and solos. The vocals are as good as you would expect from this genre but done at a slightly lower pitch which fits the music extremely well. There really isn‚??t a bad thing I can say about this album and the only reason I didn‚??t give this a perfect rating is I am starting to compare debut albums in this genre by Dream Evil‚??s debut disc‚?¶a bit unfair considering how damn good that album is but this disc from Thunderstone may just be able to get Dream Evil‚??s disc out of my player for a while which says quite a bit for the quality of this album.

Any fan of power, prog or even pure metal will find this album a very good listen and well worth the purchase price. Highly Recommended.

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