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CD REVIEW: ROYAL THUNDER – Crooked Doors

| 4 April 2015 | Reply

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Label: Relapse Records

Release Date: April 7, 2015

Rating: 8.5/10

Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur

Royal Thunder is back and ready to rock.  “Time Machine” kicks off with a solid groove that gives you a great feel fro what this album holds in store for you.  The guitars are solid, with a bit of haze and the vocals are top notch.  “Forget You” brings the fuzzy stoner rock feel to the disc in a big way, but not to the detriment of the song or disc.  The vocals carry the track, while the rhythm section treats us to a heavy bottom end, anchored by drummer Evan Diprima.  “Floor” has an upbeat groove that is a welcome departure from some of the bands other songs, but don’t worry – this isn’t pop music at all – just a different sound and texture from the band.  “Forgive Me Karma” has an old school feel that reminds us of where the bands sound originated on their debut, 2012’s CVI.  A psychedelic instrumental piece opens the track before MLny graces the song with her vocals.  “Ear On The Fool” is a fun piece that offers up more great fret work from the guitar tandem of Fiore and Weaver.  Once the verse joins the music, the song morphs into a cool earthy rocker.

“Wake Up” gives us a softer side of vocalist MLny Parsonz while treating us to a cool tribal drum sound.  The twin guitar attack fills the void with great riffs and fretwork, especially during the chorus and bridge.  “The Line” is a fuzzed-out rock treat that shows the modern rock side of the bands vocals and sound.  The build up between verses demonstrates the versatility of the band, especially guitarists Josh Weaver and Will Fiore.  “Glow” is a cool rocker that has a bit of a southern swagger and feel good groove.  The guitars work in tandem with the drums and bass to give the track a full sound that only gets bigger when the vocals kick in.  “One Day” is another softer tune that lets the guitars duet nicely against an airy vocal to open the track.  Once Parsonz lets loose, the song unfolds like a flower in the spring… soft and easy, allowing you to take in the beauty a bit at a time.  The final track is split into two stanzas – “The Bear I” and “The Bear II.”  The former is a weird bluesy track that even has a jazz feel woven into the sound.  The latter is a beautiful piece that contrasts the pandemonium of the first part.  The piano and vocal duet gives us another view of Parsonz and her voice when she isn’t trying to rock us to the ground…

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ToddStar - that's me... just a rocking accountant who had dreams of being a rock star. I get to do the next best thing to rocking the globe - I get to take pictures of the lucky ones that do. I love to shoot all genres of music and different types of performers. If it is related to music, I love to photograph it. I get to shoot and hang with not only some of my friends and idols, but some of the coolest people around today.

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