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Album Review

Critics who slam Finland's Thunderstone for picking such a macho, power metal cliché of a moniker should pause and consider the even sillier habit of some of their competitors, who name themselves things like Chinchilla or Custard. At least with Thunderstone, there's no doubt of what's in store: heavy but melodic, often thrash-sped numbers topped with operatic metal vocals and expert musicianship. And that is exactly the recipe behind the Fins' second album, 2004's Burning, which offers a slew of finely crafted mid-paced metal anthems ("Mirror Never Lies," "Drawn to the Flame," etc.), equally effective, all-out thrashers such as "Break the Emotions" and "Tin Star Man," and the suitably dramatic power ballad "Sea of Sorrow." To be honest, Thunderstone's only capital sin is sounding like pretty much everyone else in this crowded field, so that what stands out most about the band is their startlingly technical musicianship. On display throughout the album, this impressive interplay arguably achieves its climax on the frenetic "Side by Side," where guitarist Nino Laurenne and keyboard player Kari Tornack enter into a friendly war of solos that is reminiscent of Deep Purple — only at double the speed. Although hardly groundbreaking Burning is competent power metal defined.

Biography

Formed: Finland

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Finland's Thunderstone perform in a melodic speed metal style — generally lumped into the power metal category — that is quite popular across continental Europe. Originally formed simply for kicks in the year 2000 by guitarist Nino Laurenne, the band grew into a serious endeavor the following year with the arrival of singer Pasi Rantanen, keyboardist Kari Tornack, bassist Titus Hjelm, and drummer Mirka Rantanen. Soon armed with two promising demos, Thunderstone was courted and signed...
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The Burning, Thunderstone
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  • 72,00 kr
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: 12 January 2004

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