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Thunderstone - 2005 Tools Of Destruction

Pasi Rantanen - vocals
Nino Laurenne - guitars
Kari Tornack - keyboards
Titush Hjelm - bass
Mirka Rantanen - drums

This is a band I can't get enough of. I loved their earlier stuff, and now we're three albums in, and it doesn't seem so long ago that they were new boys on the block! Some prog metal bands like these guys are taking a pure melodic direction. Swedish outfits like Dragonland and Cloudscape are a couple of other examples, and let's not forget Norwegian heroes Pagans Mind who are now back in the frame with their new 2005 effort. So, what makes these guys from Finland stand out? Using a term like 'thunderingly heavy' would be punnishly inappropriate, but I guess a consistent selection of interesting tunes is the most obvious one. Also, the gradual improvement from their first two efforts is obvious. Not that there was much wrong with those.. but three years in the groove with the same personnel certainly does help. Unlike Sonata Arctica and Stratovarius, Thunderstone know how to keep the interest going.. Bursts of trademark heavy guitars and soaring keyboards are the key to this band. Not as rabid as a band like Astral Doors for instance, but I feel the Thunderstone sound can capture audiences across a number of different rock music genres. From my perspective at least, being a AOR/hard rock sort of dude mainly, I can easily say that Thunderstone get my nod. An interesting album title, which sees the band tackle issues of life decisions, and the influence of negative over positive, and vice versa.

The Songs
Opener 'Tool Of The Devil' starts out with a heavy bottom end thanks to bassist Titush Hjelm and it isn't long before the band hit full stride. On 'Without Wings' the Thunderstone boys accelerate on take off, though it is so metal-laden one wonders how this song can get off the ground. An apt song-title one would suggest! Menacing and growling is the sort of introduction we get on 'Liquid Of The Kings'. Slam dunk rhythms and powerful grooves.. with a songtitle that suggests it might be a beer-drinking song. Far from it! Introspective is the operative word for 'I Will Come Again', the lyrics relating to the power of positive thinking after someone hits absolute rock bottom. 'Welcome To The Real' is a brooding power anthem, which showcases Pasi Rantanen's vocal ability and then some. When they turn their hand to ballads, it doesn't get better than 'Another Time'. Gorgeous, lilting, and even when the electric guitars cut in, you have already been sold. The peaks and troughs are navigated and negotiated throughout the 8 minute running time of 'Land Of Innocence'. I was kinda thinking Queensryche circa 'Operation Mindcrime', probably due to the epic-ness of it all.

In Summary
The Digipac of this album contains two additional cuts ('Spire' and 'Spread My Wings') plus a video. With 'Tools Of Destruction' we are seeing further evidence that Finland is the prog metal center of the universe, with bands like Thunderstone and a host of other contemporaries spiralling around the epicentre. Nuclear Blast are onto a winner. Hope you get to see them playing on a Festival bill sometime during the 2005 summer!

URL: www.thunderstone.org

Track Listing
01 Tool Of the Devil
02 Without Wings
03 Liquid Of The Kings
04 I Will Come Again
05 Welcome To The Real
06 The Last Song
07 Another Time
08 Feed The Fire
09 Weight Of The World
10 Land Of Innocence
11 Spire (Acoustic Radio Live)
12 Spread My Wings (First Demo)
13 Tool Of The Devil (Video)


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