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Thunderstone - 2007 Evolution 4.0

ARTIST: Thunderstone
ALBUM: Evolution 4.0
LABEL: Nuclear Blast
SERIAL: NB 1796-2
YEAR: 2007


LINEUP: Pasi Rantanen - vocals * Nino Laurenne - guitars, backing vocals * Kari Tornack - keyboards * Titus Hjelm - bass, backing vocals * Mirka Rantanen - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Evolution 4.0 * 02 Forevermore * 03 Roots Of Anger * 04 10000 Ways * 05 Holding On To My Pain * 06 Swirled * 07 Down With Me * 08 Face In The Mirror * 09 Solid Ground * 10 The Source * 11 Great Man Down



With an album title like this, you'd be forgiven for thinking we were reviewing an Xbox game or a piece of software. 'Evolution 4.0' does sound very sci-fi and futuristic, and the dark and brooding persona of this album and their owners, Finnish metallers Thunderstone, sees a continutation of their at times primal musical assault on our senses. In saying that though, the band have given us the equivalent of a 'something-for-everyone' metal album. If the heavy-metal genre has all these side dishes on offer, Thunderstone give us an aural smorgasbord of most of them. It doesn't remain steadfast in a typical power metal mode as might've been the story with their prior three albums. It seems the album title is all about change, and moving onward and upward. You would think after four albums that progress has been made. In some ways yes, in other ways, no.

The Songs
Thunderstone haven't sacrificed their power, and their modern form of melodic bludgeon doesn't come better than 'Forevermore', despite the heavy sound, the song has big choruses and melodies prominent. Equally, 'Roots Of Anger' demonstrates angst and tension but again, melody abounds, especially on the bridge/solo sections. '10000 Ways' is similar in ways to Swedish faves Platitude with the musical delivery being slightly heavier. Taking heaviness to quantum levels is 'Swirled', and here Pagans Mind gets a look-in. The track is dark, dramatic, and sinister sounding. If you've seen some of the Eurovision clips on YouTube, you would've seen Thunderstone performing a few of these tracks. 'Face In The Mirror' being one of these. It's a good choice, as in the words of Goldilocks.. 'not too cold and not too hot'! With 'Down With Me', it's the power-ballad on the album, acoustic intro coupled with a progressive mid-section that will get all those who get off on the type of prog peddled by the likes of the InsideOutMusic label.

In Summary
Considering this is version 4 of the Thunderstone story, I would hazard a guess and say an upgrade to version 5 might involve a 'live experience'? Seems like the band are on-song to deliver a live album in the not too distant future. What we have here is a good band in a somewhat over-saturated market. I detect the barest hint that even more change is just around the corner for this band. I mean, it's not as if they have anything to prove in the power metal arena anymore. For Thunderstone, change is all about refinement and that constant search for musical excellence. The challenge for them is.. if they find it, will they continue on.. (?) In the meantime, the Thunderstone ship continues to set sail for new adventures.

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