In the latest episode of Two Minutes to Late Night, members of Royal Thunder and Mutoid Man were asked to perform three random covers live at Saint Vitus Bar, and the amazing footage is now online. Continue reading
Royal Thunder finally released their highly anticipated album, Wick, last week via Spinefarm Records, and today they’ve unveiled a new video for our viewing and listening pleasure. Continue reading
Royal Thunder will be releasing Wick on April 7th via Spinefarm Records, and as you’ve heard in the ‘April Showers’ and ‘Plans’ singles, this band is quickly evolving into one of the most powerful and compelling acts in the music scene. Each song on Wick showcases the tremendous growth of each member of the band since the release of 2015’s Crooked Doors, and the end result is their most captivating record to date.
Royal Thunder recently came through New York City on a press tour for their new record, and before their intimate acoustic performance at the BMG offices, I got to sit down with Mlny Parsonz to discuss Wick, their new label home, and much more. Continue reading
Royal Thunder will be releasing their highly anticipated new album, Wick, on April 7th via Spinefarm Records, and one of my favorite tracks is now streaming online. Continue reading
When Royal Thunderappeared on the scene a few years ago, there was much hype and early praise for the band. It was a well deserved frenzy of high-profile tours and fests that made them a “buzz band”. You had to stand back and marvel at their music; unafraid to take tried and true elements of rock, blues, and proto-metal and not fall to into the cliches so many others do. Then an interesting thing happened on the way to album number two: coping with being band growing up under a microscope, and the implosion of a relationship within the band. Rather than crumble apart or mail it in for Crooked Doors (Relapse), you have the emotional maelstrom of a finished masterpiece.
Don’t be fooled by the beautifully picked guitars and dolefulness of ‘Time Machine’, the lead track of the album. What ‘Time Machine’ has done by starting with the direct rock approach and almost four-on-the-floor beat is a clever device to lull you in. After the verse, chorus, verse of the first few minutes you are left with transformative middle passage not unlike classic Pink Floyd that doesn’t prepare you for the anguish to come. It’s not about feeling sorry for oneself either. The remainder of the song is a triumph of pained, passionate vocals and wah-soaked guitar leads.
The supremely heavy ‘Forget You’ is more in the style you are accustomed to if you have followed the band from the beginning. Vocalist Mlny Parsonz shows off her range and advanced harmony vocals. She can deliver a bruised, bluesy line with the best of them, including the final refrain of “you better run for your life”. The bands has really learned how to build drama musically to unbearable levels. Guitarists Josh Weaver and Will Fiore weave parts in and out of each other, adding layers upon layers of motifs, adding to the tracks without ever sacrificing the heaviness. ‘Wake Up’ is another track steeped in dynamics and killer performances. Drummer Evan DiPrima is a silent assassin behind the kit. He never over-plays, but has equal moments of bombast and grace. Musically the DNA of this album is similar to the leap in maturity seen by a Mastodon, Baroness or Kylesa over the years, with the members of Royal Thunder knowing just how to transmute their songcraft into something new without ever feeling forced.
There are no throw away songs on this album, and every track rewards with repeated listens. From the dusky vocal lines and neat rhythms on ‘Forgive Me, Karma’, the rough cadences of ‘The Line’, to the classic “Desert Rock” charm of ‘Glow’; each song is an exploration to an inner-space of the bands’ resolute psyche. ‘Ear On The Fool’ is Crooked Doors‘ pièce de résistance. Almost tear rendering, anyone who has ever lost the “love of their life” and lived to tell about it, this track has your name all over it. The track also has the late era-Zeppelin vibe mixed with some of the better guitar interplay of a band like TheEagles down pat.
Closing out the album with the ‘The Bear I’ and ‘The Bear II’, they are less like the prog epic you might have imagined, and more like a funerary march, melting into a torch song. Crooked Doors is the sound of pressure cooking sand into glass and then into diamonds, all with with an alchemy fulled by magic and loss.
Atlanta rockers Royal Thunder, helmed by Mlny Parsonz and Josh Weaver shared “Time Machine,” off of their new album Crooked Doors, out now via Relapse Records below.
“You can’t go back,” says Parsonz of the song’s message. “There is no such thing as a time machine. Live for now and learn forever. Beware the black streak that resides within each one of us. Relax, it’s just livin’.”
The band is playing South By Southwest on March 17, 2015 at the Dirty Dog. They will also join Halestorm and Rival Sons for a string of West Coast date support dates.
Mar 17: Dirty Dog – Austin, TX (with Unlocking The Truth, etc)
Jun 05: The Grove – Anaheim, CA (with Halestorm and Rival Sons)
Jun 06: The Regency – San Francisco, CA (with Halestorm and Rival Sons)
Jun 08: Roseland Theater – Portland, OR (with Halestorm and Rival Sons(
Jun 09: Showbox SODO – Seattle, WA (with Halestorm and Rival Sons)
Jun 10: Revolution Center – Boise, ID (with Halestorm and Rival Sons)
Jun 12: Wilma Theatre – Missoula, MT (with Halestorm and Rival Sons)
Jun 13: Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA (with Halestorm and Rival Sons)
Jun 14: The Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC (with Halestorm and Rival Sons)
Returning to the United Kingdom for the first time since their ill-fated tour last summer when a tragic bus crash severely injured the band and their road crew, Savannah quartet Baroness are back with a new rhythm section ready to air songs from 2012’s magnum double album “Yellow And Green”. Before John Baizley and co grace the stage, it is time for labelmates Royal Thunder to warm up the audience with their pulsing tribal rhythms and the smouldering voice of Mlny Parsonz. Throbbing bass and an orgy of twisting psycadelic rhythms allow numbers like “No Good” and a rampant rendition of “Whispering World” transform a once quiet Tuesday night crowd into a torrent of enthusiastic cheers.
John Baizley’s call to “make our time together count” is a mantra embraced wholeheartedly by the devoted this evening. Much of the set is culled from their last opus and while the band hit the ground running with “Take My Bones Away” and “March To The Sea”, it would be nice to see a couple of the more mellow numbers replaced by earlier cuts for the sake of variety.
The absence of any “Red Album” era material is somewhat disappointing considering its gargantuan power but there are many anthemic choruses on numbers like “Swollen and Halo”, which incite hearty sing-a-longs from the adoring public.
Where the band chooses to steer themselves musically is anyone’s guess but one thing these songs have in common is that they are chock full of intestinal fortitude delivered by a dynamic act whose heartfelt sincerity shines through everything they do. A colossal rendition of “Eula” demonstrates emotive and majestic songwriting that is sure to transport them to greater success and maybe even mainstream recognition.
“Isak” brings the curtain down on a triumphant evening full of a sense of celebration and relief. Baroness are both alive and in rude health, having stared death in the face and spat defiantly in its eye.
By Ross Baker
The bright lights of Las Vegas, Nevada have spawned a dark debut in The Hundredth Name by doom quartet Demon Lung. (And I just have to say, if Demon Lung isn’t the coolest fucking band name you’ve heard in a coon’s age, I don’t know what is.) The Hundredth Name is a concept album based on the film Warlock. Specifically the story follows the Son of Satan reassembling the Devil’s Bible, thus allowing the name of God to be spoken in reverse, undoing creation. Heavy stuff. Continue reading