ROYAL THUNDER

(UNITED STATES)

REBUILDING THE MOUNTAIN

(2023)
LABEL:

SPINEFARM RECORDS

GENRE:

HARD ROCK

TAGS:
Female vocals
"Thanks to "Rebuilding The Machine", Royal Thunder comes back regenerated, delivering an album that is both tender and stormy."
CHILDERIC THOR (04.10.2023)  
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Royal Thunder hadn't been heard from since a memorable "Wick" almost six years ago. The Atlanta-based band came close to sinking under the weight of the many trials they had to face, not least their emblematic female singer MIny Parsonz, who embodies the band's soul and breath of life.

Of course, there was the pandemic, which spared the band no less than any other, but in the end it pales into insignificance compared to what the musician had to endure, between the death of her father and the various addictions she fell back into. Internal dissension leading to the departure of drummer Evan Diprima (who has since returned) added to the turmoil. But as the title of their fourth effort suggests, Royal Thunder managed to weather the storm and rebuild, drawing from this tormented period material for regeneration.

"Rebuilding The Mountain" is obviously a cathartic album. It is also highly personal, as the singer reveals herself as never before. One might fear that this would be a very dark and depressing album. Miraculously, this is not the case: these ten songs roar with an energy that makes you want to lift mountains.

The successor to "Wick" offers above all that classic rock with grunge roots that is as singular as ever, and that definitely belongs only to its creators. And more particularly to Mlny Parsonz, whose powerfully raspy voice, sometimes surprisingly reminiscent of Blacky Lawless ('The King'), forms the backbone of chiselled compositions with discreet but essential arrangements. The strength of these compositions is matched by vocals that are often furious ('The Knife'), sometimes more tender ('Fade'), but always fogged by a curious feverishness that doesn't prevent fierce determination ('Pull'). Musically, "Rebuilding The Mountain" follows in the footsteps of its predecessors, with creeping yet gentle mid-tempos that fascinate as much as they bewitch. 'Twice' is hypnotic, 'Live To Live' vibrates with desperate pain, and 'Dead Star' has a unique blend of flayed, haunting and silky vigor.

Thanks to "Rebuilding The Machine", Royal Thunder returns regenerated, giving birth to an album that's just right for them, at once tender and stormy, and more than ever shaped by a Mlny Parsonz who finds in these songs the means to get rid of her demons and to drain away her pain.
- Official website
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TRACK LISTING:
01. Drag Me
02. The Knife
03. Now Here-No Where
04. Twice
05. Pull
06. Live To Live
07. My Ten
08. Fade
09. The King
10. Dead Star

LINEUP:
Evan Diprima: Batterie
Josh Weaver: Guitares
Miny Parsonz: Chant / Basse
   
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