THUNDERSTICK “Echoes” (2011)

May 5, 2012 § Leave a comment

Reviewed by Dylan Raine

Artist: Thunderstick
Album: Echoes
Label: Heaven & Hell Records
Release Date: October 25th 2011

For those who may not be familiar with the infamous Barry ‘Thunderstick’ Graham he played a leading role in the infancy of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal in the late 1970s. After a brief stint in Iron Maiden, Barry traded spots with drummer Clive Burr to set on the throne behind scene forerunners Samson. After three albums and a number of singles with Samson, Thunderstick would break out of his cage in search of his own vision.

Inspired by Rocky Horror Picture Show, Alice Cooper, and Hammer films the Thunderstick band was born in 1981. By 1983 the N.W.O.B.H.M was quickly coming to an end when the band’s debut EP ‘Feel Like Rock ‘n’ Roll?’ was released. The following year the full length ‘Beauty and the Beasts’ was released. Still with a fair amount of exposure it seemed that a female fronted poppy rock band with a vampiric glam image was suspended in twilight with audiences. The Thunderstick band would not live a long life afterwards but the legend of Thunderstick the man, would live on.

The music is full of little jumping sections to make you move with it. Combining hard rock and the early sound of British heavy Metal, this album encapsulates and brings forth a flurry of chops, gallops, and fiery anthems for your total enjoyment.

01. Heartbeat (in the night)
02. Rich Girls (Don’t Cry)
03. In the Name of the Father (Echoes from the Analogue Asylum
04. Long Way to Go
05. Contact Angel
06. Afraid of the Dark
07. Another Turnaround
08. Feel like Rock ‘n’ Roll
09. Alecia
10. Runaround
11. Buried Alive
12. Heartbeat (in the night) instrumental version
13. Afraid of the Dark instrumental version
14. You Get Me in Pieces (Love Letter to Jack)
15. Feel like Rock ‘n’ Roll (alt demo version)
16. Long way to go (Reprise)

Thunderstick is:
Jodee Valentine- vocals
Wango Wiggins- Guitars
Cris Martin- Guitars
Thunderstick- Drums
Ben K. Reeve- Bass

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