THUNDRA - BLOOD OF YOUR SOUL - SPINEFARM
You know what? My soul truly does let blood as I sit upon my throne listening to this disc. Forecasting the weakness of this defilement was no difficult manner, having noted the presence of former Enslaved and Einherjer members within this fold. But this is truly detrimental to my ears. Silly is the sound of five Viking wanna-bes who mimic a drunken stay at the local pub, complete with uneven gruff chants and grossly stupid sing-alongs. With the guitarist yearning for a way more 'progressive' sound than Thundra currently provides for, the only sound advice to this Norwegian outfit is the omission of the gruff vocals, and adherence to a more progressive rock regimen. Shrieks! - Ali "The Metallian"
THUNDRA – WORSHIPPED BY CHAOS – BLACK LOTUS
“Maybe you didn't understand, We don't need you anymore” – Eyes Of The World by Rainbow.
Some of these musicians just plain do not get the message, do they? Formed by former members of two failed bands, Enslaved and Einherjer, Thundra is another group along the same lines, and one which itself was dropped by Spinefarm Records over two years ago. There is usually something to be said about persistence, but it is about time bands like Thundra extend their antennae and get the message that this mix of impressions of vocals by drunken sailors, up and down and uneven music and odes to forefathers who would chop your head off out of embarrassment were they to hear the weak music is not what a metal fan wants to suffer through.
Worshipped By Chaos certainly has interludes of fast blasting and loud guitars, but also its share of clichéd Norwegian posturing and pompous nonsense. The vocals alternate between the gruff and the shrieking and hit rock bottom when those drunken wobbly yells kick in. The song Shattered Senses is where the band hits rock bottom given its desperate singing, keyboards and dearth of riffs to fill the track. Surprisingly, the band has included a few rock-ish riffs here and there that one would expect from a Thin Lizzy album. The songs Silent Voice, Feelings Lost or The Existing Darkness are prime examples.
Thundra leaves the listener cold, indifferent and oddly barren. – Ali “The Metallian”