Album review: THUNDERSTICK – Something Wicked This Way Came, Live In France

THUNDERSTICK – Something Wicked This Way Came, Live In France

Indie [Release date 20.03.20]

Thunderstick the man is a drummer who, having already played with Iron Maiden in their early daze, made his name replacing Clive Burr in Samson. As the masked and caged mad man, and a bloody good drummer to boot, he recorded the albums Survivors, Head On and Shock Tactics before forming his own band, also called Thunderstick. A 12” EP and an album followed, the latter featuring vocalist Jodee Valentine, have both been issued on CD bolstered by other rarities and are well worth searching out.

The band reformed a few years ago, and released the excellent Something Wicked This Way Comes, featuring vocalist Lucie V and that was a wonderful listen; solid driving rhythms, powerful metal with NWoBHM influences and great vocals. The line-up changed again and alongside Thunderstand and longtime bassist Rex Thunderbolt, the band featured guitarists Lee Quenby and Mike Gibbons, and up front vocalist Raven Blackwing. And just how overdue is this live set? At least 35 years…

The album is brash, bold, and at times quite mad, and at others it’s about classic metal and rock’n’roll. The siren intro builds into Samson’s Riding With The Angels (well, the Russ Ballard song Samson had a hit with), and other classic Samson material like Earth Mother and Vice Versa get an airing, along side tracks from the more recent Thunderstick album. Raven talks to the crowd and introduces songs, each one getting a roar. The Samson tracks are quite heavy here, now featuring 2 guitars. And what takes me back is the early Thunderstick material, Buried Alive Is a great song.

A great experience, my criticism is that it’s not longer. ****

Review by Joe Geesin

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