Written by Ingrid Newton
The Ravaging Overture
Welcome To The Darkside
Black Eyed Child
One Blood (Guest solo: Máté Bodor from Alestorm, Wisdom)
The Ages Will Turn
Mary Celeste (Guest Vocals: Der Schulz from Unzucht)
Release Date: December 9, 2016
Label: Phonector LC 13752
Norman Dittmar - Lead vocals Marc Wüstenhagen - Guitars Benjamin Dämmrich - Guitars
Robert Rath - Bass Steve Mittag - Drums
We are led down a path of myths, revelations, truths, and fantasy throughout the album, starting with the song “Welcome To The Darkside”. Ideally, one should listen to the entire album to be audibly entertained with storytelling backed by the ebbs and waves of the musical compilations played with purposeful determination, much like the machinations of a finely crafted timepiece. Thunder and Lightning deliver tighter crunches, thrashy edge, melodic waves, and raspier vocals on this album. Notably “Eternally Awake” contains all these elements and more. The Iron Maiden influence is felt strongly in this tune filled with dreams, hopes, and fear. The listener is treated to the masterful guitar shreddings of Máté Bodor (Alestorm, Wisdom) on “One Blood”. The pace picks up at this point of the album, and I feel as if I were being prepared for war.
We are near the end of the album and the tale with “The Ages Will Turn”. This is part of the crescendo, which is highly felt and heard as the song charges with bass and drum gallops and infatuates us with Marc's guitar solos. As the album closes with “Mary Celeste”, I am delighted with the bands portrayal of this woeful tale. I envision the entire song as I listen to it, that I am carried away out to sea as the song fades into the sunset. Thunder and Lightning manage to find the next elevation in their career ladder with the release of each new album. With their writing, impeccable vocals, musical skills and masterful album production, Thunder and Lightning will remain a highly regarded band. Fur immer. Danke, und gute Nacht.