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Thunder The Magnificent Seventh Frontiers Records
FRCD228
Produced By: Luke Morley

Running Time: 53.42

Release Date: February 21

Released: EU

Musical Style: Melodic Hard Rock

Links: Thunder Frontiers
95%
Songs: 94%
Sound: 96%
Thunder are another band that have delivered a variety of styles on their albums over the years seemingly getting mellower as time went on until they eventually disbanded. Since their reformation, it's obvious the guys have clearly decided to listen to their fans more and through this and their last album, have delivered exactly what they were best loved for in the beginning.
Shooting At The Sun was a very strong comeback album that saw the band head back towards their hard edged, dirty rock n roll style, as was where they started with Back Street Symphony and Laughing On Judgment Day.
Now for The Magnificent Seventh, which is just that magnificent! The band further return to their roots with what is arguably their heaviest, or most rocking affair since those first two classic albums.
This new album also tops Shooting At The Sun due to an even stronger collection of songs and a super crisp production in which Luke Morley's guitar is given center stage.
You've heard the lead track and single I Love You More Than Rock 'n' Roll, which is destined to be a live favourite, but what else does the album offer?
Highlights include the stomping rocker The Gods Of Love, which includes a heavy fire guitar riff that reminds me of the first time I played their wonderful debut as does Amy's On The Run and One Foot In The Grave, which are more classic Thunder rockers, with guitars right in your face.
Fade Into The Sun is something a little different the tempo is up, yet the vibe a little more urgent and the guitar sound is something new. Good to see the boys mixing it up a little.
You Can't Keep A Good Man Down is nothing short of a barnstorming, bring the house down rocker, which works well in it's position in the running order. And what a guitar solo!
Always enamored with the mid-tempo rocker, Thunder continues to deliver there also with a couple of solid tracks in Monkey See, Monkey Do and The Pride.
I'm Dreaming Again is a soft, sentimental, acoustic driven ballad as is Together Or Apart both tracks breaking up the intensity of the rockers around them and adding texture to the album the latter getting a little bluesier and dirtier as time moves on.
To finish the album, you guessed it - One Fatal Kiss rocks again, but this time just a little less than some earlier tracks and in an original format.
The Bottom Line
This could be the most uptempo Thunder album on record but that aside, it ranks with the first two albums as the band's best three releases. Some I think, might even rate this above Laughing On Judgment Day. The band recognizes their strengths and has produced a record with those squarely in mind. Where it ranks will be up to fans, but without any doubt, this is classic Thunder in every sense and is the kind of album some other artists should check out as an example of how to do things right!
Discography / Previously Reviewed
Backstreet Symphony
Laughing On Judgement Day
Behind Closed Doors
Thrill Of It All
Giving The Game Away
Shooting At The Sun

Line Up
Danny Bowes: Vocals
Luke Morley: Guitar
Ben Mathews: Rhythm Guitar, Keyboards
Harry James: Drums
Chris Childs: Bass

Essential for fans of:
Thunder - Back Street Symphony
Quality British Melodic Hard Rock
Track Listing
I Love You More Than Rock 'n' Roll*
The Gods Of Love*
Monkey See, Monkey Do
I'm Dreaming Again
Amy's On The Run*
The Pride
Fade Into The Sun
Together Or Apart
You Can't Keep A Good Man Down*
One Foot In The Grave*
One Fatal Kiss*
--*Best Tracks



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