Royal Thunder drop in on this week’s show

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Currently out on a North American tour in support of their latest album, this week I catch up with Mlny Parsons and Josh Weaver from Atlanta, Georgia’s finest, Royal Thunder.

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With the release of their third album ‘Wick’ just days before Royal Thunder’s current US tour, I wanted to chat with the band about its formation, inspirations, life on the road and the latest release.
Back in 2004 Josh Weaver and a few friends formed a band which would later take on a series of twists and turns and finally evolve into what we are presented with today Royal Thunder!
Following countless years of extensive touring Royal Thunder paid their dues and perfected their craft out on the road (with an EP, a broken second-hand van and a bag full of homemade merch), the band were picked up by Relapse records in 2010.
The critically acclaimed CVI (Roman numerals for 106) the band had a few more line-up changes and then put together their second album ‘Crooked Doors’. With this album it was clear to see some significant changes in sound however the voice of Mlny still remained as haunting as ever. Royal Thunder’s most recent album ‘Wick’ released April 7th via Spinefarm records continues yet another transition between the albums, and a definite shift in songwriting.
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WICK TRACK LISTING:
1. Burning Tree
2. April Showers
3. Tied
4. We Slipped
5. The Sinking Chair
6. Plans
7. Anchor
8. WICK
9. Push
10. Turnaround
11. The Well
12. We Never Fell Asleep
Foreword; Since I gained my full hearing back at age five, I have heard many things over the years that have moved me emotionally, it’s rare that a single track can have such affects ; ((Iron maiden – Phantom of the Opera, Jimi Hendrix – Little Wing like the latest track April showers, the first single to come off Royal thunder’s latest album….. with a rumble hitting my radar on the ‘Crooked Doors’ album it was the emotionally charged vocals and atmospheric grit from Royal Thunder that propelled me to want to see them live. What I experienced in their live set is nothing I have witnessed before, a band that holds so much passion and belief in what they do, travelling some 12 years now out on the road playing gig after gig these guys have really perfected their craft and ability to understand what (in this case of this night) a support band can bring to fresh eyes.
What the band says:
“WICK is different, a bigger jump as far as our sound goes. But it’s still us — it’s just the sound of Royal Thunder’s evolution,” said Weaver.
“Out of all of the albums, WICK was the hardest one to make. It was a fight, but to hear it now, to see it finished, is so gratifying. Finally, it’s over, it’s amazing to be done with it. I’m looking at it, going, ‘We’re done, it’s over, be free,’” said Parsonz.

Beastmaker join this week’s B.B.B. show

This week I catch up with Beastmaker frontman Trevor William Church out on the road haunting the Californian coast with Brant Bjork. Tune in as we chat about their signing to Rise above records, their current release and the writing process for Beastmaker’s upcoming new album. Plus I grab a chance to chat about their recent epic tour with Monolord and Sweat Lodge.

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The Lusus Naturae album was laid upon the slab earlier this year and will clearly be the strong foundation for a virile career for Beastmaker. The fresno threesome are adding all the right ingredients to tap into the ever growing and cult-like doom circuit. From occult themes to classic hammer horror throw backs, these guys have it all. The mastermind behind the whole operation is none other than front man Trevor, his vision back in 2006 would take the guys in many a musical direction before reaching today’s outlet. But those 10 years were well spent perfecting their craft and realising what they wanted to achieve as a band. It’s safe to say that this isn’t just your average doom band.. although their lyrical content may come from the deepest depths of hell, the riffs are forged from the 70’s NWOBHM style that have been cited in influencing megastars Metallica, Megadeth and developed the sound that we all know today as Thrash metal. The band takes the best of diverse influences from Angel Witch, Danzig, Pentagram, Witchfinder General and alike, paving the way for the Beastmaker sound.

a0319177883_10Lusus Naturae – 45:37

Side A
1. Clouds in the Sky 04:21
2. Eyes Are Watching 03:00
3. Arachne 03:08
4. Skin Crawler 03:33
5. Find the Stranger 04:32
6. You Must Sin 05:02
Side B
7. Burnt Offering 02:55
8. Mask of Satan 03:26
9. It 05:06
10. Astral Corpse 03:14
11. Lusus Naturae 03:30
12. The Strain 03:50
Release date: March 25, 2016
Label: Rise Above Limited

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