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.

Valient Thorr on this week’s show

Crash landing in North Carolina, the boys from the Morning Star were birthed on the Earth on the eve of Easter 2001. Soon after hitting the stage the band vowed to their first audiences that they would take over every major city on Mother Earth. They stayed true to their word! Known to earthlings as Valient Thorr, the band have created untold havoc on the eardrums and underwear of this planet’s inhabitants for the last 15 years. Behold their magnificence and tremble foolish humanoids!

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This week I manage to capture leader and frontman Valient Thorr himself to discuss the latest musical creation ‘Old Salt’.
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Old Salt:
1.Mirakuru
2. Lil’ Knife
3. Cut and Run
4. No Count Blues
5. The Trudge
6. Worm Up
7. Spellbroke
8. Linen Maker
9. The Shroud
10. Looking Glass
11. Jealous Gods

 

 

Header VaLient thorr .jpgValient Thorr To Release “Old Salt” July 29th via Napalm Records

Be sure to check out the guys out on the road in Europe:

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European show details below;