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Atlanta, GA trio Royal Thunder has spawned a haunting form of prairie sludge on their seven-track eponymous EP. This female-fronted unit showcases a staggering abundance of soul in their vocals and compositions, sounding like a cross between Danzig and Hole in some instances (“Low”). Harkening back to an organic NWOBHM style and form (“Mouth of Fire”) with the proper stoner metal bombast and post metal contrasts implemented (“Grave Dance”), this squad has a surefire grasp on how to convey atmosphere. Despite being guilty of being derivative towards the grunge era in spots, Royal Thunder exhibit an exemplary command of dark rock and the magnitude of its emotions, exuding an ornery elegance that won’t go unnoticed for long.
- Mike SOS