THUNDERWORKS – Thoughts & Thunder (CD)
The creative visionary, Michael J. Amari is behind the melodic death and roll band Thunderworks, who is certain to make you bang your head to their upbeat death metal tunes. Yes, upbeat, victorious-sounding death metal, not serious as it death or extreme metal should be.
They cite influences from Metallica, Dream Theater, Opeth and Kataklysm, but from listening to their first few tracks it is apparent that this band is more death & roll with tons of melodic riffs and sub-standard woven guitar harmonies. A good portion of Thunderworks’ album is death & roll, but with interesting time changes and overall musical pattern changes too, which definitely breaks up the monotony of listening to an album almost one hour in length. These are the only two highlights found on “Thoughts & Thunder”, which I felt good about. The music on “Thoughts & Thunder” is good, but nothing to write home about, as this style of heavy/death metal was perfected by the likes of Opeth, Gorefest and In Flames 20 years ago. This 12-tracker album was mixed by JF-Deganais of Kataklysm, so the production is very heavy and ballsy too, kind of reminding of earlier Kataklysm records. What good is a heavy as fuck production when the music does not move the listener in ways they’d never imagined before.
Personally, I was not impressed by ThunderWorks’ music or songwriting, as it did not have any thunder-like musical passages or monumental pieces of music that would move the listener in profound ways. Don’t waste your time on this one as it totally stinks because the generic music on here is not breathtaking at all. [Self-Released] Sarjoo Devani