THUNDERSTORM       As We Die Alone
Dragonheart Records (release: March 30th, 2007)

Sailing between the banks of desolate Doom and heavy Stoner, Italian trio THUNDERSTORM are back with their fourth album As We Die Alone. I wasn't really enthusiastic about their Faithless Soul in 2004 and, speaking straightforward, the only thing I can remember is the cover of IRON BUTTERFLY's In A Gadda Da Vida. This time, it's much, much better and the title of the album is certainly over pessimistic: come on, guys, this time it shouldn't die alone. OK, it's still heavy and rather slow from A to Z but most songs have some kind of a melodic touch that will grab you back when your attention begins to faint. Classical, but effective, Death Rides On The Highway and The Mad Monk will give you a shove just when it's time to shove, while the hypnotic, mournful I Wait is really chilling. And there's a very personal cover of Jimi Hendrix's Voodoo Child in the end.
Of course, it's not the kind of tunes you will sing along under the shower in the morning, but… good sound, good musicians, good voice… well, it's a good album for those about to doom (we salute you !) and for the others as well.David