Thunderwar – The Birth of Thunder

THunCoverA breath of fetid fresh air, Thunderwar’s self-released The Birth of Thunder slaps you across your jaded metal head with death metal-by-way-of catchy, quasi-melodic thrash (without the shorts-wearing silliness). Taking cues mainly from Vader, Unleashed, and – what’s this? Yes, a little bit of Rust In Peace Megadeth – this Polish four pack bring van Drunen-barking atop femur-slicing, razor-sharp riffage that recalls speed metal with class, without coming across as retro or ironic, suffused as their music is with enough death metal blasting and hammering to leave the knobs pushed up to 11 for the whole twenty minutes or so it will take you to listen to this EP’s four songs. I hear Extreme Aggression-era energy amongst the riffmeister influences of their aforementioned influences, all combed-over with that clean American Thrash picking and soloing technique, all bloodlined with that Euro-Death moldy intensity. Even when things quiet down briefly during the acoustic title track, double-bass drumwork and eerie synths fill the eardrums with the unmistakable sound of unholy death. You haven’t lived until you’ve heard someone death-growl ‘Eagle of Glory!’ What vocalist/bassist Kamil “Madness” Mandes is talking about on this track and why said bird graces the cover I have no idea, but he’s full of piss and vinegar, and thus inspired, I would gladly pick up my metaphorical blade and join him on the field of thrash/death devastation.
As we all tend to be after the gift-giving-getting holiday, my pockets are filled with holes, but man, I have to have this. Leave it to Poland to desecrate the coffin of the once-godly-now-petrified thrash masters, intent upon raising the undead with the unbridled hate of their death-music-obsessed offspring. Well fucking done. -Jim


~ by cliftonium on January 8, 2014.

12 Responses to “Thunderwar – The Birth of Thunder”

  1. Rust in Peace, Van Drunen and Extreme Agression? You have my attention sir! I don’t what it is with Poland but when it comes to extreme (often anti-christian) heaviness they take no prisoners! \m/

  2. Very high-quality stuff! Marty feels the vocals remind him more of the singer from Mercyless, but needless to say we both like this ep. They’re about to go on a tour with Pandemonium and are working on a full-length; looks like they’re headed for big things …

  3. Jim—

    I’d say it’s like Amon Amarth, but with braver arrangements and not as poppy. Vocals are a bit too rhythmically regular, but overall, this sounds good.
    Is there anyplace I can get this without putting a lot of credit card info on a Polish website?

  4. Hey man! I just hit up their PR to see if there’s another way to get hold of a copy, will keep you posted …

  5. thanks. I’m happy to pay for it, but just not excited to put credit card info blindly into an all polish website— so if they give me an email address that takes paypal, i’ll gladly support!

  6. This is pretty killer. I would pick up a copy to but like Zahler I am a little apprehensive about putting credit card info into an all polish website. I’d be interested if there was another way to pay or if there was a distro that carried it. I checedk out a couple of the other tracks from their ep on youtube and they sounded good too. Be curious to see how a full length from these guys would turn out. A band to watch for sure.

  7. Had a chat with their PR and he said currently the Polish site’s the only way to get a copy, so I offered to sell them through Marty and I’s Bindrune/Eihwaz distro if the band would be willing to ship some copies over to us. He thought that sounded cool so he’s contacting their mgmt and will get back to me \m/

  8. great. put me down for one. and when you speak to them, advise them to link through paypal if they want to sell internationally from poland— i buy stuff from russia, japan, etc. with no problem because i’m not required to give all of my info to some dude in an arctic hut.

  9. Put me down for one too. Just let me know if and when you get some in and I will send my $$$.

  10. We’re waiting to be hear back from Thunderwar on the physical copies; in the meantime, here’s a link to their bandcamp they’ve just put up:

  11. Nice! Thanks man!

  12. Hey guys, Thunderwar is finally available in the Bindrune/Eihwaz distro if you’re still interested in acquiring it (price includes shipping):

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