Some­thing Wicked This Way Comes SeLf-Re­LeASeD

Classic Rock - - THE HARD STUFF ALBUMS -

You might re­mem­ber Thun­der­stick as the gimp­masked lu­natic drum­mer from NWOBHM leg­ends Samson. If you don’t, I sug­gest you read a his­tory book.

Af­ter Samson front­man Bruce Bruce (Dick­in­son) flapped off to Iron Maiden, the mighty

’Stick (born Barry Gra­ham Purkis) formed an epony­mous band, and while their ’84 de­but Feels Like Rock ’n’ Roll was an au­da­cious and rau­cous dis­play of hor­ror-glam, the band never quite caught fire.

But the dream never died, and here we are, 35 years later, with a new line-up and a new al­bum. How’s it sound? Like 1980, mag­nif­i­cently enough.

Thun­der­stick’s new vo­cal­ist, Lu­cie V (re­plac­ing clas­sic-era front­woman Jodee Valen­tine, who trag­i­cally passed away last year) sounds like a teenage Brian Con­nolly, and the band vacil­late be­tween the hard-hit­ting glam rock of late-era Sweet and the crunchy rif­fola of NWOBHM.

It’s ba­si­cally the imag­i­nary sound­track to some long-lost VHS-era video nasty. Couldn’t be more true to form.


Stickin’ with the schtick.

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