Thunder release video for new single ‘Black Water’

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UK rock statesmen Thunder have released a video for their new single “Black Water.”

The track is taken from Danny Bowes and Co’s new album Wonder Days, released earlier this year. The LP went Top 10 in the UK album chart and saw the band perform a rousing set at this year’s Download festival. The band will also be playing a support slot for US legends ZZ Top at Wembley Arena on the 24th of June.

Read Skin Back Alley’s review of Thunder’s Wonder Days here, and then Check out the video for “Black Water” below, capturing the band at their very best both live and in the studio.

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Thunder release video for Resurrection Day ahead of new EP

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Thunder have released a video for their track “Resurrection Day”.

The song features on a new EP that the band will release next month. Resurrection Day is due out on the 20th of April via earMUSIC, with its title track lifted from Thunder’s new album, Wonder Days.

The new EP will also feature a live track, a live video and an acoustic song. Two different versions of “Resurrection Day” are also included.

Another song from Wonder Days, “When The Music Played”, will be released on limited edition 10″ vinyl for Record Store Day on the 18th of April.

You can watch the video for “Resurrection Day” below:

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80 days to ahhh

Listen as Thunder stream new track Resurrection Day

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Thunder are streaming a new track from their 10th studio album Wonder Days.

“Resurrection Day” is the second single lifted from the UK top 10 album following the band sharing the title track last month.

Wonder Days reached number 9 in the UK album chart upon release in February, with frontman Danny Bowes sharing some effusive thanks: “Thanks yet another million to you Thunder-loving maniacs for not only buying it, but telling others to do the same. It would appear we are very much back!”

Thunder are set to play three arena dates next week with support coming from Reef. The band will then return in June to play a set at this year’s Download festival at Donington Park.

Thunder will play:

Mar 12th: Leeds First Direct Arena
Mar 13th: Birmingham Barclaycard Arena
Mar 14th: London Eventim Apollo

Check out the stream of “Resurrection Day” below and check out our review of Wonder Days here:

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New music releases, 16th February 2015

Here are the new and notable releases this week, 16th February 2015:

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Wonder Days, Thunder
Check out our review of Wonder Days here!

Fire Music, Danko Jones
Time & Trauma, 36 Crazyfists
Smoke + Mirros, Imagine Dragons
Terraplane, Steve Earle & The Dukes
Everything Ever Written, Idlewild
Let It Reign, Carl Barat & The Jackals
The Grand Experiment, Neal Morse Band
Grind, Treacherous Orchestra
Epistemology, Keep Of Kalessin
Hungry Ghosts, OK GO
We Are The Brave, Skarlett Riot
With Serpents Scourge, Necrowretch
Mesmur, Mesmur
Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues Company, Blues Company
Frostburn, Lords Of The Trident
Gore Metal: A Necrospective 1998-2015, Exhumed
Judgment, Scanner
Mental Absolution, Zephyra
Rise: Ascension, A Skylit Drive
Blessed Be My Brothers, Sarpanitum

All of the above – and many more besides! – are available via the Skin Back Alley Music Store!

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Album Review: Thunder | Wonder Days

Thunder Wonder Days Album CoverArtist: Thunder
Album: Wonder Days
Our Verdict: 8/10
Release date: 16th February
Find it at: Thunderonline.com
Review by: Graeme Blackwell

“Pull that stick out of your butt and slap yourself round the face with it. Bowes and the boys have delivered on album No.10!”

Listening to Thunder’s 10th studio album, you get an overwhelming sense that the “wonder” of the title is that of a deliriously happy band who have realised that – despite significant trials and tribulations along the way – it is a glorious thing that they are still trucking and able to make the music that turns them on.

The band’s first album in six years, Wonder Days is the record that might never have been. Having played their last gig in London in 2009, Thunder announced that they were to split, but one-off appearances, acoustic shows, tours with Whitesnake and Journey, and then appearances at Download and Wacken sparked a new flame, and in May last year the band announced a new album was on its way.

Now then, at last, the wait is over. And bugger me it was worth it.

Wonder Days is everything you ever loved about Thunder and a little bit more. Despite the absence of guitarist Ben Matthews (who is thankfully now recovering after treatment for tonsil cancer), this is the sound of a band confident in their abilities, firing on all cylinders and relentlessly delivering the goods.

Danny Bowes’ hair-raising voice has lost none of its power over the last 25 years, and Luke Morley’s font of brobdingnagian riffs has clearly not yet run dry. From the opening blast of the title track onwards, Wonder Days serves up earth-shattering slabs of soulful, blues-inflected rock n’ roll that it is hard to imagine any other band performing so brilliantly. You need only check out the galloping rumble of “The Prophet”, the dark slice of “Black Water” or the spine-tingling “Chasing Shadows” for proof.

Thematically, it would be easy to give Wonder Days a cursory listen and chalk it up to a group of maturing musicians indulging in a nostalgic look back at their glory days. But that would be to miss the point entirely and do this vital and energetic album a great disservice.

Listen again and pick out the subtleties and nuances. Yes, this is in part a reflection on the dreams and desires of a band of young men growing in to themselves and all that that entails: summers that last forever; battles with authority figures who demand the shearing of long hair and strict adherence to societal rules; an endless craving for weekends that seem few and far between. But the album is also so much more.

Far from an empty, rear-facing look back, Wonder Days is a boundless celebration of the present moment and a future brimming with potential. There is joy and hope here; a faith in the power of music to unite and deliver. Crucially, it will blow your proverbial socks off too. Indeed, the enveloping warmth of “Resurrection Day” or the soaring “When The Music Played” drive home the sound of a band who have found a renewed joy in the company of friends and the art of playing their music so well.

“Don’t forsake me… I’m only asking for rain” sings Danny Bowes in the refrain of the mandolin-driven, folk-inflected dusty desert stylings of “The Rain.” Well God knows it’s pouring now and Thunder, it’s bloody good to have you back.

Thunder will play three dates in the UK in March:

Mar 12th: First Direct Arena, Leeds
Mar 13th: Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham
Mar 14th: Eventim Apollo, London

Tickets are available now via Gigantic.com

Check out Thunder performing the title track from Wonder Days live to 15,000 fans at Loud Park, Japan below:

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