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Thunder: 'Rip It Up'
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17th February 2017

mark taylor
Words: Mark Taylor


The third coming of Thunder, after they reformed for a second time in 2011, has seen the loveable Sarf London rockers return to Premiership status where they rightly belong with the release of their Top Ten album 'Wonder Days' in 2015 which saw them selling out a UK theatre tour as well as headline festival slots, all followed by an arena tour.

Expectations are high for their eleventh studio album, 'Rip It Up', and while it doesn't necessarily break down any new barriers, it does see Thunder keeping the bar raised high with a willingness to experiment a little without moving too far from their signature sound.

Once again all compositions are entirely created by guitarist Luke Morley, backed by his ever faithful band featuring the soaring soulful vocals of Danny Bowes, 'Harry' James providing a solid as ever backbeat along with the rhythm of bassist Chris Childs and rhythm guitarist Ben Matthews.

The album kicks off in galloping style with 'No One Gets Out Alive' and the title track, 'Rip It Up', which has a stomping seventies stamp with a Metal coating. These two tracks are amongst the heaviest songs Thunder have ever done, with Danny Bowes handling the vocals with ease while Morley cranks out the riffs with simplistic breeze.


'She Likes The Cocaine' is about a party loving girl who is still swinging in her sixties rather than heeding previous warnings. Guest Lynne Jackaman adds superlative wailing vocals on this rocking number which is not to be sniffed at.

'Right From The Start' sees Morley and Bowes working their heartfelt magic acoustically while 'In Another Life' has a slow building laid back bass line allowing Bowes to use his vocals to the fore.

Like the previous album, there's flavours of seventies rock to explore with the groovy 'The Chosen One' featuring some fanciful fretwork from Morley, while 'Tumbling Down' brazenly kicks in with the sounds of The Who and Led Zeppelin riffs aplenty.

The album ends with 'There's Always A Love', a ballad with a Bonzo type drum backbeat that will become a firm favourite.

Although not as immediate as their debut 'Backstreet Symphony' or even their comeback album 'Wonder Days', 'Rip It Up' is a cohesive solid effort which Thunder fans and those new to the game will find plenty to cherish.

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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