THUNDERBIRD

"Thunderbird" (Delinquent Records; 2018)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

On their self-titled album, Thunderbird delivers a solid dose of classic hard rock in the vein of legendary rockers like Starz, Sweet and Bachman Turner Overdrive.

"Thunderbird," the CD, is loaded with guitar-driven rockers that will have you pumping your fist to the rhythm. Of the 12 tracks on the CD, at least nine of them are the kind of songs you can't wait to hear on the radio, but rarely do becuase (at least here in Southern California) the "rock" radio stations seem to have only about 40 songs that they play over and over again ad nauseum.  These are rock'n'roll anthems with walls of guitar music, irresistible choruses and lyrics that range from serious to just plain fun.

Of the 12 songs that aren't  guitar-driven rockers, there's "Man of Clay," a ballad that starts out slow and typical and yet, by the time it's over, has morphed into something intoxicatingly beautiful. "King Rat" and "Vampire" are the kind of rock operas that you might expect from Alice Cooper or David Bowie, "Vampire" being the more epic of the two, clocking in at nearly eight minutes.

Thunderbird are proof that classic rock is far from dead. This is one of those albums that gets better every time you listen to it.

Thunderbird: Marc LaFrance - vocals & vocal arrangements; Brice Tabish - guitars; Rob Becker - bass; Kelly Stodola - drums & percussion; Rod 'Doc' Coogan - guitar solo in "Liar (Fool's Gold)".

For more information, check out http://www.facebook.com/thunderbirdtheband.  

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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