THUNDERTALE - MILZINAI - ATRA MUSICA
Look, we like to promote unknown or up-and-coming bands as much, if not more, than anyone here at Metallian Towers. Truth is though, to perfectly serve our readers, and maintain our integrity the truth needs to come out.
Thundertale is hit and miss and mostly a miss. The Lithuanians hard rockers have apparently a modicum of popularity in their homeland, but for my money nationalistic hard rock and heavy metal misses the point. The band signs of 'freedom' but frankly knows nothing of the real concept which is setting oneself free of the restrictions of one nationality, one country and one language. Metal transcends all that rubbish. Then the band mixes its worthwhile moments - which actually do sound like Iced Earth and Maiden here and there - with the usual mess of singing about its country with a bunch of other stupid instruments. Come on now, this is supposed to be heavy metal, right? The many slower interludes and Lithuanian narratives would not be bad were they not so numerous, were not signing about the fatherland or copying Jethro Tull. Too bad; as simple as the music of Thundertale is if they actually wanted to they could have delivered. - Anna Tergel