February 19, 2018 Thundermother – Thundermother (Album Review)
For over a half Century, countless all girl, and female-fronted acts have been a life force in the genre of Rock. These exceptional artists have, many times over, been the embodiment of Rock-n-Roll. From legendary songstresses like Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac in the 1970s, to Joan Jett and The Blackhearts in the 1980s, Hole in the 1990s, and Amy Lee of Evanescence in the 2000s – some of the most dominant and impressive music in history has derived from multi-talented, bad-ass girls.
Today, more than ever, amazing front-women such as Lzzy Hale of Halestorm and Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless stand as leaders, in what can only be called, the woman’s revolution in Rock – as countless new female rockers are joining the movement each year.
That being said, Sweden’s compelling all girl Hard Rock outfit known as Thundermother – Filippa Nässil (guitarist and founder), Clare Cunningham (vocals), Giorgia Carteri (drums), Linda Strom (bass), and Tilda Stenqvist (drums) – have fiercely carried the torch for no nonsense, tough as nails Rock music since their acclaimed debut album, 2014’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Disaster. Soon after, Thundermother released their sophomore effort, 2015’s Road Fever, and the buzz grew louder, as fans and critics alike ate up the bands wicked twist on Classic Rock meets a Modern Rock-n-Roll appeal.
Amidst a radical change, in 2017, with four bandmates parting ways, Nässil, as the sole member, strived to keep Thundermother alive – bringing in Sara Pettersson on bass, Emlee Johansson on drums, and Guernica Mancini on vocals – completing the new Thundermother lineup.
A fresh start, the new ThunderMother hit the road, sharing the stage with the likes of Michael Monroe and W.A.S.P. Then, after a highly successful headlining tour of Europe, Thundermother was ready for the biggest test of all – The Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany – a performance seeing the new line-up really come into fruition.
A new year ahead, Thundermother are no doubt going strong as the band announces their, simply titled, third full length studio album – Thundermother – is locked in for release on Friday, February 23, 2018 on Despotz Records. A three time Grammy Award-Winning Producer, Thomas Plec Johansson was at the helm as Thundermother gave life to their most impassioned, and mature, collection of fiery Rock cuts that burst like a firecracker on the Fourth of July.
A gift of sweet new tracks, Thundermother is kicked off with “Revival,” a song with stirring vocal harmonies that exemplify what music can do when it catches your soul. Catchy as hell, “Whatever” bleeds Rock-n-Roll for life while “Survival Song” holds the inner wisdom to stay strong. In dire straits, “Racing on Mainstreet” makes a break to escape from trouble, knowing full well running away from your issues is no means to a solution.
Embracing their first ballad ever, Thundermother shine with “Fire in the Rain,” a delicate track about being there for someone and someone being there for you. Here, Mancini shows her strength as a performer, possessing the ability to channel the warmth out of raw and emotional lyrics. If this is a sign of things to come, Thundermother have found a bright future with Mancini on vocals. Thereafter, “Hanging At My Door” speaks to letting go of a love that hurts too much to keep around and then “Rip Your Heart Out” brings the heat with a riff that tears into the fiber of the mind.
A tight, rebellious cut, “The Original Sin” is an ideal Rock-n-Roll track, declaring the ultimate ThunderMother rule to be, “Regret Nothing At All.” As “Quitter” refuses to stay down, the album’s first single, “We Fight For Rock N Roll,” is a battle cry that launches with a sample of the ominous bell toll from Metallica’s “For Whom The Bell Tolls” – giving a clear look into the essence of Thundermother.
Upon opening guitar licks, vividly comparable to early Def Leppard, “Follow Your Heart” is an honest calling to have the guts to believe in yourself and embody a fighting spirit. Lastly, the unblemished “Children On The Rampage” has a bad attitude as “Won’t Back Down” models defying the pressures of society.
Note for note, Thundermother is a fearless shot of Rock euphoria, offering quality tunes, full of life, and deeper meaning. Thundermother are more than a classic sounding band, they are a gang of rockers who love the music and want to fulfill the wishes of fans all over the world to, not just keep Rock music alive, but to rule the world with Rock. Without a doubt, Thundermother will be your new favorite band! Top-Notch, CrypticRock gives Thundermother 4.5 out of 5 Stars.