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THUNDERSTONE are back! The Finnish power metal act presents its new album “Apocalypse Again” on April 1st.
It is not only the return of the band after almost six years, “Apocalypse Again” sees Pasi Rantanen re-unite with THUNDERSTONE. The band’s original vocalist, who left after 2007’s “Evolution 4.0”, has been an integral part of THUNDERSTONE’s characteristic sound ever since and was sorely missed after his departure back then. “Apocalypse Again” is melodic metal perfection. From the speedy opening track “Veterans Of The Apocalypse”, across the catchy single “The Path” with its uplifting chorus, to the epic completion with “Barren Land” - it clearly shows that THUNDERSTONE are one of the finest offerings in the current scene and how much Rantanen was missing. Welcome back!
THUNDERSTONE’s self-titled debut album was released in 2002 via Nuclear Blast, presenting the band’s classic power metal sound, influenced by Stratovarius, Sonata Arctica and Rainbow. The characteristic voice of Pasi Rantanen has a huge recognition value and combined with the fine, tasteful songwriting stands as a trademark of THUNDERSTONE’s sound.
In 2004 the band released „The Burning“, followed by „Tools Of Destruction” the year after. THUNDERSTONE’s fourth album „Evolution 4.0“ saw the band campaigning for Eurovision Song contest for Finland, but this bid was denied by a narrow and the band fell 2nd. Shortly after, vocalist Pasi Rantanen left THUNDERSTONE and it took a while until a new line-up was found. Rick Altzi (At Vance) became the one to replace Rantanen and had his baptism of time with the album „Dirt Metal”, which the band produced in 2010. This alliance didn’t hold up for longer though: Altzi was leaving and joining Masterplan but Pasi Rantanen could be convinced to rejoin THUNDERSTONE. Enter: „Apocalypse Again“, finally the band is back with new music. A grandiose opus, showing The Finns return to where they left off a decade ago.