Thunderblast – Invaders From Another World
When you see an album entitled “Invaders From Another World” by a band called Thunderblast, you know you’re in for a treat of some sort. When I saw it in our list of promotional albums, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to check it out, and depite its lack of originality I found it to be a thoroughly enjoyable record.
Hailing from the city of Bogotá, Colombia, Thunderblast play a brand of power metal with a strong traditional metal influence, not unlike that of Primal Fear. The material here is fast, high-energy, and fun, featuring well-written songs that flow together quite well, creating a listening experience that is as smooth as it is intense, and as pleasant as it is harsh.
However, while this is a good album, there are a few things holding it back from being great. First of all, none of the songs are really memorable. They are all quite entertaining when one is listening to them, but there are few riffs or melodies that truly stand out. This is perhaps best illustrated by the vocal performance; while the vocals are pretty well-done, there is simply not enough melody to keep it very interesting throughout. Additionally, the lyrics deal primarily with zombies and alien invaders, and while this fits Thunderblast’s somewhat retro style of metal, it doesn’t lend the album much emotional depth. I’m certainly not one to pick on a band for using fantastical imagery, and the lyrics may or may not present a problem depending on what the listener is looking for, but I found the lyrics to be a bit less engaging than I hoped.
All nitpicking aside, though, “Invaders From Another World” is a decent release. If you’re looking for an emotional experience or a compositional masterpiece, you’re not going to find it here, but if you’re just looking to bang your head, give it a shot and you won’t be disappointed.
Tom’s Rating: 2.75/5