Royal Thunderâ€™s 2011 eponymous EP was like a hairline fracture in Pandoraâ€™s Box; the essence of the inhabitants slipped out, but the full brunt remained dormant. CVI, the bandâ€™s debut long-player splinters the container, freeing the darkness with metallic intensity.
The Atlanta, Georgia, quartet is heavy; Sabbath-style slabs of guitar and bassist/vocalist Milny Parsonz banshee wail are an explosive combination, raging through the opening â€œParsonz Curse,â€ trudging distorted through â€œWhispering World,â€ and pulsing venom across â€œBlue.â€ The quartet is blistering at times, brooding at others, but intense throughout.
Atlantaâ€™s music scene has always boasted a far-reaching variety of styles and genres, and Royal Thunder are adding liberally to the mix; they cast a fiery storm from the heart of this Southern city.
CVI is out now on Relapse Records.