Press Release: Astounding reviews for first new Thunderstick album in three decades
New album from NWOBHM legend: ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’
CD: TSCD001 Released: 31 July 2017
Hit hard by the tragic death of former Thunderstick vocalist Jodee Valentine at just 55, Thunderstick creator Barry Graham Purkis was inspired to do something in her memory. The first new Thunderstick album in over thirty years ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’ duly emerged. Combining songs that the band were playing live first time around but had had never been released together with some new tracks written especially for this release, the album has met with fantastic reviews from all over the world.
Bravewords: “an absolute cracker of a comeback album” 9/10
Hotmetalonline: “will vie for the #1 spot on my year end album ‘best of 2017’ lists”
Get Ready To Rock: “A wonderful reminder of how good a drummer Thunderstick is and how much more there is to him than just the image”
Rockstruck: “A surprising and very successful comeback that deserves to be purchased by anyone with a hankering for a solid lap time classic well-executed Rock”
Eternal Terror: “wonderfully organic and raw record that perfectly captures the mood of the old days and yet sounds sharp, punchy and current”
KNAC: “its ten tracks literally burst with ideas” 5/5
Thunderstick: “The reviews for the new album have been astounding with an emphasis being placed on my songwriting ability and production – something that I am thrilled about, not bad for a drummer that wears a mask and plays inside a cage..!’
First noticed playing with a developing Iron Maiden in the seventies then moving to Samson (being instrumental in finding a very youthful Bruce Dickinson) Barry Graham Purkis became the figurehead of the newly emerging NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) scene. This was done by creating an alter ego Thunderstick, a masked persona known not only for his wild style of playing drums but doing so from inside a cage and playfully terrorizing audiences. He went on to form his own highly theatrical band in the eighties. Fronted by a female rock ’n’ roll wildchild (something comparatively new for its time) Thunderstick the band was a perfect ‘Beauty and the Beast’ combination, playing live and recording for six years until it folded in 1987.
Something Wicked This Way Comes is true to the band’s original ‘classic rock’ style and maintains the classic Thunderstick band format of female vocalist, two guitars, bass and drums. Musicians on the album are: Thunderstick (drums), Martin Shellard (guitars), Dave Kandy Kilford (guitars), Rex Thunderbolt (bass) and Lucie V (vocals).