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Thunder: 'Rip It Up'
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17th February 2017

mark taylor
Words: Mark Taylor


The third coming of Thunder, after they reformed for a second time in 2011, has seen the loveable Sarf London rockers return to Premiership status where they rightly belong with the release of their Top Ten album 'Wonder Days' in 2015 which saw them selling out a UK theatre tour as well as headline festival slots, all followed by an arena tour.

Expectations are high for their eleventh studio album, 'Rip It Up', and while it doesn't necessarily break down any new barriers, it does see Thunder keeping the bar raised high with a willingness to experiment a little without moving too far from their signature sound.

Once again all compositions are entirely created by guitarist Luke Morley, backed by his ever faithful band featuring the soaring soulful vocals of Danny Bowes, 'Harry' James providing a solid as ever backbeat along with the rhythm of bassist Chris Childs and rhythm guitarist Ben Matthews.

The album kicks off in galloping style with 'No One Gets Out Alive' and the title track, 'Rip It Up', which has a stomping seventies stamp with a Metal coating. These two tracks are amongst the heaviest songs Thunder have ever done, with Danny Bowes handling the vocals with ease while Morley cranks out the riffs with simplistic breeze.


'She Likes The Cocaine' is about a party loving girl who is still swinging in her sixties rather than heeding previous warnings. Guest Lynne Jackaman adds superlative wailing vocals on this rocking number which is not to be sniffed at.

'Right From The Start' sees Morley and Bowes working their heartfelt magic acoustically while 'In Another Life' has a slow building laid back bass line allowing Bowes to use his vocals to the fore.

Like the previous album, there's flavours of seventies rock to explore with the groovy 'The Chosen One' featuring some fanciful fretwork from Morley, while 'Tumbling Down' brazenly kicks in with the sounds of The Who and Led Zeppelin riffs aplenty.

The album ends with 'There's Always A Love', a ballad with a Bonzo type drum backbeat that will become a firm favourite.

Although not as immediate as their debut 'Backstreet Symphony' or even their comeback album 'Wonder Days', 'Rip It Up' is a cohesive solid effort which Thunder fans and those new to the game will find plenty to cherish.

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Here's a fabulous Aerosmith pictorial document as seen through the lens of famed British photographer Tony Mottram. Tony photographed the band over many years for various magazines and now has a monthly column here on MetalTalk.

As was often the case, only one photo ever got published and in the fast moving world of weekly magazines sometimes entire sessions would be done and left undeveloped.

Tony started shooting Aerosmith from towards the end of the period with Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay and onwards through the return of original members Joe Perry and Brad Whitford that resulted in the albums 'Done With Mirrors', 'Permanent Vacation' and 'Pump'.


As well as shooting the band several times in England, this collection includes images from a session at the band's rehearsal room in Boston. Littered throughout is a mixture of live and off stage photos including a selection of photos taken at London's famous Marquee club when they were joined on stage by Jimmy Page.

This limited edition hardback book, presented in a flight case and printed on silk paper, is an opportunity to own a unique selection of photos, most of which have never seen the light of day before.

This unique item is presented in an aluminium flight case and will be published in late November. Earlybird subscribers who order by 31st October will have their name printed within a dedicated page in the book.

To be sure not to miss out on this unique, future collector's item, hit the PayPal button here:

Publication date: 31st November 2017
ISBN: 978-1-908724-81-6
Format: Casebound.
Pages: 128 pages, printed on 170 gsm, silk paper.
Size: A4 landscape.


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