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BURNING THE CANDLE AT BOTH ENDS

ROYAL THUNDER VOCALIST/BASSIST MLNY PARSONZ TAL KS TO TERRORIZER ABOUT THEIR NEW ALBUM ‘WICK’ AND WHAT IT MEANS TO HAVE COMPLETE INTEGRITY AND THE PRESSURES THAT ENSUE

ROYAL THUNDER

”IFI WALKED AROUND THINKING THAT M FUCKING GREAT AT WHAT I DO, THEN SOMEONE SHOULD PUNCH ME”

“I can be self-deprecating and my worst critic,” sighs Royal Thunder’s fiery vocalist/bassist Mlny Parsonz at one point through our conversation, and boy, have we realised that by now. The Atlanta band, a quartet since the addition of Zoroaster’s guitarist Will Fiore a couple of years a go, are already on their third full-length, ‘WICK’, which follows their ‘CVI’ debut and 2015’s highly-praised breakthrough ‘Crooked Doors’, and through it all, Mlny has always seemed a tightlywound ball of frustration and stress, fighting through recordings and tours as if she didn’t rock out like the best of them already (which she does). But it’s how she is, and look, it produces results. If anyone had any doubts that Royal Thunder would be able to follow up and outdo a potentially career-shaping record like ‘Crooked Doors’ was, a few listens to ‘WICK’ should clear those lingering questions.

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I bloody love The Obsessed’s new album – it’s packed with grooves and riffs and isn’t one-dimensional in the slightest. I recall getting psyched when Relapse announced they had signed the band and since the news landed, plotting with the label about putting Wino and his band on the cover. It seems like aeons since they recorded the album last summer, but as Wino explains in our cover feature, a lot has been going on since that recording session. Go and read all about it now! And if you haven’t heard the album, please go check it out – it’s well worth the twenty-plus year wait since ‘The Church Within’. I always remember Wino and co. sticking out like a sore thumb when I saw them in Nottingham’s Rock City opening for Prong and Life Of Agony in support of that album – a sea of audience confusion greeted them, but the drive and honesty that oozed from the trio that night had a long-lasting impression on me, and I cannot wait to see them on our shores again soon, I hope. So, as always enjoy the issue in your hands. Every month Kez and the writing crew pour blood, sweat and tears into the issue to make it the best we can. It’s tough times out there, we have no crowd-funding hype machines behind us, just passion, belief and, frankly, stubbornness. And of course, enjoyment in the music. Take care and see you next month! Adios Darren Sadler
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