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Blindside Thunder’s third album 100 proof is chock full of hard rock idioms spawned from the late 1980s until the present time. Swaggering lead vocals, aggressive guitars and bass, and chugging, pounding drum work are the order of the day. Recent nominees at last month’s New England Music Awards, these Providence, Rhode Island boys prove their metal on this album. This is the stuff you want playing on your car stereo as your cruising down the highway or coming out of a home stereo system during a knockdown, drag out house party.
Blindside Thunder’s current line up is John E. Wilde on lead vocals and rhythm guitar; Mike “GunSlinger” Green on lead guitar; Double D on bass; and Andy K on drums.
While these boys don’t reinvent the hard rock wheel, they do play with an energy, tightness, and finesse that puts them far above a lot of other bands with a muscular sound. Opening track “Rock And Roll Junkie” has it all: tough, swaggering lead vocalist with raw, raspy voice; bracing guitar rhythm that pushes everything out of its way while being supported by a tight, solid, hard-driving rhythm section. The boys take it slow in one section of this cut while the lead vocalist belts like a rock anthem circus barker. He’s in a good place and wants to invite everyone to the party. There’s also an incendiary lead guitar phrase here that lights a fuse, heightening the suspenseful energy crackling all around.
“Bad Reputation” rides ruggedly through the jungle terrain of thick bass lines and pulsating drum beats. This singer delivers with action packed stamina during the punchy chorus. A lead guitar phrase sounds like it’s running for its life, taking twists and turns in its melodic line, making its way through the propulsive groove with fearless, reckless drive and determination.
Coming in stylishly with punchy, snappy, thumping drum work, “Tequila” is loaded with audacious rhythms that keep us listening. Solid rhythm guitar playing pushes it all along with muscular authority until a lead guitar phrase gets loose, threatening to scorch the walls with its fiery passion and incisive edge. This singer knows his job and does it well. He belts with a raw passion that makes one picture him grabbing the microphone with a grip that could strangle someone while emoting with the kind of fury that this song requires.
Blindside Thunder earns its band name with the stomping groove of “Takes My Breath Away.” It combines flinty rhythms with a gruff, macho lead vocal to create what hard rock dream bands are made of. The singer lurches over a marching groove like Godzilla lurching over Tokyo, menacing with the potential of all a voice so tough and ominous could do. There is something special going on in the way the rhythm section keeps pumping out a steady groove, maintaining a control over colors and tones as well as functioning as the locomotive engine.
“Daddy’s Farm” finds its way into the listener’s consciousness with a different twist from the rest of the album. The boys take it down low, low key, low guitar notes, low, flowing lead vocal. After intriguing with this alluring intro material, the Blindside Thunder boys jump into propulsive rock anthem. There’s enough bass drum, solid four string work, and bracing rhythm guitar to take down an elephant. This song doesn’t move to a beat and meter as much as it kicks its way forward with one of the best hard rock attacks heard at the local level in years.
Pulpy bass lines, thumping drum smacks, and jumpy guitars turn “Rebel Revolution” into what its title implies. It sparks up with contrasting lead and rhythm guitar parts as the lead vocal, with overlord reach and tone, commands attention. Just after the guitars scream out brief bits of phrase and groove, lead vocals make a dramatic appearance, pacing the song like a well written scene from a dark themed movie or cable TV program. A plethora of bass nudges, drum pushes, and guitar eruptions inspire the imagination, making one picture ominous action playing out to this well scored rocker.
Sounding off with radio ready riffs and rock anthem size, “Human Race” buzzes and hums with steady authority. Tight ensemble playing here could knock down doors and walls while impressing with nuances from each instrument. Every nice touch comes together just right, weaving a hard rock wall of sound that envelopes all around it. Guitar phrases soar by like missiles and the lead vocal is as gruff and rock steady as usual.
Blindside Thunder close out their album with “Burn.” And burn it does, slapping out riffs and drum smacks with a persistent oomph. You can feel every one of the bass notes that, along with the steady stick work, shoves this song forward like an intimidating force of nature.
Blindside Thunder live up to their hard rock reputation with this third outing. With three discs to their name and a recent NEMA nomination for Metal Act Of The Year, they should gain a larger share of the local hard rock audience in 2015. They also have a down to earth demeanor that many found charming at New England Music Awards. Part humble, part honored, and part WTF, I can’t believe we were actually allowed into this place, they made quite a few new friends and admirers.
Rock n Roll Circus Album Review
Blindside Thunder are :-
John E Wilde - Lead Guitar & Vocals,
Dan - Bass,
Mike P Green - Guitar, and,
Andy K - Drums.
Blindside Thunder's first release was back in 2012 with their debut EP, The Truth Hurts. This was quickly followed up by the bands first album, The Storm, which was released in May 2013. Now we look at their hotly anticipated new album, 100 Proof, which is due for release in February 2015. So let the party begin and let's hear these guys rock!.
Rock N Roll Junkie - A catchy, distorted guitar hook instantly fires you up as the drum fills and rhythm guitar add their weight. A harmonic blast down the fretboard then launches this juggernaut down the highway and gets us rolling. Chugging rhythm guitar, power chords and drum fills are all here with the classic attitude and swagger of rock n roll. The guitar solo at the bridge pleasing any air guitarist as they windmill around their room. This is definitely one to crank up to the max and get any metal head thinking, hell yeah!. Feel good party rock is here and taking it to the next level!.
Bad Reputation - A drum fill launches the guitars into a full on seductive swagger, fit for all the bad girls out there to want to grab their stripper poles and show some attitude. The guitars grind and the drums thunder along with a locomotive rhythm, power chords and wails adding attitude to the track. The guitar medley at the bridge sealing the deal to this awesome track of girls gone bad and oh, how we love bad girls!.
Tequila - Rolling tom tom beats accompanied by guitar licks and chugs launch the track with confidence and swagger. This track struts around, hunting it's prey, seducing, tempting. The lure of tequila bringing you to your knees being the theme of this awesome track. The rolling drums and guitar grind really make you feel like your being seduced as you listen.
Take My Breath Away - Sat in a bar and noticing a woman that takes your breath away?, this track is all about it. The drums roll in as the guitars strut around with the lyrics and high hat fills. This has swagger and attitude to bring the seduction and chase to the table.
Daddy's Farm - Opening with a clean blues rhythm on the guitars and drumstick taps, the southern style sound comes alive with the lyrics. The song soon fires up into a feel good hard and heavy rock n roller with a ZZ Top feel. Distorted blues riffs seriously igniting this awesome track into one hell of a foot tapper!.
Rebel Revolution - A brooding bass line rumbles alongside the drums, bringing in the crunching guitar rhythm. The lead guitar emerging with its wail before setting this track off with its attitude and defiance. A battle cry to unite, a track to ignite the fire within!. Awesome bass lines throughout this track and the whole tone of this track getting you ready for the fight!.
Human Race - A heavily distorted rhythm guitar with a Black Label Society tone brings in the tom toms and lead guitar with a plectrum slide down the strings. The track emerges with a freight train rhythm and a defiance in the lyrical tone. Chugging guitars and wails throwing their weight into this awesome grind before the guitar medley at the bridge throws even more conviction into the mix.
Burn - Classic tom tom and snare beats with cymbal fills accompany the rhythm guitar hooks, bringing in the lead guitar with its wailing defiance. The track subsiding slightly to let the lyrics emerge with a background rhythm and guitar grind. The song gently rising in attitude with cymbal hits and guitar hooks to keep this track rocking with some serious conviction.
Blindside Thunder have produced one hell of an epic, feel good rock and roll album with 100 Proof!. The bands musical influences over the years have seriously rubbed off on the them and we have everything here from blues, metal and pure rock and roll to bring us this album with a party atmosphere and attitude. There isn't a bad track on this album!. Every song will get you cranking the volume up, head banging and feeling good. If this is Rebel Rock, sign me up for more!!. If you like Motley Crüe, ZZ Top, Warrant, Van Halen and Black Label Society, check out Blindside Thunder because they will seriously fire up your rock and roll senses!. Awesome rock and roll is back!!.
BST - 100 Proof, 100% of the Time
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HellHound Music Review - 10-29-14
There is a lot of talk about the dying rock scene but bands like Blind Side Thunder are keeping the genre rolling. Blind Side Thunder’s brand of their self-proclaimed “Rebel Rock” is a blend of heavy and hard rock with a nod to classic rock and with a new album on the way and a full scale tour after the new year, the band isn’t stopping anytime soon.
Originally conceived as a covers band in Rhode Island in 2009, the band went through some lineup changes over the next couple of years before moving into writing original music and finding their niche on the hard rock scene. They released their first EP in 2012 and their first full length album, The Storm, last year. Currently, the band is working on their follow-up album, 100 Proof, which should be out early next year. The band has given fans a sneak peak of the album while out on the road with the tracks “Tequila”, a in-your-face track dedicated to one of the band’s favorite drinks, and “Human Race”, a party jam with large guitar swells.
In the meantime, the band is still out promoting The Storm. Released last May, the album is a unapologetic rock album built around a party atmosphere with a lot of humor thrown in. Tracks like “We Want To Party” and “She Loves Sex” are filled with tongue-in-cheek lyrics that invite the listeners to join in on the fun and sing along. At times, the band even pulls out a bit of a punk edge on tracks like “Draw The Line” and “Say Goodbye”, which features a fantastic melodic chorus.
Blind Side Thunder’s enthusiasm and feel good music make for the perfect live showcase and over the years they have built a strong fan base with their affectionately coined “Legion of Thunder”. As such, their live shows are not to be missed. Founder, lead vocalist and guitarist, John E Wilde, is the backbone of the band and his wide range of influences from Judas Priest and Black Sabbath to Lynyrd Skynyrd and Ted Nugent to artists like Elvis, Buddy Holly and Johnny Cash, are clearly evident in Blind Side Thunder’s music. In a way, their music is a historical map of all the rock genre has to offer. Those looking for some home-grown rock and roll and a way to escape from the stress of everyday life, Blind Side Thunder is the band for you.
Written by Tracy Heck
Tracy Heck is a contributor to AXS, HellHound and The Examiner in Detroit.
This music review was posted at HellHound Music and The Examiner
JJR Music Review - 10-7-14
If you want to listen to a real hardcore Rock 'n' Roll band then BlindSide Thunder are the band for you. Having released album The Storm, BlindSide Thunder make music with true personality, attitude and bite who are the not scared to go beyond the boundaries to reach the maximum sound. The album itself is of course heavily influenced by Rock 'n' Roll but it also covers other area of rock from blues, punk and arena rock. Songs such as Draw the Line, My Baby Loves to Dance and Take Me Down deserve a special mention and certainly worth taking time out to listen to. With slick production combined with superb lyric writing BlindSide Thunder are most definitely all about the Rock 'n' Roll.
JJR Rating : 9/10 Bringing old school Rock 'n' Rock up-to-date.
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The hard rock genre is one that gets passed over way too much in today’s fake pop music mainstream. It seems that the masses want easily digestible simple music with absolutely no substance. We don’t all need to fit into that pocket that they want. There are plenty of real fans out there that want solid heavy music to party with. The band Blindside Thunder seems to have proven this.
The Providence, Rhode Island based band pushes the hard rock and party genre envelope with their unique style that they have named “Rebel Rock”. The high energy sound is full of creative hooks, grinding guitars, huge drums, and party sing along vocals. Blindside Thunder is unapologetic with their tongue in cheek lyrics that preach the party atmosphere and welcome everyone to join in the fun. And it seems that everyone is joining with their affectionately named Legion Of Thunder fanclub growing at a rapid pace. The fans are as big a part of the band as the musicians themselves with this home-grown rock ‘n roll attitude.
After 2 impressive albums the band has returned to the studio for work on their third tentatively titled 100 Proof. Indie Band Guru got an advance listen to the first couple tracks off the new album. “Tequila” is a straight up in-your-face rock song with crunchy guitars and vocals to tell you the story of a wild night fueled by alcohol. The other track “Human Race” is even more epic. The guitar swells will have anyone playing air guitar before you know it. The all inclusive party atmosphere is extra evident as Blindside Thunder wants to “Party with the Human Race”
Album Review - 1 - 16 - 14
Okay – so even if I lied my hardest to you at this point, you all know me well enough to know that straight ahead rock’n roll is about the biggest challenge I can have thrown my way. There’s no convincing you that I’m sitting here simultaneously reviewing this album from Blindside Thunder at the same time as re-watching Rock Of Ages for the 6th time today – I know that you won’t believe me…
And though it might not be the particular genre of choice for your humble reviewer, as I have found with ALL music - there is ALWAYS something to like.
Sometimes you just have to be in the right mindset. How would a typical fan of TRUE rock listen to The Storm? LOUD. So I cranked it. Much better.
Within seconds you can identify two things through the crunchy guitars and crisp drums – Blindside Thunder is not out to go and redefine rock’n roll, they’re here to make the music that they and so many others still identify with and love more than any other. Seriously – the fans of 80’s style rock’n roll and metal are still among the most passionate I’ve ever met when speaking about their genre.You can easily hear that passion in Blindside Thunder. With an up-tempo rock album that suggests you not only leave your pillows on your bed, but throw them out completely as there will be no sleep to be had while this album is on. These are the rock-party anthems; certainly not to be confused with the vice-versa! The production and the performances are geared up to rock the entire time, matching the energetic themes of the lyrics. To pull it off as well as Blindside Thunder does is almost a tribute to those nostalgic times when rock rolled over the Earth
Musically, I’d put this band as right in the middle of David-Lee-Roth-era-Van-Halen-meets-Kiss. They take the anthem-style rock approach that Kiss had to the writing of their hooks and through the vocals bring it to the more Van Halen side of things. There are some deviations towards the end – “Say Goodbye” is a catchier pop-rock side of Blindside Thunder, whereas the track to follow “She Wants Sex” almost incorporates a Ramones-ish feeling and a little harder edge to the vocals.
While I might always be looking for bands to re-invent the wheel in the musical universe, I can never argue that more of a good thing ISN’T a good thing, cause it IS…a good thing. If you’re a rock fan, if you’ve read through this review and you know and love the bands we’ve referenced in comparison, then there’s no reason you shouldn’t go out and get The Storm right now. BlindSide Thunder play their music with complete skill & enthusiasm and could easily hold their own against the heavy-hitters of rock.
January 16, 2014
Review by Jeremy
Sleeping Bag Studios, Canada
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Album Review - 1 - 10 - 14
If you're looking for some crunchy, driving, good-time hard rock, then New England area band BlindSide Thunder's album, The Storm, is going to be right up your alley!
The Storm is BlindSide Thunder's(BST) first full-length studio album and was originally released in May of 2013. This album is packed full of high-energy jams ranging from a more southern crunch with short hooky leads to more speedy, punk influenced jams to just straight hard rock! The Storm is a solid pick for the crew looking for a somewhat diverse bit still mainstream hard rock album for their next party. Check out my favorite tracks "Blue Agave", "She Wants Sex" and "Take Me Down"!
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Album Review - 12 - 3 - 13
The band’s first official full length release is the “The Storm”. Released in May of 2013 The Storm, shows the diversity and commitment to fun party rock with a purposeful foundation in musicianship.
Say what you will about the 80′s, but it did bring forth some great hard rock. And that is exactly the era Blindside Thunder so perfectly captures on this album. The band debuts its album while the era of hard rock is polluted with Death Metal, Black Metal, Stoner Rock, Thrash Metal and Nu Metal, to name just a few of the sub-genres doing the rounds.
But Blindside Thunder is different, in true old-school fashion; they sound like a pure hard-rock dream team that just walked out of the genre’s finest era. The resulting music is a full-throttle, unapologetic rock album, brimming with the same party attitude and sense of fun that made 80’s rock so legendary.
Here’s another case of where the whole ends up being much greater than the sum of its three parts. These guys are having fun and the lyrics and music reflect that. As you listen to the album, each member clearly has his own moments, but none seem extraneous, they are always within the context of the song.
One thing to understand about the album “The Storm”, is that this is one hard rocking album. This brings back a Hard Rock sound that has been lost for so many years. The album is a blend between nostalgia and modern rock, but really fun and refreshing because we haven’t gotten anything like this in a while. The mixing of rock styles, while all the rage in young bands, are rarely incorporated in such a powerfully raw and eclectic manner.
These guys sound like they just want to play music and they do it honestly! This leads to awesome tunes for the honest rocker. Check out “Dream Girl”, “My Baby Loves To Dance”, “Take Me Down”, “Slow Hard And Steady” and “Blue Agave” to grab a taste of what I mean.
In the last 20 years there has been very little in the way of hard-driving pure rock and roll. Sure you’ve had some alternative rock that’s been awesome and some great grunge and metal bands – but no-one has delivered an album of head banging, turn it up and blast out the neighbors kind of rock and roll…until the release of “The Storm” by Blindside Thunder!
Independent Music News 24 - December 3, 2013