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Thundermother: Heat Wave
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Thundermother: Heat Wave

Hard Rock
4.5/5.0

The last I heard from Sweden's Thundermother was their 2015 debut album Road Fever. The female quartet remained busy releasing another album quickly, Rock N Roll Disaster, also in 2015. But then, in 2017, band founder and guitarist made a complete personnel change. She brought in Guernica Mancini (vocals), Emlee Johansson (drums), and Majsan Lindberg (bass) for a brand new Thundermother. This lineup would drop the eponymous Thundermother in 2018. Now, with that history taken care of, the band delivers their fourth and latest album, Heat Wave on the AFM Records label.

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To summarize the Thundermother sound, I would say take Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, then drop in some AC/DC boogie rock, some Motorhead speed rock, and perhaps a touch of blues. But, essentially, Thundermother is a rock n roll band; perhaps heavier rock, but with plenty of melody, harmony, groove, catchy refrains, and ripping guitar solos.

Heat Wave offers listeners 13 songs at nearly 50 minutes with most songs within the radio-friendly three to four minute zone. Essentially, you get a lot of rock for your buck. So on to a few favorite tunes. For some faster guitar rock tunes listen for Somebody Love Me, Driving In Style, Loud And Alive, or Into the Mud, which has a most excellent bass breakdown in the latter half. For something of that Joan Jett vibe, check out the big beat riff rocker, Back In 76, with it's catchy sing-a-long chorus. For some possible AC/DC vibe, listen for Free Ourselves with its sharp guitar solo start and boogie rock groove. For something completely different in style, you'll find a ballad with Sleep. Starting in the first half with voice and acoustic guitar, it rises heavier in the middle, sways back to another lighter vocal section, then rises once more for the guitar solo.

If you like your hard rock with spunk, rock rhythm and groove, thrilling guitar solos, and memorable melodies and refrains, you will enjoy Thundermother and their latest album Heat Wave. Easily recommended.



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The Bottom Line

If you like your hard rock with spunk, rock rhythm and groove, thrilling guitar solos, and memorable melodies and refrains, you will enjoy Thundermother and their latest album Heat Wave. Easily recommended.

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