„As We Die Alone“, the fourth epos of Italian THUNDERSTORM, is an album for eternity. Each song is a monument in itself, be it opener “Hawking Radiation: with its groovy and positive vibes and a brilliant acoustic break, or the following “Death Rides On The Highway” that reminds me of straight SOLITUDE AETURNUS or the divine “We Die As We Dream (Alone)" are only examples for the thesis that Doom does not only have to be boring music for depressive people.
THUNDERSTORM don’t wear any blinders and keep their mind open towards other influences. Therefore not the whole album is just viscous and demanding, but variable, catchy yet still gripping and damn heavy! It still is a Doom Metal album. Besides the divine guitar work, which belts out highly intense riffs, singer Fabio Bellan is the guy that made the biggest step forward. His vocals have gained a lot of expression and give me goose bumps without end. The choruses and hooks are top notch and probably unique in the genre when it comes to catchiness, even CANDLEMASS and SOLITUDE AETURNUS didn’t have that heart-gripping melodies on their last few albums, even the Doomy Jimi Hendrix cover “Voodoo Child” has been realized in a great way.
I personally am absolutely enthused and attest the band its best album to date and that with the previous albums being anything but weak. For narrow-minded purists the album might be too experimental, too positive or even to poppy, but man, am I happy that I am not one of those.
(Online October 12, 2010)