Album Review: A Sound of Thunder – Time’s Arrow The Brainfart September 16, 2013 Album Reviews 1 Comment A Sound of Thunder – Time’s Arrow Release Date: 2013 Highlights: Power Play, Time’s Arrow, Broken Bridge, Queen of Hell, My Disease, Reign of the Hawklords First off, how did I make it this far without writing a review of this big ass platter of face melting epicness? Well, better late than never right? Listening to A Sound of Thunder was like being introduced to a new friend that after a few minutes together you feel you’ve known for a lifetime. That is the best way to describe A Sound of Thunder’s latest album “Times Arrow.” Everything about this album is familiar and comfortable yet fresh, new, and exciting all at the same time. Lead vocalist Nina Osequeda has such an epically powerful voice. Unlike many metal singers, Nina’s voice is free of all of those over the top acrobatics and instead she features a punchy, clear as a bell voice that actually allows the listener to hear every word she is singing. Way too often I hear hear some amazing metal bands but I can’t help but feel I’m missing something when I can’t understand the lyrics. With Osequeda, you can hear every word and it’s a great thing because they are lyrics worth listening to. Time’s Arrow kicks off with two of what I feel are two of the strongest metal songs I have heard in ages. “Power Play” and “Times Arrow really show off the amazing playing of guitarist Josh Schwartz and the bands ability to construct truly dynamic metal masterpieces. “Queen of Hell” is such an epic masterpiece in itself and I honestly have to say that I love this version way more than the version on the EP that featured Veronica Freeman of Benedictum. “My Disease” which features Blaze Bayley on guest vocals is a great song and much like with “Queen of Hell” I feel that it doesn’t need a guest vocalist when you’ve got a massive singer like Nina already at the helm. Blaze just annoys this living shit out of me but I have to say that his work on this song actually really worked pretty well. “Reign of the Hawklords” is a spectacular album closer and has some amazingly infections hooks and changes going. By the time the song was done I found myself wanting to go back and listen again just to find my favorite songs. Time’s Arrow is a fantastic addition to any metal fan’s collection that likes their metal diverse, well produced, and expertly executed. As a whole, the album has a really great flow and it is metal ear candy at its finest. As a band, A Sound of Thunder is one of the tightest bands I’ve heard in a while and because of his work on this album guitarist Josh Schwartz has been added to my list of favorite metal guitarists. A Sound of Thunder is the perfect amount of everything that I love about metal. They are touch of prog, a touch of NWOBHM, a bit of thrash, and there are even elements of some more modern metal bands such as Lacuna Coil and Epica. A Sound of Thunder is a band that has figured out how to take all of the great parts of metal and combine them into one kick ass equation that delivers something truly special. This is a band I will be keeping my eyes on for a long time to come. Now if they’d only come back to Atlanta and melt my face live. Like this:Like Loading... Chris (@MrNoncents) says: September 16, 2013 at 7:29 pm I cued this album up on Spotify for the ride home. On the basis of the first 2 songs alone, it’s a hit with me. I hear a lot of NWOBHM in it–Killers era Maiden and Def Leppard back when they were still a metal band. This is a mega-slab of hard rock ecstasy. I couldn’t agree more that it’s a total relief to hear an intelligible singer. Another act I’ve gone crazy for very recently is ReVamp. The new album, Wild Card, is fucking powerful, front to back. Floor Jansen has a super voice and doesn’t get too operatic, but when she does it’s a treat. She is a great frontwoman and I think she’s one of the main creative forces in the band. \m/ Sound of Thunder is still spinning. Not a misstep yet. Queen of Hell is definitely a face melter. Thanks for the recommend, Don!