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History : Thunder production is still a young label (less than 2 years of existence). But itís also a very productive one : 5 productions for now & 5 or 6 previous releases. The boss of Thunder, Jean Hervé Crépôt is a man leaded by his passion of metal music. So, Thunder is not a one styled label. The 5 productions are really different from each others : From death metal to progressive metal....

Thunder is also a label who really produces its band. Itís not one of those who only put logo on a self produced Cd & only distribute it. Thunder often works with a good studio called Numerock with Alain Masson as sound enginneer. But this time again, Thunder differs from others Ďcos each bands keep its own sound & own personality.

Thunder productions also trys to make tour its band. This is the weakness point of young labels because rip off exist. Then, DAB tour as support act of Sinister. But Sinister totally rip off the band & the record company. Then, Thunder & DAB earn no money but lost a lot. Thatís a pity Ďcos, these rip offs can discourage labels, can make them disappear or prevent them from signing new bands. Coming from another underground band ( even if Sinister is well known in underground sceene) itís really unbearable. But speaking of these rip off is not the aim of this page. So letís go on .

The last point (for now) about Thunder productions is that this record company is only devoted to french metal bands. Then, sometimes, Thunder distributes some underground bands like Mortuary, Carcariass... As the label want to be distributed in foreign countries, Thunder also works with some foreign label. But if youíre also intersted in distributing Thunder productions, just contact them ! ! !


Thunder releases :

M pheralFuturaMalthus

DABForlorn emotionMercylessRegencythorns & Flowers

Previous releases : Mortuary, Savourey , Oddmöngers, ....


MORTUARY :

Mortuary has already appeared in this site through the help of their first self produced Cd, 'Hazards of Creation' ( see below) . 'Eradicate' is their new opus & this time it has been produced by Thunder productions

'Eradicate' is the death metal album of 1998, indisputably. It's a bomb!!! The band works a lot to erase the mistakes made on the first album. this time it's really one hundred times better than the common production in that style. recorded & mixed by Bruno Donini (Sup, Loudblast & mianly others one, ...), the sound is impressive : in the same time powerful , clear & precise. I rarely heard such a brutal music, as well recorded. This huge production strengthens songs. Close to bands like Cannibal Corpse or Malevolent Creation, Mortuary outdoes its rival with the qualities of their arrangements.  Sometimes, guitars can remain bands like Carcass at their beginning. Death metal was a quite moribund style & Mortuary 's album signs the rebirth of this style. It really gives the will to hear again death metal bands. 'Eradicate' contains12 furious songs , where brutality is at its best. there's absolutly no dead time. I highly recommend this album to death metal fans. Mortuary seems to become the new leader of the death metal scene with this album. A must have!!


MALTHÜS :

Mathüs is one of the new releases of the french record company Thunder production. This band comes from south of France & evolves in a thrash death metal style. But with a difference between mainly of this bands. The rythmic section will surely remains bands like Atheist or Cynic. So, it's better to define them as a technical death metal band. What's most impressive is that songs remain good & efficient even their complexive rythms & parts. The drummer has got a very fine & precise play on his cymbals & with the help of a fretless bass, it gives a unique color to the music.   It's very rare to hear this kind of play for a drummer & bassist in this style. You'll find it more in a jazz band or in the metal band like Watchtower. But Malthus's music is not only based on drums & bass. Guitars are very fluid & aggressive like in "For them", that is a good example of their way to compose. Finally, it sounds & remains Loudblast on their "Cross the threshold" CD. More over, the voice is really close than the one in Loudblast : loud, brutal but controlled, with a certain part of melody in it. 

So, you'll find some experimentations & unheard things in thrash death music like in "Obliveon" , a song build in 3 parts or in "Leaving the body". But the band succeeds in creatings songs with good structures. Then, it's never boring & each songs is enriched by the technical parts. The band takes care in structuring songs near a "simple" basis. So, you always know where you are in a song. One last thing about Malthüs ' songs is that they are often included some atmospheric parts based on guitars melodies like in " Between the cold" that strongly remains Paradise Lost ( Draconian times period) .  

To resume, it sounds very unique even if it's easy to find which bands influence them ( Loudblast, Cynic, Paradise Lost) . The muscians has got a great musicianship & compositionship tha finally give the birth to a solid first album . It's a great visit card & surely one of the most interested album released in this style for the 1998 year. It'd be a pity to ignore this album because it can pleased a various audience. 


M PHERAL :

M Pheral comes from the north of France. May be , you know one of its guitarist also playing in Sup (ex Supuration). M pheral plays indus death metal. They've already recorded 2 albums. The first one was self produced & called "Lie". In 1997, the band has been signed by Thunder production. The, 1998 will see the release of "Soil", the second album, recorded by Bruno Donini (Loudblast, Artsonic, ...). This time again, the sound is impressive. But for a band mixing death metal & industrial music, the most imortant is arrangements & surroundings. M Pheral owns this 2 qualities. Surroundings are really gloom & somber & the whole album remains very depressed & aggressive. The violent aspect comes mainly from the vocals, a piece of harsh, hate & pain. It's bizarre to see that voices can in the same time be aggressive & reflect an impression of inner pain.

If the basic structures of songs are created with machines (sampler, ...), the band always adds guitars & bass. Then, it's not totally inhuman & cold. It's very hard to tell particularly about one track  , because the whole album seems very indissociable. The masterstroke is that some songs enter in your mind immediatly like "Order" with its distorted bass parts, "Sub version" with its amazing vocals line & riffs, "Pryne" & "Erase" with its techno atmospheres, "Only die oen" with its obstinated rythm, ...

So, "Soil" is definitly an incredible album. I was really not convinced by industrial music. But after seeing them on stage & hearing this album, I see that it's possible to create with machine songs that keep a soul. It's alwyas attractive 'cos there's always an arrangement, something that make songs indispensable . I really think that M Pheral will assert itself as a "foreman" of this style. 


FUTURA :

Futura is the work of a man called Rouslan Tsar. He came from Russia where he studied guitar & music for a long time. then , he came in France. "I am wanted by a dream" is his first album for Thunder production. Rouslan has now been joined by a drummer & bassist. Musically talking, Futura will suit to those who appreciate last work of Annihilator or Pantera. Music evolves in a power thrash metal that i find really close to what Jeff Waters used to play : a blend of musicality & powerful, with innovative parts. Rouslan Tsar plays all guitars, uses programming machine & sings. 

"About our Trust" is a good resume of Futura 's music : loud, powerful, innovative. It 's sure that this album need several listening to feel all the various elements put in music. It's certainly because music has been enriched by the background of Rouslan. So, you'll find musical parts directly influenced by typical russian music or by classical chords (" look here") . 

Each songs ows its particularity that makes it indispensable & attractive. So, it is always easy to remain them & make a difference between each other & that's really a trump for this kind of music. It's also a proof that Futura is a promising band, with skilled musicians. More, the band sometimes comes back from its musical roots. It's evidence that Futura is not only influenced by thrash metal bands & better from some bands of the 70's & 80's. that explains the richness of songs like in " just nature" for example.

About vocals, Rouslan works a lot to give them in the same time aggressivity & melody like in the tittle track of the album for example where he blends a loud voice with a clearer one.  What is always surprising in Futura is the ability to counterbalance a heavy parts with some arpeggios at a time where you never waits for it. So, you alwyas ask yourself when & where it will be in the next song of the album. So, it's definitly an interesting album where there's still something to discover. Typically the kind of album that you will still listen to in ten years. The russian response to Annihilator!


TPR 001 MERCYLESS : "Cold" http ://www.hrnet.fr/mercyless

Mercyless is not a unknown band in international area. In 1992, the band released « Abject offerings », a splendid technical death metal CD & continue with « Coloured funerals » CD, still with Century media. But, now, Mercyless has been signed by Thunder, after some changes in line up (drummer, , bass, & add of keyboards), & because Thunder was close to what Mercyless wanted to do.

So, is released the third album of Mercyless which brings lots of changes in the music. The tittle of this album is « Cold ». At first, Mercyless plays no more technical death metal. Itís now near from thrash . But, music is still technical & may be more than before. Mercyless is certainly one of the best french band. The work made on guitars is quite fabulous. Iíd say that the band has now find its own way. The music they compose is really original. Mercyless, like all bands has got several influences & has certainly decided to not limit itself as only somes. So, itís impossible to say that the biggest influences is this or this one band.

The production is surely the best one of Thunder & one of the most impressive iíve ever heard for a french band. Mercyless has got an international stature & the impact theyíll have will surely not limit itself at the french sceene. Songs are enriched by tons of arrangements. Mercyless plays more with atmospheres which allows them to diversify the songs. So thereís various ways of singing which depends of the songs & the surroundings. « Cold » is for now, the best original thrash metal album released ( & not only inFrance).


TPR 002 DAB : « Beyond the mirror »

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A few years ago, DAB has crushed lots of metal fans with their first album « Stormbringer s » issued by Danger rec. This album was showing a band playing like Entombed at its first period : very brutal, with a loud sound. For more, one song was composed by Lars Rosenberg (now with Therion) himself. Thunder signs the band but the result is very different. The time where DAB was a « french copy » of Entombed is over.

DAB works a lot to create its own style. If itís still death metal, they try to add progressive parts in their musiclike in « Incest » or « spiritual quest », not to impress someone but just to make a more intelligent music. & this album, called « Beyond the mirror » is a real success. Lots of things has changed. The voice is clearer but still brutal. Then, itís more easy to follow lyrics. The singer sings like a damned. He makes a great work in the songs called « Clone 2057 », alternating loud & shrill voice. He feels very angry. The sound is this time very good, powerful & clear, so more audible than before. All these elements make music more audible. So, DAB can be appreciated at its real value. They really succeed in evolving. The band is more original. They now build their aggressivity & brutality in songs instead of being always brutal as it was for the first album.

So, DAB plays a kind a progressive brutal music. This musical evolution leads musicians to play at a better technical level (drums parts on « You burn my life » for example). But sometimes, like on the beginning on « Incest », the band plays in the same way as before. DAB controls now its aggressivity & brutality & becomes now unstoppable. One last thing, a great effort has been made on the cover & booklet.


102-7 1996 DEMENTIA : « In core of the dark ages »

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Dementia could appear like a more classical band in Thunder productions. But if you think so, itís only because youí ve not listen to this album enough ! ! Dementia has got surprising qualities that makes this album very attractive. At first, for a death thrash band, Dementia included a real keyboards player in the line up. The music remains me Loudblast (guitars on « Virtual sensation », « When 2 demons have pleasure ») or some geram bandslike Kreator. But in fact, the band is nearer from Nocturnus because of the technical level of the songs.

Dementia is a band who trys to build song with numerous breaks sometimes melodic ones with long solis. But, itís not a reason to add riffs behind riffs. Its not the way that they proceed. Songs are really coherent, complex & technical (like « The dance of the wise spirits ») This is a rare quality for a young band in this style of music. Dementia is progressive in its way of making songs like in « Tormented souls » where the drums & guitars complete themselves in a style near from another french band called Kalisia.

Dementia succeeds where other technical or progressive death metal band failed. This is certainly due to their ability of compose ocherent songs. The technical level of musicians help to compose & not to prove that theyíre good. Dementia is a real hope in the french sceene. The next album will surely confirm their position ! Read the interview!!!


TPR 003 THORNS & FLOWER : « Unchain »

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« Unchain » was recorded by Alain Masson at Numerock studio. This sound engineer is really going to become a famous referencee in underground sceene. This time agan, cover & booklet are magnificient. The cover is really original & visual with its great colors. Thorns & Flower seems to be influenced by Paradise Lost, even if some rythmic parts can remain bands like Megadeth (« under a dirty rain »). If the voice sounds like in Paradise Lost, sometimes it takes a gothic tone, when tempo is slower. So itís impossible to say that Thorns & Flower is just a copy of Paradise Lost.

Itís sure that the band is evolving in the same style. For example, they really try to add their other influences in music, playing with various surroundings created by the voices & the arppeggios that youíll find in each songs (« The awakening » is a good example). Thereís also a great work by the lead guitar (« Nothing else than my life ») Still in comparison of Paradise lost, Thorns & Flower is more an innovator band : hear the break parts in « Nothing else... » & « Vendetta ». So, « Unchain » is a great first album full of surprising rythms, good refrains, ... which allow to give a special color to each songs. But donít be afraid, even if thereís lots of arppeggios, the band is still a powerful one. Thorns & Flowers has also pushed back limits of this style, including a ballad (« The days too long » This is really an attractive song, dark & sad where acoustic parts are mixed with heavier one. In spite of visible influences, Thorns & Flowers succeds in recording a very pleasant album. A great debut CD ! ! ! !


TPR 005 FORLORN EMOTION : « The sweet decline »

Read the interview : Forlorn Emotion

With Forlorn emotion, Thunder production has released an experimental band. The band is influenced by bands like Supuration (« A part of me ») but without the coldness aspect of this band. Songs & chant are obstinated like in « Farewell » for example. Thereís always break parts to bring the listeners to new horizons & counterbalance the repetition aspect of this style of music.

The line up is enriched by keyboards & citharre player ( a female one) which brings something more in the music . The singer also uses different styles of chant : itís more often a clear voice at a low level like if it was a whispered voice. But for certain parts, the singer is crying out in pain or says his anger. Even if this style of music is quite complex & dificult for the audience, songs are easy to remain (because of the riffing parts & the melody lines).

Forlorn Emotion is a band like Pink Floyd but in a heavy thrash version. Itís got an experimentation side where slow & obstinated surroundings are subtlety broken to let burst out a inner rage. Thereís on ly ine song which is structured in a more classical way :the instrumental « In trance ». For a first attempt, Forlorn Emotion makes a master stroke. Itís a high emotional metal. This time again, the production is excellent (itís rare for a first album). This album was also recorded by Brunon Donini.

Forlorn emotion is a band for those who are open mind, for those who want to dicover a more emotional & intelligent way to make metal music : innovator & with a rare beauty. I really had pleasure to listen to it & be led by those competent & inspired musicians. « the sweet Decline » is very recommendable...


TPR 004 REGENCY : « Regency »

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This is the first progressive heavy metal in France. Regency has just released a 4 tracks CD which surely stay in the memories for long. Itís real impressive debut one. If the referencees are Dream Theater, Regency has also got its own touch. The singer is near from James la Brie but in a louder tone & his way to sing is very particular & personal.

In comparison to the masters of prog metal, Regency has condensed its ideas to keep their powerful of a music (even if the 3rd songs is quite calm). Of course, the technical level of all musicians is obvious & unreproachable. The sound of the CD remains me the first Lemur Voice, ; so itís useless to say that itís an excellent one (still recorded at Numerock). The aim of the mCD was to present the bnad in the metal sceene. Now itís done. The first album is surely awaited, but donít gorget this first act Ďcos itíll soon be unavailable.


MORTUARY : « Hazards of Creation »

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Hereís a brutal death metal band. This first album is a self produced CD distributed by Thunder. This band by its brutal aspect can remain Cannibal Corpse or old Morbid Angel. But the main influences seems to be Sepultura, « beneath the remain » or « Schizophrenia » period ( i.e. « dead heroes for nothing » & « Evaporated Landscapes »). Mortuary knows that sometimes a songs need to have slowing down before runnong again. Vocals are close to Napalm death, Sepultura or Obituary. The drummer has got a great style & makes some experimentations like in « Dead heros... » thereís some good arrangements on guitars for the song « Suffocating thoughts », with guitars on the left side & on the right side. This song shows a more innovator side of Mortuary. May be a new direction for the band ?The new album is now out!! see it

CARCARIASS : "Hell on earth"

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Carcariass is a death metal band created in 1991. A first demo "Ancestral War" was released in 1994 & distributed at more than 750 copies. CARCARIASS has already played twice with SADIST, Broken edge, .... Because of line up & health problems, Caracariass had to stop for about one year. But in the end of 1996, the first CD of CARCARIASS, called Hell On Earth is recorded. This album is now available & the band begins its promotion, touring with bands like Excrement, Craddle of filth, ....

"Hell on Earth" is a very well done debut album. Carcariass is more (on my own)than a simple death metal band. The band seems to have been influenced by thrash metal bands from the eighties. Their sound is also different from other death metal bands. It's a very clear sound & it's not as loud as it used to be in death metal. this made them more original than the average. A real effort has been made on structure of the songs, there's lots of technical parts as they were in Death (the band) & good solis. Carcariass is not a definitly brutal bands, they put lots of melodies in songs ( the guitar player has got original ideas). The only reason that let carcariass in the death metal style is the voice, who is typically in a death vein & the way that they structure songs. Carcariass is now looking for a record company. See the interview.





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