Best of Metal 2017: #14 Royal Thunder-Wick

Every year there are albums in which my appreciation of them grows the longer I spend with them.  Wick by Royal Thunder is one of those albums.  When it first came out, my impression was that it was a good, solid release, but I didn’t feel it really reached that stellar range.  However, now that we are 8 months out from its release date, I really have a whole new appreciation for how sneaky good this album really is.  It is just full of catchy riffs and melodies.  It also helped that I saw them perform a chunk of these new songs live.  I keep saying it, but it needs to be said once more:  Mlny Parsonz is hands-down the greatest vocalist going in the metal/rock world today.  She just pushes her soulful voice to the breaking point on every song.

Release date:  April 7, 2017

Personnel:  Mlny Parsonz-vocals/bass; Josh Weaver-guitar; Will Fiore-guitar; Evan Diprima-drums

Origin:  Atlanta, GA

Rating:  4 flip flops out of 5

The list so far:

14.  Royal Thunder-Wick
15.  Steven Wilson-To the Bone
16.  Pallbearer-Heartless
17.  Spotlights-Seismic
18.  Cavalera Conspiracy-Psychosis
19.  Ancient Ascendant-Raise the Torch
20.  Galactic Cowboys-Long Way Back to the Moon

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