Label : Relapse Records

Review by Luisa Mercier

This record is not the usual Relapse record, it is an album that is quite far away from the styles which are usually proposed by this label: the debut by Royal Thunder is neither death metal nor sludge, but it is a mix of southern rock and doom with the vocals of Mlny Parsonz on top. The band deliver us a full-lenght that unites hard-rock, psychedelia, Southern rock and progressive. The powerful voice of Mlny is accompanied by dreamy atmospheres created by the guitar riffs, courtesy of guitarist Josh Weaver and drummer Jesse Stuber (who recorded the album). Doubtlesse, this is a record that catches the listener attention and the will to listen to it again after the last track is stronger than ever. What are the main highlights of “CVI”? It is hard to say since every track is really worthy on its own, but I will try to point out some that have impressed me the most: the opener “Parsonz Curse”, “Whispering World”, “Sleeping Witch” and the closing track “Black Water Vision”. This album is a true cult for all the people who love the styles I listed above, but it can be suitable also for newbies since I find it not too difficult to listen to, and this is a good quality given the genres here involved.

Rating – 75/100



  1. Parsonz Curse
  2. Whispering World
  3. Shake and Shift
  4. No Good
  5. Blue
  6. Sleeping Witch
  7. South of Somewhere
  8. Drown
  9. Minus
  10. Black Water Vision


Line Up

  • Mlny Parsonz – Vocals & Bass
  • Josh Weaver – Guitar
  • Josh Coleman – Guitar
  • Lee Smith – Drums



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