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Royal Thunder: Crooked Doors

Album Review

Atlanta’s rock braves embark on an emotional voyage

Royal Thunder’s sprawling 2012 opus, CVI, confounded critics and fans alike who struggled to shoehorn the music into some identifiable genre or to fix their sound as an arbitrary point between two well-established bands.

The truth was that while CVI boasted generous doses of metal, doom and classic rock, the heavy-hitting Atlanta quartet had distilled those influences into a potent brew that was as unfamiliar to the taste as it was exhilarating. Swampy riffage gathered into towering choruses, underpinning the arena-sized vocals of Mlny Parsonz.

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