Royal Thunder

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Royal Thunder
Royal Thunder performing at Hellfest, 2014.
Royal Thunder performing at Hellfest, 2014.
Background information
OriginAtlanta, Georgia, United States
GenresHard rock, psychedelic rock, stoner rock, occult rock[1]
Years active2004–present
LabelsRelapse, Spinefarm
MembersMlny Parsonz
Josh Weaver
Will Fiore
Kent Aberle
Past membersJesse Stuber
Lee Smith
Evan DiPrima
Josh Coleman

Royal Thunder is a rock band from Atlanta, Georgia founded in 2004 by guitarist Josh Weaver. Their style of hard rock takes its primary influence from classic rock and 90s grunge with elements of progressive rock and psychedelic rock.[2] Rolling Stone has described the band as "a bit like an alternate universe where Janis Joplin fronted Led Zeppelin."[3]


After forming in 2004 with Weaver on guitar, Mlny Parsonz on vocals and bass, and Jesse Stuber on drums, Royal Thunder self-released a self-titled EP in 2007, after which the band was signed to Relapse Records.[4] Relapse released their first full-length album CVI in 2012, featuring new rhythm guitarist Josh Coleman. In a review of the album, AllMusic noted the band's unique sound combining the heavy side of 90s grunge, classic hard rock, and alternative rock.[5] Stuber left the band and was replaced by Lee Smith, who had played on one track on CVI.[6] Smith was soon replaced on drums by Evan DiPrima, and Coleman was replaced by guitarist Will Fiore, forming a lineup that would remain intact for the next six years.[7]

Royal Thunder released the album Crooked Doors in 2015. The album was themed around the breakup of the marriage between Parsonz and Weaver, with lyrics that critics compared to the Fleetwood Mac album Rumours.[8] Some of the lyrics also described Parsonz's membership in a religious cult.[9] Crooked Doors was noted as being more varied and progressive than its predecessor,[10] while Parsonz's bluesy, waling voice and harrowing lyrics gained the attention of critics.[11]

The band's third album Wick was released in 2017 by Spinefarm Records. In a review of the album, Rolling Stone praised Parsonz for her "raspy, powerful wail [which] is one of the most moving voices in rock right now," and noted that the band "has found its sound."[3] Classic Rock Magazine described the album as the band's most powerful yet, with "a shifting musical bedrock over which Parsonz... delivers the kind of vocals – sometimes armoured, sometimes vulnerable – that can emote, transport and illuminate in equal measure."[9] Drummer Evan DiPrima left the band on good terms in 2018 and was replaced by Kent Aberle.[12]


Studio albums[edit]

  • CVI (2012)
  • Crooked Doors (2015)
  • Wick (2017)


  • Royal Thunder (2010)
  • CVI: A (2013)


  1. ^ Kitteringham, Sarah. "Royal Thunder Crooked Doors". Exclaim!. Retrieved 17 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Royal Thunder | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 2020-02-04.
  3. ^ a b Grow, Kory (6 April 2017). "Review: Rockers Royal Thunder Find Their Heartbroken Sound on 'Wick'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 8 May 2019.
  4. ^ Heaney, Gregory. "Royal Thunder: Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 8 May 2019.
  5. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "CVI: Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 8 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Royal Thunder --- Artist Biography". Relapse Records. Retrieved 2015-04-08.
  7. ^ "Royal Thunder". The Masquerade. Retrieved 8 May 2019.
  8. ^ Monger, James Christopher. "Crooked Doors: Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 8 May 2019.
  9. ^ a b Hughes, Rob. "How a series of unfortunate events inspired Royal Thunder's new album" (29 March 2017). Classic Rock Magazine. Retrieved 8 May 2019.
  10. ^ Camp, Zoe (8 April 2015). "Crooked Doors: Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved 8 May 2019.
  11. ^ Grow, Kory (23 April 2015). "Royal Thunder's Mlny Parsonz on Escaping a Cult, Touring With Wilco". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 8 May 2019.
  12. ^ Kennelty, Greg (28 February 2018). "ROYAL THUNDER Parts Ways With Drummer Evan Diprima". Metal Injection. Retrieved 8 May 2019.

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