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Origin Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
Genres Heavy metal, stoner rock, space rock, psychedelic rock
Years active 1994–2002
Labels High Beam Music
Associated acts R.O.A.D.S.
Past members Ben Lough
Greg Eshman
Wayne Stokes
Raff Iacurto

Thumlock were a stoner rock band from Wollongong.[1] The band's name was derived from combining the words thumbscrews and hemlock.[2] They formed in 1994 as a three piece by Ben Lough (guitar/vocals), Greg Eshman (drums) and Wayne Stokes (bass). The band released Dripping Silver Heat and then expanded with the addition of Raff Iacurto (guitar).[3] The band signed with High Beam Music and released an EP, Lunar Mountain Sunrise, and two full length albums, Emerald Liquid Odyssey and Sojourns Lucid Magic, and broke up in 2002

Emerald Liquid Odyssey reached #4 on the Australian Independent Record chart[4] and was distributed by Beard of Stars in Europe.[5] Their next album Sojourns Lucid Magic was distributed in Europe by Cargo Records.[6]

Thumlock have been likened to ""Masters of Reality" or "Paranoid" period Black Sabbath""[7]

After Thumlock Lough, Iacurto, Stokes and Kane Goodwin formed another band called Remnants Of A Dead Star (R.O.A.D.S.) which released one ep Double White Lines.[8] Stokes was a member of The Wardens and Leadfinger.[9]



  • Dripping Silver Heat (1997)
  • Lunar Mountain Sunrise (1999) - High Beam Music


  • Emerald Liquid Odyssey (2000) - High Beam Music
  • Sojourns Lucid Magic (2002) - High Beam Music[10]


  • "Moon Dragon" (2001) - High Beam Music
  • "Rockin' Course" (2001) - High Beam Music
  • "Modulator" (2002) - High Beam Music


  1. ^ Hunt, Rod (15 Aug 2000), "Planet Thumlock", Drum Media (509) 
  2. ^ Interviews - Thumlock Hellride Music
  3. ^ interview Slow Ride
  4. ^ Ayling, Tim (18 Apr 2002), "Lord of the strings", Illawarra Mercury 
  5. ^ Thumlock MGM Distribution website
  6. ^ Thumlock - "Sojourns Lucid Magic" Roadburn
  7. ^ Engleheart, Murray, Drum Media, archived from the original on 2009-10-26  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ Double White Lines review i95bar
  9. ^ Leadfinger interview Music Farmers
  10. ^ Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars March 2002

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