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Evolution 4.0

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Evolution 4.0. is a lesson in crunchy Power Metal but with bigger balls than most Thrash Metal bands. Evolution 4.0.is a very charming album and there is a big chance you'll fall in love with it after the first listen. No clich‚s, just pure fucking metal. (2007)

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  • Audio CD (March 11, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Edge J13286
  • ASIN: B000NA7FG4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,639,272 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"Evolution 4.0" is the fourth album from Finland's Thunderstone and the only one I've purchased.

I learned that Thunderstone started out like other Finnish power metal bands, with a lighter sound and a strong emphasis on keyboards. I prefer my power metal to be heavier and more aggressive.

But when I read a review of "Evolution 4.0" calling it "both the fastest and heaviest Thunderstone album so far" I decided to buy it.

Despite the quote above, this album does make greater use of keyboards than I would prefer. But I only thought the keyboards were excessive on "Forevermore" and "Down with Me" (fake horns?!?). However, prominent keyboards are actually put to good use later on in "Face in the Mirror". In the other songs, the keyboards are more in the background and generally add texture without being too distracting.

Highlights include Tracks 3 through 6: "Roots of Anger", "10,000 Ways", "Holding on to My Pain" and "Swirled". These are among the heaviest tracks on the album.

Thunderstone stumbles on the following track, "Down with Me", a pseudo-ballad just good enough to stop you reaching for the skip button. They then regain their footing for the remainder of the album.

Unfortunately, after recording "Evolution 4.0", Thunderstone replaced vocalist Pasi Rantanen with Rick Altzi. Pasi has a lower voice which, in my opinion, was a better fit with the heavier direction Thunderstone seemed to be taking. Compare the samples of "Roots of Anger" here on Amazon (Pasi) and the THUNDERSTONE - Official Homepage (Rick) to hear what I mean.

In conclusion, it's too bad that Thunderstone's promising evolution got cut short by line-up changes. I would have liked to see what they evolved into with their next album.
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Wow, not sure how this one eluded me in 07. I liked Thunderstone's previous release 'Tools of Destruction' and heard that this one was going to be even heavier so it should have been right up my alley! I think it was due to the fact I could not find it available after it came out in Europe (US release was long after) so I just kinda forgot about it. Anyway what a shame cause this album is Killer!

First off this album is much heavier than even what they hinted on 'Tools of Destruction'. Very heavy, groovy, and even thrashy at times reminding me a lot of bands like Brainstorm, Tad Morose, Evergrey, and Angel Dust. No doubt the amazing production also contributes with a great crunching guitar tone that is cranked up high in the mix yet is also well balanced with the other instruments.

However this is not a better album simply because of the added aggression and heaviness. The song writing is just brilliant! Hard to pick a favorite honestly all of them are oustanding. The only song I don't like quite as well is 'Holding on to my Pain' but it's not bad by any means.

Besides the great heavy tunes on display here there are a few other elements that make it so special. The vocals of Pasi are truely amazing! This guy has a great rough yet melodic voice with so much emotion! He really lifts the songs that much further! Also, I am not usually a big fan of keyboards but I really like the 70's hammond organ type sound going on this album. It's amazing how well this sound fits with such heavy and aggressive music! I have heard other bands doing this lately too. Pathosray comes to mind as another band effectively mixing some hints of 70's sounds with the huge and heavy guitar tones of today.
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I was not familiar with this band previous to this release. I heard a couple of tracks, and thought it was fairly catchy & more than competent melodic power metal. Upon acquiring the retail CD, that impression has been confirmed. From what I understand, previous releases didn't sound quite the same. This release has great, well-balanced production, and is polished in the sense of composition. Hooks abound. It's got a few commercial moments, but it's not fluffy at all. Highly recommended.
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2007's Evolution 4.0 is (you guessed it) the fourth studio album from Finnish power metal band Thunderstone. The band started out very similar to the rest of the Finnish power metal scene, with a lighter, more keyboard-oriented sound along the lines of Stratovarius and Sonata Arctica, but with each new album has become heavier and heavier. Evolution 4.0 solidifies their move to the heavy power metal territory normally occupied by bands like Brainstorm, Pyramaze and Tad Morose.

Right from the start (well, once you get past the brief introductory track), Evolution 4.0 roars to life with the powerful, melodic "Forevermore," which sets the tone for the rest of the album. "Faster" and "heavier" seem to be the keywords for this album. The riffs build to almost thrash-like speed, and the rhythms are just crushing at times. Thunderstone maintains a good sense of melody and power throughout, but this is definitely one of the heavier power metal albums around. Vocalist Pasi Rantanen flexes his muscles a lot on songs like "Swirled" and "Roots of Anger," almost recalling an angry Russell Allen, but can swing back to a more melodic style when needed.

Overall, Evolution 4.0 may be Thunderstone's strongest album to date. It's a shame that it's the last one to feature Rantanen. If you're a fan of hard-hitting European power metal along the lines of Brainstorm and Symphorce, or the newer, heavier Symphony X material, Evolution 4.0 is an album you won't want to miss.

Edition Notes: The European version of Evolution 4.0 comes in a slipcase and features the Eurovision edit of "Forevermore" as a bonus track.
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