"Hell Tonite!" (Gulcher; 2004)

Reviewed by Snidermann

Thanks to bands like The Darkness, whose retro rock sound is currently all the rage, classic rock is a big ticket item right now. Not only are new bands forming to capitalize on this resurgence (such as Metal Blade's Starwood) but veteran bands are re-forming and touring at a fever pitch. Why the hell not? If you can still make money playing rock'n'roll, I say for go for it. 

When Thundertrain's "Hell Tonight" came my way, frankly, I had never heard of them. However, this live recording from 1979 pleasantly surprised me. There's no other way to describe it than it's a good rock'n'roll time. 

Originally broadcast over WCOZ Boston, this live recording will thrill any fan of classic rock. All the elements are here: style, talent and showmanship are evident throughout this recording. If late 70s and early 80s rock is to your liking, you'll enjoy "Hell Tonite." The band even covers Slade's classic "Mama We're All Crazy Now" (which, of course, Quiet Riot took to even greater heights).

Judging from the CD, Thundertrain put on one hell of a show in 1979. The band has re-formed and are on tour now. I liked this CD so much, I just might go see them if they come to my hometown!

Thundertrain: Ric Provost, Bobby Edwards, Mach Bell, Steven Silva and Gene Provost. 

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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