(7/10) Name-dropping always creates curiosity. Either a band is not good enough to convince with their music. Or they are that good that a lot of well known names want to join in for a guest appearance.
The first thing I heard about the new Thomsen was the guestlist. Udo Dirkschneider, Mathias Don Dieth, Vinnie Appice,... had a guest appearance on "Unbroken". And last but not least even David Vincent from Morbid Angel dicovered the German gang. He supported with his bass on the opener "Draw the curtains" which is a typical pounding heavy metal hymn.
The music on the album is typical German heavy metal - somewhere between Accept, Grave Digger and Gamma Ray. And I can state that Thomsen is probabaly somewehre in the middle of the above mentioned statement. They have good, but not really outstanding songs, which are enriched by some well know musicians.
"Unbroken" is the second Thomsen album and has 12 songs on the credit side. Most of the songs have been written by band founder Rene Thomsen and Fair Warning guitarist Helge Engelke, who also produced "Unbroken". The tunes are really good, eventhough the originality is missing here and there.
Thomsen 'borrows' a few parts and pieces from bands like the Scorpions ("New horizon"), Dio in "Break the spell" and U.D.O. ("We made it"). The parallels in the last mentioned one are not a big surprise since Udo contributes with a guest appearance.
Eventhough there are a lot of cross-references it seems that the album was a matter of personal importance to Thomsen. The songs have a high entertainment factor and it's fun to hear some straight-forward German metal again.
Passion rules over commerce
- Draw the curtain
- In steel we trust
- New horizon
- Break the spell
- Fools for fortune
- Into the unkown
- Six thirteen 64
- We made it
- Tears of the sun (Live from the rehearsal stage)
Label: Artist Station
Genre: Heavy Metal