Thunderstone (album)

Last updated
Studio album by Thunderstone
Released June 24, 2002
Recorded 2002
Genre Power metal
Label Nuclear Blast
Thunderstone chronology
The Burning

Thunderstone is the debut album by Finnish power metal band Thunderstone. Some versions of this album contain a bonus track which is a cover of the song "Wasted Years" by Iron Maiden.

Power metal is a subgenre of heavy metal combining characteristics of traditional heavy metal with speed metal, often within symphonic context. Generally, power metal is characterized by a faster, lighter, and more uplifting sound, in contrast with the heaviness and dissonance prevalent for example in extreme metal. Power metal bands usually have anthem-like songs with fantasy-based subject matter and strong choruses, thus creating a theatrical, dramatic and emotionally "powerful" sound. The term was first used in the middle of the 1980s and refers to two different but related styles: the first pioneered and largely practiced in North America with a harder sound similar to speed metal, and a later more widespread and popular style based in Europe, South America and Japan, with a lighter, more melodic sound and frequent use of keyboards.

Thunderstone (band) power metal band from Helsinki

Thunderstone is a power metal band from Helsinki, Finland. The band was formed in 2000 by guitarist Nino Laurenne, and the line-up became full the following year. After the release of the band's self-titled debut album, Thunderstone, the band toured Europe supporting Stratovarius and Symphony X. Thunderstone released the first four of their albums through Nuclear Blast; however, their album Dirt Metal was released in October 2009 under Sony Music.

Wasted Years single

"Wasted Years" is a song by the English heavy metal band Iron Maiden. It is the band's fourteenth single released and the first from their sixth studio album, Somewhere in Time (1986). It is the only song on the album that features no synthesizers. Released in 1986, it was the first single solely written by guitarist Adrian Smith, who also sings backing vocals. It reached number 18 in the UK Singles Charts.


Track listing

All songs written by Nino Laurenne, except where noted.

  1. "Let the Demons Free" – 3:59
  2. "Virus" – 4:49
  3. "World's Cry" – 4:20
  4. "Me, My Enemy" – 3:41
  5. "Will to Power" – 8:33
  6. "Weak" (Laurenne, Brian Alexander Morgan) – 3:10
  7. "Eyes of a Stranger" (Laurenne, Kari Tornack) – 5:23
  8. "Like Father, Like Son" – 5:35
  9. "Voice in a Dream" – 4:39
  10. "Spread My Wings" (Laurenne, Chuckii Booker) – 5:17
  11. "Diamonds And Rust" (Joan Baez Cover) (Japanese Bonus Track) - 3:25
  12. "Wasted Years" (Iron Maiden Cover) (Limited Edition Bonus Track) - 5:30


Pasi Rantanen is a Finnish singer best known for his power metal band Thunderstone, of which he was a member from the band's creation in 2000 until 2007. He rejoined Thunderstone in 2013 as a full-time member again and provided vocals for the band's comeback album "Apocalypse Again" in 2016.

Titus Hjelm is an academic and musician from Helsinki, Finland.

Mirka Rantanen Finnish musician and drummer

Mirka Rantanen is a Finnish musician. He was the drummer for power metal band Thunderstone when it formed in 2000. Rantanen has also drummed for a number of other Finnish bands, including as a session member for the supergroup Northern Kings. He currently plays drums in the band King Company.

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