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Blue Thunder – Blue Thunder [1998]

KISSMARCountry Austria

Style Hard Rock/Metal

Rating 83/100

Band Members Tomm Raisinger – Vocals, Hannes Hofer – Guitar,backing vocals, Wolfgang Dorfmeister – Bass,backing vocals, Barbara Staud – Keyboards, Anton Konrath – Drums,backing vocals

Tracks 01. Shotgun Wedding (4:26), 02. Sundancer (3:26), 03. Hell in Paradise (5:03), 04. Hail to the Livin’ Dead (4:10), 05. Every Beat of My Heart (4:58), 06. Dancing With Wolves (5:24), 07. Save Your Love (3:30), 08. Crack City (6:16), 09. Too Late (4:35)

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Profile Blue Thunder hailed from Bad Vöslau, Niederösterreich, formed in 1992 by singer Hannes Hofer and drummer Anton Konrath. After many line-up changed the final line-up consist by  Helmut Huspenina on vocals, Barbara Staud on keys and bassist Wolfgang Dorfmeister. On various live gigs the first studio dates to follow, but had to be canceled due to a deadly car accident of Helmut “Animal” Huspenina. Despite the tragedy Anton and Hannes had to go and found Tom Raisinger, as they knew each other from studio sessions years ago.

The band support several international bands like Victory, Accept, Mental Hippie Blood, Mark Wood, Kingdom Come, Magnum, Gamma Ray, Steve Lukather, Saxon, UFO and their first album finally released in 1999 through Weltmusik Produktion Wien, recieved possitive comments while Burrn magazine gave 76 out 100. The summer of the same years they released also a 5-tracks ep titled “Heaven Denied”. Unfortunately  Anton Konrath and Barbara Staud decided to end their musical career and Hannes reformed completely the band again, with drummer a newcomer named Navratil and the keys are now served by bassist Thomas Dorfmeister.  In addition, there now full pot, now with 2 guitars – Ziggy Kovac is now for more “mids” ensure the frequency spectrum.

The band offers a explosive mixture of melodic metal and hard rock. By listening the dynamic opening song your will be caught especially with the vocals sound as strikingly similar to Fernando “El Toro Loco” Garcia during his Victory days. Check it out if you like bands like Victory, Vice, Thunderhead and Wicked Sensation.


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