Munroe’s Thunder, fronted by renowned power-metal vocalist, Ronny Munroe, have released their new album ‘The Black Watch’ (review here) today via RFL Records.
Ronny Munroe comments:
“Munroe’s Thunder, ‘The Black Watch‘, is loosely based on my family heritage, as some of my ancestors were actually in the black watch who guarded Mary, Queen Of Scots. Finding that out intrigued me enough to do a concept record about my family heritage.
After a very long wait, this record is finally finished and ready for you all to hear. I am very proud and elated by all the hard work that went into it, from the hours of research to the countless hours from DMP behind the board and all the remarkable talent that is on the album. Thank you so much to Jon and the team at RFL Records for having faith in our vision and for finally bringing Munroe’s Thunder to the masses.”
Listen on Spotify: here
‘The Black Watch‘ is a journey where melodic power metal tells the tale of darkness, betrayal and bravery during the reign of one of history’s most recognized Queens, Mary Queen Of Scots. Mary Queen of Scots, original name Mary Stuart or Mary Stewart, (born December 8, 1542, Linlithgow Palace, West Lothian, Scotland—died February 8, 1587, Fotheringhay Castle, Northamptonshire, England), queen of Scotland (1542–67) and queen consort of France (1559–60). Her unwise marital and political actions provoked rebellion among the Scottish nobles, forcing her to flee to England, where she was eventually beheaded as a Roman Catholic threat to the English throne. The story is one of history’s most recognized tales and Munroe, coincidentally, has ties to the legendary history of the Queen.
Sound effects and atmospheric textures set the mood of this album and its chilling tale, delivered, of course, in full-hrottle power metal style. The title track unleashes Munroe’s soaring melodic vocals accompanied by epic guitar leads and riffs. The album also includes a number of ballad-style tracks: ‘Babbington Mary‘, ‘Falkirk‘ and ‘Thirty Years War‘. The shift in musical textures and pace adds further dimension to the dynamical journey of ‘The Black Watch‘. ‘The Executioner‘ brings this royal story of bloodshed to a gruesome conclusion. Thunder and rain manifests alongside a sombre guitar melody before the track builds into the full heavy ensemble. An anthemic chorus, dark guitars and haunting lyrics tell of Mary’s execution and bring this chapter to a close.
About Ronny Munroe:
Ronny Munroe is an American singer, most noted as the lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Metal Church. Ronny recorded three albums with Metal Church before the band decided to call it quits in 2009. His second tenure with the band lasted from 2012 when the group reunited until 2014, where he left to “pursue other interests.” In October 2011, Munroe joined the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, as a vocalist, which further defined his prominence as one of metals elite. In July of 2022, Munroe was announced as the new lead vocalist for the power metal titans, Vicious Rumors.
Munroe has an extensive background as a lead singer and has fronted acts such as Zero Discipline, Madhouse, Moxi, the Seattle band Paladin from 1986 to 1988 and also the band Farcry in the early ’90’s.
Munroe’s Thunder meshes Metal Church, Savatage, Vicious Rumors and Iron Maiden and there is something for every metal fan here. Munroe’s broad vocal range and power highlight the album and its easy to see that there is still plenty of fire left in the heart and voice of the talented rocker.
1. Battle Cry
2. The Black Watch
3. Awaken The Fire
4. Gray Hall
5. Babbington Mary
6. Brace For The Night
7. Dead Man’s War
9. Thirty Years War
10. Echoes Of The Dead
11. The Executioner
Ronny Munroe – Vocals
David Mark Pearce – Guitars, bass
BJ Zampa – Drums
Justin Zych – Guitar