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Munroe's Thunder to release "The Black Watch" in November!


MUNROE'S THUNDER, fronted by the renowned power-metal vocalist, Ronny Munroe, have inked a worldwide deal with RFL Records & Entertainment and are thrilled to announce the new album The Black Watch, releasing on November 11th.


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."


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-throttle 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.

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