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Blood and Thunder

by Matthias Sturm

Mentioned by lucif music critics as ‚Album Of The Year’, conjured from the hat by 10th Independent Music Awards Nominee MATTHIAS STURM
Genre: Pop: Psychedelic Pop
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1. Mister D (feat. Dave Krusen)
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2. Blood and Thunder (feat. Tim Mooney)
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3. What a Day (feat. Dave Krusen)
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4. Home Sick (feat. Brian Boland & Dave Krusen)
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5. Baxter Galloway Meets Mr Handsome (feat. Erin Alden, Dave Hillis, Brian Boland & Dave Krusen)
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6. Heart On A String (feat. Sylvain Joasson)
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7. Peace On Earth (feat. Jean Taxis & Sylvain Joasson)
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8. Pierrot
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9. L' Heure
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10. Crow Food (feat. Tim Mooney)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
For Immediate Release: Matthias Sturm releases Blood And Thunder in the U.S. on Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Contact: Jo Rae Di Menno, Press Agent at 512.554.2799 and at jorae@hardpressedpublicity.com for further information, interview requests and jpgs.


“Sturm's vocal execution and lyrical metaphoric contrast is remeniscent of Roger Waters’ more recent work in theme and scope. What puts him in a separate class from the Pink Floyd frontman is that the music has a more layered depth, and is more melodic.” Shoentel Music, Los Angeles

“These songs are cool, very different than anything I've ever heard.''
Mike Galaxy, BandPromote.com Promotions

“[The] music is beautiful and [I] appreciate the uniqueness of the instruments and sound...reminds me of a strange mix of the Beatles and Pink Floyd...”
Geoff Koboldt, CEO of Out of Step Entertainment



(Austin, TX - October 31, 2011) The new album by Matthias Sturm, Blood And Thunder, produced by David Hillis (Pearl Jam, Afghan Wigs, James Blunt) was recorded at Blind Melon's studio with musicians such as two time Grammy nominated songstress Erin Alden and drummer Dave Krusen, who once anchored Pearl Jam as a founding member. This all-star album collaboration, which drops on Tuesday, January 17, 2012, conveys a subtle and colorful mix of Folk, Avant Garde, and French Chanson garnished with cinematic soundscapes and embellished by the remarkable, heartfelt voice of the singer. Matthias likens his music to “stepping into a Byronesque universe inhabited by muses.”

15% of the annual total sales revenue at CD Baby will be donated to WWF, World Wide Fund For Nature for Animal's welfare.

Matthias Sturm hails from former East Germany and attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Dresden. He was part of the Bohemian art movement and was also involved in the early formation of the illegal punk music scene. After the Wall came down, he became one of East Germany's youngest and most talented painters. His art is part of some of the most important art collections in Germany, Austria and the USA, as well as in numerous private art collections.

Matthias has and enjoys a recently growing fan community in the Benelux States where Belgium popstar NOVASTAR recruited Matthias Sturm for supporting slots in his 2008 tour in Belgium and Holland. The artist has performed on club tours and larger venues across Germany, Austria, France, Belgium, India and the USA, amongst some legendary stages like the AB (L' Ancienne Belgique) at Brussels.

Matthias Sturm was highlighted at the HDFEST in Los Angeles in 2008 and was also selected for the Open Hearts Amnesty International Tour. Recently signed to W.O.A. International with a management and license deal for India and the Middle-East, he performed the W.O.A. Indian Summer Tour 2009. In July 2011, Matthias was a nominee of the 10th Annual Independent Music Awards for Short Form Music Video for his song “Blood And Thunder”, the title song from his new album. This year Matthias was back on stage for the W.O.A. International India Tour 2011 in asscociation with VH1 in October/November, pioneering independent music in India which included a performance at the International Music Festival at Goa in front of the Indian Minister of Power, Mr Alexio Sequeira.



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Peter Gibson

Bought Blood And Thunder
Peter Gibson on February 26th, 2012 12:43 pm

It’s an excellent album. I love his lyrics and the mysterious word play. The surprising images that pour forth are both emotive and thought provoking. His references or influences from the great artists of the 70′s are evident but understated. he has his own special blend that is fresh and fruity!
I have listened to the album a couple of times and I am enjoying it more like the second liquor of a green tea brew it gets sweeter.

MUSIC CONNECTION February 'Grammy' issue # 61 - new music critiq

New music critiques - Matthias Sturm
Solo artist Matthias Sturm presents what could be termed 'modern throwback', as his classic '70s folk-rock sensiblity is presented with a modern age. '' Peace On Earth'' features the artist's gift for hooky melodies. The tune's a winner, and with Sturm's Brit-sounding voice recalls the best of classic soft-rock, but with interesting, modern electronic touches. Also catchy and quite unique is ''Baxter'', very much 'a take a trip in my brain' excursion with it's impishly fancilful, literary tale. A distintive artist who is both daring and accessible.

www.babysue.com

Matthias Sturm Blood And Thunder - TOP PICK (January 2012)
Matthias Sturm - Blood And Thunder (Independently released CD, Pop)
Whoa...now here's a different sort of album from a different sort of artist. Matthias Sturm writes and records underground pop with a decidedly unique edge that we rarely hear out there in the world. Unlike a lot of modern throwaway pop music there's a great deal of substance and spirit swimming around in these tracks. This guy is truly amazing and his presence comes through loud and clear on the peculiar tracks on Blood And Thunder. Hard to describe what this sounds like...but to our ears this sounds something like a cross between Neil Innes and The Television Personalities crossed with The Beatles in their psychedelic phase. Sturm has apparently been a mover and shaker in the music and arts community for quite some time now. He was involved in the punk movement in East Germany many years ago and is also a successful painter. But after hearing this album we're hoping that this amazing fellow puts more and more of his energy into recording because his music is just...incredible. These songs won't blow you away immediately. But the subtle nuances of the melodies and sounds will slowly but surely creep into your subconsciousness over time. We can't say enough great things about this disc. It'll easily end up being one of the best albums of the year. Kickass cuts include "Mister D," "What A Day," "Peace On Earth," and "Crow Food." In a world of generics Matthew Sturm is a rare and peculiar gem. TOP PICK.

rockisrock ( http://www.rockisrock.wordpress.com)

Matthias Sturm – Blood and Thunder first impressions
German rock/acoustic artist Matthias Sturm comes across both as a seasoned songwriter and communicator on his newest CD “Blood and Thunder”, due for release on Jan 17, 2012. When he sings “I’m going to the Underworld” on the stunning track “Peace on Earth”, you feel the unlikely urge to go with him, and the reason becomes perfectly clear as his masterful backup vocal choices guide the song through Beatles-inspired, dark atmospheres. “Baxter Galloway Meets Mr. Handsome” has hints of “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite” in the composition and circus/carnival mood. This is an artist who is not afraid to experiment because he is confident in his song writing ability.

“Kingdom Built on Sand” showcases the warmth and charisma of Matthias Sturm’s lead vocal. I would put his approach somewhere between Roger Waters and David Bowie, yet he has his own unique delivery. “Blood and Thunder” is recommended listening for fans of lush, story telling in their rock and folk music. Devotees of Pink Floyd, David Bowie, and The Beatles should find something to enjoy here.

t_gunn

Great CD!
It's a great CD! The music is very good and it's refreshing to hear something like this. - Tony

James Moore

Matthias Sturm - Blood And Thunder @ Skope Entertainment Inc
Matthias Sturm, Blood and Thunder

February 23, 2012 | by Skope

Born in Germany and now operating out of France, indie/rock singer/songwriter Matthias Sturm has been generating very positive reviews worldwide for his new release “Blood and Thunder”. Recorded at Blind Melon’s private studio with David Hillis (Pearl Jam, Afghan Wigs, James Blunt) at the helm, Sturm also recruited Pearl Jam founding member Dave Krusen on drums and two-time Grammy nominated Erin Alden on keys and piano. The release has brought Matthias comparisons to artists such as Roger Waters as well as a nomination at the Independent Music Awards. All this can lead to both hype and expectation, and I for one think Mr. Sturm is up for the challenges that comparison with other rock greats can bring.

“Mister D” immediately shows Matthias Sturm as a very natural storyteller and songwriter. His voice soothes, flows and cracks occasionally – all the spontaneous output of a seasoned writer who knows how to express himself, and doesn’t need to have everything perfect. Real is perfect, after all. With vocal lines and tone reminiscent of David Bowie, Matthias has chosen some beautiful arrangements, and the psychedelic production is wonderful. This is definitely the beginning of what seems like a fascinating release.

“Blood and Thunder” continues the trend, and that’s a great thing; if it ain’t broke, why fix it? From talking poetic rants to eastern guitar chords, beauty and tension abound. Sturm sings “See the tiger turn his head … and the tiger lift his head” with reverence and purpose, as “Dear Prudence” sound effects swirl and elevate the listener. This is moving, motivational material.

“What a Day” brings the upbeat, playful, more poppy side to the forefront, and a song that normally may err on the cheesy side seems totally authentic because of the songwriters strength. He guides the song with a sense of wonder for a beautiful day. ”Home Sick” takes on the subject of mortality with some humour and a dash of fearlessness. The arrangement is mellow and soothing; our protagonist is not worried by any means.

“Baxter Galloway Meets Mr. Handsome” gives a hats off to both The Beatles “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite” and “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer”. A circus wheel could be visualized with this slightly mad progression; upbeat and curious. “Peace on Earth”, like the title track “Blood and Thunder”, is poetic and inspired. Between the call and response backup vocals, Matthias’s dynamic lead vocals plead “Take my hand. You see the world is upside down” before leading a gang vocal of “Peace on Earth. Jesus Christ. Hallelujah”.

The next album highlight for me is the closer, “Crow Food”, whose soothing rock n’ roll swing serves as a perfect backdrop for the poetry. Bowie, Lennon, Waters, Jagger, the influences are all here, and Sturm adds his own flair, his own originality.

This is a highly recommended release for any fans of classic rock or great singer/songwriters; David Bowie, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan – you get the picture. A very enjoyable listen, and it makes me excited for the prospects of rock n’ roll’s future.

By James