René Thomsen, proprietor of Backline Rental Service, has been fully engaged in the music scene since the 1980s. Starting as a roadie, he then worked
as a guitar technician for several internationally known guitarists, was promoted to technical tour manager and is now a successful and highly valued entrepreneur who has established his full-service
operation as a dependable partner for organizers, artists and production companies alike
How it all began ...
Outside of his business activities, René, who lives in Isernhagen near Hannover, makes time for his passion: the guitar. But when he does something there are no half-measures - he composed his first songs during the Christmas holidays in 2007, refining them until in 2009 - with the support of singer extraordinaire Jürgen Wulfes plus some internationally known personal friends like Herman Frank, Nibbs Carter, Neil Murray, Bobby Jarzombek – he issued his debut album "Let's Get Ruthless" under the band name THOMSEN. The twelve high-energy metal tracks impressed both critics and fans. Not surprisingly, Thomsen rounded off this foray into the world of music with some live gigs.
THOMSEN was perhaps initially only a project to provide a distraction from René’s hard work in the music business. But the itch was there so he sat down with Mike Pesin to come up with 12 more pieces, collaborating once more with experienced and successful musicians, including Vinnie Appice and Udo Dirk Schneider. Helge Engelke wrote the lyrics, did the arrangements and also mixed the second album "Unbroken", published in 2014. The results enjoyed the praise of fans and music journals even with the changed line-up. Nevertheless, Thomsen remained faithful to his unique style as was plainly evident in the tracks. René Thomsen again enjoyed some live sessions to mark the end of this chapter
Welcome Back in 2021 Six years on and its time for the third offering by band mastermind and namesake René Thomsen. Under the motto "many things are different, but the essence is the same," these new compositions are all in typical THOMSEN style. They are collective efforts with input from all band members. The current line-up features singer Jürgen Wulfes, an old friend who gave voice to the extraordinary vocals which stood out on the debut album. On drums is Michael Kolar, a new name whose Heavy Metal drumming skills fit the formation perfectly. Like the other band members, he
comes from the Greater Hannover area. They join two old friends: on guitar, Mike Pesin, an absolute wizard as amply demonstrated on the two predecessor albums, and Niklas Turmann on bass. Not forgetting René Thomsen himself on rhythm guitar, and responsible for those powerful standout riffs - definitely the driving force behind these musical visions.
Album THOMSEN III
These visions can now be heard with a renewed thunderclap on the new studio output simply titled "III" in an impressive way.
The new studio work, refined by Charlie Bauerfeind, which will be released on August 20, 2021, contains ten straightforward and no-frills heavy metal
compositions that will captivate fans of Judas Priest, Megadeth, Blaze and Metal Church. Already the opener 'Rise' with dominant double bass drum makes it clear that the fan can expect powerful metal
for the full playing time. Also 'Fight', with a slight Accept attitude, kept a bit slower, offers high-quality fare for lovers of sophisticated guitar work and catchy riffs. Nightfall' actually
strikes in the same musical notch, but then approaches it a bit more anthemic and melodic. The fourth track 'I Can See The Light' ups the tempo and is clearly meant as a nod to the European heavy
sound of the 80s. 'Liar', on the other hand, sounds like an unfamiliar Dirkschneider composition, but with the inherent idiosyncrasies of Thomsen's style. The following 'Salvation' makes a bow over
the big pond to the distinctive sound of US metal á la Metal Church & Co. Modern, hard and uncompromising sounds the driving 'Forget It' and shows that Thomsen has the musical roots in the
eighties, but is quite capable of adapting them into contemporary sounds. Bluesy sounds the entrance to the gradually increasing 'Set Me Free', which develops into a solid hard rock number with
sing-along factor and represents the most moderate track of "III". Nevertheless, of course, as in all compositions, a gripping and varied guitar solo is not dispensed with. No prisoners, however,
makes 'Passion And Warfare', which as the penultimate song once again offers everything that makes Thomsen. The final song is 'Turn On The Light', another adrenaline-pumping heavy metal hit in Priest
style, sung by mastermind René Thomsen himself. Thomsen are back, and stronger than before, there is no doubt about that.
Due to the regional proximity of the individual musicians among themselves, it is also possible in the future to bring THOMSEN more often than before on the stages. Metal fans can expect a brute but still melodic concert experience that no one who loves metal should miss.
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all Shows postponed to 2022
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