Released: 2005, MTM Music/Atenzia Records
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
Tony Harnell and his TNT are back. TNT are one of the biggest acts from Norway, if you don’t count all the black metal acts of course. I have never been a fan of TNT; I’ve only heard a few albums, but despite my nonexistent interest, the guys have achieved a legendary status in Norway. TNT play a combination of very melodic hardrock and melodic heavy rock. There’s a fine line between those two music genres, so I’d rather be safe than sorry and say that they play a mix of those two.
The guys aren’t a complete band, as they lack a bassist. It also sounds like they have used keyboards, though no keyboard player is listed . There is a terrible slaughter of the classic Louis Armstrong standard, “What A Wonderful World,” which is probably one of the most terrifying covers I’ve ever heard--my ears literally cried blood when I heard it the first time. And just to torment myself, I put it on a second time in order to reassure me that it was as horrifying the second time...and believe me, it was.
I tried hard to find anything positive about this album--and believe me I really tried...but the album doesn’t get any better. Most of these 12 tracks suffer from a lack of inspiration. They are unenergetic and dull. They could easily have stopped after 9 or 10 tracks. The few tracks that stand out a bit are “A Fix”, “All The Way To The Sun”, “Black Butterfly” and “Save Your Love”. After having heard Tony sing in the new project Starbreaker, I wondered if he really gives his all on this album--it both feels and sounds like he’s holding back, and that’s sad on such an amazing voice.
Maybe you could give away this album to a TNT fan somewhere, but that’s probably all there is to it--it is not a necessary purchase. I really doubt that this album is going to gain the band new fans. I recommend buy some of their 80’s material instead.