TNT 1992 TNT
TNT formed in the Norwegian town of Trondheim in 1982 by Ronni Le Torkö, and released a Norway-only debut that same year with all lyrics in Norwegian. Not soon after, original vocalist Dag Ingebrigtsen (aka D.D. Dynamite) was replaced by American (New York native) Tony Harnell. Harnell debuted on the band's first international album, 1984's "Knights of the New Thunder," on which he was credited as Tony Hansen.

TNT TNT (Karussell) 1982

1. "Harley Davidson" (4:05)
2. "USA" (3:38)
3. "Bakgårdsrotter" (3:15)
4. "Etyde i Fuzz-mål" [instrumental] (1:16)
5. "Eddie" (4:47)
6. "Showet Er I Gang" (3:36)
7. "Pirrende Irene" (3:29)
8. "Mafia" (3:07)
9. "Eventyr" (3:42)
10. "Varmt & Hardt" (4:05)

Humble beginnings for one of Norway's finest exports. The original TNT lineup consisted of Dag Ingebrigtsen (Vocals), Ronni Le Tekro (Guitars), Steiner Eikum (Bass), and drummer Morten "Diesel" Dahl. Their first self-titled album was released on Vertigo in Norway only, due to the fact that the lyrics were in Norwegian. It's a bit odd to my American ears hearing these songs all sung in Norwegian, but I also think it adds a bit of charm and mystique to the album. TNT's debut is pure heavy metal. Ronnie's guitarwork on this debut was already spectacular and already helped to establish them as a fine metal band. "Etyde i Fuzz-mål" is a fine example of some Eddie Van Halen inspired guitar wankery. (ehhh, "Etyde i Fuzz-mål" means what?) The only real downfall to this EP is the vocals. While Dag is a decent singer, he doesn't have the character or charisma of Tony Harnell who will soon take TNT to new heights with their follow-up release.

Apparently there is an ultra rare 5 track vinyl EP with some of the songs sung in English. But it was used for promotion only, and never made it to CD. Of course a re-recorded English version of U.S.A. made it onto the band's "Knights of the New Thunder" album. The English versions of "Harley Davidson" and "Eddie" were released on "The Big Bang" compilation.

This came from a reader of this page:
You're asking what "Etyde i Fuzz-mål" means, and just in case it's not a purely rhetorical question I thought I could give you some kind of answer: It's a slight misspelling for "Étude in Fuzz minor".

TNT-Knights of the New Thunder (Vertigo) 1984

1. "Seven Seas" (4:15)
2. "Ready to Leave" (2:57)
3. "Klassisk Romance" [instrumental] (:58)
4. "Last Summer's Evil" (2:36)
5. "Without Your Love" (3:50)
6. "Tor With the Hammer" (2:20)
7. "Break the Ice" (2:22)
8. "USA" (3:40)
9. "Deadly Metal" (2:30)
10. "Knights of the Thunder" (4:10)
11. "Eddie" (4:43)

Without a doubt, Knights of the New Thunder is TNT's crowning achievement. This disc is just chock full of meaty heavy metal with superb songwriting, guitar playing and vocals. The entire CD just shreds! By today's standards this disc would probably be labeled melodic metal, due to the melodic nature of the songwriting, the catchy choruses and the high pitched clean vocals. However in 1984 there were few bands doing stuff this intense. There are several standout cuts, although as I stated the entire CD shreds. However, "Ready to Leave", ""Last Summer's Evil", "Deadly Metal" and "Tor With the Hammer" are all outstanding songs. By far my favorite TNT CD. The cover pictured above is the German version, the Japanese version has a completely different cover.

Powergod recorded a cover of "Tor With the Hammer".

Tell No Tales TNT - Tell No Tales (Mercury) 1987

1. "Everyone's a Star" (3:21)
2. "10, 000 Lovers (In One)" (2:54)
3. "As Far as the Eye Can See" (3:41)
4. "Sapphire" [instrumental] (1:14)
5. "Child's Play" (4:25)
6. "Smooth Syncopation" [instrumental] (:50)
7. "Listen to Your Heart" (3:18)
8. "Desperate Night" (3:33)
9. "Northern Lights" (4:10)
10. "Incipits" [instrumental] (:50)
11. "Tell No Tales" (2:21)

High pitched, high energy, commercial heavy metal from Norway's TNT. Can't understand why this band didn't do much better. Songs like "Child's Play" and "10,000 Lovers" should have been tearing up the charts in '87-'88. I had read that "10, 000 Lovers (In One)" received some radio and MTV play, but I don't recall ever hearing or seeing this song back then. Just goes to show that is takes more than talent, look, and a big record company to make it big. I mean, these guys had it all. There are three short guitar instrumentals on this disc as well that break up the disc a bit and ad some flavor. This particular disc, I believe, is out of print in the U.S.. A friend picked this up for me in they used bins for $7.99 in the Chicago area.

Intuition TNT - Intuition (Vertigo) 1988

1. "A Nation Free (Intro)" (1:09)
2. "Caught Between the Tigers" (4:16)
3. "Tonight I'm Falling" (3:55)
4. "End of the Line" (4:21)
5. "Intuition" (4:19)
6. "Forever Shine On" (4:46)
7. "Learn to Love" (3:38)
8. "Ordinary Lover" (:53)
9. "Take Me Down (Fallen Angel)" (4:28)
10. "Wisdom" (5:01)

Majestic sounding pop-metal with infectious hooks and excellent guitar work. The band has an excellent sense of melody that pushes them over the top of many of the pop-metal bands of the late 80's. Their songs are not so much anthemic in nature but loaded with tons of instrumental details, arrangement twists and excellent songwriting. Of course there is tons of power ballads like in the excellent title track, but then there are heavier songs like "Forever Shine On" that proves the band can rock as well. "Caught Between the Tigers" is another rocking track with some stellar guitar work.

Realized Fantasies TNT - Realized Fantasies (Atlantic) 1992

1. "Downhill Racer" (4:48)
2. "Hard to Say Good-bye" (5:12)
3. "Mother Warned Me" (4:43)
4. "Lionheart" (4:49)
5. "Rain" (4:30)
6. "Purple Mountain's Majesty" (6:14)
7. "Rock 'n Roll Away" (5:51)
8. "Easy Street" (4:58)
9. "All You Need" (4:21)
10. "Indian Summer" (5:00)

Ronni Le Tokrö

Once again the Tony Harnell/Ronni LeTekrö formula proves to be a winning combination as "Realized Fantasies" proves to be another in a line of brilliant, melodic heavy metal platters. This one is similar to "Intuition" in that there is a perfect blend of commercial, melodic appeal with crunchy guitar tones and killer guitar solos. Something I heard on this disc that I didn't really hear in the past was a slight Queen influence, especially on "Easy Street.". (Anyone else heard that?) Plenty of standout cuts on this one as well; "Purple Mountain Majesty", "Mother Wanned Me" and "Downhill Racer".

Firefly TNT - Firefly (Norske) 1997

1. "Firefly" (4:27)
2. "Angels Ride" (4:26)
3. "Tripping" (4:39)
4. "Daisy Jane" (4:42)
5. "Somebody Told You" (3:56)
6. "Months Of Sundays" (3:59)
7. "Only The Thief (Whistles At Night)" (2:11)
8. "Heaven's Gone" (4:09)
9. "Moonflower" (4:47)
10. "Sunless Star" (4:58)
11. "Cool It" (3:40)
12. "Soldier Of The Light" (5:26)

DISC TWO (Three Nights in Tokyo)
1. "Purple Mountain Majesty" (6:42)
2. "Hard to Say Goodbye" (5:23)
3. "Downhill Racer" (5:08)
4. "As Far As The Eye Can See" (4:48)
5. "10,000 Lovers" [live] (2:55)
6. "Guitar Solo" (7:00)
7. "Indian Summer" (5:37)
8. "Lionheart" (8:47)
9. "Seven Seas" (8:41)
10. "Mother Warned Me" (3:09)
11. "Everyone's A Star" (6:09)

Wow! Now I certainly wasn't expecting an album like this from TNT. For some reason I always had the idea in my head the TNT stayed pretty close to their original sound, not unlike Pretty Maids. However, "Firefly" is not melodic, pop metal, but rather a more modern sounding hard rock album with some decent guitar work and equally stellar vocals. If all modern rock bands were this good, I probably would like the more modern styles a bit more. I must admit, however, that I am more a fan of the band's early, more metallic material and this is not really my thing. That's not to say that I don't like this disc however. Songs like "Angel's Ride" and the title track are quite good. Over time I imagine I will probably like the whole album. However, the modern, acoustic nature of this album, along with the obvious Beatles influences are just not as appealing to me as the band's earlier material. Compares to Holy Soldier's "Promise Man", although I'd say TNT are quite a bit better.

Wooohooo! Thanks to my good friend Kurt in Norway, I now am the proud owner of the limited edition double disc version of Firefly with the complete "Three Nights in Tokyo!" show on disc two. Unlike the American single disc version titled "Firefly + Live", this one has the complete song listing for both albums.

Firefly & Live! TNT-Firely and Live! (Shrapnel) 1996

1. "Firefly" (4:29)
2. "Somebody Told You" (3:58)
3. "Tripping" (4:41)
4. "Daisy Jane" (4:44)
5. "Month of Sundays" (4:01)
6. "Sunless Star" (4:58)
7. "Soldier of Light" (4:49)
8. "Moonflower" (6:42)
9. "Purple Mountain Majesty" [live] (4:47)
10. "As Far As The Eye Can See" [live] (2:55)
11. "10,000 Lovers" [live] (
12. "Guitar Solo" [live] (7:00)
13. "Seven Seas" [live] (9:06)

Not sure of the story behind this disc. I don't know why this U.S. release contains only select songs off "Firefly" and has the added live tracks. Doesn't really matter I suppose. The live tracks are what I am most interested in here. These tracks were recorded in Tokyo, 1992. All five tracks are superbly performed and well recorded. Of course Ronni's guitar solo is outstanding in and of itself. Had just these live tracks been released as an EP, I still would have wanted this disc. What surprised me was how much I enjoyed listening to the first nine studio tracks. I admit that I was not blown away by "Firefly" when I first heard it, like I was other TNT discs. However, I suppose over time the songs have grown on me. While the music is without a doubt more in the modern rock direction, the vocal harmonies continue in the melodic rock mode and give the songs the hook that kept me listening and not skipping over to the live material. Still I don't think that "Firefly" competes with the band's earlier discs, but an enjoyable listen nonetheless.

Transistor TNT - Transistor (Spitfire) 1999

1. "Just Like God" (3:55)
2. "Wide Awake" (3:25)
3. "No Such Thing" (3:59)
4. "Crashing down" (3:39)
5. "Fantasia Espanola" (4:46)
6. "Because I Love You" (4:36)
7. "The Whole You're Inn" (4:00)
8. "Mousetrap" (3:01)
9. "Into Pieces" (4:09)
10. "Under My Pillow" (4:26)
11. "No Guarantees" (2:31)

Tony Harnell and Ronnie LeTekrö et al. are back in '99 with a disc that improves on "Firefly" but doesn't really stray far from that modern rock style. Musically I think this album falls within the Mötley Crüe "Generation Swine" and Guardian "Bottlerocket" mode of following on the coat tails of popular radio rock. Unfortunately for Crüe and Guardian, those albums are terrible! TNT however manage to pull it thought thanks mostly to the stellar vocal performance of Tony Harnell. His smooth melodic vocal harmonies are what I like best about this disc. Ronni LeTekrö is a shredder, but he doesn't show much of that attitude on this disc, choosing instead to come across as rather lifeless and dull. The whole strumming approach to rhythm playing, as opposed to staccato picking or power chords, is a bit boring to me. So, as with "Firefly" I find this one to be a mixed bag. I still think TNT are better than most modern rock bands, but I prefer the TNT of old. The songs were more memorable and enjoyable, at least for me. I really dig the bizarre cover art on this album though.

The Big Bang TNT - The Big Bang-The Essential Collection (MTM Music) 2003

1. "Harley-Davidson" [U.K. version] (4:06)
2. "Eddie" [U.S. version] (4:44)
3. "10,000 Lovers" (2:56)
4. "Intuition" (4:18)
5. "As Far As The Eye Can See" (3:44)
6. "Tonight I'm Falling" (3:54)
7. "Everyone's A Star" (3:22)
8. "Take Me Down (Fallen Angel)" (4:26)
9. "Seven Seas" (4:16)
10. "Downhill Racer" (4:49)
11. "Forever Shine On" (4:47)
12. "Break The Ice" [U.S. version] (2:24)
13. "Listen To Your Heart" (3:18)
14. "Last Summers Evil" (2:36)
15. "Caught Between The Tigers" (4:14)
16. "Knights Of The New Thunder" (4:11)
17. "Sapphire" [instrumental] (1:16)
18. "End Of The Line" (4:20)
19. "Hey Love" [new studio track] (3:44)
20. "Satellite" [new studio track] (3:01)
21. "Destiny" [previously unreleased] (3:44)

Excellent career retrospect compilation, that surprisingly features nothing from "Transistor" and "Firefly." As with any compilation of a band I like, there are songs that I personally would have included that are not, and some I would not have included that are. I was surprised that "Purple Mountain's Majesty" and "Tor With the Hammer" were not included on this disc. There are a few rare tracks included, including "Harley Davidson" and "Eddie" off the band's mega-rare first album, as well as "Destiny" an unreleased track. "Hey Love" and "Satellite" are brand new tracks that have the band moving away from the modern rock sound of "Transistor" and moving forward to a more melodic rock sound. These two tracks actually fall somewhere between the band's 80's sound and their more modern style. Can't wait for their new release. (thanks for the disc Kurt.)

Give MeA Sign TNT - Give Me A Sign EP (SPV/MTM Music) 2003

1. "Live Today" (3:39)
2. "Give Me A Sign" (4:20)
3. "Satellite" (3:04)
4. "Hey Love" (3:45)
5. "Destiny" [demo] (3:39)

"Give Me a Sign" is suppose to be the EP that welcomes the return of TNT. I didn't know they broke up. Regardless, this EP is a return to a more melodic, hard rockin' TNT. Most of the tracks here sound like they could have bridged the gap between the band's 80's melodic metal material and their 90's modern rock approach. "Satellite" in particular is a very catchy song with an infectious sing along chorus. One thing that is sort of irritating with the EP, however, is that only two of the tracks are exclusive to it. "Destiny", "Hey Love" and "Satellite" were all released on the excellent "The Big Bang - The Essential Collection". Also, a track was left off this German release. This CD was released as "Taste" in Japan with the additional track "Magic Little Nightmare". Grrrrr! Oh well, chances are this EP will come and go as fast as it was released. EP's tend to not stay in print long so grab a copy before it becomes a hot items on Ebay.

My Religion TNT - My Religion (Crush/Mayhem) 2004

1. "Invisible Noise" (4:07)
2. "She Needs Me" (3:16)
3. "Give Me a Sign" (4:22)
4. "My Religion" (3:38)
5. "Lonely Nights" (3:56)
6. "Flow" (:54)
7. "Perfectly" (5:14)
8. "Satellite" (3:04)
9. "You'll Be There" (3:34)
10. "Everybody's Got a Secret" (3:54)
11. "Hey Love" (3:44)
12. "Everything U R" (3:53)
13. "Live Today" (3:41)
14. "Song 4 Dianne" (3:45)
15. "The Last Word" (:40)

As was hinted at with the "Give Me a Sign" EP, "My Religion" is a welcome return to the more melodic hard rock songwriting of TNT's past. I for one am thankful that they moved beyond the alternative-rock thing they had done on the past few albums. "My Religion" is chock full of memorable hooks and melodies. That is not to say this CD sounds like dated 80's rock. There is the slightest hint of those modern vibes, but it mixes well with TNT's classic sound. Ronni Le Tokrö once again shines and is able to stretch out and do some guitar shredding, as he does so well. All the new songs off of the "Give Me A Sign" EP are on this full length album as well. This is actually the third release that "Hey Love" and "Satellite" have been released on. Of the new tracks, "She Needs Me" and "You'll Be There" are my favorites. Both of these tracks are emotional and moving, albeit mellower than some of the other songs. Overall, a fine release from TNT and certainly their best in a long time. This is definitely going to be a favorite release of 2004. (mega-thanks James.)

All The Way to the Sun TNT - All The Way To The Sun (Playground Music) 2005

1. "A Fix" (4:03)
2. "Too Late" (3:47)
3. "Driving" (4:05)
4. "Me And I" (3:43)
5. "Sometimes" (4:08)
6. "All The Way To The Sun" (5:05)
7. "What A Wonderful World" (3:03)
8. "The Letter" (4:04)
9. "Mastic Pines" (1:25)
10. "Black Butterfly" (2:59)
11. "Save Your Love" (3:57)
12. "Ready To Fly" (4:34)

TNT have been experimenting with their sound for a long time. While their last CD was a return to the more straight forward hard rock, I'd be hard pressed to call "All the Way to the Sun" hard rock, no less heavy metal. On first listen I was a bit disappointed, but upon subsequent listens it is apparent that "All the Way to the Sun" is one of those discs that grows on you. I will say that this album doesn't quite hold up to "My Religion" but doeskin contain some good songs. "A Fix" is a good opener and one of the more upbeat songs on the disc. Likewise, "Too Late" sounds like it easily could have fit with anything on "My Religion". "Sometimes" is another standout cut. The short guitar solo in the middle of this song reminded me of Brian May a bit, more because of the guitar tone than the playing. This song is a melodic ballad and one of the best songs on the disc. The cover of Louis Armstrong's "What A Wonderful World" is, uhhh...interesting and a bit of an odd inclusion. The title track is filled with layers of vocal harmonies and is another interesting song, although certainly not one of the album best. As usual, Tony Harnell's vocals are superb. He just has one of those voices that can do no wrong. Likewise, Ronnie LeTekro delivers some solid, albeit subdued guitar work. While there are some short guitar solos on this disc, it seems that Ronnie is following in the footsteps of many other modern bands and not shredding like we all know he can.

Live in Madrid TNT - Live In Madrid (Bonnier Amigo) 2006

1. "Invisible Noise" (4:15)
2. "As Far As The Eye Can See" (4:53)
3. "Downhill Racer" (5:38)
4. "A Fix" (4:22)
5. "She Needs Me" (3:13)
6. "Give Me A Sign" (5:39)
7. "Guitar Solo" (9:06)
8. "Caught Between The Tigers" (4:56)
9. "Listen To Your Heart" (3:29)
10. "Black Butterfly" (6:29)
11. "Seven Seas" (5:06)
12. "Forever Shine On" (6:33)
13. "Fantasia Española" (4:54)
14. "My Religion" (4:03)
15. "10,000 Lovers (In One)" (3:37)
16. "Intuition" (2:55)
1. "Invisible Noise"
2. "As Far As The Eye Can See"
3. "Downhill Racer"
4. "A Fix"
5. "She Needs Me"
6. "Give Me A Sign"
7. "Guitar Solo"
8. "Caught Between The Tigers"
9. "Listen To Your Heart"
10. "Black Butterfly"
11. "Seven Seas"
12. "Forever Shine On"
13. "Fantasia Española"
14. "My Religion"
15. "10,000 Lovers (In One)"
16. "Intuition"

I've said it before, live albums seem to be the end of an era for a band. TNT - Live In Madrid is the end of an era for TNT as this is to be the last album with longtime vocalist Tony Harnell. This CD/DVD collection offers what amounts to a greatest hits package, live. Personally I much prefer this to a compilation, especially since TNT already has a few compilation CDs out. TNT are a more than competent live band. Ronni Le Tekrø is a shredder who has held back a bit on the band's more recent releases. However, he is given the chance to let go a bit here and he even offers up a fun guitar solo with some amusing audience participation and even a talk box. The newer material sounds a bit beefier and heavier here and the older songs are given new life as well. If I had to find fault at all in this CD, I would have wanted to hear a few more songs from "Knights of the New Thunder". As it stands, "Live in Madrid" is an excellent testimony to one of Norway's greatest exports. (Thanks Kmorg)

The New Teerritory TNT - The New Territory (Bonnier Amigo) 2007

1. A Constitution" (4:15)
2. Substitute" (2:41)
3. Are You Blind?" (3:49)
4. Golden Opportunity" (3:28)
5. Something Special" (3:21)
6. Now We're Talkin'" (3:36)
7. Wild Life" (3:06)
8. Fountain Of Love" (4:24)
9. June" (3:27)
10. Can't Go On Without" (3:15)
11. 2 Seconds Away" (3:19)
12. Milestone River" (4:51)
13. Let's Party Mills" (2:11)

As with any longtime TNT fan, I expect the departure of vocalist Tony Harnell to spell the end of TNT. His voice was the signature sound of this band, along with Ronnie LeTekro's guitar pyrotechnics. However, in '07 TNT trudges ahead with new vocalist Tony Mills (ex-Shy). His voice is also very distinctive, but he does have a lot of similarities to Harnell and fits into this band's sound quite well. For those looking for the melodic heavy metal of the 80's, this album won't impress them. Those looking for the natural progression from the band's last couple CDs should be pleased with at least half of this album. "The New Territory" is, for the most part, a quality, melodic rock album. There are plenty of mellow moments on this CD with a total of four ballads. However, the harder rockin' moments are quite good. Album opener "A Consititution", "Substitute", "Cant' Go On Without", "Milestone River" and the slightly more melodic "Are You Blind? are prime TNT songs complete with those smooth, layered vocal harmonies and LeTekro's superb guitar playing. Some songs seem to be influenced by Norwegian folk music, which would only make sense since TNT are based in Norway. There are a few songs I would qualify as pure filler. "Now We're Talkin'" is an quirky song with the lyrics compromised of various Beatles song titles. The words to this song are spoken in an exaggerated English accent rather than sung. "June" is an odd number as well that I can only describe as a happy song complete with orchestration. Sort of reminds me of TNT's cover of "A Wonderful World" on "All the Way to the Sun". Ultra-happy. Ultra-corny. Also, "Let's Party Mills" is just Tony reading the credits for the album, over some weird circus music. Overall, this album isn't bad and new vocalist Tony Mills is a welcome addition, but I would like to see a more solid album that isn't peppered with silly fillers.

Atlantis TNT - Atlantis (Bonnier-Amigo) 2008

1. "Hello, Hello" (4:03)
2. "Peter Sellers Blues" (4:45)
3. "Baby's got Rhythm " (3:39)
4. "Tango Girl" (4:08)
5. "Me and Dad" (7:52)
6. "Atlantis" (4:09)
7. "The Taste of Honey" (3:42)
8. "Bottle of Wine" (3:17)
9. "Missing Kind" (4:07)
10. "Love of My Life" (3:14)
11. "Had it, Lost it, Found it" (4:55)

Norwegian rockers TNT are one of those bands that are held in high regard by metal fans due to their early works. Starting with “Firefly” in the mid-1990’s, the band began experimenting with their sound and I was one of those who was initially disappointed. However, I still enjoyed their music and began to appreciate it for what it was. TNT haven’t really been a heavy metal band for over a decade. With that in mind, I haven’t really expected a metal release from TNT and have enjoyed their new releases without any disappointment.

“Atlantis” is the second full length album from TNT with new singer Tony Mills. The sound here is still melodic, still hard rock, but they’ve added a lot of 70’s influences. I hear a lot of influences from Sweet, Queen, Slade and The Beatles as well. The album is filled with those poppy, layered vocals that really bring out the Sweet influence. The album opens up with “Hello, Hello”, a song that easily could have fit on Sweet’s “Desolation Boulevard” is chock full of groovy rhythms and has a big pop hook. The song is followed up by a bluesier number that is aptly titled “Peter Seller Blues”. “Baby’s Got Rhythm” continues the slick pop sounds with the layered vocals and groove based riff. “Tango Girl” is exactly what the title implies; a modern, hard rock tango with a melodic chorus and more layered vocals. “Me and Dad” is a tender, emotinal ballad that brings in a big Brian May/Queen influence as the song builds. “Bottle of Wine” is an up-tempo rocker that continues with the layered vocals and pop melodies. This song almost has a funk flavor complete with horns and a heavy groove. Likewise “Taste of Honey” and “The Missing Kind” are of the more up-tempo hard rockers. “Had It, Lost It” is the only song here that harkens back to the band’s heavy metal roots. This dark, moody song is brought to life by Le Tekro’s spirited guitar work and is accented by Mills high pitched vocals. Guitarist Ronnie Le Tekro lets his presence be know throughout this CD with some slick guitar solos and tight rhythm playing. Tony Mills sounds fantastic. His voice has a lot of similarities to former vocals Tony Harnell, yet he has his own personality as well.  

TNT have really stepped out quite a bit and have successfully experimented with their sound on “Atlantis”. I am thankful that the band is doing what it wants rather than following trends or “keep up with the times”.  Those still holding out hope for another “Knights of the New Thunder” or “Tell No Tales” will probably be disappointed, but those who can appreciate TNT for what they have become over the years will discover yet another wonderful, melodic hard rock album. (Thanks Kurt)

Farewell to Arms TNT - A Farewell to Arms (Dynamo) 2010

1.   Engine (4:38)
2.   Refugee (4:20)
3.   Ship In The Night (4:02)
4.   Take It Like A Man - Woman! (3:03)
5.   Come (3:44)
6.   Barracuda (2:41)
7.   A Signature Of A Demon's Self-Portrait [instrumental] (:59)
8.   Don't Misunderstand Me (3:29)
9.   A Farewell To Arms (2:41)
10. Someone Else (4:24)
11. God Natt, Marie (4:30)
12. Harley-Davidson (3:33)

"A Farewell to Arms" is the twelfth studio album from Norwegian melodic metal band TNT. The album was originally released in 2010 as "Engine" in Norway as part of a magazine package. The rest of the world saw a regular CD release, but with the altered title and cover art. "Farewell" is the third album to feature English vocalist Tony Mills as their frontman alongside founding members, guitarist Ronni Le Tekro and drummer Morten Dahl.

With the band's last several efforts they have experimented with their sound. 2008's "Atlantis" had a bit of a 1970's vibe to it. Older albums experimented with more pop sounds, alternative rock, etc. Some were more successful than others, though I tended to find something I liked about all of them. Those looking for a return to the days of "Intuition" or "Tell No Tales" were sure to be disappointed. With "A Farewell to the Arms" I think that TNT have finally found a sound that will please those fans without completely trying to recreate those old 80's albums. This is the heaviest album the band have recorded in more than a decade. Of course, heavy is a relative term. When comparing TNT to modern heavy metal bands, this CD may seem tame in comparison. However, in comparison to the music that TNT are known for, "A Farewell to Arms" is a heavy album. Ronni's guitar tone is vicious and he unleashes some unearthly guitar solos throughout this platter. There's even a wicked acoustic guitar instrumental that is bizarrely titled "A Signature Of A Demon's Self-Portrait". Tony Mills' vocals bring back those higher-range vocals that TNT were always known for.

Unlike some more recent albums, I didn't find a handful of songs I liked, but rather an entire album I enjoyed. The entire album from front to back is solid. "A Farewell to Arms" is exactly what I want to hear from TNT, melodic hard rock/heavy metal with smooth vocals and blazing guitar solos.

My particular copy, which I picked up on, is a Brazilian pressing and has a newly recorded version of  the TNT classic "Harley Davidson" as a bonus track.

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