back in 2007 when Tony Mills took over the vacant mike at TNT and we saw
a new chapter in the TNT story come to life with the album 'The New
Territory’, then their 'Atlantis' opus saw the light of day. In between
albums the band were forever on the road in their native Norway, seldom
venturing out of the Scandinavian peninsula, much to the frustration of
their army of fans outside Norway, but that’s another story. It's
and I have the pleasure to hear the bands stunning new release
‘Farewell To Arms’, an album that hasn’t seen an easy road to its
release, with frontman Mill’s suffering a heart attack in Olso’s
Airport, but thankfully the fast actions of the airport staff saved his life.
So on to
the album itself. Well what can I say, this is the album we all knew
Mills and Le Tekro had up their sleeves. Oh yes I loved the two previous
albums for what they were, but they were lost on some fans on the genre
who couldn’t see out of the Melodic Rock box.
Farewell To Arms' we see the band come out of the traps with all guns
blazing as the album gets underway with the grinding rocker ‘Engine’.
A ballsy no holds barred Hard Rock track that will blow away all doubts
that the band have lost their edginess, with Mills on fire as always, but
it's Le Tekro’s guitar work that really gets the juices flowing with
some of the biggest riffs you’ve ever heard on a TNT album and this is
just the beginning, as things just get better and better as each track
album continues with ‘Refugee’, again Mills is just stunning vocally
and Le Tekro just throws out the big licks as only he can. There is no
rest bite as the big tunes just keep on coming, with the stunning ‘Ship In
The Night’ and the excellent up tempo rocker ‘Take It Like A Man –
Woman’. A real barnstormer of a track that will just blow you away with
its fiery licks and vocals, but it’s the backbone rhythm section of
Diesel Dahl and Victor Borge that really beef up the track.
hard edged sound continues with the massive ‘Come’ and equally
groove ridden ‘Barracuda’, two tracks that will awaken the rock god in
all of you, as you’ll find yourself dusting off the air guitar and
grabbing the hairbrush microphone and rocking out like the you used to
many moons ago.
the all out rock onslaught of the first six tracks it's time to get
your breath back with the instrumental ‘A Signature On A Demons
Self-Portrait’. This is a short reprise as it's back on the Melodic Rock
trail with ‘Don’t Understand Me’, before turning up the heat once
more wit the title track ‘A Farewell To Arms’ .
tempo is brought down a touch with ‘Someone Else’ before bringing it
right down with the stunning ballad ‘God Natt, Marie’. But what
album today wouldn’t be complete without the now obligatory bonus
track and this album has a corker with a live version of ‘Harley
Davidson’, which rounds off what is without a doubt the best and most
accessible TNT album to date, and that includes the early years, let's hope
we see the band venture out of Norway in 2011, even if its just a handful
of shows splattered about Europe, because I know the fans would come out
in there droves to see them.
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