Monday, December 29, 2014

from issue 48 of Metal Bulletin Zine: heavy metal TNT

A new issue of Metal Bulletin Zine is coming up soon, but just in case you missed it, this is TNT, from issue 48.
TNT (Norway): 30th Anniversary 1982-2012 Live In Concert with Trondheim Symphony Orchestra (Indie Recordings)
I figured that this recording was going to be an awesome, grandiose work. It’s not complicated to hear why this is true: TNT is about three fundamental things: magnificent singing, memorable hooks and good songwriting. In this live recording, TNT went all out for its 30-year anniversary, supporters of the band in Trondheim came out for this, and with the symphony behind the band, it is all about quality music. This album was recorded on June 2nd, 2012 in Trondheim, Norway, the city where TNT started out all those years ago with the game plan of conquering the world.
Traditional, melodic heavy metal veterans TNT started in 1982. If you appreciate traditional metal, and you have never given TNT a chance, this would be a wonderful chance to begin. You missed the first 30 years, so here is a musical summary. At the time of the concert, the singer was the very capable and talented Tony Mills, but the band also invited Dag DD Dynamite, the singer from the first album “TNT” from 1982 for tracks like “Harley Davidson” and “USA.” In addition, the band showcases as guest vocalist the band’s iconic voice Tony Harnell on its greatest hits such as “Intuition.” Incidentally, Tony Harnell has now returned to TNT, so we’re on the verge of hearing a new album with the band’s historical singer sometime soon. This “greatest hits live” recording works really well as an introduction to the band for a younger audience, and a trip down memory lane for the longtime TNT followers. There’s no way to please every TNT supporter, considering the long history of the band and the changes that have happened over the years, as with any veteran band. Still, this album is a very good representation of the band’s strengths and its songwriting. I’m not going to do a track-by-track review of the album, but just know that the band closes this album with a bang: the three-pronged hit attack of “Everyone’s a Star,” “10, 000 Lovers in One,” and of course, what else?!, “Seven Seas.”
Alright, kids, grandma has to go now because it’s time to dust off TNT’s 1984 vinyl “Knights of the New Thunder.” Now, that’s what this grandma calls singing. You think you have heard great singing? Yeah, right! You have no idea. No idea.

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