Posts Tagged ‘Tony Harnell’

stanger2015It’s been a while since I did one of these and so I figured I would do one today as there are some noteworthy news stories out there. I just wanted to mention real quick that Today is Black Label Society vocalist/axeman Zakk Wylde’s birthday which I already wished here. One of the coolest news stories out today though is the fact that a band actually took time out of their schedule to re-record Metallica’s St. Anger. You have to admit that all of us hated the recording quality of the record especially with Lar’s drum sound which it was apparently turned off while they recorded. We do not know the name of the band, but they are a group of friends. They are Daryl G. & Chris D. of the band Grace The Skies and Dave C. of the band Adjust. Here is what the band said about why they decided to take the time to re-record what they are calling #STANGER2015:

Recorded during a turbulent time in the bands career, St. Anger has always divided opinion. Some longtime fans were turned off by the drop tuned riffs and raw production, whilst some listeners embraced it, myself included. #STANGER2015 is for the listeners who weren’t so fond on the record back when it was released in 2003.

Recorded from the ground up, the album has been shortened by 15 minutes, yet every riff and lyric is intact, resulting in a more concise and focused record.

The production is also more conventional, and we hope that Metallica fans appreciate this new version of an album that is always looked at as an anomaly in the incredible career of the world’s biggest metal band, Metallica.

To listen to the re-recording of the track, just click here. The new version is mo much more tolerable, but I have to admit that I am still not a fan of some of the lyrics.

five fFive Finger Death Punch fans are probably rejoicing at some news that has dropped courtesy of Jeremy Spencer. The band released two volumes of The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell back in 2013 and the band is apparently ready to release some new music. Here is what Drummer Jeremy Spencer had to say, “I’m not sure. We always try to do things a little differently than the time before, but without being drastically different. We are who we are and I don’t see us doing something so left turn that people are going, What is that? I just don’t see that. We sound like what we sound like and I’m excited to see where it goes, honestly. I love making new records, and feeling the energy, seeing how everyone has grown and all that. We do try to push ourselves and experiment a little here and there. We have to keep it fresh for ourselves.”

hell gateMotley Crue, Guns N’ Roses, and Def Leppard have all down Vegas residencies and the next logical person to do one would be none other than the Prince Of Darkness Ozzy Osbourne. Sharon Osbourne told The Sun, “I’m working right now on a Vegas production for Ozzy. It’ll be in time for Halloween and be called ‘Hell Gate’” One source was quoted saying, “Ozzy has never done a stand-alone show in Vegas and there has been huge interest in what he has to offer. Vegas is an amazing spot, which has been a huge hit with the rock crowd. Ozzy would be a top draw and really do something unique.” As I said, this is the next logical step for Vegas and residencies. It will also give fans of his solo career to see him live once again.

tntIn heartbreaking and unfortunate news, TNT have once again parted ways with Tony Harnell. So, there goes any chance of seeing the band tour the US with the only singer that mattered. Tony spoke out in a statement on Facebook that said, “Sadly, it’s not possible for me to continue with the band. I won’t bore you with all the details…It’s nothing mind blowing and it’s certainly nothing new and it’s also best to respect the privacy of the band and keep our issues between us. At least that’s my goal. What I can tell you all is that I tried very hard once again to make it work for the long haul…My heart is broken, again, but I have no regrets about the past year and I’m really happy I could have such a wonderful final tour with the band for you guys.”

In better news than the last article, Saxon drummer Nigel Glockler gave fans an update on his condition after undergoing emergency brain surgery for an aneurysm he suffered last month. Meanwhile, Udo Dirkschneider’s son Sven Dirkschneider will be taking over drum duties for Saxon’s upcoming tour. The video with Nigel can be seen here.

I also wanted to take the time to wish the former voice of Queensryche Geoff Tate a very Happy 56TH Birthday today (January 14TH). I also wanted to wish White Lion frontman Mike Tramp a very Happy 54TH birthday today as well. Tomorrow (January 15TH) is Saxon frontman Biff Byford’s 64TH Birthday so Happy Birthday to him as well.

unnamedRex Brown (Ex-Pantera/Down/Kill Devil Hill) and Gary Holt (Exodus/Slayer) have joined The Metal Allegiance show which takes place at The House Of Blues in Anaheim on January 21ST. Here is the complete lineup of all the people participating, “Frank Bello (Anthrax), Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Chuck Billy (Testament), Chris Broderick (Ex-Megadeth), Rex Brown (Pantera/Kill Devil Hill), David Ellefson (Megadeth), Gary Holt (Slayer/Exodus), Scott Ian (Anthrax), Andreas Kisser (Sepultura), Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs), Troy Sanders (Mastodon), Alex Skolnick (Testament) and John Tempesta (The Cult).” The show will stream live for all to see on the internet at this website. Here is what Rex had to say, “What better way to kick the new year in the fucking ass than with a Metal Allegiance show? House of Blues in Anaheim barely survived the last time! GET IT LOUD AND TEAR IT DOWN!!! If you can’t get your ass out to Anaheim, get it in front of a computer and head over to The Music Zoo’s website to watch it all go down.” Check it out or be lame and don’t unless you have a perfectly acceptable excuse.

111The Rock In Rio Festival is coming to the United States for the first time in May and we have some incredible lineups to announce. On May 8TH, this is more like the Alternative day with No Doubt, Mana, The Pretty Reckless, Foster the People, Gary Clark, Jr., Bleachers and Saints of Valory. Now if you’re like me then you are looking forward to day 2 on May 9TH which features the likes of Metallica, Deftones, Linkin Park, Rise Against, Hollywood Undead, Sepultura, Coheed & Cambria, and Of Mice And Men. There is a whole other weekend that I am not interested in, but if you want to get your hands on some tickets, just go here.

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The original banned cover

Across the Atlantic Ocean and into northern Europe, in a country known to the world as Norway, was a band that was about to explode into the mainstream called TNT. Quite arguably, the most underrated metal band to ever come out of the 80’s in history. Before the release and recording of the album, TNT had already released a self titled album with original singer Dag Ingebrigtsen before he was gone from the picture and the band went and found Tony Harnell. Tony was in several bands before TNT picked him up to be their new singer including one called The Jackals which featured future White Zombie drummer John Tempesta. To this day, Tony claims that he has no idea how TNT got their hands on the demo that made them want to sign him. When TNT released the album, they had to change the album cover because it featured two naked women to the one you’ll see below. That version only saw the light of day in Japan. This was also the last album from TNT that would feature a traditional metal

File:Knights of the New Thunder.jpgSeven Seas is the first track on the record and what an opener it is. It’s one of my favorite tracks on the record about soldiers that conquer nations across the seas. Ready To Leave further explores Ronni Le Tekrø’s guitar playing style which is razor fast with a tempo change when the chorus hits. Klassick Romance is a 58 second instrumental that will eventually lead into one of the coolest songs called Last Summer’s Evil. The song has an awesome funky bass riff to go along with Ronni’s shredder guitar style and Tony’s insane vocal abilities. Every song on here so far that I have reviewed also has an amazing solo that blows away a lot of the bands in the era at the time. Without Love I believe closes out side one of the vinyl and it shows off the softer side of TNT which every band was doing at the time. Tor With The Hammer starts off with a crazy drum off which reminded me of the beginning of Van Halen’s Hot For Teacher. That was until the song kicked in with the heavy metal fury, cool stops and vocal effects.

tntBreak The Ice is a straight up rock shredder with swag and a killer harmony between the main vocals and the backups during the chorus (why don’t you Break…Break… Break The Ice). U.S.A. is a track whose style reminds me of Judas Priest in the sense of the groove and subsequently was one of two songs that were re-recorded from the first album. Deadly Metal is a raw rocking metal tune with razor sharp riffs. In this song, you get to hear the amazing range that Harnell has when hits the note for the chorus. The title track  and the last track features a cool intro with either synths or keyboards that sound like the soldiers are marching in to do battle. The song also features some effect that sounds like lightning during the chorus. My favorite track on the record, Eddie, which is apparently a bonus track on the CD version. I could have sworn so many times that as a child this was on the vinyl because I sought this album on CD for this track. As a kid, I thought this was my song because my name was Eddie, I just didn’t know what the song was about as a kid. But as it would come, my neighbors do think I’m insane. This was definitely one of my TNT albums and I am still hoping for Tony Harnell to reunite with TNT. I am giving the album four stars out of five.

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