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TNT - 1984 Knights Of The New Thunder

ALBUM: Knights Of The New Thunder
LABEL: Vertigo
SERIAL: 818 865-1 (Europe), 818 865-1-M1 (USA)
YEAR: 1984
CD REISSUE: 1984, Polygram (Germany), 818 865-2 * 2007, Universal Japan, UICY-6888 * 2012, Universal Japan, UICY-25141


LINEUP: Tony Harnell - vocals * Ronnie Le Tekro - guitars * Morty Black - bass * Diesel Dahl - drums

Guest: Bård Svendsen - keyboards, backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Seven Seas * 02 Ready To Leave * 03 Klassiks Romance * 04 Last Summers Evil * 05 Without Your Love * 06 Tor With The Hammer * 07 Break The Ice * 08 USA * 09 Deadly Metal * 10 Knights Of The New Thunder


This effort from Norway's TNT would rank as one of my favourite albums during a year riddled with fantastic releases. Just how they concocted a mesmeric blend of melodic metal with commercial leanings mystifies me to this day. Pretty much a staple of melodic metal/rock during the 80's, the band came to prominence during 1982 with their first LP consisting of local Norwegian tracks. Dag Ingebrigtsen was the lead singer at this early stage, along with bassist Steinar Eikum. The mainstays Ronnie LeTekro and Diesel Dahl would soon be joined by New York vocalist Tony Harnell and bassist Morty Black, this quartet would stick together right through to 1988. During these four years, TNT would release two essential LP's: this one and 1987's short but classy 'Tell No Tales'. The helium induced vocals of Harnell sent this band into hitherto unknown regions, and by the end of the year these Norwegians would become a household name, though true commercial success would pass this lot by like a ship in a night.

The Songs
The blunderbuss and pirates theme of 'Seven Seas' sets the band asail upon the waves of melodic metal. Kinda dated re: the lyrics but musically still a sonic blast. My first encounter with this band was the incredible 'Ready To Leave', mixing molten metal riffs with a near AOR chorus. Topped off with soaring vocals from Harnell and gang-chants, it probably doesn't get better than this, but believe me, it actually does.. further on. LeTekro does a Rik Emmett by providing a lovely flamenco piece called 'Klassik Romance', it's the prelude to another Norwegian stomper 'Last Summer's Evil', sounding like a title track to a horror movie. No horrors with the beautiful AOR stylings of 'Without Your Love', the piece de resistance of the album for sure. From this point on, TNT go all out on a metal crusade with tracks such as 'Tor With The Hammer', 'Break The Ice', 'USA', 'Deadly Metal' and 'Knights Of The New Thunder'.

In Summary
'Knights Of The New Thunder' did really well in Scandinavia in 1984, so much so that Polygram USA would enhance their deal to a worldwide one, and deservedly so too. The Scandi and USA issues of this album contained different track listings. To this day, this album still bristles with unbridled energy, with Le Tekro's guitar style setting the scene for many a copycat over the next twenty years. Along with 'Tell No Tales', both albums are compulsory additions to your collection.

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#1 | gdazegod on November 13 2012 13:05:21
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#2 | melodiapositiva on November 13 2012 19:15:12
i like all tnt albums in the 80's, but for me the better one is "realized fantasies" .They sound more mature and tony harnell and ronnie are incredible .
#3 | tompa on November 14 2012 00:51:09
Interesting album when it came out. A very fresh guitarsound which you hadn't heard since Van Halen. And importantly, they kept the songs short which I think worked very much in its favour. Whenever I pick a track for my iPod it's mostly "Tor withe the hammer.
#4 | Geir on November 17 2012 20:33:02
I remember watching TNT perform "Seven Seas" on Norwegian television just after the album's release. I'm sure it must have been a mere playback, but it was something of a musical lightning strike for my at the time mostly pre-hard rock mind - what a killer song, and - as pointed out in this review - ...the energy level of the entire record is unbelievable!

Also, amusingly enough, Tony Harnell's surname was at the time changed to Hansen to make him sound more Norwegian, although he probably couldn't have sounded more American than he did, given that the majority of the album had been available in Norwegian featuring Dag Ingebrigtsen on vocals previously!

A local radio personality and friend of the band, Gustav Alfheim, contributed Rune-style writing for the inner sleeve lyrics, too - pretty cool! Thumbs Up ...The same Alfheim was a key person in introducing me to countless hard rock and AOR bands via the airwaves in the mid-to-late eighties - good times! music

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