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Lovekillers: Featuring Tony Harnell
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Lovekillers: Featuring Tony Harnell

Melodic Hard Rock/AOR
5.0/5.0

Something of a legend as a vocalist, Tony Harnell has had an long and impressive career. He first rose to some acclaim with Norwegian band TNT in the mid-Eighties, but there's also Westworld and Starbreaker. The latter band reunited Harnell with guitarist Magnus Karlsson for this years' Dysphoria. They've also worked together for Karlsson's Free Fall project. Additionally, Harnell has done several solo ventures. Tony Harnell & The Mercury Train's Round Trip from 2010 was quite exceptional. Now Harnell teams up with Frontiers Music, once again, and their uber-producer Alessandro Del Vecchio for the brand new project, Lovekillers.

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Little needs to be said about Harnell's exceptional voice and vocal style. He simply sings clean, melodic, and strong with no stress or strain in his range. With Lovekillers, Harnell adds his voice to his most familiar musical context, AOR melodic hard rock. I would also describe the music as very guitar-forward as the talented axeman Gianluca Ferro (24 Strings, et al) lays down some amazing guitar solos. Harnell wrote many of the songs with Del Vecchio, an accomplished and impressive musician and songwriter in his own right. Suffice to say, you can expect exceptional and entertaining music across this album.

To briefly mention a few songs, you'll hear some lively and strong melodic hard rock with Alive Again,, Higher Again, and Now Or Never. No More Love attempts to throw you a curve ball by beginning with Harnell over piano and symphonic synths, suggesting a ballad. But the song quickly rises to some quick paced hard rock with strong riffs and drums. To hear the strength of Ferro's guitar work , I could point to any song, yet Ball And Chain,, No More Love, and Alive Again were most impressive. Anthemic AOR tunes arrive with Across The Oceans and Bring Me Back. With Set Me Free things settle down for a softer, yet rising, rock ballad featuring Harnell over Del Vecchio's piano. All in all, with Tony Harnell's voice at the forefront, Lovekillers is an exceptional and entertaining album of AOR melodic hard rock. Quite recommended. Put it on your Christmas list.


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With Tony Harnell's voice at the forefront, Lovekillers is an exceptional and entertaining album of AOR melodic hard rock. Quite recommended. Put it on your Christmas list.

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