TNT-‘A Farewell To Arms’
Released through AOR Heaven in 2011
Tony Mills- Vocals
Ronni Le Tekro- Guitars
Victor Borge- Bass guitar
Diesel Dahl- Drums and percussion
1.) "Engine" –Ronnie opens the intro playing a lead guitar effect that sounds like the revving of a engine. The musical intro consisted of a much laid back guitar groove over the top of a simple drum & bass line. Connecting the intro with the musical verse Ronnie plays the same guitar effect that opened the song. There was a rhythm arrangement change for the musical verse. Ronnie’s guitar arrangement was done with a very simple groove riffs. Tony double-tracked the lead vocal lines of the verse. The way the vocals where recorded had the underling vocal on a small delay. This gave the vocals an echo. The way the band wrote the groove had the notes guitar & bass notes descending. For me this gave the verse a very cool sound. There is a small lead guitar solo riff connecting the musical verse with the musical chorus. Ronnie over dubbed a second rhythm guitar arrangement for the musical chorus. There is a small rhythm change underneath the last lyric line of the chorus. I don’t have a clue who engineered the release however, the micing on Diesel’s cymbals crashes were amazing sounding. There is a musical change after the second chorus for the lead guitar solo. The first half of the solo was done with an effects pedal. There was a minor lead guitar solo over the top of the coda.
2.)"Refugee" – This track opens with a Ronnie guitar riff. The riff is very reminiscent to some of the simple up-tempo stuff Fernando Von Arb was writing on early Krokus stuff. There is a single lyric line over the top of the intro section. Diesel’s bass drum has a HUGE sound behind it. There is a rhythm change for the musical verse. The guitar riff Ronnie wrote fits like a glove to the lyric lines. There is a simple arrangement change for the musical pre-chorus. The backing harmonies underneath Tony’s lead vocals give the pre-chorus a progressive music feel. There is a minor lead guitar solo connecting the first chorus with the second verse. After the second chorus there is a rhythm change that leads into one hell of an overdubbed lead guitar solo. There is a minor lead guitar solo underneath the third & forth choruses.
3.)”Come”–This intro opens with a small drum fill. The rhythm riff of the intro has a Kirk Hammett (Metallica) sound and feel. There is a lead vocal accent connect the intro with the musical verse. There is a rhythm arrangement change for the musical verse. The musical & lyrical verse had an almost demo feel to it. There is a small rhythm change for the pre-chorus. Every lyric of the pre-chorus had backing vocals underneath them. It sounded like the song got even heavier for the choruses. Ronnie starts the solo innocent enough playing 4 repeated lead licks four times making it sixteen notes in total. This makes you think it is going to lead into an intense lead guitar solo. Well you can scratch that thought! I’m a drummer not a guitarist however it is very obvious Ronnie either used an effects pedal or talk-box for the main solo section. The backing vocals after the solo section give the song a progressive sound.
4.) "Ship In The Night" – This track opens with a percussion fill. The guitar rhythm of the musical intro was very reminiscent to a Paul Stanley riff. The rhythm guitar riff change of the musical verse is pulled back. Some of the lyrics Tony sings are very reminiscent to an early Geoff Tate (Queensrÿche) stuff. In fact, he pulls such a close Geoff that most general metal fan would argue that it is Geoff Tate. The chorus has a huge hook attached to it. The solo for this track is huge!!!!!
5.) "Take It Like A Man-Woman" –This song opens with two different rhythm guitar riffs. There is a pick effect connecting the intro with the musical verse. For the musical verse Ronnie switched his guitar riffs to where they follow along with the lyric lines. There was a strange hook for the short chorus. After the second chorus there are three hi-hat breakdowns. About halfway through the lead guitar solo Ronnie overdubbed, what I counted at least three to four guitar solos. This solo is one of the best I have heard Ronnie play!!
6.) "Barracuda" – This intro opens with a small drum fill. The rhythm guitar of the intro has a very simple up-tempo riff. There is an arrangement change for the musical chorus. In between each lyric line of the chorus there is a backing vocal. There is a rhythm guitar change for the musical verse. There are backing vocals underneath Tony’s lead vocal lines for the third, fourth and fifth lyric lines. There is a lead guitar solo after the second chorus Ronnie’s solo starts off slow then builds with intensity as it progresses. For the end of the solo section Ronnie double-tracked the solo to give it a twin lead guitar solo sound. After the solo there is a one measure bass line breakdown with a lead vocal line over the top of it.
7.) "A Signature On A Demon's Self-portrait" –Instrumental
8.) "Don't Misunderstand Me" – Tony opens this track with a lead vocal line. The musical intro consists of a classic late eighties melodic rock intro arrangement. There is a small minor lead guitar solo connecting the musical intro with the musical verse. The musical verse had a much laid back feel to it that was reminiscent to the rhythm guitar riff of Blue Oyster Cult’s –“Don’t Fear The Reaper”. Over the top of the rhythm guitar Ronnie plays a couple lead guitar licks. There is a small rhythm guitar run leading to a rhythm guitar change of the musical chorus. The chorus has a classic eighties hard rock hook to it. There is a lead guitar lick connecting the first chorus with the second verse. The lead guitar solo is after the second chorus. The solo is short but works great.
9.) "A Farewell To Arms" – This is just a straight forward metal classic!!!
10.) "Someone Else" – This track open with a lead vocal line over the top of a backing harmony. The music arrangement underneath the vocal lines consisted of the guitar/bass & cymbals playing whole-notes. After the second lyric line there is a small drum fill that leads into the musical chorus. Ronnie’s rhythm guitar riffs in conjunction with Diesel tom-tom pattern gave the verse a 70’s Sweet sound. The verse just has an amazing sound to it!!!! THIS IS A PERFECT TNT SONG!!!!
11.) "Goodbye, Marie" – This track opens with a cymbal roll. The main musical intro consisted of an acoustic guitar arrangement. Through the intro underneath the acoustic guitar Diesel hits the bell of the ride cymbal to accent the acoustic rhythm riff. For the musical verse Ronnie used the same acoustic guitar rhythm as the one for the intro. Underneath the opening lyric line a flute recorder begins to play. For those of you who are burnt or just don’t remember the recorder was the first instrument you learned to play in grade school. The way Tony projects his words along with the recorder gives this verse a very renaissance sound. There is an acoustic guitar change for the musical chorus. It also at this time the drum line kicks-in. The backing harmonies are some of the best I have ever heard!!!! This is something you would here in The Hobbit! This was just magical!
12.) "Not Only Lonely” (Japanese bonus track) – This track opens with a fairly simple hard rock intro arrangement. There is a small arrangement change for the musical verse. It sounded like Tony double-tracked the third and fourth lyric lines of the first verse. You almost do not notice the rhythm change of the musical chorus. There is a lead guitar solo after the second chorus. There is a second minor solo that runs underneath the vocals of the coda.
‘A Farewell Well To Arms’ is the third TNT release with vocalist Tony Mill’s. This is not only the best release the band has recorded with Mills however it is the band’s best release to date! I know those are big words and I will get a thousand email explaining why I’m wrong. Though please keep in mind before you send those emails this is by no means a put down to Harnell or his vocal style (because he is one of the best in the business). It’s the fact that Mills vocal style fits better with these songs and these group of guys! If there is one TNT release you must own it has to be this one!!!!