In a word… magnificent!
That’s the first word that comes to mind when I try to describe FRONTIERS RECORDS latest recording artist STARBREAKER. Their self-titled debut release is absolutely astounding. So impressive, in fact, that I venture to say it’s one of the best overall releases I have heard in a long time.
The band is fronted by TNT vocalist Tony Harnell whose vocals, as always, are tremendous… but be forewarned, this is not a typical release for this amazing singer. Although still very melodic, this CD is a lot more aggressive and edgier than anything else he has been involved with and should actually appeal to a much more broader audience than just his TNT, WESTWORLD, or MORNING WOOD fans. Part of the reason for this is the presence of producer Fabrizio Grossi who has worked with such artists as HOUSE OF LORDS, GLENN HUGHES and DAVE NAVARRO and also adds his powerful and unique bass playing to the album.
Next, we come to guitarist Magnus Karlsson (LAST TRIBE) whose superior guitar playing and song writing ability is the perfect compliment to Tony Harnell. His powerful and gripping style is apparent throughout the CD and really adds a unique blend of melodic, grinding, and vigorous guitar work to every track. Finally, rounding out the band and bringing the whole thing together is veteran drummer John Macaluso who has not only worked with RIOT, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, and ARK, but has also backed up Tony before on TNT’s “Realized Fantasies” CD from 1992.
The CD itself is tight to say the least. Lyrically, musically and conclusively, this CD is a richly composed gem, which will satisfy just about any true metal fan. Songs like “Die For You,” “Light At The End of The World,” “Crushed,” and “Lies” are among some of the more stand out tracks on the CD… but don’t get me wrong! There isn’t a throw away track on the CD. Every song is flavorful composition, which truly has to be heard to be experienced and fully appreciated.
STARBREAKER’s debut release is yet another jewel in the crown of Tony Harnell and the rest of the band alike. And if you get a chance, there’s some rumor that although originally put together as sort of a side project for these musicians, the band will be performing some shows in support of the release. DO NOT MISS IT if they happen to play near you… who knows if you’ll get this kind of opportunity again!
- Tony Harnell: vocals
- Magnus Karlsson: guitar
- Fabrizio Grossi: bass
- John Macaluso: drums
- Die For You
- Break My Bones
- Days Of Confusion
- Light At the End OF The World
- Cradle To The Grave
- Underneath A Falling Sky
- Turn It Off
- Save Yourself