STARBREAKER is phenomenal! No surprises there! Immense sound and intensity and holy shit Tony can sing.
KANE ROBERTS is not what most readers here are going to want to hear. Not sure who he's going to appeal to. Modern, heavy and experimental.
TOBY HITCHCOCK is one of my favourite vocalists but this is a long way behind the debut album with Erik Martensson. Still always great to hear him singing.
WITHIN TEMPTATION is ok...I need more time...but many of the songs not standing out yet.
WAKE THE NATIONS is more Scandi greatness. Just wish they'd signed with me! Hahaha...

STARBREAKER Return Jan 25 With New Album 'Dysphoria'

Friday, January 25, 2019
Tony Harnell, the critically acclaimed singer/songwriter and former vocalist of multi-platinum hard rock band TNT, and Magnus Karlsson, current Primal Fear, The Ferrymen, Magnus Karlsson's Free Fall guitarist extraordinaire, have rejoined forces for the release of the third STARBREAKER album, "Dysphoria". The album will be released on January 25, 2019.
Listen to the first single, "Pure Evil" here:
This new album showcases everything the Starbreaker project has become known for: metal sensibilities, melodic songs with killer hooks, thought provoking lyrics, inventive, intricate guitar playing, occasional prog twists, and a crisp production. Along with explosive performances from Harnell and Karlsson, these are the trademarks which the listener will find in “Dysphoria” and that make this album so very unique and special.
Of calling the album “Dysphoria”, Tony states that the “title is simply a reflection of a state of mind and I thought it fit the lyrical theme of the songs. If I tried to summarize the lyrical theme of the album I would say it’s beautifully sad, but infinitely hopeful. Life is always my biggest inspiration. It was an easy album to write lyrically for that reason. There was no writer’s block and the themes are probably pretty obvious. I don’t like to paint too clear a picture for the listener, it’s best to let the words speak to them without guidance”. On the first song released from the album, he says, “’Pure Evil’ is the heaviest the album gets and not indicative of the album as a whole, although there are some metal overtones throughout.”
Of the music direction on the album, Magnus states “Tony’s voice gives me inspiration to write my riffs and melodies. I imagine his voice, so in my head, I visualize the finished songs with great production. The two first albums didn’t take much more than a year from finish to start. This release was made over a much longer period because of our other bands and productions. It's the first time I worked on an album with breaks in the production. In the end, it came out much better. I’m really happy with the sound on a Starbreaker album. Thanks to Simone Mularoni (DGM) who did a great job with the mix. And Jonni Lightfoot and Anders Köllerfors who really made the songs shine! Tony’s voice sounds better than ever, just amazing! You can have the best songs, best production or fastest guitar solos, but if the vocals aren’t top notch, you have nothing!”
STARBREAKER started as Harnell's side project while he was still fronting TNT. He was initially working on a solo record, with Karlsson, former TNT drummer John Macaluso, and bassist Fabrizio Grossi, but they morphed into STARBREAKER, releasing their first self-titled studio album in 2005. In late 2007, Harnell flew to Sweden to write the bulk of the songs for the new album with Karlsson, and started recording the new songs at the end of that year. The group's second album, "Love's Dying Wish" was released in August 2008. It featured new bassist Jonni Lightfoot, who replaced Grossi, and was produced by Harnell and Karlsson, with Tommy Hansen (TNT, PRETTY MAIDS, HELLOWEEN) serving as the mixer.
The songwriting for the new STARBREAKER album started back before Harnell rejoined TNT in 2016, but it was after his ultimate split from that band, in October 2017, that he and Karlsson put the pedal to the metal and quickly completed the new record, “Dysphoria"
Tony Harnell - vocals
Magnus Karlsson - guitars, keyboards, backing vocals
Jonni Lightfoot - bass
Anders Köllerfors - drums




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STARBREAKER featuring TONY HARNELL and MAGNUS KARLSSON will return with a new studio album in 2016!
Frontiers Records posted this update earlier today: "Tony Harnell (ex-TNT) is teaming up with Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear) again for a brand new STARBREAKER album! We will unleash the album in early 2016."
Tony Harnell added: "One of my favorite recording projects "Starbreaker" with Magnus Karlsson will release a new album sometime in 2016! Other news soon..."
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