Starbreaker – Dysphoria (Review)

Starbreaker - Dysphoria (Review)

Artist: Starbreaker
Album: Dysphoria
Genre: Metal
Label: Frontiers Music Srl.
Release Date: January 25, 2019
Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron

Review:

Wow! Just sat down to listen to Starbreaker’s new album Dysphoria and the first song, “Pure Evil” is heavy and fantastic.  In case you’re not familiar with Starbreaker, it features ex-TNT vocalist Tony Harnell on vocals and the first song sounds similar to TNT’s Knights Of The New Thunder album.  Next up is “Wild Butterflies”, a nice mid-tempo rocker that’s not as light as the title sounds. “Last December” is a nice rocker that wouldn’t have been out of place in TNT either. “How Many More Goodbyes” is a slow rocker bordering on a radio ballad, followed up by “Beautiful One”, which is definitely a ballad with mostly piano backing through to the chorus. It’s an emotional track, but a little to light for my taste. Not to worry though, “Dysphoria” follows and is a solid rock album that delivers the good with Karlsson’s sweeping guitar work and Harnell’s high range vocals. My Heart Belongs To You, Fire Away and Bright Star Blind Me are all beautifully arranged and heartfelt songs but I’ll take the closing track “Starbreaker” over all three of them because it rocks more on the heavier side of things.  So there you have it. “Dysphoria” is a solid mix of ballads and great hard rocking numbers.  I suppose that shouldn’t be much of a surprise considering Tony Harnell’s previous work.  Of course, I absolutely love the heavier tunes, especially “Pure Evil”, but I’m sure many others will really enjoy the softer tracks that show great maturity in Harnell’s songwriting ability.  All in all, I really like this album a lot. It should please most melodic rock / metal fans and is a welcome return for those TNT fans that miss Tony Harnell’s voice.

 

Tracklisting:

1.PURE EVIL

2.WILD BUTTERFLIES

3.LAST DECEMBER

4.HOW MANY MORE GOODBYES

5.BEAUTIFUL ONE

6.DYSPHORIA

7.MY HEART BELONGS TO YOU

8.FIRE AWAY

9.BRIGHT STAR BLIND ME

10.STARBREAKER

 

Lineup:

Tony Harnell – vocals

Magnus Karlsson – guitars, keyboards, backing vocals

Jonni Lightfoot – bass

Anders Köllerfors – drums

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