Year : 2019 (Japan Edition)
Style : Melodic Hard Rock
Country : United States
Audio : 320 kbps + scans + Video
Size : 171 mb
Hardline was formed when brothers Johnny (vocals) and Joey (guitar) Gioeli, originally from the band Brunette, teamed up with Journey/Bad English guitarist Neal Schon. The original plan was for Neal to produce Hardline, but as he was having so much fun that he decided to join the band as soon as he left Bad English for the tensions arosen with John Waite. They immediately added established musicians Todd Jensen (David Lee Roth, Alice Cooper) on bass and Deen Castronovo (also coming from Bad English) on drums to the mix and the result was magnificent. They went on to record their debut album “Double Eclipse” for MCA in 1992 and then went on the tour circuit with such heavy hitters as Van Halen and Mr. Big. The first single from “Double Eclipse” was the song “Hot Cherie”.While never popular in the mainstream, various radio stations worldwide started to play it and Hardline’s fanbase started to grow. They released a video to MTV, but did not get much airplay. By that time grunge and alternative had already taken over and melodic rock was being pushed aside. Tension among band members, the record company and perhaps certain egos, got in the way of an immediate follow-up album, despite the band having written more than enough material. While Neal re-started his adventure with Journey in 1995 (again together with Deen Castronovo), Johnny stepped out of the music business eventually to return as Axel Rudi Pell’s singer in 1998 on the album “Oceans Of Time”. But years later Johnny and his brother Joey were ready to give it another go with Hardline after the call of Frontiers Records, with an all new line-up featuring famed drummer Bob Rock (Nelson, Vinnie Vincent’s Invasion), lead guitarist Josh Ramos (The Storm, Two Fires), bassist Chris Maloney and keyboard player Michael T. Ross (Accomplice) and all new material. Of course the awesome result is Hardline “II” which was produced by veteran studio man Bob Burch.The album shows a new maturity and edge for Hardline combining powerful and immediately recognizable hooks coming from the classic hard rock tradition of Whitesnake, Van Halen and – of course – Hardline with all new elements and sounds. This album marks the long awaited return of an hard rock master and creates a landmark for the years to come for the development of this music style ! The album also includes the song “This Gift” written and performed with Neal Schon as special guest on guitar.Hailed by critics and fans alike as a top return, the band returned on stage headlining the GODS Festival in Bradford in June 2002, before Johnny and Josh started to work on new songs which eventually saw the light of day on the “Leaving the End Open” album released on Frontiers in may 2009.Following the release of “Leaving The End Open”, HARDLINE’s mastermind and singer Johnny Gioeli did not realistically feel that another HARDLINE album would have seen the light of day sometime soon. It was again thanks to the insistence of Frontiers Records President Serafino Perugino that the concept came about once again “I love surprises and this was certainly one of them”, says Gioeli. “Each time I decide to close the door on Hardline, I get the itch to continue”.Fate wanted that when Perugino sent Gioeli some song demos written by Alessandro Del Vecchio (an Italian musician and producer know for his work with Edge of Forever and Eden’s Curse but also with Axe, Mitch Malloy, Bobby Kimball and several other top musicians and bands), the singer became excited once again and wanted to give it another go.
While we haven't heard from HARDLINE since 2016, one member of the band has had a busy lately. Founder and vocalist Johnny Gioeli dropped two albums last year, Set The World On Fire with former bandmate Deen Castronovo, and his own solo album, One Voice.Now Hardline returns with their sixth and latest album, "Life", featuring two new members, guitarist Mario Percudani and drummer Marco Di Slavia.In one sense, 'Life' is merely a continuation of the hard edged sound of previous 2016's Human Nature. Alternatively, I would say this album is even heavier than its predecessor, enough so to call the Hardline sound, melodic hard rock.The riffs are sharper, the leads more blistering, the rhythm section more bold and thundering, and Gioeli, perhaps, even a bit more raging in his vocal presence.Sure, there are some milder moments to a song, like the softer electric breakdown within 'Hold On Tight'. Mostly, there's kick ass edgy rockers like 'Place To Call Home', 'Take A Chance', or 'Chameleon'.Even the ballads can be rocking tough like the heavier version of Queen's 'Who Wants To Live Forever' and 'Page Of Your Life', despite their lingering piano lines.Conversely, Hardline can bring the mellow, so to speak, in the AOR ballads 'This Love' and especially 'My Friend', which turns upon acoustic guitar and vocal harmony."Life" is a very strong, kicking new album from Hardline, one of their best after their unbeatable debut.A variety of songs from hard hitting rockers to some beautiful ballads and back to action again, plus the skills of each member guarantees that "Life" will please both old and new fans.
Johnny Gioeli - vocals
Alessandro Del Vecchio - keyboards and backing vocals
Mario Percudani - guitars
Anna Portalupi - bass
Marco Di Salvia - drums
01. Place to Call Home
02. Take a Chance
03. Helio's Sun
04. Page of Your Life
05. Out of Time
06. Hold on to Right
07. Handful of Sand
08. This Love
09. Story of My Life
10. Who Wants to Live Forever
12. My Friend
13. This Love (Acoustic Version) (Japan Bonus Track)
+ Video "Take a Chance" (Official Video)
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