Check out the new clip “Fever Dreams” from Hardline. “Fever Dreams” is from Hardline’s new album, Danger Zone, which is available for purchase from Amazon.com at this link.
There will be an 11 song single CD release of the album, as well as a 14 song Digipak version along with a bonus DVD which includes videos and EPK.
Get ready for Damage Control, it will rock your World!
01. April 2012 CZ – Prag – Metrix
03. April 2012 AUT – Wien – Szene
04. April 2012 HU – Budapest – Club 202
07. April 2012 BUL – Sofia – tba
08. April 2012 ROM – Bukarest – tba
10. April 2012 D – Berlin – C-Club
11. April 2012 D-Ludwigsburg – Rockfabrik
12. April 2012 NED – Kerkrade – Rock Temple
13. April 2012 D – Burglengenfeld – VA Zentrum
14. April 2012 D – Bochum – Matrix
15. April 2012 BEL – Genk – Rondpunt 26
17. April 2012 CH – Pratteln – Z7
19. April 2012 ES-Gijon – Sala Albeniz
20. April 2012 ES-Pamplona – Sala Totem
21. April 2012 ES-Huesca – Sala Jai Alai
22. April 2012 ES-Madrid – Sala Ritmo y Compas
It’s hard to believe that after debuting in 1992 “Leaving The End Open” is only Hardline’s third studio album. Hardline’s debut “Double Eclipse” is an outstanding album that I still listen to regularly and is as viable today as it was 17 years ago. Now while “II” was decent it did not come close to comparing to “Double Eclipse”. So needless to say I was a little apprehensive when I got “Leaving The End Open” especially knowing that neither Neal Schon or Joey Gioeli were involved in the project. But Hardline, which is now made up of Johnny Gioeli (Vocals), Josh Ramos (Guitars), Michael T. Ross (Keyboards), Jamie Brown (Bass), and Atma Anur (Drums), put my apprehension somewhat to rest when I heard “Falling Free” the second track on “Leaving The End Open” and followed it up with “Start Again” because the one thing I thought was missing on “II” was strong songs the band had found again.
“Leaving The End Open” has a good mix of rock, mid-tempo, and ballads and while not every song is a winner, there are enough here to make me want to keep listening to the album and give the whole album a chance to grow on me. Besides the two previously mentioned songs “Pieces of the Puzzle”, “Before This”, “Give In To This Love”, and “Leaving The End Open” are all strong songs and given the chance such songs as “Voices”, “Bittersweet”, and “In This Moment” will probably grow on me too.
I am gaining new respect for Josh Ramos as a guitarist and I have always thought Gioeli has a great voice and he doesn’t disappoint here, he is definitely the star of the band. The rest of the band are all solid performers with Anur standing out among the three. Hardline really shines on the mid-tempo songs here but what is missing on this album and “II” are the attitude filled dirty groove songs such as “Takin’ Me Down”, “Bad Taste”, “Dr. Love”, “Rhythm From A Red Car”, and “Hot Cherie” that were loaded on “Double Eclipse”, that is the Hardline I know and love.
While “Leaving The End Open” is definitely better than “II” it still falls way short of the expectations set 17 years ago with the release of “Double Eclipse”.
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02. Falling Free
03. Start Again
04. Pieces Of Puzzles
06. She Sleeps In Madness
07. In This Moment
08. Give In To This Love
09. Before This
10. Hole In My Head
11. Leaving The End Open
Johnny Gioeli – vocals
Josh Ramos – guitars
Michael T. Ross – keyboards
Jamie Brown – bass
Atma Anur – drums
One of the better hard rock albums to see the light of day in 1992, was the debut by Hollywood, California’s Hardline.
Hardline’s quick claim to fame was having Journey guitarist Neal Schon play lead guitar for the band. There are also a couple of songs that have partial writing credits by Journey’s Jonathan Cain.
Aside from Schon’s guitar work, the highlight on Double Eclipse are the vocals of Johnny Gioeli. He is definitely one of the better singers to come out of the hair metal era.
If this album was released five or six years earlier, Hardline, would have made a bigger impact on the scene. This is an extremely fun to listen to melodic hard rock disc, where every song is exceptionally good. Some of my favorite tunes on this CD are Life’s A Bitch”, “Dr. Love”, “Takin’ Me Down” and the Danny Spanos cover song, “Hot Cherie”.
If you haven’t check out Hardline before, Double Eclipse is still in print, and available at Amazon.com. This album will easily appeal to fans of bands like Journey and Damn Yankees. Check them out, you will be glad you did!
Rating:Out of 10
- Life’s a Bitch
- Dr. Love
- Rhythm from a Red Car
- Change of Heart
- Takin’ Me Down
- Hot Cherie
- Bad Taste
- Can’t Find My Way
- I’ll Be There
- In the Hands of Time
Johnny Gioeli – Vocals
Neal Schon – Guitars
Todd Jensen – Bass
Deen Castronovo – Drums
Joey Gioeli – Rhythm Guitar
Long overdue HARDLINE third studio album “Just Add Water” is finally going to be completed soon.
Singer Johnny Gioeli sent an official update for the fans “We are mixing and mastering the second week of September in Los Angeles! The new record combines the sounds of old and new…. Great big hooks… Yet I call it music-sushi: raw and delicious. I can’t wait for it to be completed.
It was shelved and finally dusted off when I could concentrate on her.
Everyone will be pleased and this time we REALLY want to tour with this record!”.