Final Frontier – The First Wave [2002]

Country Sweden          Style Melodic Hard Rock

Rating 87/100

Band Members
Mladen Haze – Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Rob Moriati – Lead Vocals

Additional Musicians
Lawrence Falcomer – Guitar, Joe Tambourini – Keyboards, Pier Greco – Bass, Roger Banks – Drums,percusion, Pete Lesperance – Guest lead guitar

Tracks
01. Restless Heart (4:16), 02. Two Strangers (4:32), 03. The Power (3:25), 04. Ambrosia (4:28), 05. Long Live Those Golden Years (3:22), 06. Show Your Love (4:37), 07. Forever’s A Heartbeat Away (5:31), 08. Hello And Goodbye (5:04), 09. One Touched By Love (4:23), 10. Soul Surrender (4:22), 11. The Last To Know (4:03)

PROFILE

“Final Frontier” is the melodic rock project of “Von Groove” guitarist Mladen Haze and “Saga” lead singer Rob Moratti; “The first wave”, as the title suggests, is their debut album originally released in 2002. The musical style of “Final Frontier” does not deviate from the melodic rock/AOR of “Von Groove” with the main point of differentiation being Moratti’s lead vocals. The line up is completed by drummer Roger Banks and bassist Piero Greco.

For that matter, one might be surprised at the height of Moratti’s vocal notes (which he does not use all the time.) The singer demonstrates a clean and powerful melodic voice which shines through the verses and choruses. From the vocal intro of “Forever’s a heartbeat away” any experienced fan of the genre, should be able to foresee the AOR journey that “Final Frontier” will be taking the listener on. Mladen on the other hand adds his characteristic melodic lines with the expected 80’s touch that grants “Final Frontier” its old-school essence.

The chemistry of Rob and Mladen is undeniable, as they do come up with AOR/melodic rock hymns like “The last to know”, “The power”, “Two strangers” and “Restless Heart” that still hold their own today. Overall “Final Frontier” is a strong release in the AOR/melodic rock genre that does not stand apart from the member’s previous works, still it offers more great songs to the fans and genre.

By Nikiforos V. Skoumas

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