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Hardline – Danger Zone [2012]

“Danger Zone” is the brand new, fourth studio album by melodic hard rock band “Hardline” issued by “Frontiers Records”. What started as side-project of iconic guitarist Neil Schon, is now the AOR project of frontman Johnny Gioelli, now that long serving guitarist Josh Ramos is out of the line-up.

Basically we are looking at an entirely new line up in which Gioelli invites two members of “Eden’s Curse” being guitar virtuoso Thorste Kohene and keyboardist-producer extraordinaire Alexander Del Vecchio, bassist Anna Portalupi (ex-Mitch Malloy) and drummer Francesco Jovino.

Now, I suppose the title “Danger Zone” gives everything away regarding the musical orientation of the new “HardLine”. Indeed this fourth album is a powerful slice of `80s oriented melodic hard rock with strong emphasis on vocals and guitars. The opening track “Fever Dreams” is totally indicative of the approach on “Danger Zone”; performance intensity is the name of the game which materializes in double bass drumming, complementary keyboards, harmonious riffs, topped by incredible guitar melodies, while Johnny seals this incredible package whith an overall excellent vocal perfomance.

It is advisable that you do not approach this new album with the expectation of a traditional “Hardline” album, rather a first rate melodic hard rock album-and there is no way one can go wrong with that. If you are a fan of Johnny Gioeli’s works or of such bands as “Eden’s Curse” and “Edge of Forever” you should definitely get “Danger Zone”.

Band Members
Alessandro Del Vecchio – Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Anna Portalupi – Bass
Francesco Jovino – Drums
Johnny Gioeli – Vocals
Thorsten Koehne – Guitars

Tracks
01. Fever Dreams (5:14)
02. Ten Thousand Reasons (4:13)
03. Danger Zone (6:03)
04. What I’d Like (4:22)
05. Stronger Than Me (4:58)
06. Never Too Late For Love (4:22)
07. Stay (5:39)
08. I Don’t Want To Breakaway (3:55)
09. Look At You Now (4:02)
10. Please Have Faith In Me (4:48)
11. Show Me Your Love (4:59)
12. The Only One (5:03)
13. Danger Zone {Acouctic Version} [Japan Bonus Track]

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