Frontiers Records will release HARDLINE‘s new studio album, “Danger Zone”, on May 18 in Europe and May 22 in North America.
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.
“Ale is one talented brotha…” says Johnny. “He plays, writes, sings, engineers, produces and mixes… He’s like the golden goose handed to me. More than all the talent he has, he is an example of a great human in many many ways. I look forward to making more music with Ale. And it doesn’t hurt that he’s Italian, too!”
Alessandro Del Vecchio says: “I feel humbled but at the same time excited as never before. I grew up with ‘Double Eclipse’, which I bought when I was 13, so it’s really a combination of feelings. The whole thing started so naturally that I feel like me and Johnny have been knowing each other for years. Our goal was to match the superb quality of that milestone of a debut and we worked hard to get to it, but we also wanted this record to be a shift and the truthful mirror of this ‘new’ life for HARDLINE.” And, according to Gioeli, “I think all of the HARDLINE records have a magic about them… this one certainly holds a more commercial pop sound to its heartbeat. I love it.”
So now HARDLINE have been completed with a Europe-based lineup featuring Francesco Jovino (U.D.O.), Thorsten Koehne (CODE OF PERFECTION, EDEN’S CURSE) and Anna Portalupi (MITCH MALLOY).
“I would absolutely LOVE to tour with these guys. I think the fans would be quite surprised when they hear this band….like a good solid kick in the teeth” concludes Gioeli and certainly discussions are ongoing to have finally HARDLINE play some dates around Europe in support of this exciting new release.
“Danger Zone” track listing:
01. Fever Dreams
02. 10,000 Reasons
03. Danger Zone
04. What I’d Like
05. Stronger Than Me
06. Never Too Late For Love
08. I Don’t Want To Breakaway
09. Look At You Now
10. Please Have Faith In Me
11. Show Me Your Love
12. The Only One
The “Fever Dreams” video can be seen below.
“10,000 Reasons” audio sample:
“Please Have Faith In Me” audio sample:
Johnny Gioeli – Lead Vocals
Alessandro Del Vecchio – Keyboards And Backing Vocals
Thorsten Koehne – Guitars
Anna Portalupi – Bass
Francesco Jovino – Drums
“Fever Dreams” video: