Hardline to release new album ‘Human Nature’ on October 14, 2016
Hardline will be releasing a new studio album entitled Human Nature on October 14, 2016.
Frontiers Music Srl‘s press release via its Facebook page states (with slight edits):
Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce the return of Hardline with the brand new album “Human Nature“, set for release on October 14th.
Following the rebirth of the band that happened with the release of “Danger Zone” in 2012, Hardline have regrouped around fabulous singer Johnny Gioeli (Axel Rudi Pell) with the excellent production and keyboard skills of Alessandro Del Vecchio (Rated X, Resurrection Kings, Revolution Saints), the shredding talents of guitarist Josh Ramos (The Storm), and the powerful rhythm section made up of bassist Anna Portalupi (Tarja Turunen) and drummer Francesco Jovino (Primal Fear, Jorn). All these musicians have an impressive pedigree, but what makes Hardline special is how well their unique and different talents blend together.
The goal for their new album was to have a heavier and updated version of the original Hardline sound. Think debut album, 1992’s “Double Eclipse” updated for the 21st Century, with a grittier and more straight ahead sound. Anthemic, hard rocking songs are what you can expect from this record and hook after hook, riff after riff, you’ll find yourself wowed by this absolute monster of an album!
When Gioeli and Del Vecchio got together to begin writing songs for the album, “[T]he plan was to create an album that emulates the feeling of “Double Eclipse” combined with the dynamics of modern day rock. Very heavy and in your face, but still with hitting melodies,” says Johnny. “I have a tremendous amount of Axel Rudi Pell fans that know me for the way I deliver a metal song too. So yes, it’s definitely the heaviest we have done since the debut. I see this album as the perfect mix of styles.”
“As a producer I pushed everyone to squeeze these songs and put as much attitude as we could on tape,” adds Alessandro Del Vecchio. “We wanted more of an in-your-face attitude than our softer albums. I think we understood we had something special in our hands when we finished “Take You Home”. Even if it’s the ballad of the album I guess it’s the focal point of the musical bond that Johnny and myself share with the whole band.”
“The guys put their heart and soul into their performances,” concludes Johnny “You can hear the essence of every drum strike and the sweat hitting the drums shortly after. Do it again, Cesco! HARDER, HARDER! Josh, Anna and Ale wouldn’t stop until their fingers said “enough”…and then……we did it again and again. That’s rock and roll man. Songs like “Where Will We Go From Here,” “Human Nature” and “Take you Home,” to me they are the essence of what I LOVE to sing and HOW I love to sing!”
Track List for Human Nature:
01. Where Will We Go From Here
o2. Nobody’s Fool
o3. Human Nature
o4. Trapped In Muddy Waters
o5. Running On Empty
o6. The World Is Falling Down
o7. Take You Home
o8. Where The North Wind Blows
o9. In The Dead Of The Night
10. United We Stand
11. Fighting The Battle
Sleaze Roxx stated the following in its review of Hardline‘s last studio album Danger Zone: “Fans of the genre can be assured that whilst the songwriting rarely deviates from the traditional AOR formula in its lyrical themes and arrangements, it is far superior than most. “Fever Dreams” is a perfect opener, “Ten Thousand Reasons” is infectious, and “Look At You Now” is an AOR fan’s wet dream. The honey sweet production walks the line between glossy and edgy, still dripping with the Journey influence, but it’s Gioeli‘s voice that really separates the album from the pack and it’s difficult to point to stand out moments when faced with this level of consistency. He delivers with a range and integrity that does pure justice to a relentless collection of melodies and hooks making them sound vital, fresh and shockingly addictive.”