Released 1992 (MCA)
01. Life’s A Bitch
02. Dr. Love
03. Rhythm From A Red Car
04. Change Of Heart
06. Takin’ Me Down
07. Hot Cherie
08. Bad Taste
09. Can’t Find My Way
10. I’ll Be There
12. In The Hands Of Time
13. When Love Leads The Way (*on Japanese release only*)
Johnny Gioeli – vocals, guitar and percussion
Joey Gioeli – guitar and vocals
Neal Schon – guitar and vocals
Todd Jensen – bass and vocals
Deen Castronovo – drums and vocals
Produced by Neal Schon.
The debut album from Hardline, featuring ex-Journey axe-man Neal Schon, has proved over time to be a melodic rock masterpiece. The group had minor radio success with the unbelievably catchy rockers “Takin’ Me Down” and “Hot Cherie” (a revamped version of Streetheart‘s song). Throw into the mix similar songs such as “Dr. Love”, “I’ll Be There”, “Bad Taste”, the amazing ballad “Change Of Heart” and a pretty instrumental named “31-91” and you have the ground work for one awesome album.
The band was full of great musicians that were able to achieve a killer sound, not that far removed from bands such as XYZ. Unfortunately, the timing was wrong; if this had come out three to four years earlier it would have been huge. Double Eclipse is a perfect example of what great melodic metal is, and easily receives two thumbs up!
Reviewed by Pam for Sleaze Roxx, September 2003.