Norway’s Hardline Return With Video For “Showdown”


May 5, 2009

Hardline from Norway is back with a brand new video “Showdown”. More Hardline music can be heard at

In 1983 the speedrocking trio Lipservice consisting of Svein Grostad guitar, Odd Ellingsen drums and Egil Troa bass, included singer Borge Pedersen and changed to Hardline. A demo recorded at Nidaros Studios resulted in a record deal with the swedish label Intersound. The self titled debut album was released in spring 1984 and was soon to be re-issued on Mausoleum Records. Hardline soon became a live attraction and tourned intensively.

In 1993 Borge Pedersen, Svein Grostad and Egil Troa tourned England as Valhalla including a gig at Marquee club. They split up after some time while Svein Grostad carried on Valhalla with a new line-up who released their album “Rush” in 1995. After hearing the album Ritchie Blackmore refused to let the band open a Rainbow gig in Oslo with the message; “the band is too good”.

After some occasional reunions during the 1990’s and 2000’s, Hardline is back! New bassplayer is Jomar Johansen while the rest of the line-up has remained original. The band has already received great enthusiasm for their live performances and are currently working on new material.

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