‘Human Nature’
(Frontiers Music srl)

I believe if you ask any fan of Hardline, what their favorite release from the band is they’d more than likely say, the debut, Double Eclipse. The bar was raised so high after that album that their subsequent albums were good, but not great. Some saying – myself included – that the band had lost their edge. Maybe due to the numerous line-up changes over the years.

Well folks, Hardline are back and I will say after just one listen that the band have found that edge again and have released their most powerful recording to date. When I say powerful, I’m talking in your face melodic hard rock that has serious attitude. The band’s latest array of musicians includes longtime frontman Johnny Gioeli with guitarist Josh Ramos, keyboardist Alessandro Del Vecchio, Anna Portalupi on bass and Francesco Jovino behind the drums.  All these musicians have an impressive pedigree based on their own merits, but what makes this version of Hardline special is how well their unique and different talents blend together. They definitely came up with the right formula here. Every song on this album is instantly memorable and they all – seriously, there’s no filler here – come together perfectly. Highlights include “Where Will We Go from Here,” “Nobody’s Fool,” the title track, the monster “World Is Falling Down” – the heaviest song I’ve heard from the band – and “In The Dead of Night.”

If you’ve enjoyed recent Hardline releases but have wished they’d do something that made you feel the way their debut did, your wait is over.  Human Nature is a powerhouse of an effort from Hardline and is one of the best rock albums 2016 has to offer so far.

– Tony Sison

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