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Album Review : Hardline – ‘Heart, Mind And Soul’

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Review by Andy Houghton for MPM

American melodic hard rockers Hardline have a long and fitful history, with a couple of breakups and a roster of over twenty band members (lead vocalist Johnny Gioeli has been the only constant member) over their three-decade career.

However, things have been more stable for the band since their most recent reformation in 2011, when they joined the Frontiers Music label and entered their so-called ‘Italian era’.

Now the band have released ‘Heart, Mind And Soul’, their seventh studio album, and it’s packed with anthemic, hard-rocking songs that contain something for everyone, whether you’re a fan of Gioeli’s soaring vocals, Percudani’s sizzling work on guitar, or Del Vecchio’s skills as the band’s songwriter and producer.

The rapid-fire riffs come thick and fast, most notably in ‘Surrender’ which vies with ‘If I Could I Would’ for the title of standout track.

Both songs are arena-ready with punchy vocals and expansive instrumentals, and ‘Surrender’ in particular has one of the best guitar solos of the album: Percudani’s guitar is on fire, while the super tight rhythm section of Portalupi and Di Salvia is locked in

It’s not all fast and furious hard rock though; the ballad-like ‘Heavenly’ is a slower-paced and more subdued number, while closing track ‘We Belong’ is a nuanced, delicate song that demonstrates the band’s ability to show restraint and give Gioeli’s vocals room to shine.

The end result is a gritty, hook-heavy album from masters of the melodic hard rock genre. ‘Heart, Mind And Soul’ shows that, thirty years on, Hardline can still deliver the goods. Recommended.

Line-up:

Johnny Gioeli | Lead Vocals

Alessandro Del Vecchio | Keyboards, Backing Vocals

Mario Percudani | Guitars

Anna Portalupi | Bass

Marco Di Salvia | Drums

Tracklisting:

  1. Fuel To The Fire
  2. Surrender
  3. If I Could I Would
  4. Like That
  5. Heavenly
  6. Waiting For Your Fall
  7. The Curse
  8. Heartless
  9. Searching For Grace
  10. ‘80s Moment
  11. We Belong

Heart, Mind And Soul’ was released on July 9th, 2021

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https://orcd.co/hardline

http://www.hardlinerocks.com

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