Sad news: The music world mourns the loss of Ray Manzarek (74), founding Member and keyboarder of The Doors, White Zombie drummer Phil Buerstatte (44) and Uriah Heep bassist Trevor Bolder (63). R.I.P.!
German Hardrockers BERSERKER will donate 18.000€ to the Berlin cancer charity for children on May 25. November 2011 BERSERKER front man Schröder was diagnosed with cancer, now he is cancer-free. In 2012 the band collected money for this charity at their concerts and will also continue to do so in the future. Slayer´s Jeff Hanneman is dead: he passed away at about 11AM on May 2nd near his Southern California home because of liver failure due to an infection after a spider bite. R.I.P. Jeff!
The Siberian Jay music video "I´m Holding" featuring Mikko Sirén from Apocalyptica on drums - we reported about the videoshoot in our "1h with" Special - can be watched here: http://youtu.be/C-hSNurZVcs
Nothing had been heard from Hardline for a very long time. After their debut album Double Eclipse in 1992, I think they disappeared from the scene very soon afterwards. Now, 20 years later, there´s a new album out named Danger Zone which raises the question, how well does the band sound today.
This voice I know very well - but rather from Axel Rudi Pell publications than anything else. Singer Johnny Gioeli is the only founding member of Hardline in this now European based line up, according to the info he´s accompanied by Anna Portalupi (bass), Francesco Jovino (drums) , Thorsten Köhne (git) and Alessandro del Vecchio (key, back voc). The 12 songs on Danger Zone are well done mainstream melodic rock, polished with nice guitar solos, catchy choruses, a solid synthesizer basis and above all that this distinctive voice. Actually, only “I Do not Want to Break Away” sounds somewhat unpolished, the song “Danger Zone” has a bit more power, and “What I Like” is a little faster.
Conclusion - Melodic Rock fans can absolutely do no wrong with Danger Zone.