Hardline - Human Nature

Hardline Human Nature cover
Hardline
Human Nature
Frontiers Music Srl
2016
7
Hardline used to be a bit of a sunset strip sensation featuring the Gioeli brothers Johnny (vocals) and Joey (guitar) that turned into a supergroup when former Bad English/Journey members Neal Schon and Deen Castronovo joined, only to be resurrected as a bit of a project of John Gioeli with Josh Ramos (The Storm) and the usual suspects from Frontiers – Alessandro Del Vecchio (every Frontiers project that has keys and not a keyboard player), and the rhythm section of bassist Anna Portalupi (Tarja) and drummer Francesco Jovino (Primal Fear, Jorn).
 
A decade after their stellar charting debut, “Double Eclipse”, the band resurfaced with “II” and has since released album every three years or so without fail, but without also managing to really add a lot of the overall legacy. There are the occasional good song and the desire to try and emulate the band’s early style, as amply demonstrated on songs like “Nobody’s Fool”, but more of an impact is felt during the opener “Where Will We Go from Here”. “Running On Empty” almost feels like a pun. As expected, Gio excels on the sweeping ballad that “Human Nature” is, as well as the more heartfelt “Take You Home” and the band can even keep a nice little gem like “Fighting the Battle” for the grand finale…
 
While it’s mostly the charisma of Gioeli that keeps this going on, it’s still worth investigating on the power of his performances and a handful of songs. I wonder why SP hasn’t tried to experiment a bit with NS providing some stuff for a new Hardline, even if he doesn’t perform on it… I mean we’ve pretty much seen all kinds of unholy melodic frankensteins coming from Via Gonzaga, so why not this?!