The voice of the ages, Johnny Gioeli, drops in to chat about the new Hardline album, “Heart, Mind and Soul.” Johnny also discusses his legendary career fronting Hardline, Axel Rudi Pell, Crush 40 and his early days in Brunette.
Ever since the release of their widely heralded album “Danger Zone” in 2012, Hardline have been offering a straight-ahead, gritty, riff-based melodic hard rock sound which is a continuing evolution from what was on offer on the monstrous debut album, “Double Eclipse”. What you get here on their new studio album, “Heart, Mind, And Soul” is a group of musicians who are perfectly gelled as a unit and determined not only to rediscover the sound that made that debut album so immediate and powerful, but to add to that their own personality and imprint in order to create a perfect balance between the songs. Anthemic, hard rocking songs are what you can expect from this record and hook after hook, riff after riff delivers on that promise.
Singer Johnny Gioeli, as usual, is in supreme form, providing a soaring vocal performance to stir up the listener. Complementing that, Mario Percudani’s guitar is on fire and the super tight rhythm section of Anna Portalupi and Marco Di Salvia is locked in. Alessandro Del Vecchio’s immeasurable contribution on keyboards, background vocals, and production serve to tie the whole package together. He is, rightfully and deservedly, one of the “go to” guys in the melodic hard rock scene and this record shows, once again, why.
Hardline evolved from being an up-and-coming Sunset Strip sensation featuring brothers Johnny (vocals) and Joey (guitar) Gioeli to a supergroup of sorts, featuring former Bad English members Neal Schon and Deen Castronovo, before finally settling in and becoming a band showcasing the incredible talents of the fabulous singer Johnny Gioeli with the production and songwriting skills of Alessandro Del Vecchio (Revolution Saints, Jorn, etc.), the shredding talents of guitarist Mario Percudani, and the powerful rhythm section made up of bassist Anna Portalupi and drummer Marco Di Salvia. What truly makes Hardline special is how well their unique and different talents blend together to form a spectacular whole.
“Heart, Mind, And Soul” is simply an album you can’t miss if you love melodic hard rock, but what else would you expect from a new Hardline album? They are, after all, masters of the genre.
The band plans to hit the road once touring resumes post-pandemic, so take the time to learn all of these future classics to sing along with Johnny soon enough!
Fuel To The Fire
If I Could I Would
Waiting For Your Fall
Searching For Grace
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Johnny Gioeli – Lead Vocals
Alessandro Del Vecchio – Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Mario Percudani – Guitars
Anna Portalupi – Bass
Marco Di Salvia – Drums