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    Hi All,
    My site will be back online from Monday - stop by and say hello...

    New soundfiles will be online for a couple of cool CDs - bio's below...

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    HARDLINE
    ”II”

    Label: Frontiers Records
    Release date: September 23rd 2002

    Music Style: Hard Rock

    Tracklisting: Hold Me Down ; Y; Paralyzed; Face The Night; Do Or Die; Hey Girl; Only A Night; Your Eyes; Weight; Way It Is, Way It Goes; This Gift

    Hardline was formed when brothers Johnny (vocals) and Joey (guitar) Gioeli, originally from the band Brunette, teamed up with Journey/Bad English guitarist Neal Schon. The original plan was for Neal to produce Hardline, but as he was having so much fun that he decided to join the band as soon as he left Bad English for the tensions arosen with John Waite.
    They immediately added established musicians Todd Jensen (David Lee Roth, Alice Cooper) on bass and Deen Castronovo (also coming from Bad English) on drums to the mix and the result was magnificent. They went on to record their debut album “Double Eclipse” for MCA in 1992 and then went on the tour circuit with such heavy hitters as Van Halen and Mr. Big.
    The first single from “Double Eclipse” was the song "Hot Cherie". While never popular in the mainstream, various radio stations worldwide started to play it and Hardline's fanbase started to grow. They released a video to MTV, but did not get much airplay. By that time grunge and alternative had already taken over and melodic rock was being pushed aside. Tension among band members, the record company and perhaps certain egos, got in the way of an immediate follow-up album, despite the band having written more than enough material.
    While Neal re-started his adventure with Journey in 1995 (again together with Deen Castronovo), Johnny stepped out of the music business eventually to return as Axel Rudi Pell’s singer in 1998 on the album “Oceans Of Time”.
    But years later Johnny and his brother Joey were ready to give it another go with Hardline after the call of Frontiers Records, with an all new line-up featuring famed drummer Bob Rock (Nelson, Vinnie Vincent’s Invasion), lead guitarist Josh Ramos (The Storm, Two Fires), bassist Chris Maloney and keyboard player Michael T. Ross (Accomplice) and all new material. Of course the awesome result is Hardline “II” which was produced by veteran studio man Bob Burch. The album shows a new maturity and edge for Hardline combining powerful and immeditely recognizable hooks coming from the classic hard rock tradition of Whitesnake, Van Halen and – of course – Hardline with all new elements and sounds. This album marks the long awaited return of an hard rock master and creates a landmark for the years to come for the development of this music style ! The album also includes the song "This Gift" written and performed with Neal Schon as special guest on guitar.
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    JOHN WEST
    “Earth Maker”

    Label: Frontiers Records
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    Music Style: Symphonic Heavy Metal

    Tracklisting: Soul Of The Beast ; When Worlds Collide; Sleep Of The Dead; Stand, Sentinel; Life; Warrior Spirit; Mystic Wings; Love Is Pain; Earth Maker; Soul To Soul

    John West began his musical career appearing as a drummer / singer in local bands in Cortland, New York at the age of 14. He became a singer only at the age of 18. In 1992 John moved to Los Angeles to join Badlands, replacing vocalist Ray Gillen. He toured with them until the band eventually broke-up. John moved to Northern California (Redding) and began touring with Michael Lee Firkins until 1996. During this time, John contributed to Marc Ferrari's "Guestlist" album and recorded all the vocals for Cozy Powell's "Especially for you" release. Later in 1996 John joined the band Artension and recorded 4 studio albums between 1996 and 1999. He also released in this timeframe two solo albums entitled: “Mind Journey” (1997) and “Permanent Mark” (1998). Furthermore, he made a guest appearance on James Murphy's "Feeding the Machine" (1999). In 1998 John toured as lead singer for the group Lynch Mob featuring George Lynch (Dokken). Lynch Mob with John played sold out shows to the delight of audiences in 13 U.S. cities.
    In the summer of 1999 he was approached by Royal Hunt to fly to Copenhagen and meet with the band regarding the open lead singer position in the band. After a couple of days in the studio, both parties felt comfortable with each other. A few weeks later, the decision was made. John West was on his way to start the recording of his first album with Royal Hunt - "Fear". The release of "Fear" was soon followed by a World Tour and in the summer 2001 by the release of the concept album “The Mission” plus a full-length bonus album, "The Watchers" six months later. Early 2002 also saw the return of prog-powerhouse Artension with John once again at the helm. The new album entitled "Sacred Pathways" garnered rave reviews from fans and critics alike.
    John West new – third – solo release “Earth Maker” is almost a group effort, having had the chance to gather with him such musicians as Chris Caffery (Savatage) and Metal Mike Chlasciak (Halford) on guitars, Bobby Jarzombek (Halford) on drums, Kevin Chown (Artension) on bass and Lonnie Park (Cozy Powell) on keyboards. Special guests on “When World Collide” are the two keyboard virtuosos Andre Andersen and Vitalij Kuprij !
    “Earth Maker” is a concept album based on the story of the native american spirit “Shenandoah” on his journey through time and lives as he embarks on his “Vision Quest” to meet the Eath Maker. His spirit realizes in different animate and inanimate forms. Each song describes the world and the universe through his eyes.

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    Yeah it's cool that there is a new Hardline album, Double Eclipse is a classic album! I first heard Hardline in the Brandon Lee movie Rapid Fire. They play the songs Can't Find My Way and I'll Be There during that movie.

    I love the songs Hold Me Down and Y off of the new album! The original Hardline album with Neal Schon and Deen Castronovo is the best though. [img]graemlins/thumb.gif[/img]
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    Couldn't agree with you more YankeeRose!

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