Hardline – Leaving The End Open
05 May. 2012

Hardline – Leaving The End Open


Beautiful lyrics, brilliant vocals, and with a nice warm musical accompaniment, this is a fantastic formula making Leaving the End Open an absolutely terrific song. – Jingle.Boy

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Let me introduce you my new author:  Mr. jingle.boy!

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I was first introduced to Hardline back in 1992 by lifelong friend of mine.  Having cut my musical chops on mid/late 80s “hair” metal, this was just the kind of band that wets my whistle.  Unfortunately, plagued by the early 90s backlash against that genre, and subsequent uprising (and IMO, oppression) of grunge music, Hardline’s debut release – while amazing – was doomed (commercially) from the outset.  Their return 10 years later left me with an overwhelming feeling of “meh”.

However, 2009’s Leaving the End Open was quite the musical proclamation that the band was back, with an amazing Progressive-Melodic album.  With lead vocalist Johnny Gioeli providing the only consistency to Hardline, his voice has become the definition of the band.  And a damn fine definition it is!!!  Johnny Gioeli’s voice is … just wow.  He’s got a low pitch, fantastic range, sounds powerful yet graceful, raspy but not grating.  I could listen to him sing the alphabet, and it would be blissful.  His sound reminds me of a Russel Allen to some extent – but without the metal.

The title track is to some degree is a traditional power ballad – which is a song style that I absolutely adore. Starting with a beautiful piano lead in, the song gives the listener a tale of predetermined uncertainty.  Although seemingly an oxymoron, it’s a story that focuses on what’s to be, and the ability to learn from the past to create a different and better future, all the while knowing nothing is guaranteed – “Turn it all over so now we can finally begin a different story”.  Beautiful lyrics, brilliant vocals, and with a nice warm musical accompaniment, this is a fantastic formula making Leaving the End Open an absolutely terrific song.

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6 Responses

  1. JingleBoy says:

    Cool thing is – and I forgot to mention – they have a new release coming in two weeks… Danger Zone.

  2. Bedrock Star says:

    Hi Uranium, just read your comment.
    I fully agree.

    • LadyObscure LadyObscure says:

      Hi Bedrock Star! Cool name! Let me thank you all on behalf of my guest author Jingle.Boy, too!
      Hope to see you around!

  3. yorost says:

    Great writeup Jingle.Boy! Double Eclipse is the classic, no doubt, it took the reunion lineup some time to find its identity without Neal Schon. II was too much trying to be what they had been a decade past, but Leaving the End Open was, as you aptly said, a proclamation they were back. They just did the music fitting to who they were as a lineup and it showed!

    Hope to see more contributions!

  4. Uranium says:

    I am new to your webzine.
    It is F A N T A S T I C.
    Radio active music!
    Thank you sooooo much for these expert reviews. I see that Lady Obscure has a deep knowledge. We all had better listen to her what she has to say: she definitely knows what she talks about.

    • LadyObscure LadyObscure says:

      Hi Uranium! You’re far too kind, thank you!!! Hope you I see you as a regular follower here… and please keep your lovely comments coming as they help me to keep up the hard work!
      Cheers,
      LO

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