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2 hours ago, Stefan said:

Don't look over your shoulder when the new album 'Face Your Fears' comes February 17th on Frontiers.

More chilling details to come...

Adv?!! 

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1st one was Great, 2nd was pretty good,3rd was decent and 4th was ok. So for me a decline with each release. Hoping for better this time around.

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27 minutes ago, Glen said:

1st one was great, not bothered since lol 

Surely, you bothered just a little. 

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First album was incredible. Second was alright, and like everybody else seems to think, the quality has declined with every subsequent release. So much so that they're pushing out a second release within a single calendar year, apparently.

 

I have a lot of respect for Michael Palace and Daniel Flores as musicians, but when compared to the lineup from the first record, it just doesn't measure up.

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9 minutes ago, melodicrock said:

Last one was as bland a vanilla milkshake.

Hey, fuck off. I love vanilla shakes. 

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First album has no weak links. One of my favorite Frontiers projects and still hits all the right notes, has aged wonderfully. Brilliant playing, singing, and production.

Second album has not aged as well. A few good songs but the production sounds like any other Flores production. I don't come back to it very often.

Third album sounds basically the same as the second sonically but with even fewer good songs. 

Fourth album, fuck off ADV

Fifth album...? Not a very encouraging trend here? The fact that it's being released so soon after the fourth is uh, not promising unless they got a new producer on the project.

TL;DR Dennis Ward and the Martin brothers are better at what they do than most.

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6 hours ago, Eric3 said:

First album has no weak links. One of my favorite Frontiers projects and still hits all the right notes, has aged wonderfully. Brilliant playing, singing, and production.

Second album has not aged as well. A few good songs but the production sounds like any other Flores production. I don't come back to it very often.

Third album sounds basically the same as the second sonically but with even fewer good songs. 

Fourth album, fuck off ADV

Fifth album...? Not a very encouraging trend here? The fact that it's being released so soon after the fourth is uh, not promising unless they got a new producer on the project.

TL;DR Dennis Ward and the Martin brothers are better at what they do than most.

Dennis Ward would be great for this!

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As mentioned, first album was great, 2nd was good, but to be honest I gave up after the 3rd one which was a bland as hell. I'll approach with caution

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New song 'Never Gonna Let You Go'.

Press release from Frontiers:

First Signal, an ongoing melodic rock project fronted by the inimitable Harry Hess (Harem Scarem), has announced the release of their new album, “Face Your Fears” on February 17, 2022. 

The new record, their fifth overall, continues the tradition they've now established over the course of their discography of delivering top notch melodic rock perfectly suited for the legendary voice of Hess.

For "Face Your Fears", Hess collaborated with producer Michele Guaitoli, who has produced albums by ISSA, Visions Of Atlantis, Kalidia, SheWolf, and many more. (He is also the vocalist for Visions Of Atlantis, Temperance, and ERA.) Guaitoli also plays bass and some guitars on the album in addition to overseeing production.

As with all the previous First Signal releases, this will be another must hear for fans of the AOR/Melodic Rock genre. Birthed in 2010, First Signal started as a musical partnership between vocalist Harry Hess (Harem Scarem) and German producer Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69, Khymera). The seeds of this union were planted that same year when Frontiers President and Head of A&R, Serafino Perugino presented Hess some melodic rock songs which had the same vibe and magic as Harem Scarem, who, at the time, were on a hiatus. 

The self-titled debut album was greeted with excellent reviews from the Melodic Rock faithful, so even when Harem Scarem rebooted to record an excellent comeback album, “Thirteen”, Hess was still keen to record some more excellent melodic rock songs that he had gathered from various songwriters under the First Signal banner.The idea of another First Signal album continued to float around and with the help of Swedish producer/drummer Daniel Flores (The Murder Of My Sweet, Find Me) stepping in for Ward, the second record, "One Step Over The Line" (2016), started to take shape. 

Once again, First Signal's recorded output was greeted with much excitement from the Melodic Rock / AOR fanbase. With that kind of reception, recording a third album, "Line Of Fire" (2019), was a no-brainer. With production duties handled again by Flores, “Line of Fire” was another awesome slab of great AOR/melodic rock for the 21st century. In 2022, the band continued with a fourth entry into their catalog, "Closer To The Edge", again produced by Flores.

For 2023, Hess and First Signal are once again prepared to deliver pure Melodic Rock/AOR bliss with "Face Your Fears"!

Tracklisting:
1. Unbreakable
2. Situation Critical
3. Shoot The Bullet
4. Always Be There
5. Dominos
6. Rain For Your Roses
7. Face Your Fears
8. Never Gonna Let You Go
9. Not This Time
10. In The Name Of Love
11. Never Be Silenced

Line-Up:
Harry Hess - Vocals
Marco Pastorino - Guitar
Michele Guaitoli - Bass, Additional Guitar
Marco Andreetto - Drums
 
 
 
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On 11/18/2022 at 12:33 PM, Eric3 said:

Fifth album...? Not a very encouraging trend here? The fact that it's being released so soon after the fourth is uh, not promising unless they got a new producer on the project.

oh heyyyyyyyyyyyy

I'm listening on shitty speakers at the moment but the production seems to be grittier. I dig the song, hopefully we can just pretend that last album didn't happen ;)

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Haven't listened, yet--I'll wait till I'm home--but that album cover is not what I'd expect from Frontiers. 

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