Music / Hardline

Hardline is an American Hard Rock/Heavy Metal band, it is the pet project of Johnny Gioeli (of Crush40 and Axel Rudi Pell fame). Formed in 1991 by Johnny and his brother Joey, it started life as a Hair Metal band, and they released their first album, Double Eclipse, in 1992. A fairly standard melodic Hair Metal piece, Double Eclipse sported a sound straight out of The80s. The Album featured a cover of Street Heart's song, Hot Cherie, which became a modest radio hit. This album is perhaps most notable for featuring Neal Schon of Journey fame. Due to the rise of Grunge, the album unfortunately didn't become very successful, and the band went mostly silent for about 10 years.

In September of 2002 the band released their sophomore album, II. This album, featuring a more traditional Heavy Metal sound and almost completely different musicians, was proceeded by a live Album, Live At the Gods Festival 2002. After this, the band went silent once again. Their next album came in 2009, under the name Leaving the End Open. This album was yet again a fairly radical change from the sound of its preceding album, albeit featuring the same musicians as II. This would have been where Hardline's story ended, had it not been for one Alessandro Del Vecchio. A fan of the band, he wrote several songs with Johnny's voice in mind and, after recording some demos, sent them to him. Johnny liked the sound of these and immediately got to work writing another album, featuring Del Vecchio on keyboards. This album,, Danger Zone, was released in mid 2012 and opens up the possibility to future albums.

Overall, Hardline is a good band that was unfortunate enough to form at a time when their style of music was on the way out, and no one can properly say how far they would have gotten had they released their first album in the 80s.

Compare Danger Danger , another similar band that came in during the tail end of the Hair Metal scene and later had a member do music for the Sonic series

Current Members:
  • Johnny Gioelli - Vocals
  • Josh T. Ramos - Guitar
  • Anna Portalupi - Bass
  • Mike Terrana - Drums
  • Alessandro Del Vecchio - Keyboard



  • 1992 - Double Eclipse
  • 2002 - II
  • 2009 - Leaving The End Open
  • 2012 - Danger Zone

Tropes Applying to Hardline and their music

  • Badass Boast: the song Danger Zone is made of this.
  • Break Up Song: a lot of their songs could be interpreted as such
  • Cover Version / Covered Up: Hot Cherie. Almost no one has heard the original version.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Not in their songs so much , although they do have some swearing, but during live shows Johnny can drop quite a few F bombs. This might come as a surprise to some considering he's commonly associated with a kid-friendly game series.
  • Hair Metal: especially starting out. Their second and third albums had strains of this, especially in their ballads, but they generally went in a different direction. Their fourth album returns to this, but does it in a more modern style
  • Hard Rock: Their first album was pretty much standard 80s 'somewhere between Hard Rock and Hair Metal' fare. Their later albums had more metallic riffs and moved away from this.
  • Intercourse with You: A lot of songs on their first album had this theme, for example Hot Cherie and Dr. Love. Their later albums had considerably less of this.
  • Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: generally a 5-7, with ballads being a 1-4.
  • Not Christian Rock: In one song on II. This Gift is a Surprisingly Gentle Song with lyrics that wouldn't be out of place in a church hymnal. It is surprisingly sincere and beautiful.
  • Power Ballad: They'll have at least one an album.