Danger Zone - 2011 - Line Of Fire
1. Line Of Fire
2. Children Of The Revolution
3. Walk Away
5. State Of The Heart
7. The Hunger
8. Let Me Rock
9. That's Why I Fell In Love With You
10. Love Dies Hard
In front of me lies an album called Line Of Fire from the Italian AOR Metal band Danger Zone.
You may think the cover a bit cheesy when you see it, but I tell you; fuck the whole package, fuck inlays and fuck jewel cases; I definitely would buy this album even if it was only a bare-ass disc!
Danger Zone started in the early 80’s and recorded some demos and an E.P. called Victim Of Time.
In 1989 the band began to record songs for their debut album, but unfortunately due to legal problems, the album Line Of Fire never got released.
While the years went by, the Line Of Fire tracks reached an underground cult status. Danger Zone, 20 some years later, decided to hit the road again and release their most prestigious album to date.
Line Of Fire consists of brand-new songs, polished demos and some cover tunes. It’s a pretty hard rockin’ AOR record, and in my estimation a real pleasure to the ear.
The tracks are catchy, heavy and poppy from start to finish. Also the production is top notch. Great musicianship, where the vocals of Giacomo Gigantelli are a prominent part of Danger Zone’s sound. It’s almost like Kevin Steele swallowed a more mature Vince Neil. Yeah, that’s the best way I can describe it.
Personally, I always find it difficult to define the influences of AOR music… so: If you like AC/DC, Poison, Mötley Crüe, Accept, Kiss and some other Melodic Metal bands of your choice: Make your way through the Line Of Fire!
We start off with the title track "Line Of Fire", which is a great opener. Although good, the song gives me a Rocky Balboa feeling: awesome to listen to when your working out or something like that haha!
The second song is a cover of the T. Rex classic "Children Of The Revolution". The chorus combined with the high vocal pitches makes this track one of my favorites on the album.
"Walk Away" is one of the two ballads and it reminds me of two things: Mötley’s ‘Don’t go away Mad’ and some 90’s boy bands… Besides that it’s nothing special.
Track four: "Fingers" has a catchy riff and a slower tempo than the previous songs. Influenced by AC/DC and Kiss, this track sticks in your head!
"State Of The Heart" is quite heavy, but at the same time almost Toto-like music.
"Hardline" is nothing special, typical ‘80’s glam, while "The Hunger" is probably the heaviest song on Line Of Fire, and approaches the sound of Heavy Metal bands like Accept and Maiden. Even vocal-wise, it’s a mix of the two front men.
Next track: the Chequered Past-cover "Let Me Rock". It shows some similarities with Def Leppard’s "Let’s get Rocked", but that’s about it. Easy and cheap are the best two words I can give it.
"That’s why I fell in love with you" (OF COURSE) is a ballad, ‘nuff said.
Danger Zone finishes with "Love dies Hard", with an old school fade-out effect. Hmmm just like I was listing to my dad’s tapes with Bon Jovi’s Greatest Hits in 1995…
Line Of Fire is something fresh and accessible for everyone. It’s a common AOR sound, but if you love Melodic Metal; this is your thing. Trust me; You’ll get a high quality old school rock performance from these Italian Stallions. It’s all there!
Written by Jesse Gorvette