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First Signal ‘Line of Fire’ Review

Released by:  Frontiers Music s.r.l.

Release Date: Out Now!

Genre:  Melodic Rock

Links:  https://www.facebook.com/firstsignalband/

Line-up:

Harry Hess – Vocals
Daniel Flores – Drums
Michael Palace – Guitars
Johan Niemann – Bass

Tracklist:

  1. Born To Be A Rebel
  2. A Million Miles
  3. The Last Of My Broken Hearts
  4. Tonight We Are The Only
  5. Walk Through The Fire
  6. Never Look Back
  7. Line Of Fire
  8. Here With You
  9. Need You Now
  10. Falling
  11. The End Of The World

Whether he is writing/singing for Harem Scarem or First Signal or really any other project, Harry Hess has more than demonstrated his abilities to write and perform some of the best Melodic Rock out there. I’ve made no bones about my fandom of Harry which indeed does shade some of my views about what he releases, but not entirely if I’m being honest. Just because I appreciate the work of an artist doesn’t mean I’m always going to tote his/her new product out as the “best one yet.” If something sucks I’m either not going to write about it (my silence speaks louder than my words) or I’m gonna say, “Love ya, mean it, but this is garbage.” I mean, I would do this if someone like him didn’t consistently put out stellar stuff.

The third album for First Signal, Line of Fire, is another jam packed album full of melodic rock that transcends most others. Gathering a collection of songs penned from a multitude of people (Hess included) it gives him the chance to lay back and focus on what to do vocally with the song, which is to slay them mercilessly. His keen sense of how words should fit into a riff, on top of his great vocal talents has always been something that has appealed to me about him. Songs like “Falling,” “A Million Miles,” and “Walk Through the Fire” run the gamut of so many different flavors of melodic music (and with multiple writers that’s not surprising) showing Harry Hess has the chameleon-like abilities to handle songs ranging from the Foreigner/Survivor type to of course a Harem Scarem inspired type of track. Plus the guitar work of Michael Palace simply adds another level of greatness to this fantastic album.

So yeah, mock if you must, but it is not my fault that First Signal and all of those related to this project have the innate ability to create music that not only appeals to myself, but a multitude of other Melodic Rock fans. Line of Fire continues the hot streak for this project, and they’re showing no signs of slowing down. And hell, when you’re this good, why would you? Any fans of Hess and the other First Signal albums will love this one too.

Ratings: 9/10

Written by: Chris Martin

My Global Mind – Senior Staff Writer

Chris Martin is a US based writer for My Global Mind, with an interest in hard rock and heavy metal in all its forms. A heavy contributor to the site, his work largely covers album and gig reviews.

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