Released: 2005, Frontiers Records/Atenzia Records
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
Rob and Mladen, the men who make up Final Frontier, have been friends for over 15 years and have written songs together for almost a decade. Both have been members of various projects - Rob has Moratti and a solo career, and Mladen is occupied with Von Groove, Triumph and 24K. They have always stayed in contact with each other and it was just a matter of time before they hooked up to create something. Finally after a decade of hard work and experience they have come together to form Final Frontier filled with great songs and melodies.
The newcomer in the band seems to be Lawrence (Sonic X). He has taken the band to a higher level and has given them just enough edge to complete the melodic sound experience that is Final Frontier. HIGH TENSION WIRE is the band's third album and is released on their new label Frontiers Records. Final Frontier doesn’t seem to be a full band, Mladen takes care of lead/rhythm guitars, bass and keyboards. The drummer Michael doesn’t seem to be a full member because in the bio it only says “with Michael”. The core seems to consists of Mladen and Rob who’s in charge of lead vocals, b-vox, and Lawrence on lead guitar. To me this looks like a project and not a band.
Rob’s voice fits extremely good to this kind of music and Mladen handles all of his tasks in an extraordinary way as well as Lawrence. This is melodic hard rock focused on guitar. Keyboards are used (of course) but gladly not too much and just as always in this genre we we have a few ballads. The lyrics aren’t any trend-breaker either, it seems mostly to be about love and if I read the bio correct, the lyrics are the lyrics written by Rob and Mladen. If I should draw musical similarities with other bands in the same genre it would be Journey or the solo albums with Steve Perry.
This promo copy contains 11 tracks, that includes one bonus track for Europe called “Let me be the one”. All of the material on the album has nice arrangments and is well structured with great harmonies. Some of the songs are very catchy and have the potential to become radio-hits. Mladen has done the production on the album, and he has done a great job. Some of the killer tracks worth mentioning are “High tension wire” and “Heart’s on fire” that are a few more melodic hard rock tracks where Mladen and Lawrence have the chance to show off. A few others are “Two different worlds”, “Hollywood drama”, “Something more than this”, “Who’s going to love you now” and “Listen to your heart” that lean more towards the melodic hard rock in mid-tempo. Lead vocals and guitar, along with keyboards, take the biggest space in the mix. Mladen must have been busy in these songs since he plays both keyboards and guitars.
HIGH TENSION WIRE is one of the more appealing albums so far from this label with much depending on the well written material, skilled musicians, amazing lead vocalist, and basically their feeling for music. Even if the love theme is quite boring, plus the strange looking cover that probably refers to the title, I can recommend it to all fans of melodic hard rock music. This is the perfect soundtrack for the spring that starts to come right here in Scandinavia at the moment.