„In Control“ is the title of the second album by the Dutch rockers HARDLAND. Even more than with the self-titled debut of 2017, the band has managed to create a completely different MELODIC ALTERNATIVE ROCK sound from very different influences.
This ranges from Heavy Rock, AOR over 80s-Wave to accessible (Power)Pop, with a special love for music from the 1970s and 1980s.
The very well done cover „Are Friends Electric“, which was a big hit for the British synthesizer formation Tubeway Army in 1979, further underlines this. „In Control“ otherwise only contains own compositions: hard Rock songs interspersed with a single ballad.
Paul • Guitar, Vocals
Aeilko • Guitar, Vocals
Remi • Bass, Vocals
Marco • Keyboards
Eric • Drums
HARDLAND’s story is something special anyway. The band started as a project by the two singers and multi-instrumentalists Aeilko Venema and Paul Evers. The two musicians shared the same musical preferences, started working on songs together and finally felt the need to record them in a studio. In 2017, the first long player „Hardland“ was created, which was mainly recorded with friends of musicians.
Quality immediately had top priority: veteran Sean Magee took over the mastering at the legendary Abbey Road Studio in London. He worked with greats like Rush, Gary Moore and Deep Purple, but was booked by HARDLAND primarily for his collaboration with Pink Floyd, David Gilmour and The Beatles. Thanks to Magee’s contribution, the first CD immediately developed an international appeal.
On May 18, the current album successor „In Control“ was preceded by the single „The Nation’s Biggest Enemies“, which is also the opener of the album. The song was immediately positively received and supported by Rock Rage Radio, one of the largest Rock stations in America.
01. The Nation’s Biggest Enemies 03.27
02. Are Friends Electric 05.16
03. The Powers Within 05.15
04. Rise & Shine 03.15
05. Haunted 03.20
06. Dazzled By The Presence Of Love 03.45
07. Love, Love, Love 04.46
08. Pleasure & Pain 03.54
09. Still Dreaming 04.52
10. Last Goodbye 04.06
total: 41:58 min.
In the continuation of the musical history of HARDLAND, the best of the 1970s and 1980s is once again transformed into the present:
striking melodies, varied vocals, beautiful keyboard parts and tasteful guitar work.
2017 • Hardland (Full-length)
2019 • The Nation’s Biggest Enemies (EP)
2019 • In Control (Full-length)
And this time there is the whole thing from a real band, which has now optimally merged. Although the main tone of the music is once again determined by rock-solid, classic (Hard) Rock, HARDLAND deliberately deviates from it several times – for example with the cover „Are Friends Electric“. Or also with a song like „Love, Love, Love“, in which the fascinating spirit of the good old Beach Boys and their tears roams in the morning.
„Everything comes back in our sound universe“, says Aeilko. „We love giants like Led Zeppelin, Journey and Whitesnake. At the same time, we have a weakness for songs that were produced in the 80s by unforgettable acts such as Tears For Fears, Talk Talk and Tubeway Army. In the choirs of certain songs on the second album you can also hear that we really adore the polyphonic vocals in which the Eagles as well as Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young were so immensely good. Yes, the list of musicians and groups that inspired us is endless.“ (Markus Eck)
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8 / 10
„… good songwriting …“
8 / 10
„… loads to like here …“
75 / 100
„… HARDLAND brings catchy music with which they will undoubtedly score live … due to the wide influences there is enough variety to fascinate.“
74 / 100
„… positive feeling … the group knows how to fascinate … HARDLAND is an asset to the Dutch Melodic Rock.“
7 / 10
„… very solid album on which Melodic (Hard) Rock still predominates, but on which time and time also nice experiments are made with alternative influences … there are also a number of songs on ‚In Control‘ that will certainly appeal to traditional Rock fans.“
(Arrow Lords Of Metal)
„… HARDLAND has taken multiple musical risks on ‘In Control’, adding seventies synthesizers sounds into the mix together with more contemporary Rock … in a way musical daredevils … served with a twist and some spin … for the more adventurous type of rocker something to dive into!“