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Artist: Frontline

Title: The State of Rock

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Frontline The State of Rock Album Cover


Category: AOR

Year: 1994

Label: Signo Records (Austria)

Catalog Number: SIG 34 000 1


Stephan Kaemmerer lead and backing vocals
Robby Boebel guitars, keyboard
Thomas Riess bass
Stephan Bayerlein drums


1.  Heaven Knows  4:02
2.  The Night Comes Over You  3:31
3.  Another Love  4:10
4.  Heaven Can't Wait  3:28
5.  Endless  3:44
6.  Over and Out  5:15
7.  Dangerous Game  3:18
8.  Hold On  4:03
9.  I Have to Be Strong  4:34
10.  Victim of Madness  3:22
11.  It's Not Over  3:49
Total Running Time:  43:16

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Existing comments about this CD

From: Wildtantrum Date: February 24, 2001 at 15:48
One of the Best Rock Albums since the 80's. Any Hard Rock Fan will absolutly love Frontline. Very melodic, awesome vocals. A must for any rock music fan

From: choykifox Date: April 26, 2001 at 22:24
this album is the thrill of a lifetime, what a great debut for a band, great songs, great vocals, if you love Journey you must have this one. I like the whole album but Over and Out, Dangerous Game and Another Love are the best.

From: T-BONE Date: August 10, 2001 at 15:28
Frontline is like a cross between the heavier stuff from Journey and Danger Danger. This cd is a must have for any hard rock collector

From: Mark Date: September 19, 2001 at 12:40
I agree. Quality hard rock, with hints of Journey in the vocals. Maybe a little Fair Warning as well. Great vocals, good tunes overall.

From: koogles Date: January 3, 2002 at 7:11
Big-sounding European hard rock with only a rumour of Journey in the execution. 'Heaven Knows' is mind-blowingly good. A solid release that easily stands up to any 90s AOR CD. Frontline's best work to date.

From: Reno Date: April 28, 2002 at 17:35
Gotta love this cd. Big sound and a very tight band. They don't skip out on the production at all. Easy 9.5

From: Beau Hill Date: July 5, 2002 at 13:08
Mind Blowing rock. If you like Hugo's S/T release or Fifth Angel's 'Time Will Tell' then you'll like this one. Perfect in all categories.

From: KickYourFace Date: July 27, 2002 at 0:40
How does a band that has no money have one of the best sounding Rock cd's OF ALL TIME! What a production. Just buy it!

From: Larry Date: August 19, 2002 at 1:26
This debut by Frontline is outstanding. They are one of the best melodic rock bands out today. BTW, does anyone know how I can get their 1998 release call Heroes? This CD features great songs like 'All I Wanted' and 'Sign Of The Light'. I heard it was only release in Japan or something of that sort. Anyone?

From: MelodicBoy Date: October 4, 2002 at 23:44
Larry, I've seen 'Heroes' on Ebay numerous times, but you're gonna have to shell out for it. Believe it was a Japan-only release, which makes it hard to come by. From what I understand, 'Right Attitude' has 8 or so tunes from the 'Heroes' album, so you might want to go that route. I have it, and it's very good, but I like 'State of Rock' more.

From: MelodicBoy Date: October 4, 2002 at 23:46
One more thing-they just came out with 'Against the World' and I've heard great things about it, but don't have it yet. Anybody have some input?

From: MelodicBoy Date: October 4, 2002 at 23:46
Larry, I've seen 'Heroes' on Ebay numerous times, but you're gonna have to shell out for it. Believe it was a Japan-only release, which makes it hard to come by. From what I understand, 'Right Attitude' has 8 or so tunes from the 'Heroes' album, so you might want to go that route. I have it, and it's very good, but I like 'State of Rock' more.

From: freddy de keyze Date: January 3, 2003 at 19:30
A good band, but not an excellent one ! They can't compete with the real class american and canadian bands. Guys, open your ears and listen to what's real class and what's not. This is good, but not outstanding.

From: Teo_3 Date: January 3, 2003 at 21:01
Outstandind effort from this european hard rock band.Alongside CASANOVA and FAIR WARNING they easily beat quite a lot of U.S bands to death.Excellent disk with no average song in it.A MUST buy for fans of european hard roch and not only.Great production as well.Essential!!!10/10

From: Bill Dick Date: January 5, 2003 at 14:29
Excellent Debut Album Great Songs With Plenty Of Thumping Good Rock These Guys Know How To Kick Arse A Must Buy For Anyone Who Appreciates Melodic Rock

From: vladi AOR Date: February 7, 2003 at 10:40
The great Hard AOR band in The world. 'Heroes' and 'Against The World' are real AOR albums - super melody rock brilliant hot voice and amaizing guitars(acoustic and electric) !!! It's just for romantic people !

From: MButt Date: April 8, 2003 at 20:01
One of the best cd's of all time!!!

From: Knuckles Date: June 11, 2003 at 0:17
One of the very few cd's that actually sends chills up my spine its so good.All songs are great but another love almost makes me cry its so good.

From: wendal09 Date: September 2, 2003 at 15:52
Just got this for 7.00 off ebay. Best 7 bucks I ever spent. It was said very accurately above that these vocals are a mix between Journey and Danger Danger. This is surely edgier than Journey though. Great CD.

From: SeducedByMetal Date: October 29, 2003 at 9:49
killer cd....awesome production...truly 1 off the greatest cd's around...i get blown away everytime i listen to this cd..10/10

From: Kristian Date: April 9, 2004 at 13:15
Quality music... but what about the singer? OMG what a ridiculous voice. It sounds OK in some of the songs but mostly it's just annyoing, especially in the newer albums. The music is perfect, now all they need is a new singer.

From: jessica96fish Date: April 10, 2004 at 10:02
this is melodic rock as it should be.one of the few rock bands that can hit the mark everytime.BUY EVERYTHING THEY'VE DONE BRILLIANT STUFF!!!!

From: wicked man Date: April 30, 2004 at 9:20
After those comments I've decided to give this band a listen: INCREDIBLE RECORD!!! I know it's nothing original but the music is so great.. I actually like also the singer, reminds me of Ted Poley.

From: Rycheage Date: June 24, 2004 at 23:12
Some of these songs are astounding to say the least. Tell me you don't get shivers down the spine when you play 'Another Love'. The verses just make you melt. What a monstrous song! Elsewhere, 'Heaven Knows' and 'The Night Comes Over You' are immense slices of rock, while 'Endless' sounds very much like a beefed up Stan Meissner track. 'Dangerous Game' is a pulse laden affair which has some staccato like keyboards cascading throughout. Great stuff. Very melodic and classy.

From: Rocker76 Date: June 29, 2004 at 13:14
There are some obvious comparisons here to Fair Warning and the like. But to me, Frontline are better. This is a consistently good melodic rock album from start to finish. To me, bands like Fair Warning always have a handful of really strong songs on each album. But this Frontline album is good all the way through. You don't have to choose between bands (just get them both!) but I like Frontline enough to say that about them. Highly recommended for Fair Warning fans and 80s metal fans also!

From: TIM (2) Date: June 30, 2004 at 8:06
Disagree with you on the Fair Warning comment Rocker76, as I can't find a duff track on either the S/T or 'Go', but hell just buy them all! As much as I like Dreamtide, they're not quite the same... I have to say that some of the great melodies and hooks in the song verses from 'State of Rock' have been lost a little on the newie ('Seventh Sign') for me, but it's still excellent.

From: Rockhead Date: June 30, 2004 at 9:53
I listen to Bonfire, Victory, Jaded Heart on a fairly frequent basis-I own all the FW albums but they don't seem to attract my attention for long. Odd tracks but not entire albums. Maybe I over played them and they don't hold the same curiosity anymore. FW great band but for me they no longer deliver. Maybe I will revisit.

From: T-Bone Date: June 30, 2004 at 9:56
I also have all the Fair Warning stuff and I agree with Rocker76. Fair Warning has a few good tracks per album, but nothing is consistant. There's alot of filler on their cd's.

From: TIM (2) Date: June 30, 2004 at 10:21
For me it's only the 'Rainmaker' album, and a couple of tracks from '4' that I'm not a fan of, but each to their own. Can't say I listen to a lot of Bonfire myself, other than the 2nd and 3rd albums, and the last 2 particularly have been appalling. Can't say I agree with all the high opinions on H.H about Dark Sky either, they're way heavier and don't have the melody of any of these bands...

From: Rocker76 Date: June 30, 2004 at 12:05
Frontline's debut was just way more solid than any Fair Warning record (the debut would be close I admit). State of Rock was the album that Fair Warning should have made instead of Rainmaker. Frontline may have capitalized on Fair Warning coming first - but they nailed the formula perfectly and quite possibly set the bar even for Fair Warning on their subsequent releases (and not quite reaching it in my book).

From: Geoff Date: August 3, 2004 at 23:31
Okay, got a few points in reference to the above remarks. I absolutely love Frontline, but this is strangely enough my least fave of the collection, as they progress forward with every release, and the vocals are hardest to deal with on this release. 'It's not over' is an amazing song, though, and I still like the album very much. Just not as much as the rest of their amazing releases. Better than Fair Warning? Of course! As noted, no fillers like Fair Warning have all over their albums...

From: Geoff Date: August 3, 2004 at 23:33
In fact, '4' is one big filler! And Dark Sky, I also can't see the attraction with that band. The new CD has a much fuller and better production, but the songs are bland and IMO not that good at all. The debut was just plain pathetic! Prime Bonfire was as good as/better than Frontline, but not since 'Point Blank'... and Jaded Heart and Casanova are well worthy peers of Frontline. Brilliant bands, all three of them. Sorry, just a few words...

From: TIM (2) Date: August 4, 2004 at 4:50
Agree with some of your points Geoff, but I'm not sure if I see any of these bands moving forward with their albums. This album was Frontline's best for me, the latest being firmly hard-rock and as such it can't compare with the likes of PC69 etc. Where are the melodies? F.Warning's first was the best, as was Casanova's, Bonfire's first 3 were the bands peak, and Jaded Heart have yet to make an album better than about 8/10 (apart from the compilation 'Diary of..'!!).

From: Geoff Date: August 4, 2004 at 20:31
Indeed Tim,agree the Fair Warning & Casanova debuts were their best, but Bonfire's first 3? I rate 'Don't touch the light' as their 2nd weakest release, after 'Free'.'Fireworks' and 'Point blank' are flawless as we know.I think the Jaded Heart debut,'IV' and the last two are all brilliant albums, all 9/9.5 in my book, and yes PC69 are always brilliant. Surprised you can't see the melodies in recent Frontline, as I honestly believe they get stronger with each release.Heavy and melodic! Perfect!

From: Axe Machine Date: November 28, 2004 at 9:11
This is the album Fair Warning must wish they had made as a follow up to their debum album instead of releasing two live albums. As fine and pure a slice of hard edged AOR as you can possibly find from one of Germany's finest and most consistant rock bands. Top notch and worth tracking down.

From: Blaine Date: November 29, 2004 at 1:57
I own the Japanese version with two outstanding bonus tracks - 'I'm Fallin' and 'Alone'. Get the Japanese release of this CD if you can.

From: headbanger4life Date: January 25, 2006 at 20:47
This is some fantastic melodic hard rock/aor. They sound like a mix of a lot of great melodic bands (Journey, Fair Warning, Jaded Heart and even a little Danger Danger). If you love 80's rock, you'll love this release. I have the Japanese version which sports to awesome bonus tracks.

From: akisryche Date: January 26, 2006 at 10:08
Now lets make one thing straight...If you think you are a hard rock/aor fan and you STILL don't own this record...What a pity...GO BUY IT NOW!!!!!!!One of the best recordings ever made in the hard rock idiom.Simply that.Dudes believe me make yourselves the favor of listening these great collection of songs.I have almost 500 Lp's in my collection and this one is for sure in the top-ten.BUY OR DIE!!!No Excuses...

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From: Blue Charvel Date: February 20, 2006 at 14:19
Frontline is one of those very few bands where I love everything I've heard by them. This album isn't produced as well as those that follow, but it still just kicks ass. Big solid hooks, meaty guitar, gigantic vocal harmonies and all brought together with a huge production. It's almost criminal that these guys aren't huge.

From: rick kerch vzla Date: May 19, 2008 at 23:46
No need more 2 say!!!!...a blast of an album!!!.Solid,powerful,charismatic and all the adjectives that you can imagine!!!.'Heaven Knows','I Have To Be Strong','Victim Of Madness' and so on...if there's an album that have 2 be in your AOR/Melodic Rock collection undoubtebly this one has a place in there.95/100

From: metalmaniac777 Date: February 11, 2010 at 13:39
With the polished guitars and heavenly harmonies front & center, this is the kind of melodic hard rock that will strongly appeal to fans of Jaded Heart, Fair Warning, Bonfire, etc. The hooks on here are of the instant variety, sinking in without mercy, snagging your ears, and dragging you--not kicking & screaming, but smiling gleefully--into melodic bliss. This rocks, pure and simple.

From: CMGio Date: April 12, 2010 at 22:09
One of the best AOR records ever released, in my opinion.

From: juan carlos Date: September 18, 2010 at 18:55
I agree with all the positive comments above but mostly of my Close Peruvian Friend Ricardo Choykifox(April, 2001! ) Totally Agree with you My Friend! One of the best Album Debuts from the 90s but "Heroes" and "Against The World" are the Perfect Frontline CDs IMHO 9/10

From: hair metal again Date: February 11, 2021 at 18:15
excellent debut for FRONTLINE back in 93 with a massive commercial hard rock sound that somehow it reminds me of STRANGEWAYS except Stephan s vocals that has a really unique voice!strong crystal clear production ,fine musicianship and very good songwriting with songs like "it s not over","another love","endless" and "over and out"!highly recommended

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